An Alternative Seven Years War Remote Wargame
The Battle of Stoliboz, 1 October 1756
A Guest Blog
Background to the Battle
The French have proven faithless in honouring their treaty obligations to Austria; having succumbed to the temptation to get one over their centuries old rival, the Habsburgs.
… and this is the view from the French side.
None of the hills impede movement for infantry and skirmishers but affect movement for artillery and cavalry unless the cavalry is in skirmish formation.
Entry into woods should be avoided by formed troops and artillery.
The river Elbe is unfordable.
The villages can be occupied by one infantry unit each.
The stream is fordable along its whole length but crossing them may (or may not) slow movement. Defending on a riverbank confers advantage in melee but not defending in a river.
· To secure and hold Stoliboz, thus securing the route to Pirna.
· To maintain a secure line of communication with Prague via your entry point.
· A stunning victory would also include control of the entry point of the French and forcing them to withdraw.
· To capture either Stoliboz or the Austrian line of communication (control their point of entry)
· A stunning victory would be to achieve both.
Alternatively: The destruction of the enemy’s ability to engage in offensive action and therefore force them to retreat. This is based on breaking the opponent’s morale through the destruction of units (artillery does not count) and brigades.
The two sides are as follows:
The generals have organised their units into brigades and have provided an order of march.
Because of the need to protect sensitive military intelligence (in other words stop Ray cheating!) (who me????? Never!) and due to the fogbound area prohibiting a clear view by the combatants, I cannot yet reveal the Orders of Battle.
So, the scene is set for each player to act in the role as generals and send their first orders for their assigned brigades. Let us hope that they have discussed their deployment and laid down some good plans. Of course, how soon they see each other will depend on the weather. Though there is a hazy brightness in the sky that suggests the mist may burn off with time and reveal a fine day… but for whom?
Who would you bet on? French or Austrian?
Until next time.