Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Battle of Kein Berichtsdorf

To the most illustrious Hertug my nephew,

I hope this letter finds you in good health and listening to your sound advisers.

Our forces did confront those of the Lichtenzbalers over the town of Kein Berichtsdorf. In the engagement the damned Prussians came on hard but our line held. Upon realizing the town held no strategic significance and that the army of Count Anton von Wattsenburg was arriving to cut us off I ordered a general withdrawal and we left the field in good order.

Withdrawing in "good," order.

Of the light casualties we suffered the majority have been replaced from our depot battalions with only a small number of conscripts being called up. Further IR. 4 showed great aggression and a high level of morale and are now considered an elite unit with a reputation to uphold. Further rumours are spreading that we have gathered interest of a notable personage who is on route to our camp.

A notable approaches General Knuth.

The Lichtenzbalers seem to have no interest in pursuit and are more than happy to dawdle in Kein Berichtsdorf and further upsetting the local populace with their rude and callous behavior. Our agents within the force have informed me that their lazy and incompetent general has not even sent notice to his sovereign of their so called "victory." This should allow us to seize the initiative and the upper hand and confront Count Wattsenburg at our leisure and on ground chosen by us.

Lazy ball lichters.

In your service,

Uncle Jacob

Friday, November 15, 2013

Battle of Delheit Seivhngs

It gives me great pleasure to provide more details of the glorious and comprehensive victory of Brigadier General Battenborough over the dastardly French reported first two days ago. The Battle of Delheit Seivhngs was achieved during dusk of the day. However, the Allied cavalry had been saved for the pursuit and so the French army could be chased and significantly harried for a significant part of the early evening.

The Battle was focused on the town, with the French setting up to defend the village from a frontal attack and their cavalry defending the woods on the refused left flank. This means the French commander seemed to be happy to delay and defend, not really making an offensive move, safe in and around the town.
Rather than attacking the frontal defenses though,  through the localized terrain the Brigadier General set up his infantry on the open grasslands on the refused right and then started marching towards the town on this side.

The French cavalry retired from the British infantry attack, and although they moved into a threatening position on the flank of the British army, they never followed through with the attack.
This forces the French forces to react to his unorthodox deployment and although the infantry assault was achieved with some confusion, the first units engaged and destroyed the French artillery, capturing the guns.  

The French, mostly elite infantry was not taking this lying down though and so had maneuvered to meet the British infantry. A stiff fight for several hours then ensued with both forces heavily engaged, both in an exchange of musketry as well as hand to hand combat.  The British  11 & 20th regiments of foot as well as the Hanoverian Foot Guards were heavily involved in fighting. During this time, the 23 & 25th regiments of foot were so heavily engaged that their whole battalions will have to be rebuilt with the reinforcements that have just been requested.
British troops assault the French line
 While this was occurred the Hessian Leib and Hanoverian Fabrice & Stolzenberg regiments had advanced to engage the threatening French cavalry, relieving some of the threat and pressure from the threatened Royal Artillery guns.

The combined pressure was telling on the French though and even though they put up a determined fight, they were being pushed back and the town was exposed to attack. The tide was against the French at this point. Their plan to hold out until he end of the day, but realization was dawning that this may not be fast enough.
Heavy fighting in the outskirts of the town
This forced one last push from the French commander to try to hold onto the town, but this exposed the French and the defeat of this attack was the final straw of the French morale. After this last push was defeated by stalwart British and German defenses,  the French army routed rather than retreated back in order. Even the Guard that are in the core of the French army can only take so much pounding. With the route, that was the battle won, as this lead to the rest of the  army braking fleeing the field.

Brigadier General Battenborough is the toast of the nation because of this victory over the French. So raise your glass to such a comprehensive victory in this ongoing war.
Brigadier General Battenborough's command after the battle

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Seige of Tronnoburg

From the office of Herr Maior Robertus Fordheim of Tronnoburg, for immediate release:

My people have told me that the slanderous Tronnoburgzeitung has been saying that our great city has been defeated by elements of the Marlenedietrichstein army. It's totally untrue! We never fought! I'm gonna tell my brother on you! I've saved this town thousands of pfennigs!


