A few weeks ago I played another battle with Black Powder rules. As the terrain from previous battle was still set, this clash was the second battle of Waldenberg;) The battle itself, as well as a description of the preceding maneuvers, are fictitious.
Po pokonaniu Rosjan VIII Korpus pomaszerował na Chemnitz, gdzie miał połączyć się z innymi oddziałami Wielkiej Armii i prowadzić działania przeciwko Armii Czeskiej księcia Shwarzenberga, jednak manewry sprzymierzonych doprowadziły do zaniechania tego planu i zmusiły wojska napoleońskie do odwrotu.Książę Poniatowski, powiadomiony o obecności wojsk pruskich w Altenburgu, spieszył na północny- zachód, przez Waldenberg, by osłonić cofające się prawe skrzydło wojsk francuskich. Niestety, Prusacy forsownymi marszami dotarli do miasteczka w tym samym momencie, co Polacy. Bitwa była więc nieunikniona.
After defeating of the Russians 8th Corps marched to Chemnitz, where he had to join forces with other units of the Grand Army and carry out actions against the prince Shwarzenberg's Army of Bohemia, but allied maneuvers led to the abandonment of this plan and forced Napoleon's forces to retreat. Prince Poniatowski, informed about the presence of Prussian troops in Altenburg, marched quickly north west, by Waldenberg to protect the right wing of the retreating French army. Unfortunately, the Prussians reached the town at the same time as the Poles.Tthe battle was inevitable.
|Straż przednia VIII Korpusu księcia Poniatowskiego/ Prince Poniatowski's 8th Corps vanguard|
Poniatowski, knowing that his forces are weaker, decided to take the city as soon as possible and defend it until the reinforcements arrive. 1st Infantry Regiment ran and formed a line in the main street of the city, awaiting the arrival of columns of Prussian Landwehr. Białkowski's voltigeurs, 3rd InfantryRegiment and Vistula Legion followed and the cavalry formed in the field, covering the southern flank.
|1. Pułk Piechoty/ 1st Infantry Regiment|
In the meantime he situation in the city little changed- on the left flank of 1st Infantry Regiment, at the bridge, Vistula Legion stood in line, and on the right, behind the city- 3rd Infantry Regiment. Voltigeurs occupied the buildings at the southern end of the bridge, and artillery, under the cover of the 5th Regiment of Chasseurs a Cheval, unlimbered on the road to Callenberg.
One of the landwehr battalions managed to form line and protect the remaining troops, which reorganized ranks and formed columns. The fierce exchange of fire continued in the town, and although the Poles had the upper hand, they began to suffer losses. 3rd Infantry Regiment, in the prevailing confusion, misunderstood an order instructing him to form on the right flank of 1st Regiment and instead went to the left, crossing a stream. The situation began to be dangerous, because the right flank of 1st Regiment was threaten by one of the Landwehr battalions, but fortunately it wasn't eager to the assault and only fired to the Poles from between buildings.
The Prussians took the initiative and began to push the Poniatowski's forces everywhere. Fusilier battalion, supported by a squadron of horse landwehr, crossed the river to threaten to the left flank of Poles. They got the fire from Polish skirmishers hiding in buildings, Prussian cavalry fled, but fusiliers accurate fire silenced the artillery, which withdrew from the battlefield shielded by the 5th Regiment of Chasseurs a Cheval.
Among the buildings of Waldenburg the fierce struggle continued. Prussians formed a column and charged the 1st Infantry Regiment, which bloodily repulsed the first assault. Von Klux's units attacked meanwhile along the river, but Vistula Legion hold their ground and forced attackers to flee. Then Poles moved to the right flank to reinforce the defense on that sector. 3rd Infantry Regiment took place of the Vistula Legion at the bridge. Prussian landwehr again assaulted on the 1st Regiment, and this time the overwhelming numerical superiority of the Prussians, and fatigue of the Poles brought efect- Polish infantry escaped from the field.
At this point we had, unfortunately, to end the battle. According to the scenario objectives, the Poles have won by controlling the bridge at the end of the battle, but they wouldn't hold much longer- numerical superiority of the enemy was too high. Fortunately, on the horizon the new units of 8th Corps appeared, which fueled a broken line and pushed back the Prussians, securing crossing for the rest of the army.