8 April 1813 -
Southern Germany - Day 9
The Austrian supply situation continues to improve
However both armies have suffered heavy casualties
In the north 7th Bavarian and 1st Austrian armies rest
In the centre 8th Bavarian and 2nd Austrian armies
resupply and reorganise
In the south 3rd Austrian army attack Burghausen
Burghausen at end of move 10
To attack Burghausen, 3rd Austrian army must
first cross the river Inn
The river, and the town, is defended by 9th
Both armies start the battle with heavy campaign
And the French outnumber the Austrians by one infantry
The Austrian CinC creates a reserve by taking the cavalry
brigades from both corps
He commands the reserve, and crossed the river Inn out of
range of the French artillery. By doing
so he pins 18th French corps.
In the south, 5th Austrian corps is the
weakest Austrian corps. They deploy
close to the river and pin 9th French army on the hills south of the
6th Austrian corps, supported by the reserve,
make the attack. They take the northern
half of the town, but are unable to take the other half.
9th French army attack 5th French
corps. Despite suffering heavy
casualties they rout the Austrians.
At nightfall both sides are shattered. However the Austrians have failed to take the
town, and their left wing is routed. At
nightfall they retreat back over the river Inn.
Both armies have heavy casualties. But both have also had time to rally and
regroup. The cavalry have suffered
badly, and all four brigades have casualties.
Attacking across a river is always difficult. In our rules infantry can ford a river at
half movement rate, and are disordered whilst they do so. Artillery and cavalry must use a
bridge. They are always a lot of
bridges, so it is possible to attack, but never easy.
It is even more difficult if the defender is stronger
than the attacker. The French have one
more infantry brigade than the Austrians.
But they must cover the whole length of the river, whilst the Austrians
can choose where to attack.
The French deployed on high ground north and south of the
town, within artillery range of the
western bank of the river Inn. Their
commander took infantry from both corps to reinforce the town garrison.
The 6th Austrian corps was the stronger of the
two, and made the main attack directly against the town. They were supported by the cavalry
reserve. With a little luck they manged
to take the northern half of the town.
But they were too weak to attack the southern half.
17th French corps was strongest. As soon as they realised that they
outnumbered 5th Austrian corps they moved forward to attack. They suffered heavy casualties, but their
cavalry brigade managed to cross by the defended bridge. They broke the stronger of the two Austrian
infantry brigades, and the weaker one joined the rout. Without infantry support the gunners had to
Neither side won the battle. But the Austrians failed to take the
town. In addition their left flank was
broken, and their lines of supply in danger of being cut. They were forced to retreat and concede
A very complicated battle, which is quite difficult to
describe. But a really interesting one
to game, particularly for me as the Austrian commander. Jan thought that she had lost the game,
because she lost more casualties than me, and had more brigades in rout. But she has three infantry brigades left, to
my two. And they were in position to
hold their half of the town, and even attack the two Austrian infantry brigades
Had the Austrians fought a second day, and then lost,
they would have been destroyed. By
retreating they still formed a threat to 9th French army, and
prevented them moving north to support the remainder of the French/Bavarian