From the front page of the Tronnoburgzeitung, 23rd May 1762:

Herr Maior Robertus Fordheim of Tronnoburg is in hiding after the town's defenders (accompanied by units of the Rastenberg army) were apparently involved in some sort of scuffle yesterday with the forces of tiny, plucky Marlenedietrichstein. A source who did not wish to be named said "he's holed up with his pipe and a large pile of pies ranting about, well, everyone really."


From the office of Herr Maior Robertus Fordheim of Tronnoburg, for immediate release: 

It's all lies! We never fought any battles! Well, ok, there was that one battle, but we totally won it! They didn't even come close! Now we should put this all behind us and work on passing my legislation to outlaw all foot traffic in favour of horse and carts in Tronnoburg.


Further update from the office of Herr Maior Robertus Fordheim of Tronnoburg, for immediate release:

Ok, so when I said we won, that was a mistake, but I was in a drunken stupor. It was definitely a draw though. And it was only once.


From the front page of the Tronnoburgzeitung, 5th June 1762:

Further details are reaching us concerning the alleged seige of Tronnoburg. Apparently Herr Maior Robertus Fordheim's chief of staff, the Notable Boris Katzenov, has fallen on his sword, and rumours reach us that others associated with the Maior's office have also left.


 From the office of Herr Maior Robertus Fordheim of Tronnoburg, for immediate release: 

Remember when you asked me a question a month ago? Yeah, that one. I did take part in a battle with Marlenedietrichstein, and we did lose. It was all a mistake, and I didn't tell anyone, but we didn't lose any men, so it wasn't a big deal. We should all move on from this and get back to work increasing taxes on the peasants so I can buy more pies and this really good coca tobacco that those explorer guys brought back from the New World. You should try the white powder form, it's way better than the leaves.


Further update from the office of Herr Maior Robertus Fordheim of Tronnoburg, for immediate release: 
Whargarbl mistake [unintelligible] you bastards [unintelligible] I was inebriated you fuckers whargarrrrbl it's all embarrassing. I'm not drunk you know. Ok, so we lost a few guns from our artillery, but that's all! Leave me alone! I want my pies!


From the front page of the Tronnoburgzeitung, 12th June 1762:

We are now hearing that the the leader of the Rastenberger cavalry who fought under Herr Maior Robertus Fordheim was captured by Marlenedistrichstein in the battle while he was attempting to charge at the redoubtable infantry of that great nation. We have approached the Maior's office but he refuses to speak, since he is hiding behind his desk and won't come out to face the music.


From the office of Herr Maior Robertus Fordheim of Tronnoburg, for immediate release:

I'll murder the fucker! Give me 15 minutes! In my underpants! Saying I'm a liar and that I lost that battle! It's all bullshit! It's a Marlenedietrichsteiner conspiracy! Can we put all this behind us now and move on? There's nothing else to be said!


Further update from the office of Herr Maior Robertus Fordheim of Tronnoburg, for immediate release:

I wanna make a clean break. Ok, so we didn't just lose our artillery, we also lost most of our cavalry too. But that was it! It was still a draw! I'll sue if you say otherwise!


Further update from the office of Herr Maior Robertus Fordheim of Tronnoburg, for immediate release:

Ok, so we also lost most of our infantry too. And we may have suffered a major defeat and lost the town. But it was just a mistake while I was drunk that one time, and I have no reason to resign just because I was the leader of the defences! Vote for me next year!


From the front page of the Tronnoburgzeitung, 23rd June 1762:

We can now reveal that the town of Tronnoburg under the control of Herr Maior Robertus Fordheim of the Rastenberg was thoroughly defeated and sacked by Marlenedietrichstein, with few survivors. Casualties amongst the Austrian clients were light, consisting of three units of infantry who were swiftly replaced by depot battalions. In the celebrations that followed the great victory, two of the Notables associated with Marlenedietrichstein, the Reverend Howard Whitehouse and Filip Koreczki announced their retirements, wishing to leave active service while they were on top on their game. The deposed Maior is believed to be holed up in his Krackenhaus, surrounded by his dwindling yes men, pie crumbs all over his shirt, and having apparently lost his trousers in another drunken incident, still ranting about "those bastards, I'll fucking murder them. Where's my pipe? I'm not resigning you know!"    

