Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Bob Coggings has passed away

From a post in the Napoleon's Battles Yahoo forum

"This is just a brief note to make all the members aware that Robert Coggins, the co-creator, with Craig Taylor, of Napoleon’s Battles passed away this afternoon. He had been ill for several years and this past Wednesday he suffered a stroke as he was preparing to go to Historicon. The stroke precipitated a fall sometime on Thursday evening or early Friday morning and he was admitted to the hospital on Friday afternoon. He passed away at Union Memorial Hospital today, Monday July 21, 2014, in the late afternoon. He is survived by his brother, Richard. The funeral arrangements are not complete at this time. His brother will be making all the arrangements."

Living at the two opposite shores of the Atlantic ocean, I do not personally met Bob Coggins. However, I had with him some rich discussions about some points of the Napoleon's Battles rule-set. With his death, both creators of Napoleon's Battles rule-set are now passed away

It is a sad day and also a great loss to the world of wargaming. He will be missed.
Requiescat in Pace

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Pitschenberg re-shapped

Many of the academic taks and duties have been done and finished, so I am returning to the hobby. See the final layout of the Pichtenberg battlefield, after using the available terrain pieces. At last, I have not placed any wooded area, so the Pitschenberg hill will be underbrush-covered with no movement costs.

Watch this space!

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Saturday, 14 June 2014

Spain 1 - Netherlands 5

Yo can see a close view of the defensive line of the Spanish national team, during its match against the Netherlands at the FIFA World Cup 2014.
Ramos (Real Madrid) and Piqué (Barça) are waiting for the goalkeeper (Casillas of Real Madrid)

The next thing is to win against Chile and Australia: not easy task!

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Sunday, 25 May 2014

Hala Madrid!


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Sunday, 4 May 2014

Pitschenberg for Lasalle. The rules for the Scenario

These are the specific rules of the Scenario

Deployment and Reinforcements
Allied units
Hiller’s command must be deployed on the Pitschenberg area (B3-D3). Von Katzeler’s advance guard is in the west bank of the stream in the Breitenfeld area. The Russian cavalry is near Carlsbrunn.
Prussian reinforcements may enter in A5n/A5e/B5 (20%/30%/50%). Russian reinforcements in D4/D5s/D5e (40%/30%/30%)
French units
The 35th Division is deployed in B1-C1. The 28th Light Cavalry Brigade in A1.
Infantry reinforcements (16th Division) may enter at D1w/D1s/D2 (20%/40%/40%). Cavalry reinforcements may enter in D1s/D2 ((30%/70%)
All reinforcements follow the Lasalle arrival rules (p. 91 of e-Lasalle).

Assault of defiles (optional)
1) A column of march can assault a defile like a bridge, a fortified gate, a fort, etc. It represents not only true march columns, but also all those formations with reduced front.
2) It fights at 1/2 dice and with no previous shooting, adding a -2 for "bad terrain" as they will be fighting in cramped quarters.
3) The enemy can use the "cover" or "higher elevation" modifiers when applicable.
3) However the small front, the enemy never halves their dice.

1) Cossacks may charge enemy units standing in 'limbered' or 'march column' formation in open terrain.
2) Cossack units must to pass a 'Discipline' test to initiate the charge in open terrain.
3) If routed in 'decisive combat', the Cossack unit is immediately broken.

Victory conditions
The Allied aim is to reach the duration limit of the game (24 turns) without breaking. Pitschenberg hill is an Objective for the game and the rules of p. 67 and 91 (e-Lasalle) are of application.

A new table map
The tablemap has been modified to adjust it to the real shape of the terrain:

I am not sure about the existence of wooded zones in 1813, since the available maps of the area are modern. Moreover, the fog of war (the actual available terrain pieces) could modify the above design!

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Saturday, 3 May 2014

Grunberg for Lasalle. The full report

I have uploaded the full Scenario and the After Action Report (AAR) of the combat of Bunzlau (August 30, 1813). You can watch the development of the battle that resulted in a drawn battle: a dogged defense allowed the French to retire  unmolested, leaving the battlefield and an intact bridge over the Bober to the Allies, by following the instructions to use the visor.

