Battle of Jena    
  14 October 1806  
scale: 1:110, weather = mist until 9am fine thereafter, start: 7am, dark: 7pm, time scale: 1 game turn = 1 hour

 

Background:
Just over 2 months after Prussia had taken the decision to go to war with France, Napoleon's Grande Armee was in striking distance of its Prussian foe. His army corps had swept through Saxony and the Thuringerwald, the Prussian advance guards had been defeated at Schleiz and Saalfeld, and most of his corps were now within striking distance of the Prussian army. If all went according to plan, Davout with his 3rd corps and Bernadotte with his 1st, would complete their pincer movement and fall on the left rear of the Prussians. But coordinating large sweeping movements was never easy, as the events of the day would prove. Meanwhile, the forward pickets of the two armies made contact and the first musket fire crackled through the cold, misty morning.

Game Notes:
French: A number of exciting formations never made it to the battle, most notably the Guard Cavalry under Marshal Bessieres, and most of the Divisions of Murat's Reserve Cavalry. Jena was fought on a rather small battlefield, resulting on very large numbers of figures on a standard size table.

Prussian: In units where they are combined with fusilier sub-units, grenadier sub-units may fire and fight as one level higher than that of their unit. Their effectiveness however remains that of the unit they belong to. The Saxons were less than eager to fight in a Prussian war.

Objective:
French: Inflict a decisive defeat on the Prussians and so destroy their ability to continue waging the war.
Prussian: Defeat the French and confirm Prussia's position as a premier European power.

Historical outcome:
French victory

 
     
 
 
 
Prussian soldiers greeting Queen Louise
 
     
 
FRENCH ARMY  uses French system Initiative 5
                    Army
  troop men sub bn status training stands + 1st  skir- Breaking
  type   units art?   class factors fire? mish? Point
C-in-C: Napoleon - Emperor superior, bold, charismatic  
ADC 1 competent, bold  
ADC 2 competent, rash  
 
IMPERIAL GUARD   
Guard Infantry  starts on the field  
Marshal Lefebvre competent, bold  
1st + 2nd Chass a pied of the Guard S/O 1720 2   elite A 5/3/-   all  
1st + 2nd Grenad a pied of the Guard C/O 1720 2   elite A 5/3/-      
1st + 2nd Dragons a pied C/O 1720 2   trained A 5/4/2     2
2
Guard Artillery  starts on the field
Guard Foot Artillery FA 24x8 pdr     elite   3/2/1     1
Guard Horse Artillery HA 8X4 pdr     elite   1      
5
Grand Art Park 
Gnl de Brig de Lamartiniere competent, bold starts on the field
Foot Artillery FA 8x12 pdr     veteran   1      
Foot Artillery FA 8x8 pdr     veteran   1      
Horse Artillery HA 8x4 pdr     veteran   1      
0
IV CORPS 
Marshal Soult competent, bold starts on the field
1st Division 
Gnl de Div Saint-Hilaire superior, bold
Brig Candras: 10th Legere + 35th Ligne mix 3800 2   veteran A 11/7/5   6 5
Brig Ware: 43rd + 55th Ligne C/O 3800 2   veteran A 11/7/5   2 5
Foot Artillery FA 16x6 pdr     veteran   3/2/1     1
2nd Division   
Gnl de Div Leval competent, bold  
Brig Schinner: 24th Legere  S/O 1900 2   veteran A 6/4/2   all 2
Brig Ferray: 4th + 28th Ligne C/O 3800 2   trained A 11/8/6   2 6
Brig Vivies: 46th + 57th "la Terrible" Ligne C/O 3800 2   veteran A 11/7/5   2 5
Foot Artillery FA 16x6 pdr     veteran   3/2/1     1
3rd Division   
Gnl de Div Legrand competent, bold  
Brig Ledru: 26th Legere + Tiraill Corses & du Po S/O 3800 3   veteran A 11/7/5   all 5
Brig Levasseur: 18th + 75th Ligne C/O 3800 2   trained A 11/8/6   2 6
Foot Artillery FA 8x12 pdr     veteran   1      
Foot Artillery FA 8x6 pdr     veteran   1      
 
