The first Prussians to cross the river Elbe were 2nd corps who entered
5th French corps had orders to hold
The table consists of squares G7, G8, G9, H7, H8, H9, I7, I8, I9.
The village of Calbe is the objective
French (Jan) deployed either side of Calbe
Prussians (Paul) enter from the right
This was the first game fought in the new campaign.
Jan commanded the French army, I had the Prussian army
With only one corps on each side there was no CinC.
Corps commanders were allowed to change their orders for the use of 1 pip
French in defence had to deploy their figures on the table before start of game
Prussians arrived on blinds and remained hidden until spotted by FrenchBATTLE REPORT
The Prussians advance either side of the
The Prussian cavalry threaten the enemy infantry, forcing them to form square, and forcing the gunners to abandon their guns and seek shelter in the square. Three infantry brigades form column ready to assault the enemy centre, while the fourth brigade holds the high ground and the artillery covers the right flank
French cavalry advance to threaten the Prussian flank, but the Prussian artillery fire on them drive them back.
Two Prussian infantry brigades, supported by heavy cavalry, break the French infantry to the right of Calbe (nearest camera) who rout. Remaining two Prussian infantry brigades storm Calbe, supported by artillery. Defenders retire after a brief defence.
Prussian - convincing victory, suffered only light casualties
French - retreat under cover of darkness, will take at least two days to recover