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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:30 pm 
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Commemorating the Battles of Jena and Auerstaedt today. The day that Napoleon and Davout won two battles which forever changed the Prussian and later German armies.

Without this crushing defeat the Prussians would have remained rooted in their antiquated form of warfare. The revised Prussian army was one of the first to be motivated by Nationalism. The French army of the Revolution being the other one that comes to mind for this period.

I enjoyed researching the 1813 Prussian army. It was definitely one of the more diverse armies to ever take the field. Along with the Austrians of the French Rev Wars the Prussian army was littered with auxiliary forces. Some of my favorites are the small contingents of "Frewillige" Jagers and cavalry.

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I have a pretty low regard for the Hohenzollerns who purchased their titles and the traitor Prussian vassals of Slavic Poland-Lithuania. So, the French rebuttal to the defeats during Frederick the Great's campaigns was a long time coming. I still can't imagine why the main army marched less than 2kph during their withdrawal and Davout managed to get all the way up between them and Naumberg. This wasn't in anyway like Frederick's army or his leadership quality. I was thinking about doing an alternate battle with the Leipzig-Haale map where the Prussians withdraw to the Russian's advance guard and put up an allied battlefront against the 1806 Grande Armee. Then I realized noone would play me with it. Forever alone. :/

I wish the J-A maps had castle "chateaus". They are major features of Saxon-Anhalt and there are dozens of them. I like the campaign maps open ground for realistic cavalry manuever. I like it's broader elevation base as well to allow greater visibility and long distance fire. It is also a realistic case of 2 MP climb rate. Although, the Saale probably has fewer bridges than there actually were the river bisection of the map is awesome for operational gameplay. Many of the streams near the Saale should probably be creeks. Still I like it better than the other titles probably mostly due to nostalgia.


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