Corps Art Reserve   
Foot Artillery FA 10x6 pdr     veteran   1      
Corps Cavalry   
Gnl de Brig Margaron competent, bold  
Brig Margaron: 8th Huss + 22nd Chass a chev LC 960 2   veteran A 6/4/2     2
Brig Guyot: 11th + 16th Chass a cheval LC 960 2   trained A 5/4/2     2
Horse Artillery HA 6X8 pdr     veteran   1      
40
 
 
V CORPS 
Marshal Lannes superior, bold, charismatic starts on the field
1st Division 
Gnl de Div Suchet competent, bold
Brig Claparede: 17th Legere S/O 2000 1   veteran A 6/4/2   all 2
Brig Reille: 34th + 40th Ligne C/O 4700 2   veteran A 14/9/6   8 6
Brig Vedel: 64th + 88th Ligne C/O 4000 2   veteran A 12/8/5   4 5
Foot Artillery FA 6x8 pdr     veteran   1      
Horse Artillery HA 6X8 pdr     veteran   1      
2nd Division   
Gnl de Div Gazan competent, bold  
Brig Graindorge: 21st + 28th Legere  S/O 3000 2   trained A 9/7/5   all 5
Brig Campana: 100th + 103rd Ligne C/O 3600 2   conscr B 11/9/6   2 6
Foot Artillery FA 16x6 pdr     veteran   3/2/1     1
Corps Art Reserve   
Foot Artillery FA 6X12 pdr     veteran   1      
Horse Artillery HA 6X6 pdr     veteran   1      
 
Corps Cavalry   
Gnl de Brig Trelliard competent, bold  
9th + 10th Hussars + 21st Chass a chev LC 1500 3   veteran A 9/6/4     4
29
VI CORPS 
Marshal Ney competent, rash, charismatic moves on in turn 2
1st Division 
Gnl de Div Marchand competent, bold
Brig Vilatte: 6th Legere S/O 2100 1   veteran A 6/4/2   all 2
Brig Roguet: 39th, 69th + 76th Ligne C/O 6300 3   veteran A 18/12/7   3 7
2nd Division   
Gnl de Div Gardanne competent, bold  
Brig Marcognet: 25th Legere  S/O 2100 1   veteran A 6/4/2   all 2
Brig Delabassee: 27th, 50th + 59th Ligne C/O 6300 3   veteran A 18/12/7   3 7
 
Corps Art Reserve   
Foot Artillery FA 6X12 pdr     veteran   1      
Foot Artillery FA 12X8 pdr     veteran   2/1     1
Horse Artillery HA 6X4 pdr     veteran   1      
 
Corps Cavalry   
Gnl de Brig Colbert competent, bold  
9th? Hussars + 10th Chass a cheval LC 1680 3   trained A 10/8/5     5
24
VII CORPS 
Marshal Augereau competent, bold moves on in turn 2
1st Division 
Gnl de Div Desjardin competent, bold
Brig Lapisse: 16th Legere S/O 2900 1   trained A 8/6/4   all 4
Brig Lefranc: 14th, 44th + 105th Ligne C/O 5000 3   trained A 15/11/8   3 8
Foot Artillery FA 8x6 pdr     veteran   1      
 
2nd Division   
Gnl de Div Heudelet competent, bold  
Brig Amey: 7th Legere  S/O 1800 1   veteran A 5/3/2   all 2
Brig Sarrut: 24th + 63rd Ligne C/O 3000 2   veteran A 9/6/4   2 4
Hesse Darmstadt Fus + Nassau Ligne C/O 2400 2   trained B 7/5/4     4
Foot Artillery FA 8x6 pdr     veteran   1      
Corps Art Reserve   
Foot Artillery FA 8X12 pdr     veteran   2/1     1
Foot Artillery FA 8X8 pdr     veteran   1      
 
