|A recreation of Frederick's Parchwitz Address on the night before the Battle of Leuthen|
Yesterday I knew that December 5th was the anniversary of the Battle of Leuthen in 1757. I meant to post something about the occasion, but time was working against me and I just couldn't get to the task.
So here are some photos of the Battle of Leuthen that we played back in 2009 at Chez Protz, in Brown Deer, Wisconsin. If I recall correctly, the Prussians won the game by a mere whisker as the Austrian cavalry general Nadasdy did a superb job of slowing down the Prussian flank attack on the Austrian left. This provided enough time for the rest of the Austrian army to set up a new battle line in the town of Leuthen.
Here are a few pictures of the wargame, fought using troops at a 1 to 10 ratio of figures to men, and using the Batailles dans l'Ancien Regime ("BAR") rules. Click on all pictures to enlarge the view.
|Austrians deploy one of their brigades adjacent to the Leuthen church.|
|A view of the Austrian left flank anchored by Leuthen on the right and Sagchutz on the left.|
|A view of the initial Austrian deployment on their right flank.|
|The Prussian attack on the Austrian left flank is deployed and ready to move forward.|
|The unfortunate Bavarians and Wurttemburgers have to bear the brunt of the Prussian attack.|
|Austrian dragoons stop the first wave of Prussian cuirassiers on the attack.|
|Colonel Muller deploys his heavy Prussian Brummers on the Judenberg and prepares to enfilade the Austrian position with cannon ball and canister.|
|The Austrian right flank was not allowed to react for several turns, so they remain stationary as the battle begins.|
|Austrian de Ligne Dragoons and a regiment of infantry march through Leuthen to shore up the left flank.|
|More Austrians on the move.|
|The Austrians attempt to form a new battle line on their left flank, but are now receiving fire from front and flank.|
|The famous Windmill Hill, where the Austrians set up their final line of defense.|