Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Frundsberg Artillery musters

As the KuK forces in Italy were short of artillery the Frei Stadt had loaned its newly raised flying artillery to the Emperor at very advantageous terms. The battery is dressed in the latest fashion with a tarlton helmet and laced shell jacket. The ordinary gunners are provided with overall to protect their breeches when riding.

Backing them up will be some batteries of Austrian reserve artillery who have been remustered (and rebased) after many years of inaction. The gunners are still awaiting the delivery of their ordnance.

Action against the French is expected shortly.

Monday, 24 November 2008

More cavalry for Italy

The Frundsberg Frei Stadt is pleased to announce the formation of a light dragoon regiment to serve with the KuK forces in Northern Italy. Here they are parading with the Austrian Lichtenstein Hussars prior to crossing the alps

The regiment was formed from detachment of the 3rd cavalry regiment, hence the green facings. Various items of equipment were sourced from stocks of Hanoverian army surplus, hence the British style light dragoon helmet.

Saturday, 8 November 2008


Because of their mode of operation the Frundsberg Aufklarungskorps is rarely spotted. But a member was recently observed following a unit of Swedish dragoons
The role of this small but effective formation is to discover information on actual and potential enemy movements. To this end they wear a green uniform to aid concealment and are mounted on fast horses to ensure a fast get-away if needed.

Monday, 3 November 2008

The cavalry arrives in Italy

The empire has dispatched more forces across the Alps to tackle the growing French presence. realising the lack of cavalry the Kriegsrat has sent two regiments of dragoons, the Austrian regiment Kaiser (left) and the Frundsberg Sommerland regiment (right). It is hoped that the French will not commence offensive operations before sufficient artillery support is provided.

In addition to these forces the Empire has contracted with the Frundsberg Frei Stadt to provide a light dragoon regiment.
Gentlemen of perception may discern that the figure used for the units come from the Italeri Prussian Cuirassier set, which had been waiting for an opportunity to be used for many years. The light dragoons will be sourced from the AWI British Light Dragoon set.
The Austrian uniform for uniform for dragoons and light horse was in a state of flux in the period and I've opted for an early uniform for the Kaiser Dragoons. Although I could use my Napoleonic Austrian Artillery I'd rather find something more in period if possible.

Sunday, 28 September 2008

Just arrived in Italy

The II/3 IR has now arrived in Italy joining the Austria forces preparing to meet the Corsican Ogre. It is not planned to undertake any offensive actions until the cavalry arrives (within the next month).

Monday, 22 September 2008

A new unit and period

Yes, I succumbed again to creating another Frundsberger unit to assist the Austrians. This time it will be an odd battalion of the third (Welle) regiment with green facings.

The emperor requested our assistance yet again to meet the Jacobin threat and three full infantry regiments were mustered into Imperial service. Most served on the Rhine/Danube front. But somehow the II/3rd Regiment was detached with an Austrian division and sent to Italy to fight the French there.

The unit is actually a number of left-over Esci 1806ish Prussians, whose fate I had been pondering when the idea struck me. In one step it helps in the building of my counter-revolutionary Austrain army and also extends the Frundsberg saga. Hurrah!

Sunday, 21 September 2008

All quiet - or was it

(xxx-1683) Report from Colonel Sturm to the Stadtrat

Sirs, I regret that to the Ottoman activity and other problems it has been difficult to communicate over the last few weeks. Our forces have twice marched out to drive off the Ottoman forces threaten our camp and supply lines.

I regret to inform you that during the first of these engagements the whole of our infantry was routed by the Ottomans, only the coming of nightfall and the staunch resistance of our cavalry prevented a complete disaster.

On the second occasion we managed to hold our positions, although one of the Austrian regiments was routed by a horde of Ottoman light horse when they mis-timed their volley and the horse were in amongst them before they had chance to fix their bayonets.


Just catching up on a succession of games played at the club, while working up the rules. We did try a Might and Reason version just splitting the Austrians into two armies. There were some nice ideas in the rules, but some of the results were just out of keeping for the period so it was ditched.

We then tried a full blown battle using the Ottomans and Austrians, this time back to the SYW modifications I'd used in the previously reported game. It was better, but still didn't quite have the correct fell for the period, the Austrians were too vulnerable, not helped by my deploying them too tightly.

