Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Battle of Salzwedel - Move 8

1500 to 1600

4 April 1813

Table at the start of Move 8

French Move First

Orders – Engage

Command Points – 4

Artillery fire on town, the only target within range, but miss

Poniatowski orders his leading brigade into the town in skirmish order

He remains close to the town to control the skirmish

Prussians Move Second

Orders – Engage

Command Points – 6

Bulow orders the artillery to fire on the enemy guns, they miss

He also orders the infantry out of square and into line

He then rides to the village to take command of the fighting there

Both infantry brigades in the village are in Skirmish order

They exchange fire, but neither score a hit

Rule Note

A general must be within command range to issue orders

So he must be within 8” of his artillery of the end of the move to fire next move

On Engage status the general must fire or skirmish if he can

When one side skirmish with the other, both fire

As both of these brigades are equal this is a dangerous manoeuvre

If the Poles lose this skirmish they will lose the battle

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