I will launch straight into Move Three of the refight and we are now around 8am.
|Above and below: The situation develops around Langensalza town. Martin begins to deploy the Prussians of General von Syburg's wing across the Merxleben bridge and marsh.......|
|......while Richard gets a double move to advance over the Judenberg and begin to occupy the BUA itself with the Comte de Stainville's Division|
|In the centre Paul now deployed von Mansberg's brigade of Hessian Grenadiers to face the Saxon elite units. Von Bock's Hanoverians are hastening up the hill to reinforce them but will they be in time to bring enough strength to bear?|
|On the Allied right Lt General von Wangenheim presided over the two Hanoverian cavalry brigades and Luckner's small corps of light troops to build up a massive outflanking movement round Schonstedt village.....|
|....and all of a sudden Guy's sensible decision to gain ground towards that village with de Borck's Saxons looked vulnerable!|
As befits a good 18th Century battle at this stage both sides were manoeuvring for position and not much blood had been spilled. The Saxons had few batteries, and all the Allied ones, previously out of effective range on the heights North of the River, were silent while being brought across the River Unstrut via both bridges.
After most of the movement around 0820 I happened take these two photos. Martin and Guy across the table from each other both looking suitably thoughtful about the way things are shaping up. We shall take a closer look ourselves.......
Around 0830 potentially decisive developments began to happen to give the Saxons courage that they might hold on until the hoped-for reinforcements arrived.
|Luckner's Hussars dismounted to join their Jager comrades trying to prise the Royal Nassau Hussars out of Schonstedt|
|Both Hanoverian Cavalry brigades formed line, probably hoping to intimidate the Saxon infantry rather than attack head on over the stream|
|View from the Saxon side of the Sumbach. These are only "small" units for our game as the Grenadier companies had been converged in the centre of the field. Paul's cavalry were mostly standard size.|
|Above: ............this photo lures you into thinking the French have won outright as the Leibregiment is fleeing back into the marshes.......|
|.....but it was not all one-sided as the Royal Legion cavalry were forced to withdraw by their by 4 Hits|
|.......and routed them along the line of least resistance - back towards Langensalza. But Veltheim suffered too many casualties in that attack and withdrew to reform. The hoped-for hole in the Saxon line was not to be filled by Hanoverians yet.|
|In the centre von Bock's Hanoverian infantry had moved forward to engage the Saxon line close up but as can be seen the Kielmannsegg infantry has been broken on the musket fire and bayonets of the converged Grenadier unit.|
|The Saxons and French do have superiority in infantry numbers though and these Swiss are superior quality too. On the extreme right there is more close action........|
|A brave attempt to stand firm along the stream but the inferior, and small, Von Wunsch Frei infantry do not stand much chance against the large regiment of elite Du Roy Dragoons.....|
|Not surprisingly the Freikorps line troops are broken. But Martin still has plenty of heavy cavalry in hand|
|The Royal Legion Dragoons watch the ongoing action while they attempt to reform back on the escarpment|
|Around this point in the battle the Allied commanders look contented enough.|
|The Allied attack in the centre was not to let up as long as the constant supply of troops was there. This looks horrific with Hanoverians taking canister on their flank quarter and Saxon Guard fire from the front....|
|Much to everyone's surprise they won and ended up routing the Du Roy Dragoons.|
Sorry they are in the distance but I'm always a sucker for
a lovely photograph of a line of Prussian Grenadiers!
|In the follow-up charge the Seydlitz Cuirassiers hit the weakened Du Roy Dragoons and routed them too!|
Martin's fairly cautious, but well orchestrated, plan appeared to be paying off
|Back on the other flank Paul was keen to press on with his cavalry. Von Hodenberg's went in but von Reden could not seem to get initiative this Move for his brigade|
|Carlsbourg had managed to move first and plug the gap with his French infantry to bar the Grothaus cavalry|
|And it did not go well for the cavalry who routed back towards the reforming Veltheim regiment|
|But Kielmansegg still cannot get Donop's Hessians to move up in support|
|The Zieten Hussars are looking pretty cool, but fairly ineffectual at the moment, though they do serve as a nice foreground to show that nothing very significant is happening on the Allied left this turn.|
|Paul had turned his rear battalion to face the threat and Guy, fearing that Royal Nassau would become a horsemeat sandwich, pulled them out of the way and faced Luckner.|
So we had reached a major point in the game with the long awaited arrival of the powerful reinforcing body and the French Commander-in-Chief. It seems like a good place to wrap up this "Main Event" part of the report and next time I will give the concluding moves and wrap up the whole project.