The last game was a re-run using a number of changes I had been pondering for the SYW. It worked a lot better, but as suspected the dice rolling was a bit too variable. ( A complete failure to hit anything was a partial cause of the light horse over-running a formed foot regiment)

I'm getting there but rather slowly.

Friday, 21 March 2008

A troubled day

To Lady Olivia Omagh

I write this in haste as we withdraw to the next position to hold these invaders. We held a strong position at Greenford, but their numbers and discipline overcame us. In particular their rifles were deadly and many officers in Colonel O'Reilly's battalion were downed by their fire leaving the men leaderless. I was lucky in that their main thrust was on their left while my battalion occupied our left.

From my position our plan worked as intended as the enemy foot marched into our enfilade position and suffered horribly as a result, however these yellow coated French mercenaries are anything but yellow. They simply reformed their ranks and counter attacked my men assisted by a green coated battalion. We fought bravely but were driven from out positions. But I an proud to say that of all our infantry my battalion was the only one not to have run at some point in the battle

.I shall write as soon as I have further news.

Your loving husband

The battle of Greenford

From the diaries of Captain Hoehmann.

The rifles and light infantry moved ahead in fine style, however the line units had problems maintaining their facing as they crossed the ridge separating them from the enemy. The redcoats patiently waited in their positions with no sign of panic.

The rifles moved into an excellent flanking position and began long range fire at the enemy unit in the wood while awaiting their supporting light battalion.

Several expertly aimed shots downed the officers in the redcoat unit (O'Reilly's) causing it to waver and then break, However the rest of our forces were way behind and not in any position to exploit the success. The enemy artillery had to this time been pretty ineffectual until they seemed to get the range and caused significant casualties to the right hand light battalion. this caused it to fall back and reform beyond the stream. Another redcoat unit (O'Shaughnessy) wheeled to cover the gap on their right.

The light light battalion then moved forward and drove off the other redcoat unit (O'Shaughnessy) but left itself open to a counter attack (not pictured) by the cavalry and the other redcoat battalion (McShane). The fire of the lights and the rifles held off the cavalry, but the infantry kept going causing the lights to break and reform beyond the woods.

Our first rank of line infantry then stormed forward to try and exploit the enemies position, however they were not supported and this allowed the enemy infantry (Omaghs) in the wood and their artillery to inflict substantial casualties on the 1st/I battalion. Exactly what the plan was intended to avoid.

Meanwhile Brigadier Digby-Smythe had fallen back to try and rally the routing militia, leaving the remaining units without orders. The Omagh battalion were then attacked from two directions as the light battalion and 1st/I line took their revenge. They fought bravely and slowly gave ground though the woods. At the same time the other remaining redocat battalion (McShane's) was routed by an attack by 2nd/I Line

Meanwhile Brigadier Digby-Smythe gave orders for the artillery to withdraw while covering this with the cavalry. An orderly withdrawal was assisted by the rallying of the routed infantry.

This was also a solo play test of the command and control rules, which proved to cause a lot of the failure to coordinate various actions, which was fine for a solo game, but would be frustrating for a normal face to face game. I found various items needed adjustment and I'll post up the changes shortly

Overall the Frundsbergers los 6 strengths points compared to the British/Irish 8 points.

Pushing forwards

From the diaries of Captain Hoehmann.

We awoke early, a number of Jaegers had been out in the night to scout the enemy positions. They reported that in addition to the forces covering the road there were other units in the woods to either side.

We formed up with the line battalions in two lines flanked on either side by the light battalion and on the extreme left the rifles were ready to flank the enemy position.

General Hoehmanns plan was quite simple, both flanks would pin the enemy to enable a drive though the main position, while the flanking move by the rifles should enable us to drive them towards the coast and thereby eliminate them and remove any risk to our drive on Kinsale.

Saturday, 26 January 2008

Resisting the Invaders

To Lady Olivia Omagh

I've had several frustrating days, Brigadier Digby-Smythe hasn't a clue about how to tackle the invasion. He has had us marching in all directions only to find the Frenchies marching in exactly the direction I predicted, towards Kinsale. Luckily I had forewarned the militia that this might happen and fortunately they have mustered in sufficient time and numbers to occupy an advantageous position, which should block the enemies advance.

