Dresden (october 17, 1813)
saint-cyr tries to break the siege

INTRODUCTION
While Napoleon was finding his fate around Leipzig, Marshall Saint-Cyr was shut up in Dresden with the I and XIV Corpss, closely watched by units of the Russian Army of Poland (also known as Army of Reserve) commanded by Osterman-Tolstoy.
On 17 October, Saint-Cyr decided to attempt to break the siege, and launched an attack with four infantry divisions and a weak light cavalry division from the Grossen-Garten and the Moczinskischen Garten against the Russians forces facing him and entrenched behind some redoubts. The Russian forces were mainly composed by Opolchenie (militia) infantry, Cossacks, Baskhirs and a small core of Russian and Austrian regulars, and were easily routed by Saint-Cyr. However, and because of the weak French cavalry, the Allied were allowed to withdraw and the French were forced to take the initial positions.
This Scenario is based in that combat, and involves in the French side, the 1st and 43rd Infantry divisions and the 10th Light Cavalry division (as reinforcements). The Allied force is composed from the Markov IIIís Advance Guard (regular), the Opolchenie corps* (See Note below) of Myromoc and Titov, the Bagrationís Cossack division and a small Austrian brigade used as reinforcement.

Bibliography
- G. Nafziger, 1813 Leipzig. Napoleon and the Battle of the Nations. The Emperor Press, 1996
- A.V. Viskovatov, Historical description of the clothing and arms of the Russian army. V 18. Irregular troops and temporary forces 1801-1825, Saint Petersburg, 1851 (Translated by Mark Conrad, 2011)
http://marksrussianmilitaryhistory.info/Visk18.html

TABLE-TOP ADAPTATION

THE BATTLE IN PICTURES
        
Alison's map Esposito-Elting's map Game map
     
 The actual battlefield 
 
 Russian deployment
 
 French Deployment Opolchenie
 
Scenario pdf file for 'Dresden'
 
THE BATTLE IN PICTURES


Summary of the oob
Allied Army  (Army Moral 50;  Break point 17)
C-i-C Osterman-Tolstoy
Advance Guard
Muromoc and Titov
- Infantry
: 6 battalions
Opolchenie
Markov III
- Infantry
: 7 battalions
- Artillery: 1 Position, 1 Light and 1 Horse battery
- Cossacks: 5 sotnias/regiments
Reinforcements
Austrian Brigade  Chasteler
- Infantry: 3 battalions

French
Army
(Army Moral 39; Break point 13)
C-i-C Saint-Cyr
1st Division
Cassagne
- Infantry: 5 battalions, 1 foot battery
43rd Division Claparede
- Infantry: 10 battalions, 1 foot battery
Reinforcements
10th Light Cavalry Division
Gerard
- Cavalry: 3 regiments, 1 horse battery

Notes Notes The basic duration of the game is 24 Turns (3 hours). Bonus Turns are allowed rolling 2D6 ( p. 66 of the e-Lasalle book). The French are attacking and are the first side..


OPTIONAL RULES
Reinforcements
Use 2D6 for the Arrival Turn (p. 91 of e-Lasalle). The units arrive in march column or attack column as desired.
Allied
Austrian infantry: Arrival Turn: 2D6; Arrival point D3-D4-D5-C5 (10%/20%/50%/20%)
French
10th LC Division: Arrival Turn: 2D6; Arrival point A1-A2-A3-A4-A5  (20%/30%/20%/20%/10%)

Opolchenie units
Opolchenie units have Unpredictable esprit and can begin the game in Entrenchments in Line formation. (See p. 117 of e-Lasalle)

Optional rule for Cossacks (and other irregular cavalry)
(1) Irregular cavalry units may charge enemy units standing in 'march column' formation.
(2) Irregular cavalry units must to pass a 'Discipline' test to initiate the charge.
(3) If routed in 'decisive combat' the irregular cavalry unit is immediately broken.

Victory conditions
As per Lasalle rule-book.


* Note about uniforms and flags
At the time of this battle (fall of 1813) many of the Russian Opolchenie forces had changed their original uniforms and had an aspect more similar to regular Russian infantry units. See the Viskovatov book included in the Sources. See also the Olpolchenie flags.

         

See a story version at the Project Leipzig (1813) blog


THE BATTLE IN PICTURES

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