Corps Cavalry   
Gnl de Brig Durosnel competent, bold  
7th + 20th Chass a cheval LC 1290 2   trained A 8/6/4     4
Horse Artillery HA 6X4 pdr     veteran   1      
27
RESERVE CAVALRY 
Marshal Murat superior, bold, charismatic
HEAVY CAV CORPS 
2nd Cuirass Division 
Gnl de Div d'Hautpoul competent, bold
Brig Verdiere: 1st & 5th Cuirassiers HCC 1200 2   veteran A 7/5/3     3
Brig Saint-Sulpice: 10th Cuirassiers HCC 960 1   trained A 5/4/2     2
5
DRAGOON CORPS 
1st Dragoon Division 
Gnl de Div Klein competent, bold
Brig Fenerolz: 1st & 2nd Dragoons MC 800 2   veteran A 4/3/1     1
Brig la Motte: 4th & 14th Dragoons MC 800 2   trained A 4/3/2     2
Brig Picard: 20th & 26th Dragoons MC 800 2   trained A 4/3/2     2
Horse Artillery HA 6X6 pdr     veteran   1      
15
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
 
Murat leads the cavalry into the fray.
 
     
 
PRUSSIAN ARMY Uses Prussian system Initiative 3
                    Army
  troop men sub bn status training stands + 1st  skir- Breaking
  type   units art?   class factors fire? mish? Point
C-in-C: Gnl Furst Hohenlohe poor, cautious  
ADV GRD DIVISION   
Gnl leutnant von Grawert competent, bold  
Brig v Pelet  
Fusilier bns v Pelet, Ruhle, Rabenau S/O 920 1   trained B 2/-/1   2 1
 + Jager companies Valentin & Masars                    
Reimann Foot Artillery FA 6x6 pdr     veteran   1      
Cav Brig v Schimmelpfennig   
Schimmelpfennig hussars LC 1600 2   veteran A 9/6/4     4
Gause's Horse Artillery HA 8x6 pdr     veteran   1      
Saxon Brigs v Trutzschler & v Belvilaqua  
Saxon hussars LC 1280 2   trained B 8/6/4     4
Muffling, Prince Clemens & Kurfurst inf C/O 1440+art 2 yes conscr B 4/-/3     3
Saxon Foot Artillery Hoyer FA 6x4 pdr     trained   1      
12
LEFT WING (Saxon) 
Grand Duke von Zechwitz competent, bold
Brig v Burgsdorff 
Thummel & Prince Xavier inf regts C/O 2600+art 2 yes conscr B 8/7/5     5
Saxon Foot Artillery Haussman & Ernst FA 16x12 pdr     trained   3/2/1     1
Brig v Dyhern   
Low & Niesemeuschel inf regts C/O 3200+art 3 yes conscr B 9/8/5     5
   + Prussian Belvaqua inf battalion                    
Saxon Foot Artillery de Bonniot FA 10x12 pdr     trained   1      
Attached cavalry   
Gnl leutnt v Kochtisky competent, bold arrives on turn 2  
Carabinier & Kochisky cuirassiers HC 1200 2   veteran A 7/5/3     3
Prince Albert chevaulegers LC 600 1   trained B 3/2/1     1
Saxon Horse Artillery Grossman HA 10X6 pdr     trained   1      
Attached light troops   
Gnl leutnt v Polenz competent, bold arrives on turn 2  
Prussian Boguslawsky Fusilier bn C/O 650 1   trained B 2/-/1   1 1
Polenz chevaulegers LC 600 1   trained B 3/2/1     1
Saxon Horse Artillery Studnitz HA 5X6 pdr     trained   1      
The Saxon troops were pressed into Prussian service and fought with little enthusiasm. 17
RIGHT WING 
Gnl leutnant von Grawert competent, bold
Brig v Muffling 
Gren bn Hahn + Hohenlohe & Sanitz inf C/O 3400+art 3   trained B 10/8/5     5
Pruss Foot Artillery Glasenapp FA 6x12 pdr     veteran   1      
Brig v Shimonsky   
