Sunday, 2 May 2021

Branau Campaign – Day 3


2 April 1813 – Southern Germany – Day 3

By the end of today all 12 corps will be reduced to one days supply

In the north 7th Bavarian army retreat having lost the battle of Bayerbach

1st Austrian army occupy Bayerbach

 

In the centre both 8th Bavarian army and 2nd Austrian army attack Branau

 

In the south 3rd Austrian army retreat having lost the battle of Eggelsberg

Battle of Branau at start of game

The fortified city of Branau dominates the centre of the table

It is unoccupied at the start of the game

Entry is only possible through one of the four gates

 

Both commanders took command of a reserve of two brigades each

They carried out the battle for the city, which ended with the Austrians in control

 

The Austrians won the battle fought north of the city

The Baden corps lost four brigades in rout and retreated

 

The battle south of the city was a draw

But the Bavarian corps had to withdraw having lost the city and northern wing

 

The Bavarians lost 4100 men and four brigades in rout

The Austrians lost 2600 men and one brigade in rout

 

Comments

Both armies were close to the city at the start of the game.

Neither side had any advantage in numbers or fighting ability

Both created a reserve of two infantry brigades to fight for the city

The result was a fast and enjoyable wargame, which was decided by the luck of the dice.   Both sides had an equal share of good and bad dice.   But the Austrian good dice came at the right time, the Bavarian at the wrong time.

After three days and four battles the campaign has now reached an interesting stage.   Both armies are low on supplies and should pause to resupply and reorganise. 

However although both armies appear to be in a similar situation it is not necessarily the case.   A lot depends on the exact distribution of casualties in each corps.    Also the ease with which each corps can resupply, the distance from the nearest depot and how many days supply in that depot can make a huge difference.

And finally the balance of these circumstances may make it advantageous for one army to risk a battle, and the possibility of running out of supplies, to gain a temporary advantage.

Until I update the campaign map, orders of battle and supply status I will not know

2 comments:

Robert (Bob) Cordery said...

Thistlebarrow,

Yet another interesting situation, with the Austrians appearing to have the advantage ... but not such a decisive one as to assure them of victory.

The next couple of days look like being very interesting.

All the best,

Bob

thistlebarrow said...

Hi Bob

This campaign phase has reached the critical stage very quickly. I think this is largely due to the new larger armies, and the separation of the three army boundries. This has resulted in battles being fought each day, rather than a couple of days movement between battles. At present I quite like this faster flowing type of campaign, though I do miss the lack of manoeuvre before battle.

regards

Paul