Saturday, 3 September 2011

Dresden. The terrain and the rules

The terrain for the next Lasalle battle has been designed from the narrative in the page 323 of the Nafziger's book 'Napoleon at Leipizg. The battle of the Nations 1813'. I have chosen the area near Zschertnitz and Räcknitz, because these villages were the targets of the 1st and 43rd French infantry divisions, extracted from the map of Dresden in August 1813, found in 'A Military History and Atlas of the Napoleonic Wars' by V.J. Esposito and J.R. Elting.
Although I own the book, an internet downloaded copy was used instead. There was no terrain scale in the internet map, but with the help of Google Earth, I was able to measure the lenght of the Grosse Gartens, a characteristic terrain feature of the zone, as approximately 1,92 km.
This value was used as a guide to enlarge the map until a scale near 1:1,000, that is the scale of Lasalle when using my 6 in. infantry units. See the blue rectangle in the following map:

The chosen area is dominated by a line of heights traversed by the main-road. The villages of Zschertnitz and Räcknitz are on the heights ans a more higher peak is located near the last village. villages. Neither the Esposito-Elting's map nor the rest of Dresden internet maps, show any other additional significant terrain feature, so no woods, no fields. Räcknitz was significantly larger than Zschertnitz, so my ubiquitous cemetery was placed near the first village. Some redoubts used by the Opolchenie, are mentioned in the Nafziger's book, and were placed on the heights crest. A stream (actullay located out of the table) was included to add some tactical problem to the Russians. The resulting map was:

Scenario rules
The Scenario is very simple so there are not too many special rules.
Use 2D6 for the Arrival Turn (p. 91 of e-Lasalle). The units arrive in march column or attack column as desired.
Allied (Austrian) Reinforcements: Arrival Turn: 2D6; Arrival point D3-D4-D5-C5 (10%/20%/50%/20%)
French (10th LC Division) Arrival Turn: 2D6; Arrival point A1-A2-A3-A4-A5 (20%/30%/20%/20%/10%)
Opolchenie units
Opolchenie units have Unpredictable esprit and can begin the game in Entrenchments in Line formation. (See p. 117 of e-Lasalle)
Optional rule for Cossacks (and other irregular cavalry)
(1) Irregular cavalry units may charge enemy units standing in 'march column' formation.
(2) Irregular cavalry units must to pass a 'Discipline' test to initiate the charge.
(3) If routed in 'decisive combat' the irregular cavalry unit is immediately broken.
Victory conditions
As per Lasalle rule-book.

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