This is a game I've played quite a lot in the last twelve months. It always was one of my favourite battles to read about and, as a close run thing, has the makings of a superb war game. Zorndorf 1758: The bloodiest battle of the Seven Years War will be fought yet again before the year is out.
However, it is my belief that to make this game play like Zorndorf it must start with the first crucial mistake having already taken place. For the game to look like Zorndorf Kanitz's command must have already drifted out of its intended alignment. Here is a link to my thoughts on this subject:
I have added two pieces of terrain to the set up. I have added the piece of wetland that juts out from the Hofe-Bruch behind the Russian lines, and I've added the outskirts of Quartschen behind the Russian right. This latter addition is because this sector of the field has never been used in any previous re-fight so it might as well have a landmark in it, really Quartschen should be just off table.
Just for a change, I have set the table with the Russians deployed on the other (window) side of it - it means the pictures will be slightly different. As you can see, I can only set this battle up using the drop leaf table extension. It makes the table 15 feet long, but also makes it difficult to traverse - the gap between the table a the tall cabinets at the end of it is only 14".
Anyway, I'll leave you, for now, with the following shots of the set up. I've used the Osprey book "Zorndorf 1758", the Duffy books and Kronoskaf as sources.
|The Russian line beyond the Galgen-Grund.|
|Malachowski's Hussars with Seydlitz (off table) behind and beyond the |
Zabern-Grund. Manteuffel's infantry, advancing beyond the Fuchsberg, are
emerging from the artillery smoke (not pictured) and about to engage.
|The Russian cavalry under Demiku stand in support of the Observation Corps|
at the Langer-Grund
|Between the Galgen-Grund and Zabern-Grund the Russians await |
Manteuffel's attack. Kanitz has drifted to his right.
|Kanitz, having drifted to the right, is no longer marching in direct support of |
Manteuffel. Behind Kanitz, off table, are the Dragoons under Marschall.
Beyond them are Dohna's infantry and Schorlemers cavalry.
|The end of Dohna's infantry and the cavalry under Schorlemer|
refuse the Prussian right wing.
|The Prussian line is a long thin one.|
|The Russian lines are far more populace.|
|Multiple lines ready to give support to each other will make this a nightmare for the Prussians|
|But what the Prussian army lacks in depth, they make up for in prettiness|