Clash at Hof    
  6 February 1807   scale: 1:50, weather = fine, start 2pm, dark: 5.30pm, time scale: 1 game turn = 30 min
 

Background:
Hof was another Russian rearguard chapter in their retreat from Napoleon's counterstroke on the Alle. Murat's lack of tactical finesse and reckless disregard for the wellbeing of his cavalry, cost the French dearly, but the charge of d'Hautpoul's cuirassiers was one of the most lethal of the Napoleonic period. Despite the destruction that was suffered by some of its units, probably as a result of the Russian predilection to fight an 'attacking' defensive battle and so expose themselves, they fought on until darkness finally put a stop to the carnage.

Game Notes:
There seems to be conflicting information as to the degree of frost, but since the French troops either used the bridge or went around the stream, we take it that the stream was not frozen and its banks marshy. The banks are also steep. Hof is intersected by numerous low walls and fences.

Objective:
French: Destroy the Russian rearguard for victory.
Russians: Hold until dark for a drawn battle. Destroy the French for victory.

Historical outcome:
Draw

 
     
 
 
     
 
French ARMY  uses French 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: Murat competent, rash, charismatic  
ADC:  competent, bold  
 
Light cav Brig  
Gnl de Brigade Colbert competent, bold  
3rd hussars LC 360 2   veteran A 5/3/2     2
10th Chass a cheval LC 360 2   veteran A 5/3/2     2
Horse Artillery HA 6x6 pdr     veteran   2/1     1
5
1st Dragoon Div 
Gnl de Division Klein competent, bold
Brig Fenerolz  competent, bold
1st Dragoons MC 420 2   veteran A 5/3/2     2
2nd Dragoons MC 400 2   veteran A 5/3/2     2
Brig Fauconnet  competent, bold  
14th Dragoons MC 430 2   trained A 6/5/3     3
4th Dragoons MC 400 2   veteran A 5/3/2     2
Brig Picard competent, bold  
20th Dragoons MC 370 1   trained A 5/4/2     1
26th Dragoons MC 420 1   trained A 6/5/3     3
Horse Artillery HA 4x6 pdr     veteran   1      
13
 
     
 
 
 
Cuirassiers charging Russian musketeers
 
     
 
2nd Cuirass Div 
Gnl de Division d'Hautpoul superior, bold
Brig Saint-Sulpice  competent, bold
1st Cuirassiers HCC 380 1   veteran A 5/3/2     2
5th Cuirassiers HCC 380 1   veteran A 5/3/2     2
Brig Clement competent, bold  
10th Cuirassiers HCC 350 1   veteran A 5/3/2     2
11th Cuirassiers HCC 320 1   veteran A 4/3/1     2
Horse Artillery HA 6x6 pdr     veteran   2/1     1
9
From IV Corps
Marshal Soult competent, bold arrives at 3pm
3rd Division
Gnl de Division Legrand competent, bold
Brigade Ledru competent, bold
26th Legere S/O 2200 2   veteran A 14/9/6   all 6
Tirailleurs Corses S/O 600 1   veteran A 4/3/1   all 1
Tirailleurs du Po S/O 600 1   trained A 4/3/2   all 2
Brigade Levasseur competent, bold  
75th Ligne C/O 2100 2   veteran A 14/9/6   half 6
18th Ligne C/O 2000 2   veteran A 14/9/6   half 6
Foot Artillery FA 6x6 pdr     veteran   2/1     1
Foot Artillery FA 6x6 pdr     veteran   2/1     1
Horse Artillery HA 6x6 pdr     veteran   2/1     1
22
 
     
 
 
 
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Russian ARMY  uses Prussian system Initiative 2
                    Army
  troop men sub bn status training stands + 1st  skir- Breaking
  type   units art?   class factors fire? mish? Point
 
C-in-C: GM Barclay de Tolly competent, bold  
ADC competent, bold  
 
Russian Army rearguard  
Brigade   
GM Count Lieven III competent, bold  
1st jager regiment S/O 1200 3   veteran B 8/5/3   all 3
20th jager regiment mix 1200 3   trained B 8/6/4   half 4
7
Brigade 
(GM Barclay de Tolly)
Kostroma Musketeers C/O 1650 3 yes conscr B 11/9/6     6
3rd Jager regiment S/O 1200 3   veteran B 8/5/3   all 3
9
Cav Brigade 
Gnl ? competent, bold
Isoum Hussars; 4 squadrons LC 500 2   veteran A 6/4/2     2
Isoum Hussars; 6 squadrons LC 600 3   veteran A 8/5/3     3
Olviopol Hussars; 4 squarons LC 500 2   veteran A 6/4/2     2
Olviopol Hussars; 6 squarons LC 600 3   veteran A 8/5/3     3
Petersburg Dragoons MC 500 2   trained B 6/5/3     3
Cossack Sotnia O/O 300 1   trained B 4/3/2     2
Cossack Sotnia O/O 300 1   trained B 4/3/2     2
17
Artillery 
Horse battery  HA 8x6 pdr     veteran   3/2/1     1
Reinforcements
Count Dolgoruky poor, cautious available from Hof at 3pm
Dniepr Musketeers C/O 1650 3 yes trained B 11/8/6     6
Kopor Musketeers C/O 1650 3 yes trained B 11/8/6     6
21st Jager mix 1200 1   trained B 8/6/4   half 4
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Cavalry
Gnl? competent, bold available from Hof at 4:30pm
Leib Cuirassiers HC 500 2   veteran B 6/4/2     2
Military Order Cuirassiers HC 500 2   veteran B 6/4/2     2
Horse battery  HA 8x6 pdr     veteran   3/2/1     1
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