The next project will be the combat of Pitschenberg, fought some days after, when Napoleon himself took the offensive leading the forces of the Army of the Bober against the Army of Silesia.
Watch this space!

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Pitschenberg: the forces

The Allied OOB has been taken from Plotho (Der Krieg in Deutschland und Frankreich in den jahren 1813 und 1814 Vol 2) and the article in Militair Bochenblach  (No. 778 (1831) 4501), that provided the data for the Prussian advance guard composition. An educated guess was made for the composition of the accompanying Russian units and for the Prussian reinforcements.
The French OOB has been made from information collated from the Nafziger's Orders of Battle Collection. and the two Fabry's accounts of the campaign ("Etude sur les opérations du maréchal Macdonald, du 22 août au 4 septembre 1813, la Katzbach“ and"Journal des opérations des IIIe et Ve corps en 1813”).
Some units were deleted from the OOB's, to avoid a too large Scenario

Le Maréchal Macdonald
French Army
Army Morale: 51; Morale break point: 17
16 Battalions/7 Regiments/5 Batteries (12,900 men)

C-i-C Macdonald (-/¶)

III Corps Gerard (-/*)

35th Division Henin (+1/*)
   1st Brigade Dumouton (-/¶)
      3/6e Légère Regiment R/A/SK1
      4/6e Légère Regiment R/A/SK1
      7/6e Légère Regiment R/A/SK1
      1/112e Ligne Regiment R/A/SK1
      2/112e Ligne Regiment R/A/SK1
      3/112e Ligne Regiment R/A/SK1
   2nd Brigade Zucchi (-/-)
      3/2 Legere Italian R R/A/SK1
      4/2 Legere Italian R R/A/SK1
      1/5th Italian Ligne R R/A/SK1
      2/5th Italian Ligne R R/A/SK1
      3/5th Italian Ligne R R/A/SK1
6/1e Foot Artillery Foot 3Guns/M/1Hw
3/1e Italian Horse Artillery Horse 2Guns/M/1Hw

28th Light Cavalry Brigade Beurmann Montbrun (-/-)
   Italian Chasseurs a Cehval R/A/Pu
   Neapolitan Chasseur a Cheval S/E/Pu
   Neapolitan Horse Artillery Horse 2Guns/M/1Hw

16st Division Maison (+1/*) (From the Lauriston's V Corps)
   1st Brigade Penne (+1/-)
      1/151e Ligne Regiment R/A/SK1
      2/151e Ligne Regiment R/A/SK1
      1/152e Ligne Regiment R/A/SK1
      2/152e Ligne Regiment R/A/SK1
      3/152e Ligne Regiment R/A/SK1
1/1e Foot Artillery Foot 3Guns/M/1Hw

2nd Light Cavalry Division Roussel d'Hurbal (+1/-) (From the LSebastiani's II Cavalry Corps)
   7th Light Cavalry Brigade Gerard (-1/-)
      4th Chevauléger-lancier Regiment R/E/Pu/Ln
      5th Hussar Regiment R/E/Pu
      9th Hussar Regiment R/E/Pu
   8th Light Cavalry Brigade Dommanget (+1/-)
      2nd Chevauléger-lancier Regiment R/E/Pu/Ln
      11th Chasseur à Cheval Regiment R/A/Pu
8/6e Horse Artillery (3-6pdrs & 1-24pdr how) Horse 2Guns/M/1Hw

General Nikolai Vasilyevich Vasilchikov
Allied Army
Army Morale: 44; Morale break point: 15
14 Battalions/6 Regiments/3 batteries/2 Cossacks

C-i-C Vassilchikov (+1/¶)

Prussian Adv. Guard von Katzeler (+1/-)
   Brandenburg Uhlan Regiment R/E/Pu/Ln
   Hussars (Brandenburg+Leib) V/E/Pu
   W. Prussian Dragoon R R/E/Pu
   Fus/1/East Prrusian IR R/E/SK2
   1/2 Guard/East Prus. Jaegers V/E(I)/SK3  (Can act as Regular (Experienced) or Irregular)
   Horse Battery #2 Horse 3Guns/M/1Hw

