Unusual battle this one.
Austrians outnumbered 3 to 1 (15,000 Ozzers, 40,000 Frenchies).
Austrians trying to defend a long front with an unfordable river the length of the front to their rear! The only thing going for them was that if they could get back over the river they were in the massive Mons fortress.
The Frenchies were the usual barefooted, rag-tag, scruff-bags. Flushed with their recent "victory" over the Prussians at Valmy (aka a damn good ol' sing-song and a bit of a cannonade), they had bags of elan and were eager to sock it to the Ozzers too.
But they didn't have much by way of large formation co-ordination or individual unit drill and professionalism.
The French officers were fearful of the "national razor", aka the guillotine, awaiting them in Paris if they failed in their endeavors, but still found the time for rivalry and lack of co-operation.
The Austrians fought an admiral retreat in front of the enemy, exacting far greater casualties on the French than they took themselves, and making the French really work to push them off the battle field. The French threw uncoordinated attack after uncoordinated attack at the Austrians on the high ground and in their entrenchments (entrenchments which negated the superior French artillery), and eventually hustled the Austrians over the river bridges.
The French claimed the victory of course, but grumbling and recriminations that more should have been achieved and much more quickly ensued.
The scenario reflects the lack of co-ordination and initiative in these scenario rules: -
(1) Restricting all units outside of 8" of a commanding general or the enemy to remain stationary in tactical movement. They may change formation and facing.
(2) No representations of the middle and lower officers for the French. Only the C-in-C and first level below are available. This restricts the use of Grand Tactical Movement as GTM requires more officers to perform in a coordinated sort of way.
See the Wiki article for the full Monty ...
And the orbats are here ...
The French orbat is a very rough guide only.
- Nafziger only has the Austrian army. I guess the French were just too disorganized to keep records for posterity.
And the historical map is here ...
Scenario page with orders of battle, special rules and victory conditions, map with start locations, and stats sheets is here ...
Role up, role up!
There are three Austrian player commanders (the C-in-C role is taken by one of the sub-commanders) and three French commanders …
Feldmarschall Albert of Saxe-Teschen (C-in-C)
Franz Freiherr von Lilien (Right Wing)
Feldzeugmeister Count of Clerfayt (Centre)
Beaulieu (Left Wing)
General Dumouriez (C-in-C)
Lieutenant General Beurnonville (Right Wing)
General Ferrand (Left Wing)
Let me know if you're interested in a command,