The second battalion of the second Polish Line Regiment has finally raised their flag/standard and marched from the recruiters office on to that rather dangerous place – they field under the stewardship of von Peter himself.
The more observant and educated of The dear readers will notice that the mounted officer amongst the ranks is not the usual Polish Infantry Mounted Office. Sadly the battalion’s officer corps has been hard hit so an ADC has been tasked with leading the battalion until things are sorted. Besides the Front Rank Figurines range only has one Polish Infantry Mounted Officer and one could easily get bored with seeing the same old figure over and over. 😇
With active service in the field there comes the associated and inevitable issues resultant from not properly cooking the sausages …
One more battalion to go to complete the infantry component of the 27th (Polish) Division of General de division Dombrowski circa 1813.
As always with the Poles of von Peter himself … Front Rank Figurines; pigmentation by Nigel Fun-nell; flag from GMB Designs; horse and basing by von Peter himself.
The two images are clickable for a larger and clearer view.
LEIPZIG: THE BATTLE OF NATIONS A Wargamer’s Guide to the Battle of Leipzig 1813
LEIPZIG: THE BATTLE OF NATIONS A Wargamer’s Guide to the Battle of Leipzig 1813 is quite a mouthful of a title. To its credit it does however seem like quite a tasty mouthful.
Just recently published – 18 August 2022 – by Helion & Company with a complement of 134 pages, 8 black & white illustrations, 33 colour photos, 9 colour maps and 12 tables. This has suddenly and spookily appeared as a gaping hole in the library of von Peter himself! We must have it!
The official blurb …
The Battle of Leipzig was the biggest battle of the Napoleonic wars, involving over 500,000 men. Until the First World War, it was probably the biggest battle in human history. It was also known as the Battle of the Nations because it pitted the forces of France and its satellite states and allies (including Italians, Poles and forces from the minor German states), against those of Russia, Prussia, Austria and Sweden. The fate of Europe hung in the balance. Napoleon’s defeat decided the outcome of the campaign of 1813 and pushed the French back to France.
The battle took place over several days (14-19 October 1813 including the battle of Liebertwolkwitz), and naturally breaks down into distinct phases and sectors. This guide helps wargamers refight the battle on a table top with model soldiers, either as one large battle (suitable as a club game), or broken down into a series of smaller battles covering the different sectors. The smaller battles can be played as individual games or linked together in a mini-campaign, the latter giving strategic dilemmas for each of the commanders to resolve.
The guide sets out the strategic situation in central Europe and contains a thorough but clear account of the historical battle. It provides detailed orders of battle of the opposing armies, scaled down orders of battle for game purposes, maps of the historical events, stylised maps for laying out wargames tables, and instructions for each scenario and the mini-campaign. Design notes explain the rationale and historical background to the scenario instructions.
The scenario maps are set out on square grids for ease of setting up tabletop terrain. Any set of wargames rules for the period should be able to be used to play the scenarios. The key points for the game army lists are the number of units and their quality. There is a section that discusses the quality of the troops of the various nations involved.
A discussion of the historical battle raises questions about the decisions made by the actual commanders. These can be explored by the wargame commanders, for example by their allocation of forces to different sectors (within historical constraints), their deployment within those sectors, or timing their use of reserves. Was Napoleon’s defeat inevitable? Wargaming is a form of counter-factual history, and the guide includes a variation which may answer the question, ‘What if Napoleon had recalled the Dresden garrison?’ Napoleon had agreed with Marshall St.Cyr that it would be madness to leave his 50,000 men in Dresden rather than concentrate French forces for the decisive battle Napoleon was seeking. What if Napoleon had not changed his mind?
Many thanks to Peter O’Brien for supplying the heads-up on this book in a comment on the previous post in this here blog. Much appreciated.
WARNING: the Helion & Company website is a VERY dangerous place to visit. The dear reader’s credit cards have been warned.
Until we meet again …
von Peter himself