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Festive Season Mega Game

The Wars of Frederick the Great

The Battle of Soor

30th September 1745

For our mega-game this December the CWC presented one of Frederick the Great’s early battles in the 2nd Silesian War, itself part of the War of the Austrian Succession.

 

By 1745 the War of the Austrian Succession had been ongoing for nearly five years. The young Frederick of Prussia had taken advantage of the conflict to annex the wealthy province of Silesia from the Hapsburg empire. Maria Theresa, the youthful empress of Austria-Hungary was incensed, and ordered the mobilisation of a large army under the command of Prince Charles of Lorraine.

 

Charles had advanced into Silesia and met Frederick’s army near a place called Hohenfriedberg where the Austrians were badly beaten and stumbled back into Bohemia in disorder. Frederick, thinking the campaign was over, commenced a leisurely withdrawal to Berlin, leaving garrisons along the way. When he reached the vicinity of the villages of Upper and Lower Soor, in what is now the Czech Republic, he decided to put his now reduced army into lager. He had, by that time fewer than 22,000 men with him.

 

Unbeknownst to Frederick, Charles had scraped together an army of 41,000 men in Bohemia, and had tracked the Prussians across Silesia. Now, with his opponents settling into camp ahead of him, he saw his chance to fall upon them unexpectedly.

 

Unfortunately for Charles, his army performed the approach march so slowly and ineptly that not only was night upon him before the attack could go in, but a major portion of his forces, under the Duke of Arenberg, got lost and were not available to join the action.

 

Not only that, but Frederick was well aware of the Austrians’ presence and on the following morning took the initiative...    

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The table fielded over 1200 figures with roughly 40 Austrian battalions and 20 Prussian. Rules were Black Powder v2 with period additions being used and an inhouse cavalry squadron ammendment. 

Soor battlefield

This is how the day unfolded...

09:12 - Hall is opened up and operation "Put it all together" begins....

10:00 - The game is set up, players briefed and battle commences...

Just click on the picture below for descriptions of the action as the game was played

18:00 - As the light began to fail, Charles realised his Austrians had given all they could and were in danger of breaking. The order to withdraw was given and Frederick had averted disaster and claimed a moral victory.

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Considering the quality of the Prussian forces the Austrians certainly made a fight of it and walked away with heads held high and drums beating.

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A big shout out to Ray for umpiring the game, suppling all the troops and scenery as well as taking time out to organise a corker of a game.

 

Many thanks to Andy for supplying the game mats.

Thank you to all the players for making the game such a fun event and bringing vituals for the day.

Lastly thank you to all our visitors that view our club website and facebook page. 2019 was a great year for the club and we intend to make 2020 even better...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!