Saturday, 2 June 2012

Kösen 1, 2, 3, 4

The next thing will be a re-fight of Kösen. The scenario is an adaptation of the C.S. Grant’s ‘Crossing Point’ scenario of his book ‘Programmed Wargames Scenarios'(Wargames Research Group, 1983). The General situation is as follow:
"Blue has a small force, which has moved north at great speed to secure the crossing point and arrived there in the early hours of the morning. They know that a Red Force is on the way to seize the crossing and is likely to start arriving from the north shortly after dawn. Blue has reinforcements on the way but they are being hastily assembled and may arrive at any time during the day and in any order. Dawn is 0630."
The historical background is taken from G. Nafziger's 'Napoleon at Leipzig. The Battle of Nations 1813’(The Emperor Press, Chicago, 1996) and is located after the Napoleon's defeat at Leipzig and his western retreat:
"On 21 October Napoleon sent General Bertrand with a strong force to attack and destroy the bridge by Kösen [on the Saale River], in an effort to cover the French withdrawal from attack by the allies via that avenue. On the left bank, where Neu-Kösen lay, the road crossed a nearly unclimbable ridge, an important tactical position to seize as to stop the allies, who were advancing through Naumburg in their pursuit of the French”.

The real combat involved elements of the Austrian 3rd Armeeabteilung under FZM Gyulai and the remaining rests of the Bertrand’s polyglot IV Corps (comprising French, Wurttemberg and Italian units). The O.O.B's were modified and adapted from the Nafziger's book cited above as well as from “The Greenhill Napoleonic Wars Data Book” (Greenhill Books, London, 1998) of Digby Smith. The Napoleon Series web-site (Allied OOB at Leipzig and French OOB at Leipzig) provided the names of the brigadiers. I have also added a division of French Young Guard Cavalry under Lefebvre-Desnoettes to add some color to the French units. The final OOB's, used in the previous fight with my divisional home-version of Napoleon's Battles were:

Austrian 3rd Armeeabteilung (Blue force)
13 Battalions/2 Regiments/3 batteries; Army Moral 47 Break point 16

C-i-C Gyulai (-/¶)

Light Division Crenneville (-/-)
Infantry Brigade Hacht (-1/¶)
Waradisner Grenz R/I/SK2 +
St George Grenz R/I/SK2 +
7Jaeger R/E/SK2
Cavalry Brigade Kopp (-1/-)
Chevauleger No. 5 R/E/Pu +
Chevauleger No. 7 R/E/Pu +
6pdr Horse Battery Horse/2 cannon/Medium/1 Howitzer

2nd Division Murray (-/*)
1st Brigade Lamezan (-1/-)
1/Erzherzog Ludwig-Josef IR 8 R/E/SK1 +
2/Erzherzog Ludwig-Josef IR 8 R/E/SK1 +
3/Erzherzog Ludwig-Josef IR 8 R/E/SK1 +
1/Kurfurst von Wurzburg IR 7 R/E/SK1 +
2/Kurfurst von Wurzburg IR 7 R/E/SK1 +
3/Kurfurst von Wurzburg IR 7 R/E/SK1 +
6pdr Brigade Battery Foot/4 cannon/Medium
2nd Brigade Lowenwarth (-1/¶)
1/Mariassy IR 37 R/E/SK1 +
2/Mariassy IR 37 R/E/SK1 +
1/Gyulai IR 60 R/E/SK1 +
2/Gyulai IR 60 R/E/SK1 +
6pdr Brigade Battery Foot/4 cannon/Medium

French IV Corps (Red force)
14 Battalions/3 Regiments/3 batteries; Army Moral 44 Break point 15

C-i-C Bertrand (-1/*)

12me Division Morand (+1/*)
1st Brigade Belair (+1/-)
1/8e Légère R/E/SK2 +
2/8e Légère R/E/SK2 +
2nd Brigade Toussaint (-/*)
1/13e Ligne R/E/SK2 +
2/13e Ligne R/E/SK2 +
3rd Brigade Hulot (+1/-)
1/23e Ligne R/E/SK2
2/23e Ligne R/E/SK2
1/137e Ligne R/A/SK1
2/137e Ligne R/A/SK1
1/2 Foot Artillery Foot/3 cannon/Medium/1 Howitzer
2/2 Foot Artillery Foot/3 cannon/Medium/1 Howitzer

38me Division Franquemont (-1/*)
Wurttemberg Converged Line R/E/SK1
Wurttemberg Converged Light R/E/SK2

15me Division Fontanelli (-/-)
Italian Converged Light R/A/SK1
1/Converged Line R/A/SK1
2/Converged Line R/A/SK1
3/Converged Line R/A/SK1
Italian Sapper Company

2me Guard Light Cavalry Division Levebvre-Desnoettes (-1/*)
Young Guard Lanciers V/A/La +
Young Guard Chasseurs V/A +
Young Guard Grenadiers V/A
5/Old Guard Horse Battery Horse/2 cannon/Medium/1 Howitzer

The Grant's book presents always several alternatives for deployments, orders, goals and reinforcements for both sides, thus opening an almost infinite variety of Scenarios, that are randomly chosen (i.e throwing several D6 dice). With the help of an EXCEL worksheet, I have designed four Scenarios... but only one will be fought.

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  1. Rafa, your sharing of support tools for solo games is awesome!

    Thank you!

  2. That will be a great game Rafa. We'll look forward to your future posts about it.
    We are so spoilt now with easily accessible resources such as the Napoleon Series. It's also pleasing that some of your 'older' resources are being used. That book must be a compilation of Grant's 'tabletop teasers' that were published in the magazines 'Battle' and 'Military Modelling', is it? They were great game scenarios and it was beaut how something produced for one period could easily be adapted for another. In my early days of wargaming my father and I used one about a surprise attack on a convoy in the English Civil War for a Napoleonic game.

    1. Hi James
      The book "Programmed Wargames scenarios" is now a compilation of Tabletop Teasers. These last are now available in
      The PWS book provides orders and alternatives for the two sides, whereas the Teasers are really single tactics situations, also very enjoyable

  3. Thanks for the link Rafa. I was not aware of that blog, another great resource, and all 'street-legal', I am pleased to see!