Saturday, 3 February 2018

The siege of Colslau begins

Following the skirmish at Brudenitz the survivors of Kessel's command retreated into Colslau, except for the Hussars who moved north to allow for raids on the Austrian supply lines. The Austrians are now able to set up siege lines on all sides of the city.
Here are some photos of the siege's progress:
The northern bank and the Hungarian Brigade that has been sent to blockade it. This offers the most direct line of assault, but is at the very end of the Austrian supply lines, so von Schilcher has decided to simply blockade here.
The Western suburbs over the Rotwasser are the easiest to access for the Austrians. It has been stoutly defended however,as can be seen by the Austrian casualties outside the breach. The town is on fire here.

South of the Elsa the suburb of Onszow burns. On first arriving the Austrians tried to storm the defences. The results can be seen in no-man's-land.

The Hungarian siege lines. Engineers busily go about their work.

A supply column winds its way into the Austrian lines south of the Elsa.

Inside Colslau the 47 Rohr regiment which fought at Brudenitz is held in reserve for any breaches made.

To the north, outside of the siege lines Prussian Freikorps and Austrian Grenzers eye each other over the Rotwasser.

An aerial view of the Austrian lines south of the Elsa.

Colslau under siege.
 Colslau's position is important. If the Austrian's take it they will have excellent communications with the Russians operating to the East. It won't be long before Frederick dispatches a relief expedition. The odds on favourite to command it will be General von Pritzwalk, who gave such sterling service in the last campaign on Rotwasser.

And the most recent regiment to join the Austrian army, IR 43 Platz. 
Nate

9 comments:

  1. A beautiful site for a siege, lokks superb!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Phil. It was nice to see my new river laid out on the table.

      Delete
  2. Excellent looking layout, Nathan and IR43 is superb! Who is the source of your fine buildings and what scale are they?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Jonathan. The main town is total battle miniatures big battalions 15mm Europe range http://www.totalbattleminiatures.com/bigbattalions/15mm/blackpowdereurope.html while Onszlow is some home-made Italian buildings that I picked up from a Christmas market in Rome 14 years ago (no online source for that one I'm afraid), the walled buildings are from Old Glory 25s https://www.oldglory25s.com/index.php?cat_id=1004&catname=%2715mm%20Northern%20European%20Buidings%27

      Delete
  3. A very effective looking siege game.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Cheers Peter. This siege is just for show at the moment - it is going to lead to a couple of small games just north of here though.

      Delete
  4. This is I'm sure one of the dumber questions you've been asked, but did you use your Horse and Musket rules (accessible through the header) for the game?

    Moronically yours,

    Chris Johnson

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Not a silly question at all Chris. Last year I played with the Horse and Musket rules in most of my 7 years war games, but this year I'm making an effort to use Honours of War for this whole campaign. I usually prefer to fight with rules that I've written (or altered), as I know the bits and pieces intuitively without too much reference to the papers, but if I play a game enough, it ends up in the same category, so the idea is to thrash HoW and see how I go.

      Delete