DANZIG (FALL 1813).THE WAGON TRAIN
TABLETOP TEASER scenario ADAPTED for divisional napoleon's battles
This combat is an adaptation of the Tabletop
Teaser "The Wagon Train" published in the old "Battle for Wargamers" by
C.S. Grant in April-May 1978 and now revived in the blog
Table Top Teasers.
The time is Fall 1813 near
where French and Rheinbund forces have been besieged
for some months and are badly in need of reinforcements and supplies of
all sort. A big wagon train, escorted by a strong guard, is at last
arriving the town. The blockading Russian/Prussian forces have been
harassing the column for many days but today is their last chance to
prevent the supplies and reinforcements from enter Danzig, so they can
be expected to attack in force.
The Scenario is intended for
Divisional Napoleon’s Battles (NBd).
The French order of battle is adapted from the Nafziger's book 'Napoleon at
Leipzig. The Battle of Nations 1813'
in the case of the French and from a post from Steven H. Smith'in the
for the Russian ambushing force. The
Digby's data book (p.480) has been also used to complete the above
French Supply Force
The Supply Force enters in the first turn at a maximum distance of
4” form the B1-C1 end-road. Its order of march must follow the SOP for
such columns :
Vanguard: 9th Polish Uhlans 12PdLC; 4/4/2S 20FrLT ; S
Main body: The rest of the infantry and guns,
interspersed amongst the wagons and/or protecting the flanks of the
convoy as desired
Rearguard: Provisional Dragoon Reg. 14FrDC
The wagons may only move on the roads but any unit entering on road can
deploy oft the road after it has been on the table for one move period.
If a wagon is immobilised or destroyed on the road, no other vehicle
may pass it. It then requires 1D4 moves with assistance of any friendly
touching unit (other wagons inclusive) for the wagon to be manhandled
off the road allowing other wagons to pass.
Each one of the French Garrison units may be released only after its
commander pass a successful command test. The Garrison guns are mounted
on the ramparts so are immobile.
Each of the four Russian Column Commanders rolls 1D6 for arrival point
and 2D4 (2D3,2D5,2D6) whose sum is his arrival turn. The deployment of
his forces is diced out for each individual unit: Its arrival turn is
found by rolling 1D6: 1-2 same turn than Column Commander, 3-4 one turn
later, 5-6 two turns later. Its exact arrival point is found rolling
2D6 whose sum gives the distance in inches to their respective Column
Commander and a coin determines the flank, heads being right flank and
tails left flank of the Column Commander.
The Russian C-i-C enters with one of the Columns chosen by rolling 1D4.
He is attached to that Column until un-attaches himself.
All die rolls were made with EXCEL as outlined in the
Napoleon's Battles page.
The main goal of the French Supply column is to reach the safety of
Danzig with the greater possible number of wagons. The game would be
drawn if the French got at least the half of the convoy wagons into
town by last turn. The French will win if more of one-half arrived
safely. All the three roads (A5, B5, C5) lead to the town.
During the Seven Years War the Prussians suffered a similar
incident when carrying supplies to the force besieging Olmutz. A
Prussian convoy of 4,000 wagons was attacked in June 28,
1758 by an Austrian force. The escorting was 9,200 strong with
over 4,000 civilian baggage attendants and 16,000 transport horses
whereas the Austrian force was around 8,200 strong. The engagement
finished with the Prussian defeat.
Nafziger G. ‘'Napoleon at Leipzig. The Battle of Nations 1813”, The Emperor Press,
Smith D, “The Greenhill Napoleonic Wars Data Book”, Greenhill Books, 1998
Ney M, “Military Studies”, Bull and Churton, 1833
Wilson P, “The ambush of the Olmutz convoy at Domstadtl. June 28-30, 1758”, The Seven
Years War Association Journal, VIII (4), 1996 (available at magweb.com:
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