Gren bn Sack + Zastrow & Grawert inf C/O 3400+art 3 yes trained B 10/8/5     5
Pruss Foot Artillery Wolframsdorff FA 6x12 pdr     veteran   1      
Attached cavalry   
Gnl leutnt v Holtzendorff competent, bold  
Brig Henkel   
Hotzendorf & Henkel cuiras + Kraft Dragoons HC 1140 3   trained B 7/5/4     4
Pruss Horse Artillery Steinwehr HA 6X6 pdr     veteran   1      
Attached light troops   
Oberst von Erichsen competent, bold  
Prussian v Erichsen Fusilier bn C/O 650 1   trained B 2/-/1   1 1
Gettkandt Hussars LC 760 1   veteran A 4/3/1     1
16
LEFT FLANK CORPS 
Gnl Major von Tauentzien competent, cautious
Brig v Zweiffel 
Gren bn Herwarth + Zweiffel inf C/O 2400+art 2 yes trained B 7/5/4     4
Saxon Brig v Schoneberg  
Gren bn Winkel + Rechten & Maximilian inf C/O 4000+art 3 yes conscr B 12/10/7     7
Pruss Foot Artillery Kotsch FA 6X6 pdr     veteran   1      
Attached light troops   
Oberst von Erichsen competent, bold  
Pruss Rosen Fusilier bn + 2 co jager C/O 1000 1   trained B 3/2/1   1 1
Prince Clement chevaulegers + Billa Hus LC 1300 2   trained A 8/6/4     4
16
RESERVE DIVISION 
Gnl Leutnt von Prittwitz competent, bold
Brig v Prittwitz 
Grenadier bns Losthin, Dohna, Borck C/O 2200+art 2   veteran B 6/4/2     2
   and Kolin                    
Brig v Cerrini   
Grenadier bns Thiolaz, Le Coq, Metsch C/O 2700+art 2   veteran B 8/5/3     3
   , Lichtenhayr & Hundt                    
Pruss Foot Artillery Schulenburg FA 8x12 pdr     veteran   1      
Attached cavalry   
Gnl Major von Krafft competent, bold  
Prittwitz dragoons MC 1100 1   trained B 6/5/3     3
Saxon Prince John chevaulegers LC 900 1   trained B 5/4/2     2
Pruss Horse Artillery Hahn HA 7X6 pdr     veteran   1      
10
DETACHED CORPS 
General von Ruchel competent, bold arrives on turn 5
ADVANCE GUARD 
Gnl Leutnt von Winning competent, bold
Brig v Winning 
Tschammer inf + Kaiserling & Bila mix 2800+art 2 yes trained B 8/6/4   3 4
   fusiliers + 2 jager cos                    
Plotz & Kohler Hussars LC 1100     veteran B 6/4/2     2
Pruss Foot Artillery ? FA 8x6 pdr     veteran   2/1     1
Pruss Horse Artillery v Neander HA 8X6 pdr     veteran   1      
Brig v Wobeser   
Ernst fusiliers + 1 co jager S/O 750 1   trained B 2/-/1   2 1
Wobeser dragoons MC 700     trained B 4/3/2     2
Pruss Horse Artillery v Lehmann HA 6X6 pdr     veteran   1      
10
CORPS DE BATAILLE 
Duke of Weimar competent, bold
Gren bn Borstell + Schenk & v Winning inf C/O 2650+art 2 yes trained B 8/6/4     4
Gren bn Hellman + Trauenfells & Strachwitz inf C/O 2650+art 2 yes trained B 8/6/4     4
Fus bn Sobbe + Vedell & Tschepe inf C/O 2650+art 2 yes trained B 8/6/4     4
Pruss Foot Artillery Kirchfeld & Schaefer FA 16x6 pdr     veteran   3/2/1     1
Attached cavalry   
Gnl Major von ? competent, bold  
Baillodz Cuirassiers HC 750 1   veteran A 4/3/1     1
Von Katte Dragoons MC 750 1   trained B 4/3/2     2
Pruss Horse Artillery ? HA 6X6 pdr     veteran   1      
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Napoleon victorious on the evening of Jena