I have great faith in my men, they have been steadfast, especially given their losses in the fighting at Haughy Point. I hope that the government will make provision for those crippled or widowed in both that and the forthcoming action. I just wish our financial position would make it possible to do something ourselves rather than depend on the whim of a Tory government.

Our troops are deployed where the road to Kinsale fords a river and then passes between woodland. We have deployed two regiments and a battery of the Kinsale Volunteer Bombardiers covering the ford, flanked by two regiments hidden in the woods to either side. We are backed up by a squadron of the Cork Yeomanry, so we are confident of resisting the French, but it will be difficult to defeat them in open ground.

I shall write as soon as I have further news.

Your loving husband

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

On the march to Kinsale

From the diaries of Captain Hoehmann.

We have started our advance on Kinsale. Our order of march is: firstly a few officers, who have managed to find mounts out in front scouting the ground; followed by a company of the light battalion; after a gap there is the Jaegers and my company from the light battalion; behind us is the 1st Regiment led by Colonel Stummel, then a collection of wagons we have collected carrying some supplies and finally the 2nd regiment following up and covering the rear. The other two light companies are covering the flanks of the advance.

Our first night was spent close to the coast and we could still communicate with the French fleet by signalling to a frigate lying close to the shore. The next day our road led inland away from the coast so we made our final signals to the fleet. Hopefully Admiral Dorschner will turn up at Kinsale once we have captured it. According to General Hoehmann we have been given sealed instructions on what action to take if this eventuallity should come to pass.

Late afternoon on the second day our scouts returned reporting the redcoats are occupying a position a few leagues hence blocking the road to our destination. They also reprot that there is no obvious detour so we will have to fight our way through. They do not appear to be as strong as us, but they are occupying a defile behind a ford, and they have both cavalry and artillery support.

Given the distance still to travel General Hoehmann has decided to wait until first light before moving out and attacking the British so we will camp in our current position for the night.

I have posted the picquets and wait for what the morrow brings..........

Friday, 18 January 2008

Change of plan

From the diaries of Captain Hoehmann.

We seem to have had a change of plan, the local harbour is too shallow to unload the majority of the ships of the expedition so only the Fundsbergers have been unloaded. Our objective is now to march eastward along the coast to take Kinsale, which has suitable harbour. This of course means that we have no artillery or cavalry to support us and our route will take us inland away from the support of the guns of the fleet.

I have discovered a bit more about our operation, apparently we should have directly attacked Kinsale, but the storm blew us to far to the west and it was thought that the British would have had warning of our approach and would be well prepared to defend Kinsale from any seaborne attack.

It's not too long a march, but we are sure the Omagh Fencibles will try and attack us, although all is quiet at the moment.

Monday, 14 January 2008

But where are we?

From the diaries of Captain Hoehmann.

This evening Surgeon extracted the bullet from my leg, luckily nothing vital was hit, but I was told to spend at least a week without putting any weight on it. Also the bruising on my upper chest means I can only take liquid sustenance at the moment.

To return to earlier today

After the battle our forces rapidly occupied the redoubt and pursued the redcoats beyond the port. My company and the rifles were left on the cliff to hold the position and secure any wounded redcoats. We collected up quite a number of the redcoats and as the only officer available I tried to interrogate them. At first most seemed to talk some sort of gibberish, nothing like English or even French or German, eventually we found one who could speak English. He revealed that we were in Ireland and that our opponents were the local militia called the Omagh Fencibles. This was quite a revelation to us as they had fought like regulars. This unit is under the command of Lord Omagh and most of the regiment had been positioned near the main beach expecting us to land there rather than attack the cliff which is called Haugheys Point.

Looking at the carnage my estimates of the militia losses were that they had lost 15% killed, and 15% seriously wounded and left behind, probably plus another 30% lightly wounded. The rifles had suffered as severely and Major Lowes's and my company had lost 5% killed, 5% seriously wounded and 10% lightly wounded.

Finally late afternoon Sargeant Schmidt returned from the port and reported that it has been secured. Even better he has brought a dog cart, which will enable me to travel more comfortably. Also he brought some of the local schnapps for the wounded. The rest of the day was spent moving the wounded down to the port.

