Wednesday, 9 September 2020

End of Brunswick Campaign

Battles fought during Brunswick Campaign

This was the first campaign fought during the reorganisation of the campaign to include a higher level of command.   It was never intended to change this element of the campaign.   The campaign at army level, and the battles fought as wargames, has always worked well.  In fact it was important that the new higher level of command did not affect this satisfactory part of the campaign.

There were five battles during this campaign.   Napoleon won three, Blucher won two.    All of the subsequent wargames worked well, and were enjoyable.   They were not in anyway affected by the new level, even the campaign and wargames maps look the same.

But in the background there was a lot going on.

It is too early to say whether the new level of command is working or not
Brunswick Regional Map

This is the where the new level of command comes in.

This campaign took place in the centre of the nine squares.   Each square on this map is a wargames table.  

The previous system was simple.   At the end of this campaign I would put a coloured star on the map of Northern Germany.  This was to indicate which side won, and would show a record of who won each campaign phase.   However I would pick the location of the next phase at random.   Usually because that particular town had not been used before.

The new system makes this an extra dimension of the campaign.    Corps are placed on this map to show where they were at the end of the previous campaign phase. They would be limited to one corps per square.   This means each corps occupied a wargames table size area.   Each army will occupy one of the nine districts of the region.   I must now decide how I am going to carry on this layer of command to produce the next campaign phase in Northern Germany.

Ideally I would eventually use all nine districts as campaign phases.  But I will have to create a narrative which makes sense of it all.

In this particular campaign it has worked out well.   The Prussians have retreated behind the river Elbe, a logical move for a defeated army.   The next logical move would be for Napoleon to attack Magdeburg in the next campaign phase.   But if the Prussians are defeated again they will retreat off the map.   I will have done a lot of work to produce just two campaign phases.
I will have to give some thought about how to create this new grand strategic aspect of the campaign.   Perhaps it will involve some liaison between the Prussian, Russian and Austrian armies.   So that a victory in one theatre will have an effect on the other two.


  1. Hi Paul,

    Thanks for another interesting campaign to follow! I wonder what the next layer will do. Reading the map of North Germany you posted earlier, it seems you are rather confined in where to go next?

  2. Hi Yuri

    Glad that you enjoyed the campaign phase.

    The concept for the new higher command level is that up to nine campaign phases can be fought in each region. There are three regions in north Germany. Osnabruck is the French rear area, Berlin the Prussian rear area and Brunswick the area of conflict between them.

    There are nine districts in the Brunswick region. Each of them is a possible campaign phase. Only one of them, Brunswick, has been the subject of a campaign phase so far.

    At the end of this campaign phase the French are in Brunswick and the Prussians in Magdeburg. The next phase could be Magdeburg. But I would prefer that it should be another of the centre districts, either Wismar or Dessau. This would allow both the French and the Prussians to retreat should they need to, without leaving Brunswick region.

    The purpose of the higher level of command is to provide a narrative which would allow this to take part.

    That is the theory. Not sure how the practice is going to work out.




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