|Prussian outpost finds Hadik's Austrians|
3 battalions of Croats
1 Musketeer battalion
1 Grenadier battalion
2 x 3-pounders
1 Regiment of Hussars
Von Zieten's Prussian flying column consists of the following units:
1 battalion of rifle armed Jagers
2 battalions of musketeers
1 battalion of grenadiers
2 x 3-pounders
1 regiment of Hussars
|Hadik organizes his troops into three lines of defense.|
|The Austrian third line was comprised of veteran grenadiers and musketeers, supported by two 3-pound cannon.|
|Hadik placed the Baranyai Hussars out of sight behind the ridge and behind the third battle line.|
Zieten had driven his troops hard for two days, hoping to make up for lost time and to catch Hadik's raiding party before it could retreat to Saxony and safety. Hadik had a day's march on Zieten, but the Prussians managed to catch up with the Austrians, who were slowed down by the booty that they were carrying with them.
|Zieten leads the Prussian Black Hussars to their opening position covering the Prussian right flank.|
Zieten posted the Black Hussars on the right flank and the Jagers on the left flank. His best troops, the two battalions of the Winterfeld musketeer regiment and the Kremzow (17/22) Grenadier battalion were deployed in the center along with two small 3-pound cannon.
|A view of the Prussian left (Jagers) and center (the IR1 Winterfeld Regiment of musketeers and the Kremzow Grenadier Battalion forming a second line reserve.|
|A view of the Prussian battle line after the deployment is set up and ready for the battle.|
Once Zieten was satisfied with his troop deployment, he gave his infantry commander, Major General von Ingerleben, to commence the advance of the infantry in the center. The infantry would conduct a vigorous attack on the Austrian center, while the Black Hussars would remain in reserve and the Jagers would advance into the woods to protect the left flank of the Prussian musketeers.
I was able to play four game turns this evening and will post the report and pictures of the opening action tomorrow.