And now, the conclusion of this great event!
As (long) anticipated, Pacthod's (Mark) French Division, including the Elite converged Voltigeurs of GB Desaix, were not far behind Frimont in arriving on the Klagenfurt from the Villach table, closely followed by Durutte (Maureen). Evidently they were under orders to pin us until Eugene gave the order to move to the attack. Ever aggressive, that didn't prevent Pacthod from roughly handling my outlying troops!
Reinforcements under Coloredo/Josef arrived from the North (via the tan), 2nd rate road to the left) to bolster my weak right flank.
Mark dispersed the Jagers and Landwehr in the woods with little difficulty, and then he an Maureen played cat (Redwilde) and Mouse with maneuvering tgheir artillery for long range shots whilst denying us the opportunity to return the favor.
Sahuc (Caleb) and his French light cavalry arrive from Kranj...
and then more French arrive from the North under the persistent MacDonakld, countered in turn by the arrival of our reserves from Marburg. Coloredo counter- marches some of his troops to oppose his old nemesis as well.
The Northern Front at Klagenfurt.
We now have Jellacic (mir), Albert Gyulai (Karl), Coloredo/Josef (Brian), Mexcery (Marty), Patchod (Mark), Durutte (Maureen), Sahuc (Caleb) and MacDonald (James) on the Klagenfurt table... and I think I see Serras and Eugene (Greg) with the Italian Royal Guard entering at the far right as well!
Was für ein Kampf!
To our South at Laibach, Stowechewich (Mike), Hadik (Kaz), Marmont (Richard), Pully (Herb), and Fontanelli (Jim) are all now engaged.
The center of our position, in front of the Klagenfurt Fortress. I am not confident that we will be able to repulse the French attacks when they commence; they have more and better troops, and our position is not as strong as it looks at first glance.
Caleb looks on as his cavalry trot to the front.
MacDonald (James) seems quite happy to have arrived in our rear, it seems. I think he can almost taste that Marshal's baton!
Pacthod and Durutte are still awaiting the signal from Eugene to launch their assault.
The action is heating up behind Klagnefurt fortress.
The heavy weight of numbers against the Austrians at Laibach has them pulling back towards Zagreb.
Sahuc's cavalry has maneuvered into position now.
Mescery is causing problems for MacDonald now.
Mescery's cavalry may be l;argely low quality Insurectio troops, but there sure are a LOT of them!
Overview of the main front at Klagenfurt.
Swarming Hungarians cut off a part of MacDonald's Division; with 2 Austrian batteries at Canister range, that square can't hold out forever!
5 PM has arrived already, so it is fine for the final turn of the Campaign. Sahuc's cavalry charges Gyulai's infanty across the stream!
Mescery prepares the coup de grace for a French square.
Endgame fighting at Laibach.
Pacthod charges my lines, and Durutte is in position to charge Gyulai next turn. If I recall correctly, Mark won all but one of the resultant melees, with my defensive fire failing to inflict any losses upon him at all!
Close up of Sahuc's charge.
Top down view of (most) of the Klagenfurt table after the French charges. You can see our right flank being stove in by Pacthod's (first) charge. he Battle of Klagenfurt could certainly go on for a long time, but it is hard to see how the Austrians would ever win it... and with the retreat from Laibach threatening to clear the way for more French troops to arrive, or press on to Graz,
I'd certainly give honors to the French in this campaign, although I think the Austrians performed better than their historical counterparts. In the end,the early advantage of French numbers and the low quality of the Austrian reinforcements made for a real challenge for the Austrians, just as it did in reality. It woukld have been fun to play a few more turns, but we had already gone past our 5 PM stop time. Overall, i had a great time, and how often do get to see the Hungarian Insurectio on the table, no less fight?!