Monday, 14 April 2014

The bridge at Bunzlau

The battle of Bunzlau is again on the way! The final result is still undecided, but the fight around the bridge over the Bober River is proving quite bloody. The bulk of the 11th French division has withdrawn to the left bank, after losing the 1/9e Légère Regiment, defeated by the East Prussian National Cavalry (see the previous post).
However, the 3/50e Ligne Regiment has defeated the assault of the Fusilier battalion of the Leib Regiment that has been broken, as well as a subsequent charge of the East Prussian National Cavary Regiment that has been also pushed back.

The 3/50e Ligne rejects the Fus/Leib Regiment ...
...and run for the Prussians and break them!
The East Prussian National Cavalry regiment charges the triomphant French...
... only to be stopped and forced to fall back
Although the result of the two hand-to-hand combats seems logical, maybe my Lasalle home-rule for assault in defiles is too biased towards the defenders. The current rule is as follows:

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.

As the rule cannot be changed until the battle is finished,  the Prussians must try other options (artillery close support?) in order to take the bridge in good state (i.e. intact).

Watch this space!


  1. Good to see you back gaming again, Rafa!

    In my experience, taking a bridge held by the enemy is a very hard task, so your rules may not be overly harsh. I can't think of many historical actions where a bridge was captured which was held by a determined enemy, Arcola and Lodi being the exceptions which come to mind. (Maybe the resistance wasn't so determined, though?) :-)

  2. I think that the Prussian error (i.e. my owm error!) was not use the artillery to give close support

  3. I agree that it's hard to find examples of a successful charge across a bridge (another is Burnside at Antietam but it took several attacks and many hours to suceed). Mostly it seems that bridges are taken by finding another crossing and taking the far end in the rear - could you perhaps allow the Prussians to find a nearby ford? I look forward to seeing how this develops!