sellerhausen (october 18,1813)
The Sellerhausen-Stunz-Paunsdorf area is located at the north-east of Leipzig.
The Saxon army has defected to the Allies, leaving a dangerous gap in the French line. The Durutte 32nd division (Reynier's VII Corps) supported by the Delmas division (Ney's III Corps), is awaiting the attack of the newly arrived Prussians of the Bulow's Corps (Bernadotte's Army of the North) approaching from the north-east. The Prussians have linked with the Austrian Bubna's 2nd Light Division and the Russian cavalry of Platov and Tschaplitz of the Benigsen's Army of Poland arrived from the south-east, so the risk of rupture of the French line seems very serious.
However, Napoleon is at hand and the Old Guard infantry (Christiani's brigade), the Guard heavy cavalry (Grenadiers a Cheval and Empress Dragoons) and a brigade of Heavy Cavalry (Carabiniers and Cuirassiers) are massing for a counterattack addressed to the weak contact point of the two Allied armies.
This combat has a multinational Allied force: Prussians, Austrians, Russians... and British (Rocket Corps) with some colorful units: Austrian Grenzers and Jagers, Russian cossacks, British rocketeers and the Saxon artillery just after joining the Allies. In the French side, there were the Old Guard infantry and cavalry and the Wurzburgers.
I have taken the Lasalle 'Liberation' lists as a starting point, with slight modifications, in order to achieve forces similar in number and composition, to the actual units fighting in October 1813. The statistics of the Subcommanders have been diced out according to the ruleset.
This battle was suggested to me by my old good Argentinean friend Armand d'Arc.
- Maude F.N., The Campaign of Leipzig, Leonaur Ltd, 2007
- Nafziger G., Napoleon at Leipzig. The Battle of Nations 1813, Emperor's Press, 1996
- Plotho C. von, Relation de la Bataille de Leipzig, Adamant Media, 2006
- Smith D., 1813 - Leipzig: Napoleon and the Battle of the Nations, Greenhill Books, 2001
TO THE BATTLE IN PICTURES
Battle map (Napoleon at Leipzig.
The Battle of the Nations1813
Old Sellerhausen map
The actual battlefield
Scenario file for
TO THE BATTLE IN PICTURES
French Forces (Army Moral 56 Break point 19)
GdD Marechal Ney (-1/-)
32nd Infantry Division: 6 battalions)
9th Infantry Division: 69 battalions)
Artillery: 3 foot batteries
Reinforcements Old Guard Infantry: 4 battalions; Old Guard Cavalry: 2 regiments; Heavy Cavalry: 3 regiments; 1 foot battery, 2 horse batteries.
Allied Forces: (Army Moral 68 Break point 23 )
General der Kavallerie Bülow
3rd Brigade: 10 battalions, 1 Hussar regimenbt, 1 Dragoon regiment
6th Brigade: 6 battalions
Artillery: 2 foot batteries
Reinforcements 2nd Austrian Light Division: 4 battalions, 2 regiments, 3 batteries, British rockets; Russian Cavalry Division: 3 regiments, 1 horse battery; Cossacks: 4 regiments
Notes The duration of the game is 24 turns (Bonus Turns are allowed rolling 2D10 instead 2D6). Allied are the first side.
Entry point of the reinforcements
Each of the three French reinforcement units may enter at D2/D3/D4 (40%/40%/20%)
Austrians may enter at A3/A4/A5 (20%/60%/20%)
Each of the two Russians reinforcement units may enter at A4/A5/B5 (10%/60%/30%)
Irregular units (Cossacks)
1) Irregular cavalry units may charge enemy units standing in 'march column' formation.
2) Irregular cavalry units must to pass a 'Discipline' test to initiate the charge.
3) If routed in 'decisive combat' the irregular cavalry unit is immediately broken.
Some sub-commanders, marked with an asterisk, are added to take into account the actual command chain in the French/Austrian divisions and Prussian brigades. In the case of Prussian brigades, the sub-commander can be discretionally used by the Brigade commander to command a battle line or a task force as actually it occurred.
L’Empereur (or the Crown Prince) is here!
Napoleon will arrive with the Guard Infantry while Bernadotte will enter the game table alone, with his escort, like a normal Reinforcement unit (p. 91) at A1. Until the arrival of Bernadotte or Napoleon, the Allied and French C-i-C use, respectively, the statistics of Bulow and Ney. When the sovereigns arrive, the statistics are immediately changed. In the case of Ney, the presence of Napoleon improves him from (-/-) to (+1/*). On the contrary Bulow is worsened by Bernadotte, changing for (+1/*) to (-/-)
Lasalle Advanced/Optional rules in use
Superior Commander (p 75). In use for Napoleon
Unpredictable (p. 76). In use for Prussian Landwehr infantry
Howitzer and Rocket batteries (p.81). In use for British Rocket Corps
Sellerhausen, Stunz and Molkau are targets for both French and Allied forces. These villages must be occupied (or enemy free at least) at the end of the game. The loss of Paunsdorff or Reudnitz implies the end of game and the automatic loss of this for Allied or French respectively.
See a story version at the Project Leipzig (1813) blog
THE BATTLE IN PICTURES