Wiederitzsch (October 16, 1813)

INTRODUCTION
This combat took place during the first day of the battle of Leipzig (16-18 October, 1813). The twin villages of Gross- and Klein-Wiederitzsch formed the right flank of the French line during the battle of Mockern, fought between the Bluecher’s Army of Silesia and the Marmont’s VI Corps.
The combat involved the Russian’s Army Group of Langeron and the Dombrowski’s 27th Polish division, reinforced by the Delmas’s division of the Souham’s III Corps, escorting the train of the III Corps towards Leipzig. The action starts at 15h, immediately before of the arrival of the Delmas’s division. The OOB of both armies have been downgraded to make units of more manageable size.

Bibliography
-
Smith, D. "1813 Leipzig. Napoleon and the Battle of the Nations".  Greenhill Books. 2001
 - L.G.F.
, "Mémoires de Langeron, Général d'infanterie dans l'armée russe".  Paris. 1909
- Fabry
, G. ".Journal des opérations des IIIe and Ve Corps en 1813" Paris. 1902
- Nafziger
, G. "Napoleon at Leipzig. The Battle of Nations 1813". Chicago. 1996


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Summary of the oob
Polish/French Forces (Army Moral 42; Break point 14)
27th Polish Division Dombrowski
- Infantry: 4 battalions, 1 foot battery
- Cavalry: 2 regiments, 1 horse battery
6th Light Cavalry Division Fournier
- Cavalry: 2 regiments, 1/2 horse battery
6th Heavy Cavalry Division Avice
- Cavalry
: 1 regiments, 1/2 horse battery
Reinforcements
9th Division Delmas
- Infantry: 7 battalions, 2 foot batteries
23th Light Cavalry Division Beurmann
- Cavalry: 2 regiments, 1/2 horse batter
Baggage train 3 units

Russian Forces:  (Army Moral42;  Break point 14 )
C-i-C Langeron
AvantGarde
Rudzewitsch
- Infantry: 4 battalions, 1 foot battery
- Cavalry: 7 regiments, 1 horse battery)
X Corps Kapsewitsch
- Infantry: 4 battalions, 2 foot batteries
Reinforcements
X Corps Olsusief
- Infantry: 4 battalions

Notes
The duration of the game is 30 Turns. The Russians are the first side.

OPTIONAL RULES
Optional rule for baggage units (As for my suggestion in Lasalle e-book p. 143)
(1) The wagon moves as if it were a foot artillery unit, always limbered.
(2) The wagon neither fires nor can charge the enemy. It has only one formation: limber. It does not block line of sight or fire. It may not be fired upon.
(3) Friendly units may move through it, as they move through a limbered artillery unit.
(4) Any enemy unit - regular or irregular - may charge the wagon, as long as that unit is eligible to charge (it is in a formation that permits it to charge, it is facing the right way, etc.)
(5) In its reaction phase, the wagon may attempt a Fall Back, as if it were a foot artillery limber. It succeeds on a roll of 4+, but if attacked by enemy cavalry, it must re-roll a success, even if within 1BW of friendly infantry.
(5') If it fails to fall back, then the wagon is automatically captured in the ensuing combat. Combat must be “resolved” against it, as if against any other unit, but the resolution consists simply of removing the wagon, advancing the enemy unit(s) that captured it 2BW, and awarding the captured Objective to the enemy.
(6) Any enemy unit that contacted the wagon suffers 1DISR, unless that would break it. (The men are dispersed, plundering the loot). The unit must then take a discipline test. If it fails, it is marked in some way, showing that it is disordered and still plundering.
(7) A unit that is still plundering is considered “Out of Command” for the entirety of its side’s next turn.

Optional rule for Cossacks
(1) Irregular cavalry units may charge enemy units standing in 'march column' formation (including baggage units).
(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.

Objectives
Klein Wiederitzsch, Gross Wiederitzsch,, the Binker Holz wood, and the Train baggage units are the objectives in this battle.


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