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