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 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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1 comment:

  1. Still following your battles. That last one had some tense moments, eh? Darn light cavalry couldn't find a ford? Ah, well, c'est la guerre.

    I like how you research the maps and figure out terrain for the tabletop. Maps are cool.