Battle Report: Black Powder - The battle of Teugn, Bavaria, 19 April 1809

A while ago we played another Napoleonic battle set in the time of the 4th coalition. This pitted the French against the Austrians at the battle of Teugn-Hausen on the 19th April 1809.

I provided the troops and another of my fellow gamers provided the scenario and terrain, with me taking control of the right wing of the Austrian army, I had a fellow gamer that took care of the left wing and we more or less shared the centre. The French only had one full time general, but our game master and scenario maker was also a part time frenshie. 

The initial deployment saw only the light elements of the French army advance though the outskirts of Teugn, just as the forward elements of the Austrian III corps bump into them. 

Initially the Austrians moves up slowly, being a bit surprised that the French was here and not miles of.

The French advanced in good order, forming into skirmishing lines and preparing to face the Austrians until their reinforcements can arrive.

End of the first turns advances.

For the French more troops arrived along the road, and the light infantry took up excellent positions in the fields and in the woods, preparing for the Austrians to close into firing range.
The Austrian first wave of reinforcements arrived in good order, and marched on smartly marched on threatening the light troops in the woods on the right and placing a gun in the center with good field of fire.

Cannon taking aim

The frenchies in the forest are driven out by the combined effort of two battalions and suffers a few casualties along the way, but back in the town more French troops are arriving.

On the left a fierce battle takes place as the line infantry of the Austrians fight with the light infantry of the French that fights for time so that the supporting units can come in and finish this off.

On the Austrian back field there isn't too much going on, some Jägers and a Landwehr units have arrived, but they are in no hurry to get any ware, content at the moment to let the line troops take the heat.

Overview of the battle, at the halfway point

The French lines form up on the French right, but the field is cluttered and they can't get to grips with the men in white, and have to wait. In the center more troops moves up, getting ready to smash the Austrians.

The light troops are holding on, giving almost as good as they get

Moderate movement in the Austrian reserve

And more or less a standstill in the center and on the right

The Austrian left is still entangled with the light French troops, these was some really hard men here!

But eventually even the hardest Frenchman have to give to numbers and the light troops retreats back, but they are not routed thanks in large to the units supporting them.

On the Austrian right a good round of shooting eliminates the first battalion, they would soon be followed by far more…

Left is the battalion in the woods, struggling to get forward and into lines again.

More Austrian support, in the center two units of Austrian Grenadiers arrive from reserve, on the right the cavalry arrives, driving the French into square out on the flank, also getting the unit in the woods moving and forming lines again. On the left the Jägers and supporting troops moves up, forming a line of battalion masses in front of the French line, and getting some jägers into the forest to counter any breakthrough in that flank.

Left flank, the center battalion had just had a bout with the French, not coming out on top after having fought the light troops for so long.

The grenadiers drove the forward French unit back after a brief close assault, giving them reign of the center field.

Heavy fighting in the center as the columns smash together!

On the left, more close combat occurs as the landwehr charges in, hungry for glory

Over on the right side it's not easy being in square

All over the battlefield battalions are routed, on the Austrian left, both the battered battalion from before and the landwehr are sent packing, in the center the roles are reversed as no frenchie could stand up the grenadiers and on the right the square is destroyed.

Only the fallen now tells where the French light stood and fought.

Thousands of men have left the field, hundreds of them still litters them.

As a revenge on the grenadiers the remaining blues forms into lines and gives a devastating volley into the ranks, but nog enough to break the tall, broad men.

The last battalions on the left duke it out.

French gun line.

Here we had to call it for the night, both armies was in bad shape but not quite broken, we concluded that a draw was the only sensible outcome of this, giving the Austrians a strategic victory in the campaign as the French would be unable to use the road though Teugn, but the Austrians would have to await reserves to be able to mount any pursuit but Napoleon would have to reach Eggmühl without the III korps and Davout, perhaps Archduke Charles could make a that battle a real fight if that was the case.
As it is we will have to continue this line of thought at another time.


Battle Report: Black Powder - Battle of Fort Donelson, febuary 1862

This weekend a few gamers gathered to play a American Civil War game, depicting the battle of Fort Donelson in febuary 1862. I'll give the background to the excellent introduction that our game master wrote for this.

February 15, 1862 Tennessee
"Come on you volunteers, come on. This is your chance. You volunteered to be killed for love of your country and now you can be."
Brig. Gen. Charles F. Smith

During the war the Confederate defence of the Western Theatre was to prove crucial to the outcome of the entire conflict. Unfortunately for the Rebels both the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers pierced their defences and were natural invasion routes for Federal forces. The Cumberland was defended by Fort Donelson, a large earthwork built on high ground just outside the small town of Dover.
After the fall of Fort Henry on the Tennessee River Union troops under Brigadier General U.S. Grant quickly marched on Donelson, laying siege to it on February 12. The Rebel bastion was commanded by Brigadier General John B. Floyd, a man not suited to military command. On the morning of the 15th the Confederates sprang a surprise attack on the besiegers and by midday had shattered the Union right flank and opened a route to freedom. Amazingly the Rebel commanders then decided against further fighting or escape and retired back within their defences.
At the height of the Rebel attack, in an attempt to relieve the pressure on his right, Grant ordered Smith's Division on his far left forward against the Rebel works. As Smith's men, spearheaded by the 2nd Iowa, struggled through the harsh terrain only one Confederate regiment stood between them and the fort, the 30th Tennessee, grievously extended to cover the near empty trenches. Nevertheless, the Tennessean's and the rugged topography held the Federals up long enough for the returning troops of Buckner's Division to stiffen the defence and bring the Yankees to a halt.

I took overall command of the Union side and handled one of our three brigades, while my second in command hand another and then the last was a joint command of whoever needed the troops when they arrived.

First turn of the game, and the Union advances with my reduced brigade on the right and some artillery on the left, the infantry had yet to arrive.

The rebel reinforcements arrive in good order along the road, and occupy the defensive line along the fort, just before the Union could get there.

The union left makes a valiant charge up to the defensive parameters to try to break through the lines, the manpower was on the union side, but the rebels are in a great defensive position…

And with a stroke of great fortune, the rebels break and flees almost immediately, leaving the line in the hands of the union troops.
This caused some panic on the rebel side, and reinforcements was thrown in to contain the breach and throw the blue coats out. At the same time more union reinforcements arrive, taking up position in the centre and advancing in the rebels.

The breakthrough and not a single rebel in place to contain it as more of the union troops get over the line and sets up a pocket to resist and rebel advances.

Rebel reinforcements, but the arrive to slowly for the southerners taste, and many battalions are used to stop the union right flank from cutting of their road, battalions that could have been used in other parts of the field.

Finally the artillery arrives as well as more troops, but at this time there is already another break in the lines, and the centre brigade has moved into the lines, making the rebel position untenable.

There was some militia troops in the fort and to try to delay the union advance they sallied forth and got into an engagement with the union regulars in what was to become a drawn out battle where the rebels held despite terrible odds!

Rebel left flank.

Hard fighting on the flank as the union tries to delay as many rebels as possible while the is centre reinforced.

With the centre reinforced and the first rebel attempt to stop it is blasted away, the rebels throws the hat in and withdraws from the battlefield. Victory to the union forces!
End of game pictures.

There are more pictures and a few more lines about the battle at my fellow commanders blogs:

Please take a look there as well for some more action!