sellerhausen (october 18,1813)

The plans of the generals
Allied Plan  French  Plan
(1) The Prussians to hold the French while the villages are taken (2) The Austrians support the attack on the villages and turn the right French flank (3) The Russians to outflank the French cutting their retreat line. (1) To maintain the Prussian right flank (2) To support the holding and eventually take the villages (3) To outflank the Allied with the Guard Cavalry breaking the centre with the Guard Infantry.
Both sides envisaged almost the same plan: to hold the enemy in the center while making an outflanking movement. However the fight in the center scaled up, fixing some of the French cavarly reinforcements.
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The first moments
The cavalry combats in the French right flank
The fight in the French left flank
L'Empereur in problems!

French losses
Infantry: 6 battalions
Cavalry: 3 Regiments (including two Old Guard units)
Artillery: 8 guns
General Letort dead.

Allied losses
Infantry: 6 battalions
Cavalry: none
Artillery: none

Sellerhausen, Stunz and Molkau ended in Allied hands, the French losses were higher than the sufferend by the Allied.

In the 'Pursuit and Victory' check: The French had 2 and the Allied had 33 Pursuit points, so the Allied pursued the beaten french.

The Allied achieved a DECISIVE VICTORY.
The French suffered additionally, the shameful rout and dispersal of two famous Regiments of the Imperial Guard: the Grenadiers a Cheval de la Garde (a.k.a. the (fallen) gods) and the Dragons de la Garde (a.k.a. Dragons de l'Imperatrice). The presence of l'Empereur in the battlefield has added insult to the injury. The numerical superiority of the Allied cavalry, that mustered until five cavalry regiments against two, was the main cause of this unexpected rout. The death of the General Letort, commanding both Guard regiments, in the first hand-to-hand combats, avoided the use of his favourable tactics modifier, thus also contributing to the rout of these previously invincible warriors. On the contrary, the Grenadiers a Pied de la Garde maintained their reputation, with the 1/1st Grenadiers smashing a Prussian Reserve batallion and leaving the field unmolested. The Guard Horse Artillery was at last deployed and used to cover the retreat of the rest of the French forces.
The rest of the battle was on head-to-head fight between French and Prussian infantry. The French were garrisoning the twin villages of Sellerhausen and Stunz with the Durutte's division, but were outnumbered and evicted from Stunz by the Hessen-Homburg's Prussians in that zone of the battlefield. The superior weight of the Prussian artillery fire forced to the removing of the French artillery of the front line. Whereas Stunz was taken by the Prussians, Sellerhausen remained in French hands during all the battle, and was only evacuated, in an orderly fashion, when the left flank units left the field in the last stages of the fight.
In the French left flank, the Delmasīs division faced the Kraft's Prussians. Here, the figth was more leveled although so fierce asin the rest of the battlefield. The French maintained their terrain, and only retreated when the ir right flank collapsed.
In summary, the result was similar to the historical facts. In the real world, the attack of the French cavalry was unsucessful because of the lack of infantry support, and the French were forced to retreat towards Leipzig.


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