Monday, 26 October 2015

1809 - The Battle of Linz-Urfahr

 Time has passed sufficiently for me to write this account and spin....err...give an accurate rendering of this action...
In 1809, or nearly ten past six as it's called in the UK, a sharp battle occurred on the Danube at Linz.

 The forces were of the 1st French empire represented in the blue corner by the Wurtemberg forces Gen. Dominique Vandamme wife of the famous kick-boxer and theatrical artiste and her friend Gen. Jean Bernadotte soon to be Royal hermaphrodite of Sweden, apparently... commanding the Saxon troops...
 In the red corner and sponsored by a famous detergent manufacturer (who can remove even blood from your whites) we had the Austrians under Arch Duke Charles who could marshal Austrian troops like no-one else (probably the best laager in the world?)
 We began with Wurtemberg dashing over the Danube at Linz and holding the plain...
 ...this is it...hay stacks secured...
 Meanwhile, the cavalry dash to Urfahr to grab the bridge
 As you can see the Danube really is blue...and, according to Ferdy, easily fordable!?

 The view through the pass towards the Danube
 Beautifully painted Wurtemberg troops advance with confidence....
 Even though just a few inches away the Austrian forces begin to arrive
 ...equally well painted, or course...
 The pass is secured...
 ...and reinforce with artillery...
 and the rest of the III Corps infantry debouches onto the table
 This is the only time I have ever played on this style of terrain...
 The Wurtembergers have occupied the redoubt but are under almost immediate attack from the Austrians.
 The hex terrain builds layer by layer into the topographical arrangement of your choice...
 ...there are road and river sections too....
 ...and some of the hexes are sloped to give slight gradient rather than the step up sections that usually define level changes.
 Wurtemberg, for the most part when not scaling cliffs or swimming rivers, stood to and successfully fended off some tremendous attacks

 Urfahr was the scene of contacts between a mixed Austrian force and the Wurtemberg cavalry

 The infantry took substantial losses...on both sides...
 The contest was bitter. It began to look as though someone was disregarding there orders
 The Austrians just kept coming...
 The high ground was occupied and reinforced. Now Linz and the road the reinforcements would come along were dominated by the Austrian guns!


 The Wurtembergers were on a rather sticky wicket...and the bowled balls weren't leather...
We'll be fine behind these haystacks sir

 The redoubt was the centre of the defence of Linz. If it fell the town would be assaulted from the east as well as the north....

 Linz gets some cavalry support.
 Gunners down at the other crossing back up the cavalry in case it all gets unfortunate...


 There seems to be no end to these Austrians...
 They clash on the plain yet again...
 Troops gather for a fresh attack on Linz. This time from three directions at once...
 ...the town is close to falling
 ...not even the courage of the Wurtembergers will save them from so many in such a concerted attack
 Blood gathers in great pools like giant tiddly-winks

 They are being overwhelmed...

 ...and the cavalry are throwing themselves at the infantry with little hope of holding them back until the Saxon corps arrives...
 Where are the Saxons?

 After heavy resistance...and the final arrival of the Saxons....
 ...the grenadiers pour into town...and the Saxons contest the bridge
 The sacrifice of the Austrian has been for nought. Linz falls but not the precious bridge.
 The last of the Wurtemberg troops perishes in a pyrrhic kind of defence.
 ...the bridge does not fall but is contested from the other bank
 Resistance is futile but the Wurtembergers have resisted to the end....
 A blocking force is quickly set up and reinforcements are sent for...
 Taking hits from the high ground and trying to force the bridge on a necessarily narrow front the Saxons begin to suffer terrible casualties in their turn...
The sign of the tea cup! Victory!
 The plain belongs to Austria. The enemy is wiped out!
The action for the bridge become a slog...

 The jammed up force of Saxons swap cannon balls and insults over the Danube
 The Saxons are legion!
 Serried ranks swing down the road to Linz...
 ..but a draw is declared. The Saxon manager said "We was robbed!" but the ref had blown for full time and the butcher bill had to be signed off.
As you can see from this grave yard shot there were many times the casualties of the actual day. Wurtemberg may have set the scene for a victory as per historically but orders were disobeyed and it left the way open for Austrian to use her initial numerical superiority to contain the battlefield.

Great game, great trip. Great to be back in Ulster again after quite a while.

Thanks to Kraken man for the hospitality and the run ashore. Let's hope that this is the first of many!

4 comments:

  1. Smashing old boy. Tried counting the minis but me head caved in.

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    1. He has a ton (or should that be a tonne) of stuff all superbly painted and finally getting a game. I was like a kid in a sweet shop.

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