DSLB Historial Scenario – Battle of Hagelburg 1813

Battle of Hagelburg was small scale conflict between Prussians and French 27 August, 1813 as part of Prussian liberation. What makes this particular battle attractive, besides of it being relatively small, is the fact that it was one of the first battles fought by landwehr and newly formed reservists. Both a brainchild of Scharnhorst and others forming Military Reorganization Committee.

Troops involved in the actual combat were a bit more numerous than what was fielded in the table and several notorious omissions were noticed after the game (also probable reason why game was won by French way too solidly):

1. There ought to be total of 5 Cossack regiments (Grave mistake – none were present).
2. There ought to be 3 Landwehr Cavalry (Only 2 lancers present and I had nagging thought about the third)
3. French Hussar Regiment should have been understrength and very fragile.
4. French Cuirassier and Chasseur would have been only one squadron each (had one full strength Chasseur).
5. Deployment to the forrest of Belzig wood and accompanying hill was not allowed, causing severe deployment issues for Prussians.
6. Half of Prussian Landwehr were not ‘Elan’, and would they have been, they would not have bogged down to their starting positions, further frustrating point 5.
 

However, the scenario is work in progress and overall, we elected that French were regulars with some battle experience, but no special abilities of faults. Some little weaker than others. To remedy issues mentioned above, following order of battle should be correct and make more balanced game:

French (Breakpoint 8):
7 Battalions of Line (Q4, C4)
3 Battalions of Line (Q4, C3)
1 Battalion of Line (Q3, C4)
1 Regiment of Hussars (Q4, C3, Wavering, Weak) (victory point value 1)
1 Mixed Regiment (Q4, C2, Weak) (victory point value 1)
2 Medium Batteries of Artillery (Q3
 
 
Prussians (Breakpoint 13):
16 Battalions of Landwehr (Q?, C4, Elan)
2 Battalions of Line (Q4, C4, Drilled)
3 Regiments of Landwehr Cavalry (Q4, C4, Lance)
1 Regiment of Cossacks (Q4, C4, Lance, Light) (victory point value 1)
1 Battery of Medium Artillery
 
Prussian Reinforcements – Arrive from Belzig woods:
3 Regiments of Cossacks (Q4, C4, Lance, Light) (victory point value 1)
 
DSLB Hagelburg1

Lubnitz up right, two bigger forests on both sides and the notorious gap. Hagelburg in the middle and next to it the fields represent Windmill hill. Klein Glien on the middle bottom. Two other towns seldom see action on the left. Black thread is used to indicate boundaries of villages and forests.

French are in three commands (cavalry brigade Q4, two infantry Brigades Q4 and CinC, Q4). Prussians have four commands (Two infantry brigades Q4, one cavalry brigade Q4 and Cossacks Q3. CinC would be Q4)

Prussians should be able to set up the main force around Lubniz, and forests on either side. France should setup around Hagelberg, Klein Glien and surrounding heights.


After Action…

While all those changes are to be implemented next time game is being played, little bit too strong French OOB and little too weak Prussian OOB made game interesting, albeit very, very hard for Prussians.  Scenario took little under 3 hours.

Opening setup for both parties. French only have the advance guard in place. Rest will arrive along the road from Klein Glien at later time. Prussians are crowded in the (far too) limited setup areas.

Opening setup for both parties. French only have the advance guard in place and rest will arrive along the road from Klein Glien at later time. Prussians are crowded in the (far too) limited setup areas. Prussian landwehr lancers preparing for their long and tedious march to flank French from the right. Maneuver that proved ultimately pointless, and as soon as they marched around, found way blocked and with no artillery support galloped back.

Prussians advance by the book, in massed formations through the forest, only to meet the deadly fire of French artillery standing behind Hagelburg.

Prussians advance by the book, in massed formations through the forest, only to meet the deadly fire of French artillery standing higher hill behind Hagelburg. Two battalions around Hagelberg pushed back some 8 battalions and while not eliminating any, they effectually stopped the advance – and wore down but not before French cavalry squadrons could finish the job.

Prussian second infantry brigade enter from the edge and is met by well formed French lines - and cavalry.

Prussian second infantry brigade enter from the edge and is met by well formed French lines – and Hussars. French brought in considerable additional forces and for  a moment I thought that the days of the Landwehr at the right flank were numbered. I was proven wrong and saw them standing their ground to the end (somehow Landwehr never fail to surprise me in DSLB).

Prussian advance towards what ended up being the hill fortification next to Hagelberg. Single Battalion kept pushing back Prussians that dared to enter from the forrest in piecemeal. French overpowered cavalry wrecking havoc.

Prussian advance towards what ended up being the hill fortification (Windmill hill) next to Hagelberg. At the end, single Battalion kept pushing back Prussians that dared to enter from the forrest. Battalion momentarily lost ground, recoiled back and then before Prussians could exploit the gap threatened constantly by enemy cavalry, regained the position on the hill again.

Finally, but much too late, Prussians gained control of Windmill hill and French started to retreat.

Finally,Prussian lancers returned from failed left flank attack, scattered Chasseurs and drove Hussars back. This was too little and too late. Prussians finally gained control of Windmill hill and right flanking force routed opposing battalions but not without heavy cost to themselves. French started to pull back to defend villages of Hagelburg and  Klein Glien, but by then Prussian army had had enough and they gave up any further attempts to storm the French positions. What a great difference it would have made to have those Cossacks present.

 

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