In the north Marshal Augereau's advanced guard encounters the advance guard of Prince Hohenzollern as the two divisions meet outside Adelsdorf late in the afternoon. A short sharp action ensued as the two sides fought for the town but ultimately it remained in Austrian hands. Although the French could claim a small victory, in truth the Austrians pulled back due to lack of forces and to consolidate for the next day when the rest of the corps arrives. The French obliged and withdrew their own forces to do the same. Both sides now awaited the imminent arrival of their armies.
The forces for the first day are as follows:-
Division. GD Marchand
Brigade. GB Guillaume
2nd Vistula regt = 3 batts
11th line = 1 batt
43rd line = 1 batt
45th line = 1 batt
2nd line lancers = 2 sqdns
7th dragoons = 2 sqdns (3rd & 4th)
Brigade. GB Moreau
8th(?) Duchy of Warsaw = 1 batt
21st line = 2 batts
2nd hussars = 2 sqdns
Strength: infantry 7,050
Total 8,690 inc. artillery (12 guns)
Division. GD Brady
Brigade. GB Hohenfeld
7th line = 2 batts
34th line = 1 batt
Landwehr = 2 batts
1st hussars = 2 sqdns
3rd uhlans = 2 sqdns
Brigade. GB Wittzingerode
8th line = 2 batts
37th line = 1 batt
Landwehr = 1 batt
1st chevauxlegers = 3 sqdns
Strength: infantry 7,200
Total 8,960 inc. artillery (12 guns)
a dirty little town back then
This would be the centre of their line..
..seen here again from a distance..
The Austrian centre/left
..and what the gunners could see straight ahead..
..or what they could 'actually' see!
You get an idea of distances here in this scale.
In reality, this is only 4 foot!
..and seen here from the rear
Landwehr support a line battalion. Guns on the ridge behind
This battery was knocked out entirely by some well aimed counter-battery fire
Hohenfeld inspecting the line
The Austrian left wing, Wittzingerode's brigade..
..seen here from the town
to counter the enemy guns on the ridge
toward Hohenfeld's brigade
artillery on the ridge, and a serious threat from allied
cavalry this unit suffered casualties and retired without firing a shot
supported by a French battery which immediately opens fire
on their way to counter a threat looming in the centre
The French centre/left. At the start of a long artillery duel
The 1st chevauxlegers. Acting like they were on the parade ground
these troopers seemed to be 'surveying' the field!
Taking fire from Guillaume's artillery, they at last decided
on a suitable target. Or indeed, were obligated!
of days ago in which they destroyed a battalion, the
3rd uhlan's see the approaching men of the Vistula
units now lined up to assualt the French left
the Vistula battalions form squares
third fails a morale test. It was in the rear, and
so made a lucky escape
Those that stayed had a hot time of it!
on their way to see off some dragoons. Or so they wish!
them the new target and vere off in that direction
leaving the lancers to do little damage
have made it accross the plain despite losses...
At this stage on the Austrian left, Hungarians clash with Poles
The two batts of the French 21st line in support of the Poles.
This regt lost it's third batt out foraging the other day
Hungarians after a volley
2nd hussars looking to charge the Hungarian line
Men of the elite company
Back on the Austrian right, infantry about to form into line
take more casualties from huge volleys as they
approach the infantry
with the fire from a French square inficting casualties
including their commander...
their own lines
cavalry are soon stopped in their tracks...
out-skirts of the town
The lead squadron of dragoons was almost wiped out!
Both regts retired after this but were still a threat to the allied right,
namely Hohenfelds infantry
Meanwhile the fire-fight continues on the allied right but dies down
as Hohenfeld makes a fighting withdrawal. The Poles however, didn't follow
the strategical situation as the rest of the corps moves closer
The first day could be counted as a draw and really needn't have happened. With limited forces on both sides and too spread out for any tactical use, the commanders were wise to call off any further attacks. The town itself had no strategical value and the French were happy to leave it in enemy hands.
Guillaume's artillery did exeptionally well in knocking out the enemy battery on the ridge as well as cover the brave Vistula regt.
French casualties were apprx 650 with the loss of two guns.
The Austrians lost apprx 450 and five guns. The 1st hussars lost a hundred men alone and were reprimanded for their follies!
The second day (hopefully next weekend) will be the first corps level game for this blog and it's gonna be fairly big. Both sides I'm sure will fight hard to win the first victory in this campaign. Will Augereau please his emperor? We shall see...