Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Salzwedel Campaign – Day 6

Campaign Map on 27 September 1813 

After five days of fighting both armies are desperate for resupply and reorganisation
Both French and Prussian corps are down to 2 days supplies
If a corps runs out of supplies it will suffer attrition casualties

There are sufficient stocks to resupply both armies, but they are in the wrong place
Due to corps constantly moving, only the main corps have sufficient supplies

2nd Prussian corps has to retreat into Salzwedel
The reserve corps has to retreat behind the walled city
1st and 3rd corps both halt, regroup and resupply

All four French corps halt where they are to regroup and resupply

There are just enough stocks to resupply each corps with one days supplies

Blucher orders redistribution of supplies from Salzwedel to Schenga and Kladen

Napoleon orders movement of supplies from Weyhausen to the new depot at Kuhfelde

Campaign Notes
The campaign supply rules are really very simple
But they are also very effective.

Each army always has a minimum of 20 days supplies
This is four days per corps and four days in reserve
This is the combined total of supplies with corps and in all depots
If the army falls below, the balance is delivered to the main depot

Each depot receives one days supplies for one corps each campaign day
A depot much have a full strength infantry brigade as a garrison
It takes a brigade one full day to establish a depot
Up to four days supplies can be moved between depots each day
They can move a maximum of three squares per day.

Each corps starts the campaign with four days supplies
Plus four days spread between the depots

Each corps can carry a maximum of four days supplies

For at least three days there is no problem, whatever the army does
But unless they receive supplies each day, they will start to run low
This is particularly so when there is a lot of movement and fighting

Often a commander will have to decide whether to continue to advance
Or to stop and resupply, or perhaps move his supplies around


  1. Paul,

    I've been trying to follow the most recent moves in this campaign whilst at sea, and I've enjoyed it tremendously. I'm certainly looking forward to seeing what happens next!

    All the best,


  2. Hi Bob

    Thanks for your comment

    Glad to hear that you are enjoying it. It is just the highlights and some comments on this blog. If you want to follow the campaign in more detail you should have a look at the Campaign Diary blog here

    Sounds like you are on another cruise? We are in summer mode here in Spain. From June to September we have a summer routine which means avoiding much activity between 0900 and 2000. Fortunately the wargames room is the coolest in the house, so we get much more wargaming in during the summer than the rest of the year. You may have noticed I am posting twice a week to keep up.

    Hope you have a great cruise. I really envy you those cool sea breezes



  3. Paul,

    We were on a cruise to Madeira and the Canary Islands, with a short stop at La Coruna on the way back.

    The weather was generally quite mild (nowhere near as hot as in southern Spain) and we love being at sea. (Unlike some cruisers, we like relaxing and reading on sea days.)

    All the best,


  4. Hi Bob

    It sounds like a very pleasant way to spend a few days.

    I see from your blog that you go on quite a few cruise, or perhaps it just seems like that. It must be nice to have a type of holiday which you know in advance you are going to enjoy, and which you do not have to spend weeks planning.

    We have never been attracted to a cruise. We prefer walking holidays. Usually we plan our own holidays, and have spent many such walking Napoleonic battlefields. But they do take a lot of planning and preparation.

    At one period we used to go on guided walking holidays in the UK. They were all based on a country house style holiday, with a choice of three walks each day. We did them for about ten years. The beauty of it was that you could explore an entirely new area without having to plan a single route. And always had lots in common with the other guests. I imagine that a cruise must be similar?

    Enjoy your holiday, and the apparently good weather in the UK when you get back

    best regards


  5. Paul,

    Those supply rules sound brilliant. Simple, but most effective and capturing the key aspects that you'd want to.


  6. Hi James

    I must admit I am very pleased with the supply rules

    When I started campaigning I found myself using increasingly difficult and complicated supply rules. The campaign administration became more and more time consuming, and I was spending more time keeping the stats up to date than wargaming.

    The advantage of these rules is that they are very easy to update and maintain, and there are real consequences for a corps that runs out of supply. When I put my campaign hat on I find that the first thing I look at is the number of supplies held by each corps. If one has been reduced to one day, or even two days, it has a real effect on what options I have.




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