(Note I am using my AWI campaign rules to track the strength, etc of the forces, for the next stage of the campaign I will need to produce a model of Captain Hoehmann on his dog cart)

Saturday, 12 January 2008

Take the cliff battery!

From the diaries of Captain Hoehmann.

As I lie and recover, here are my memories of an eventful day based on my observations and those of my fellow officers.

The action started quietly at first light with the Captain Barner's Jaegers clambering down the ladders into the boats and then heading off to the beach. All was quiet as they landed and I was astonished at the speed that they climbed out of the cove. The enemy seemed unaware of our action with the exception of a continuing plume of smoke from the cliff top battery, according to the French sailors this was so they could fire red hot shot on us if we attempted to enter the harbour. The boats returned and collected Major Lowe's company who were much slower in boarding than the Jaegers and had difficulty climbing the path out of the cove. Shortly before this firing had started from the cliff though we were unable to see what was happening. Captain Schmidt's company was next and they seemed to take even longer boarding and I noticed that both they and Major Lowe's company had taken a slightly different track to that used by the Jaegers. I tried to memorise the route to take with my company and then called my men to attention and emphasised the importance of reaching the top of the cliff as quickly as possible to support our fellow Frundsbergers. My message was emphasised by the sound of cannon fire from the cliff. My troops literally jumped into the boats to the consternation of the sailors and as they rowed to shore assisted in rowing, which helped as the sailors were by now quite tired.

On landing the action above was still continuing so I led my men up the route I believed the Jaegers had followed and to my amazement we arrived on the clifftop just ahead of Captain Schmidt's company.

To recap on the action on the cliff this is a composite of Captain Barner's and Major Lowe's recollections.

On reaching the cliff top with the Jaegers, Captain Barner found all quiet and they headed towards the battery with all haste and felt they would be able to take it by surprise. However just as they were nearing it, three companies of red coats burst out of the woods charging towards them. The Jaegers took aim and felled a large number of the leading company. At this point the Jaegers reloaded with ball and patch rather than a quick load with a loose ball. In retrospect this was a bad decision as the redcoats keep on coming and delivered a volley felling a number of the Jaegers before they were reloaded. At this point the Jaegers were on their own, with no sign of support, so they fell back firing as they went with the redcoats pursuing them. Just in the nick of time, The 1st company arrived and took the leftmost redcoat company in flank with a heavy volley forcing them to recoil. At the same time the rightmost redcoat company had come to a standstill due to the sustained rifle fire. It then fell back to cheers from the Jaegers, however this elation was short lived as this retreat clear a line of fire and gun from the battery fired canister into the Jaegers. Captain Barner was hit, but luckily it was only a flesh wound and he rallied his remaining men.

Major Lowe's company was involved with the leftmost redcoats and an unscathed redcoat company was heading for the Jaegers as my company came up into line. I decided that the situation required an immediate attack on the centre redcoat company, before they overwhelmed the Jaegers, so I led my company forward without deploying. To my shock the redcoats performed a parade ground turn and delivered a crushing volley felling the men to either side of me and hitting me twice in the leg and chest, the latter luckily deflected by my gorget. The respire was all the Jaegers needed and they felled the redcoats at the same time my men delivered our volley. The redcoats then turned and ran.

On our right Major Lowe had charged the redcoats facing him and driven them from the field. The remaining redcoat company decided to retire with the others given its heavy losses and seeing Captain Schmidt's company arriving. Rather than directly assault the battery the remaining Jaegers started sniping at anyone who stuck their heads above the parapet and shortly after we saw the gunners running away from the battery.

Captain Schmidt's company took the battery and found that all the guns had been spiked and that the British had the equipment for firing red hot shot ready so our efforts were not in vain.

(Note this was a first test of some skirmish rules I am developing, in a similar way to some other rules, ordinary rank and file die after 1 wound, officers after 2 and personalities after 3, luckily for Captain Hoehmann he was deemed to be a personality before the battle started.

The move sequence was my card deck and the way the cards fell was that the redcoats never moved until all 3 of their companies had arrived and on the Frundsberg side they rolled very badly on the arrival dice. The net result was the Jaegers nearly had a home run on the redoubt)