Tom Thornsen (Prussia) and Bob Demaio (French) attempt to re-enact the Battle of Mars-la-Tour with the Full Battle Scenario “A Day of Battle”. To read Part 1, follow this link.
Phase two: The late afternoon battle.
“Due to getting a bit of a late start, we are only able to complete three turns in this session. The previous report took us through the 2:00pm turn. At that point the French had a slight advantage as they controlled both of their required locations and three of the five variable locations. While the Prussians controlled both of their required locations, there is mounting pressure on the Mars-La-Tour position as X Corps, with only a small infantry brigade and some cavalry and artillery, is tasked with holding back the entire French III Corps and I Reserve Cavalry Division. The Prussian 5th Cavalry Division is in support on the right flank, but their horses will not stand long against the French fire power in that area.
To win the scenario the French need only “hold on” to the current position. Their manpower advantage on their right flank may give them an opportunity to drive on Mars-La-Tour and seize it for a Major victory, but the main body of the Prussian X Corps is advancing and should be able to save the day on that flank…..”
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