1 April1813 – Southern Germany – Day 2
In the north 1st Austrian army attack 7th Bavarian army at Bayerbach
In the centre 2nd Austrian and 8th Bavarian armies deploy at Branau
In the south 3rd Austrian and 9th French armies fight a second day at Egelsberg
Battle of Egglesberg move 4
Battle of Egglesberg – Day 2
During the night routed brigades were removed
Everyone else was allowed to redeploy within the square they were in
None were allowed to move closer to the enemy
The French held the southern half of the town, the Austrians the northern half
The Austrians were allowed to fully occupy their half
The battle started with both sides in very close contact
On the left the French infantry advanced
The Austrian cavalry moved forward to charge them
But the supporting French cavalry counter charged
The Austrians lost the melee and routed
This allowed the French infantry to continue their advance
In the centre the French guns were within close range of the enemy held half of the town. As soon as they opened fire, the Austrian infantry started to withdraw. But they suffered too many casualties, broke and ran.
On the right the French infantry entered the woods
As they neared the northern edge of the woods they were attacked by an elite jager brigade. The French won the melee and the jagers routed, taking a landwehr brigade in reserve with them.
By lunchtime the French held all of the town and the woods
The Austrian commander ordered his army to break contact and retreat.
Battle of Bayerbach move 12
Battle of Bayerbach
9th Bavarian corps held the town at the start of the game
They sent two of their four infantry brigades to garrison the town
The rest of the corps deployed to the right of the town
10th Bavarian and 1st and 2nd Austrian corps all arrived at the start of the game
1st Austrian corps artillery bombarded the town at short range
Two infantry brigades then stormed north Bayerbach
They quickly routed the two Bavarian brigades in the town
However they were unable to take south Bayerbach
10th Bavarian corps took and held the southern half of the town
2nd Austrian corps attacked the remainder of 9th Bavarian corps
They won the initial cavalry melee and forced the Bavarian infantry into square
The much stronger Austrian corps quickly broke and routed the rest of 9th corps
Most unusual to have two battles in one day
Day two of Egglesberg opened with both sides in close contact
The battle was quickly decided and ended in a French victory
Bayerbach was a much more interesting battle.
9th Bavarian corps was outnumbered by 1st and 2nd Austrian corps
They had to hold both halves of the town
This allowed the Austrian artillery to fire on the garrison at close range
An infantry attack quickly routed the two Bavarian brigades in the town
The arrival of 10th Bavarian corps brought balance to the battle
They quickly took south Bayerbach and held it until nightfall
9th Bavarian corps lost two infantry brigades in the town]
The rest of the corps was outnumbered by 2nd Austrian corps
They suffered heavy casualties and four of their six brigades were routed
Having to fight two battles in one campaign day meant we spent more time than usual at the wargames table. Each battles takes about a week to wargame. So there was a two week break from the campaign, which is a long time.
I would much prefer to fight just one battle each campaign day. The campaign is still fresh in my mind when I transfer the result back to the campaign map.
But Egglesberg was too close to call at the end of the first day of battle. I felt it was right to fight a second day, even though I expected that it would not last long.
I could have delayed Bayerbach to day three of the campaign. But there was no sound campaign reason to do so. Common sense might well suggest that it really didn’t matter, as it is a solo campaign.
But it is important to me that both each battle/wargame and each campaign day make sense and react to defeats and supply problems. Otherwise there would be no sense if running the campaign in the first place.