Saturday, February 20, 2010

Mollwitz Game Today

A pre-battle view showing the set up of the Prussian army (right) as it advances towards the Austrians in front of the village of Mollwitz. Note "army square" deployment with half battalions on each end, closing the rectangle.

It is 12:30 AM and I am getting ready to hit the hay and get some sleep before traveling north to Brown Deer, Wisconsin where we will play test a refight of the Battle of Mollwitz. We will use the Batailles de l'Ancien Regime rules, or "BAR" for short.

Prussian Order of Battle
8 x Prussian Musketeer btns - Veteran
1 x Prussian Guard btns - Veteran Guards

3 x 12 pound foot artillery (18 crew) - Trained
3 x 3 pound battalion guns (12 crew) - Trained

2 x Cuirassier Regiments - Trained (8 sqds)
1 x Dragoon Regiment - Poor (5 sqds)
1 x Hussar Regiment - Poor (5 sqds)

Totals:9 btns of infantry; 18 cavalry squadrons; 6 artillery pieces

The Army Commander is Field Marshall von Schwerin (Veteran)
2 infantry brigadier generals - rated Veteran
2 cavalry brigadier generals - rated Trained
Optional: King Frederick - roll dice to determine rating (1-3 = Poor) (4-6 = Trained)

Austrian Order of Battle

2 x Musketeer battalions - Poor
4 x Musketeer battalions - Trained
1 x Grenadier battalin - Trained

3 x 6 pound foot artillery (12 crew)
2 x 3 pound battalion guns (8 crew)

3 x Cuirassier Regiments - Elite (12 sqds)
2 x Dragoon Regiments - Elite (9 sqds)
2 x Hussar Regiments - Veteran (5 sqds)

Totals: 7 btns infantry; 26 cavalry squadrons; 5 artillery pieces

Austrian Army Commander is Marshal von Neipperg - rated Veteran
2 infantry brigadiers rated Trained
2 cavalry brigadiers rated Elite

As you can see from the table above, the Austrian army is outnumbered with respect to infantry, which is generally of average to poor quality. Its Elite cavalry outnumbers the Prussian cavalry.

The Prussians have more infantry, all rated as Veterans, but their outmanned cavalry are all of lower quality.

Hopefully, the battle will follow the pattern of the historical battle with the superior Austrian cavalry running the Prussian cavalry off of the field, while the superior Prussian infantry has its way with the Austrian infantry, unless the Austrian cavalry can intervene. It should be an interesting battle. I will post pictures on Sunday after the battle.


  1. Will there be an official war artist present?

  2. Morning Jim,

    Sounds like a lot of fun! Looking forward to photos and the after action report.

    Best Regards,


  3. The game went well. we will be running it at this year's SYW Assn Convention in March 2010. I think that we got all of the bugs out of the scenario. I will post pictures tomorrow - have to go out with Mrs. Fritz this evening.