062. The Action at GÃ¶hrde - JTS Campaign Leipzig
062. The Action at GÃ¶hrdeBy Bill Peters
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|First Side:||French (Nap)|
|Second Side:||Allies (Nap)|
16 September 1813 - Historical - Intended to be played Head to Head - Davout had received orders sometime after August 8th from Napoleon to march on Berlin on the left flank of Oudinot's Army. His departure date from Hamburg was to be 18 August. Davout departed Hamburg as scheduled and began to move down the Elbe River through Lauenburg and Boitzenburg. At this point he decided to initiate action against Wallmoden, who was commanding a combined Allied force of Russo-German Legion, Hanoverian, British and Prussian Freikorps, and had his force turn north to engage the Allies. His goal was to cut him off from the sea. He was successful in gaining several towns and the Allies, inferior to his force, fell back as a result. With his force at Wismar on the Baltic, Davout was in a great position to threaten the northern flank of the Allied armies defending Berlin. However, on 2 September he learned of Oudinot's defeat at Größbeeren. He then ordered his forces to fall back on Oldesloe, north of Hamburg. Soon after this he ordered Pécheux's division to march on Magdeburg and clear the area of the partisans operating in that area. This force comprised only about 4,000 men and certainly was too small of a formation to send in an independent role into this area of Germany where the Allies held a cavalry superiority. To compound matters the Allies intercepted the orders from Davout to his division commander and thus were alerted as to the movement. Wallmoden seized on this to move with part of his command south of the Elbe to intercept this formation and near Göhrde and Nahrendorf they were able to set up an ambush. However, the coordination of the attack was ineffective, Pécheux's men fought with great ferocity, and as a result the French were able to fall back and escape with most of their troops. A chance for the Allies to destroy Pécheux's division had been lost. Note: this scenario highly favors the Allies. After all they had a large advantage in numbers. It is included mainly for historical purposes. For a more balanced scenario try playing the Alternate version.