Peter "the Mathematician" excepted my invite for a go at our rules 'GdC' to see his new charts in action ( well, I created the charts based on his calculations of the dice variables).
|Reynier's Saxons and French engaged with the Prussians of Bulow's corps|
As Bertrand did little that day and the few Prussians facing him were content with that situation with all of the Prussian Bulow's large corps now able to face Reynier without interference, most scenarios often ignore that area and concentrate around Gross-Beeren itself. However, that would mean too few elements for the afternoon, so I gave Peter and myself a bit more to play with!
|The town is Gross-Beeren with the Windmill Hill off to the left off camera. Blankenfeld is off to the right. We see the Saxon division Sahr (left) and Durette's French division (right) initially engaging the lead Prussian elements.|
I took the French side while I gave Peter the opportunity to use the larger Prussian force. Like Bertrand, I was met with effective cannon fire ( rolling well, Peter took out my leading light horse which prompted a corps morale rolled which, I my usual style, I rolled very poorly for and forced me to halt my advance, in file, within the woods. Again like Bertrand had facing concentrated Pussian artillery fire that day in 1813. I furthered this poor situation by totally not realizing, until Peter suggested late in the battle as the idea then struck him, to expand into the woods to work around staggered lead brigades! The elements in the woods would be disordered and more trouble to order about so not ideal but could in time give combat to the Prussian and earlier moves might have changed things perhaps. However, I could now see Bertrand's issues that day in 1813.
|one of Fontanelli's Italian brigades disordered in the woods|
|heavy action at 'Windmill Hill' located just west of Gross-Beeren|
|Prussian Landwehr cavalry. Calpe Miniatures with "English shakos" in the rear. I received these in a trade. They match well with the Perrys.|
|The French in retreat. Rather more organized than in reality......|