|The Prussian Malachowski Hussars push back the Hadik Hussars to clear space for the advance to continue.|
|Mean while Graf von Strudel advances forward, the Starhemberg regiment deploying into line to cover the hill.|
|It looks like the Austrians are going to be able to prevent the the Prussians escaping with their loot.|
|The Prussian fusiliers march over the hill while the Hussars do their best to clear the last of Nokedli's troublesome Hungarians.|
|A command failure sees von Strudels brigade march further towards the bridge than planned.|
|The battlelines begin to draw up. Having seen of the Hungarians, the Hussars turn to join the fray.|
|The musketry duel erupts - the Kaiser regiment has deployed too far to the north! They are enfiladed by canister from the redoubt across the river!|
|The Kaiser regiment breaks, but this is mirrored by the actions of the Prussian Prinz Heinrich regiment on the hill.|
|Hopefully in the lee of the hill the Prussians will be able to rally. The von Trumbach Freikorps reach the top of the hill and take their place.|
|Von Strudel chases his men, eager to rally them back to action.|
|Meanwhile the musketry duel continues while the Prussian Hussars get into position to mount a charge.|
|Von Strudel rallies the Kaiser regiment with promises of not marching them into cannon again!|
|And von Kasenstein manages to do the same with the Prinz Heinrich regiment!|
|The Prussians charge the Wallis regiment, only to lose an element and a morale test to closing fire.|
|Back they go to lick their wounds...|
|The Kaiser regiment and the Prinz Heinrich fusiliers have returned to the fray, although the Starhemberg regiment is now looking a little shaky.|
|Nevertheless they manage to stagger the Prussian Freikorps with their volleys.|
|Once more the Prussian Hussars charge|
|And the Wallis regiment is routed.|
|With the northernmost Austrian regiment out of the way, the column of loot can now cross the bridge.|
|The Kaiser regiment wheels slightly and begins to blast the pesky Hussars!|
|Miraculously von Strudel manages to rally the remnants of the Wallis regiment.|
|Only to see Starhemberg's men break.|
|The supplies begin to disappear over the bridge|
|To be joined by what is left of the Malachowski Hussars|
|'But the battle is that way!'|
The Prussian artillery in the redoubts was not allowed to fire at long range - conserving powder you see, but was allowed to use grapeshot to defend the bridge.
The heroes for the Austrians were undoubtedly the Hungarian Batthanyanyi regiment that held the Prussians in place for so long and gave the Austrians a chance to win the scenario. The villain was von Strudel, whose poor command decisions allowed him to lose his advantages early on.
On the Prussian side the Fusilier regiment Rohr was steadfast in all that it did, never taking a backwards step. Von Kasenstein can expect a dressing down for his inaction before the Hungarian brigade, though.
This game was played using my heavily adapted Horse and Musket rules, based on Neil Thomas' Introduction to Wargaming. There is nothing wrong with Keith Flint's Honours of War rules - in fact I highly recommend them. But because I (re)wrote these rules, I know them well. I seldom have to look anything up. I also plan to use them for the Great Northern War and War of Spanish Succession, and I know what adaptations will be used for each period to give them their unique feel. And I've just finished rereading some interesting comments from Stuart Asquith that reinforced that one should use what rules one feels comfortable with. I've made a page for the rules now, so feel free to take a look.
' And so after quite a struggle, von Kasenstein managed to get the captured supplies back across the river. However, it will be some time before the units he took with him are ready for action again - with the exception of the Regiment Rohr, which performed prodigies in his Majesty's service. On reflection it was probably a mistake to send von Kasenstein - he is reliable but all too deliberate. This raid called for a Freikorps leader with a little more initiative. Of course, if events had transpired otherwise and Old Fritz discovered I had lost line troops under the command of a scoundrel, he would have my head. Such are the difficulties of command my love. I shall write again soon enough.
Balthasar, Graf von Pritzwalk'