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Battle of Knotadrop

Ladies and Gentlemen of the court, I am happy to announce that Brigadier General Battenborough has accepted the surrender of the Prussian army at the conclusion of the battle of Knotadrop, on the outskirts of our Hanoverian lands.

The battle was a long time in occurring with both the Prussian and His Majesties forces being distracted with other activities in the long, hot summer months. 

Enjoying the summer sun in Germany
However, even though the both commanders were a little worse for wear from those summer activities, and rusty about the intricacies of command, the campaigning season started again earlier this month. Their forces had always been in the field through this time though as the war still was in effect. It seemed from this battle though that the British foot may have kept up their musket drill and maneuvers over the break better than the Prussians, who have a lot of elite cavalry.

This engagement comes after the disastrous last meeting these two armies. That was seriously affected by weather and rain really stopped play for the British that time. So in this case the General worked to make the meeting of the armies was in the dry, with no weather being a potential factor.
Prussian cavalry in summer training
The Prussians were posturing in the hill country just on their side of the border near Knotadrop and so the wise General decided to move his forces there to see if he could tempt the Prussians to attack. Even though the Prussians had the advantage of more troops suited for this terrain and a large superiority in mounted troops they could not resist, as the General expected and so attacked the British force securing the town. This allowed the British and Hanoverian forces to fight a defensive battle, against the odds of it happening.

The general setup most of his forces on the left side of the town of Knotadrop, with the British cavalry doing their usual role of a reserve force. The Prussians in response set up all their regular infantry directly opposite the generals foot with their large mounted wing even further to the left.

The battle started with the royal artillery bombarding the Prussian foot, which started to cautiously advance towards the British line. At the same time, the Prussian mounted wing moved slightly round the flank, keeping pace with their foot, but obviously angling to try to flank the British line of foot.

British foot move forward to the Prussian foot
When the Prussians got close though, the British line sprang into action, surprising the Prussians. The British infantry moved forward into musket range, while leaving a refused flank of units turned towards the flanking Prussian mounted wing. The superiority of the Hanoverian and British infantry drill soon started to tell on the Prussians even though the firefight was not as intense as has been seen in other battles. This was obviously because the Prussians knew they were loosing the foot engagement and were there to buy time for the flanking cavalry to hit home.

Unfortunately, due miss communication and overconfidence one of the refused Hanoverian units theHardenberg & Knesebeck, then proceeded to move forward exposing themselves alone to the Prussian cavalry! This forced other units moved up to support them, but this put them at higher risk from the large Prussian mounted wing.

Prussian cavalry charging (British artist impression)

The Prussians did not hesitate and sent many waves of attacks at these somewhat exposed foot units. The Hanoverian and supporting units though fought well and beat off the waves of cavalry attacks.

While this was occurring, the infantry battle was turning decidedly for the British with Prussian unit after units being broken and driven from the field. This of course allowed the victorious foot units to turn and flank the remaining Prussian foot units. This just increased the chances of those also breaking. This in the end allowed a somewhat confused, but so far victorious battle line of infantry was now be facing the Prussian cavalry. The Prussian cavalry had been making successive charges against the British foot. 

Prussian horse vs. British infantry
In this conflict the Hardenberg & Knesebeck could no longer hold and broke due to this pressure but the others were successful in holding off these attacks. But, with the British foot now focused completely and facing to the Prussian horse, it started to suffer from the same musket drill that had destroyed their foot units.

With their entire formed foot units running for the hills and just the elite horse units left, the Prussian commander decided that he would prefer to save the rest of his army and so asked for terms, which were granted.
Prussian command and elite horse units leave the field
So another success for Brigadier General Battenborough and unaffected by weather this time. It was noted that the British Cavalry never moved in the battle and sat in their reserve positions making commenting about the impressive charges of the German elite cavalry. As one whit commentator said, “It’s the thing they are best at - doing nothing suits the British cavalry.” Although to be fair they did win the previous by holding the enemy cavalry.