|Austrian infantry, advancing confidently.|
Historically, the Prussian First Army attacked the Austrian Northern Army, which held a strong defensive position on the commanding heights above the town of Sadowa, west of Koniggratz. Prussian troops of the II and III Corps, advancing across open ground in the face of highly skilled and well equipped Austrian artillery batteries, took heavy losses. Only by drawing other Austrian troops piecemeal into a woods battle in the Swiepwald were Prussian forces of the IV Corps able to bleed FZM Benedek's forces enough that by the time the Prussian Second Army arrived to the north of the Austrians was it able to deal a crushing blow to the Kaiserlich und Koniglich forces.
|Prussian line infantry blazing away at Koniggratz.|
|Prussian jaegers also letting the Austrians have what for.|
As commander of the Prussian III Corps, I was frustrated at my inability to help our northern forces by putting more pressure on the Austrians. As a player, I enjoyed the game a good deal. I like Bruce's whole suite of 19th century rules very much, and while I like the greater complexity of the slow-play original rules, I appreciate how hard it would be to stage the replay of a battle of this size without simplifying the game mechanics.
|Prussians overrunning an Austrian battery. Wish I could have done this!|
Although Bruce protested that the game boards were still unfinished, I found them to quite live up to the high standards set by all his amazing creations of the past. Here are some photos I took during the game.
|Here it's all over for Austria as the Prussians sweep through.|
Roundwood's World provides here (at the bottom of the post) some photos of Bruce's Rossbrunn game presented at Colours in the UK in 2013. Here are more photos I took at a game at Cold Wars in 2012; I think it was the 1866 battle of Burkersdorf. And Operation: Wargaming posted some pictures here of a winter Franco-Prussian scenario put on by Bruce at last year's Historicon.
Most amazing of all, though, is to think that (after finishing them to his satisfaction), Mr Weigle packed them all up and is winging his way across the Atlantic even as I write to put on this game in Germany! Safe travels, Mr W, to you and your troops and tables!