Battle of Prague

After an unscheduled business trip, two weeks with the flu afterwards, and the standard hullabaloo around Christmas I’m finally putting up this AAR.

As anticipated from the balance of forces it wasn’t much of a battle, but that’s the beauty of campaigns: sometimes you get very asymmetrical engagements. As a side note, after looking at this set of pictures I replaced the hideous green on my table with two very nice Cigarbox game mats.

As a reminder from the previous post the opposing forces looked like this.

The Forces:

Prussians Austrians
Grenadiers 4 Brigades 2 Brigades
Musketeers 5 Brigades 9 Brigades (1 reduced strength)
Fusiliers 4 Brigades N/A
Cuirassiers 5 Brigades 4 Brigades
Dragoons 3 Brigades (1 reduced strength) 0
Hussars 1 Brigade 0
Artillery 4 Heavy Artillery units 2 Heavy Artillery unit

In the rules I use, Might & Reason, the Prussians are significantly better than the Austrians on a unit for unit basis. In this case with ~25% more infantry and over 2X the cavalry, it promised ill for the white coats.

And so it went. The Austrians deployed along a hill line a ways behind a stream. It was considered to deploy right up against the stream to take advantage of the difficulties in fording under fire however it was judged that the Austrians had insufficient men to cover the length of the stream and would have left themselves open to outflanking from the more numerous, and more speedy, Prussians. They fervently hoped that either a) part of the Prussian army would not arrive on the field or b) if it did all show up that night would fall before they were too badly bruised.

 

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View from behind the Austrian lines. Schwerin’s contingent of Prussians can be seen approaching from beyond the stream.

 

The Austrians were forced to stretch their lines in order to make a flank attack less likely. This left them dangerously thin across their entire front. Unfortunately for the Austrians, all the Prussians made it to the table and they did it in a timely fashion with the entire army advancing by mid-morning.

 

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Advance of the Prussians. Frederick’s contingent has arrived and is crossing the stream while in the background Schwerin’s group continues their advance.

 

 

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Austrian view of the approaching Prussian hordes.

 

It didn’t take long for the Prussians to engage along the entire Austrian front. Their basic plan was to tie up all the Austrian front line and use a wedge of Grenadiers to drive a wedge through the relatively weak Austrian center.

 

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Looking down the battle line. The Prussians are massing to drive a wedge through the Austrians and into the valley between the hills.

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View from behind the Prussian line as the armies meet.

 

In the end it didn’t take long for the Prussian plan to succeed. Under the grenadier bludgeon the Austrian center melted away. The wings held a while longer but they were taking horrific losses from the rapid Prussian fire. By early afternoon they were falling back behind the walls of Prague. Now the question will be can the relief army save them before the city falls.

 

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Breakthrough in the Austrian center.

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Austrian left still holding but the losses are mounting quickly.

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End of the battle. The gap in the Austrian center is now huge. Time for the remnants to run away.

 

The Prussians ended up losing the equivalent of 2 infantry brigades and 2 cavalry brigades. The Austrian losses were more significant with no less than 7 infantry brigades and 2 cavalry brigades being lost. Including the Reserve army the Austrian/Russian forces still outnumber the Prussians but the advantage is being whittled down quickly.

 

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Luke the Corgi says Merry Christmas!

 

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One response to “Battle of Prague

  1. Ariel Pereira

    I am planning on running this campaign solo in the near future. Excellent AARs! Hope you can continue with the write ups. Loking forward to seeing what happens when the Russians arrive.

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