Sunday, 10 April 2022

Gera Campaign – Day 9

9 May 1813 – Central Germany – Day 9

In the north 5th French army attack Naumburg

2nd Russian army abandon the city and retreat east to Kretzschau

In the centre 4th French army occupy Jena

1st Russian army retreat to Jena


In the south 6th French army rally, regroup and resupply at Sulza

3rd Russian army rally at Lederhose


Both armies are both now low on supplies and in need of reinforcements

Neither are capable of renewing hostilities

The French have failed to take Gera

However they have finally forced the Russians to retreat from the border

It is a limited French victory, but still a victory.


After nine days the French have won the Gera campaign phase.

They have won four of the six battles fought


Despite this it has not been an easy or a clear cut victory for the French

They have failed to take their campaign objective, the town of Gera

Indeed they have been hard put to establish themselves in Gera District


Strange that the Russians never seem to do well in the campaign.

Out of 16 phases fought so far, they have only won three.

There is no obvious reason for this, they are similar quality to the French.

Their cavalry are weaker, having two Cossack brigades

But their artillery is stronger, having more 12 pounders than the French

So in theory the two should balance each other.


Looking forward to returning to Spain for the next phase


  1. Thistlebarrow,

    An interesting conclusion to the campaign, with neither side achieving an all out victory. As far as I can judge it, this was a realistic result considering the armies fielded by both side.

    All the best,


    PS. It’s a great pity that other visitors don’t leave comments. Yours is a blog I always enjoy reading, and it deserves more feedback.

  2. Hi Bob

    Far more interesting than a one-sided campaign when one side has a run of victories.

    It is a pity that more visitors don't leave comments. There are quite a few followers, but almost none comment. I don't really know why, perhaps it is my writing style ? It would be nice to get more comments, but as I have said before I write the blog for my own satisfaction.

    I suspect it is not unusual, as I have read on other blogs where writers have lost interest in their own blog because of lack of feedback. As I have said before, I do the blog for my own satisfaction, and as a means of self discipline. Having a blog to write each week gives me an incentive to keep the campaign going. When I started I never expected to get much feed back, nor indeed much interest. So the fact that there are more than 100 followers is a source of satisfaction, even if they don't feed the need to comment.

    But thanks, as always, for your comment




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