Prussian Detachment Hiller (-/-)
   Grenadiers East Prussia V/E/SK2
   Leib Grenadiers V/E/SK2
   1/14th Silesian Landwehr U/A/SK1
   2/14th Silesian Landwehr U/A/SK1
   Fus/12th Reserve IR R/E/SK2
   10th Silesian LWr Cavalry S/A
   6 pr Foot Battery #24 Foot 3Guns/M/1Hw

2nd Russian Cavalry Division Lanskoi (-/¶)
   1st Brigade Yurkovski (-1/-)
      Marioupol Hussar R V/E/Pu
      Alexandria Hussar R V/E/Pu
   Cossacks Karpov II (-1/-)
      Karpov #2 Cossack R S/I/Pu
      Loukoffkin Cossack R S/I/Pu

8th Prussian Brigade von Hünerbein (-/-)
   1/Brandenburg IR R/E/SK2
   2/Brandenburg IR R/E/SK2
   Fus/Barndenburg IR R/E/SK2
   1/12th Reserve IR R/E/SK2
   2/12th Reserve IR R/E/SK2
   6pdr Battery #15 Foot 3Guns/M/1Hw

15th Russian Division Rudsevich (-/¶)
   3rd Brigade Tichanovsky (+1/*)
      1/12th Jager R R/E/SK2
      2/12th Jager R R/E/SK2

Next, the Scenario rules!

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Saturday, 26 April 2014

Pitschenberg: the map

The general area of the battle was found in the Nafziger's bookNapoleon at Dresden: The Battles of August 1813”. The Emperor Press, Chicago, 1991.

A scan of p. 81 of the Nafziger's book
A visit to the GeoGREIF site, a map repository of the German Univesity of Greifswald, and a search for Bautzen and Lobäu, provided several 1/25,000 scale maps, that were joined with Photoshop to make a map of the Breitenfeld- Pitschenberg área:

1/25,000 join map of the área
Zooming in the above map, the area of interest can be located:

The Pitschenberg area
Producing at last, the following game table map:

The stream is fordable for infantry and cavalry at rough terrain cost, but artillery must cross at the bridges. The only dominant feature is the Pitschenberg hill, used by Vassilchikov as a strong rally point of their advance guard units. The Allied line of communicatios runs from east to west, while the French one runs in the opposite direction.

Nextt, the troops. Watch this space!

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Friday, 25 April 2014

Pitschenberg, the next Lasalle project

After escaping from Bluecher's advance-guard at Bunzlau (see Bunzlau scenario) Macdonald is marching at full speed westwards towards Bautzen. The Allied advance guard, commanded by Vassilchikov, has crossed the Löbauer Wasser and has garrisoned the Pitschenberg (a hill near the Bautzen-Löbau high-road) with a Prussian detachment, and is actively following the dispirited French with the rest of their Prussian-Russian command.
However, Napoleon has returned to Bautzen at the head of a large forcé, and has ordered Macdonald to turn around and advance again with his army group (XI, V, III and II Cavalry Corps). At the 6 p.m. of September 4, the35th French/Italian division (XI Corps), supported by the 16th division (V Corps) and the 28th Light Cavalry brigade (XI Corps) and the 2nd Light Cavalry Division (II Cavalry Corps) attacked Vassilchikov, forcing him to retire. The Allies started again the cat-and-mouse game dictated by the Trachtenberg Plan and retreated eastwards.
- F. Nafziger. “Napoleon at Dresden: The Battles of August 1813”. The Emperor Press, Chicago, 1991
- Nafziger Orders of Battle Collection. Combined Arms Research Library.
- G. Fabry "Etude sur les opérations du maréchal Macdonald, du 22 août au 4 septembre 1813, la Katzbach“ Paris, 1910
-G. Fabry. "Journal des opérations des IIIe et Ve corps en 1813”, Paris, 1902
- K. von Plotho, Der Krieg in Deutschland und Frankreich in den jahren 1813 und 1814 (1817)
- Militair Bochenblach No. 778 (1831) p. 4501

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