IV French Move First
Orders – Hold
Command Points – 6Artillery fire on nearest enemy infantry, roll 4, miss
Move garrison to edge of farm ready to withdraw
Move square back towards Colbitz
Cavalry about turn and form line
Test morale, total -1, Rout
There are no supports to test morale
1 Prussian Move Second
Orders – Engage
Command Points – 7
2 cavalry brigade still under commandArtillery fire on routed infantry, total 4, miss
Move 3 brigade into farm
Move 1 brigade towards farm in support
Limber artillery ready to move towards Colbitz
Reposition general Yorck
Move 2 and 4 brigades towards Colbitz
4 Prussian (far side of river) Move Third
Orders – Hold
Command Points – 6No action, no enemy in range
2 Prussian (Reinforcements) Move Fourth
Orders – Attack Colbitz
Command Points – 52 corps moves, 16”, towards Colbitz
It is very difficult to withdraw troops already in contact with the enemy.
This is particularly true for a garrison.
First they must move to the centre of the farm
Then they must move to the edge they wish to exit from
Finally they must move out of the farm
This will take three moves, and allows the enemy to cut their retreat
In this case the French artillery protected the exit
The French cavalry protected the garrison from the enemy cavalryTable at end of wargame
End of Battle – Prussian Victory
With the loss of the farm, and one of his brigades in Rout, General Reynier orders a withdrawal towards Magdeburg. His cavalry and artillery are well placed to cover the withdrawal.
There are no Prussians in direct contact to prevent this withdrawal.
French have lost 4 infantry casualties
Prussians have lost 1 cavalry and 1 infantry casualties
Notes on Battle
IV French corps were left to face three Prussian corps and were lucky to escape with so few casualties.
With three of his corps in combat, Prince Blucher should have moved to the battlefield to take command. He could then have ordered 4th corps to attack across the river Elbe.
2nd Prussian corps was too far away to stand any chance to arriving in time to take part in the battle.
It would have been better to order 4th corps to move on Colbitz on Engage status in support of 1st Prussian corps.