Sunday, 26 April 2015

In the Palace gardens .....

Meanwhile at Wittenberg palace, oblivious to what was happening in the Hoflandt, the King is out checking on the progress of works on the formal gardens.
All the ground has been dug over and the paths laid out in gravel, the main part of the current works is the preparation of the ground for the fountain near the palace...


Saturday, 18 April 2015

Skirmish at Sondheim ....

continued from previous post ....

The front units of the Saxe-Jarlberg vanguard move up .....
 The Wittenberg jagers open fire ...
 The Saex-Jarlsberg jagers move up and return fire ....
 The Wittenberg jagers fall back as Count Pottensdorf moves a Saxe-Jarlsberg infantry regiment up ...
 Colonel Hofler assesses the situation, as his pandours mark their targets ready to open fire ...
 They open fire but to little effect ...
 The Saxe-Jarlsberg troops move up the and fire from the jagers and a volley from two companies of the men from Noverre take down some pandours and who fall back from the hedge line ...
 Hofler is hit, and he is taken back away from the front line ...
 are you all right sir ?

Thinking their commander is down the pandours start to run, but Hofler is alright a musket ball had hit him but had got stuck in a small bible given to him by his mother .... although slightly winded he was soon back trying to rally his men as the Saxe-Jarlsberg troops moved into Sondheim ....
 The pandours kept falling back despite Hoflers best efforts and the Saxe-Jarlsberg troops took control of the village ...
Hofler finally rallied his pandours....
Meanwhile Count Pottsendorf congratulates the commanders of the attack on Sondheim ...
The Saxe-Jarlsberg troops advance out of the village ....
 But this time the pandours stand their ground and pour a steady fire at the enemy ... who fall back and refuse to advance any further ...
With the light failing and no sign of any further movement by the Saxe-Jarlsberg forces Hofler withdrew his pandours in good order back to Hofheim. The pandours and the jagers had held up the Saxe-Jarlsberg army for long enough to enable Count Boritzy to complete his plans for the defence of Hofheim ....


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

At Sondheim ....

continued from the previous post .....

Hofler's pandours had been ordered to take position at Sondheim and delay the enemy for as long as possible. The regiment reached Sondheim late in the day and set about organising a barricade across the road; he placed his men along the hedges in front of the village. The pandours stood to the next morning after a restless night .......
A detachment of jagers arrived later in the morning which he split up and placed forward on each flank. Now it was just a matter of waiting - it would not be long - in the distance the head of the Saxe-Jarlsberg vanguard was just visible .....

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Rendezvous ...

continued from the previous post .....

Two days march later, Count Pottensdorf greets the Comte de Chazelles and the men from Noverre ...
 The two marching columns combine ....

--oXo--

 However the movements of the Saxe-Jarlsberg forces had not gone un-noticed. Count Boritzy had been maintaining a small screen of scouts about 2 days ride from Hofheim, one of them had ridden in late one afternoon to tell him of the enemy forces heading in their direction ....
Count Boritzy ordered Hofler's pandours to Sondheim (about half a mile west of Hofheim) and sent a despatch to General Waldebeck informing him of the situation.  Count Boritzy's plan was to hold the enemy at Hofheim and if necessary fall back east to Toppenhof to join with General Waldebecks regular army troops when they arrived.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

En route ....

The Vicomte de Chazelles, commander of the Volontaires de Noverre, leads his men onwards...
he has sent a courier to take a message to Count Pottensdorf of the Saxe-Jarlsberg army to inform him that the troops from Noverre will reach the rendezvous point two days later than planned ....

[ the men from Noverre have just arrived - picked up 3 lots of PA figures off Ebay, some re-basing needed and the full corps will appear in due course (2 squadrons of cavalry and a regiment of infantry to do)]

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Arrival at Hofheim ...

continued from the previous post ...

Hofler and his pandour regiment, after a couple of days march have reached the outskirts of Hofheim...
 Count Boritzy hearing of their arrival, rides down to meet them..
Count Boritzy instructs Hofler where to quarter his regiment and asks him to dine with him that evening.

---oXo----

 Meanwhile the Saxe-Jarlsberg army is on the move, heading north-west towards Hofheim. Hussars and jagers at the front of the column ...
 Count Pottensdorf with his staff near the head of the column ...
 The rest of the column ...
they have a few days march to go before they reach Hofheim ....

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Ready to march ...

continued from the previous post ...

 Hofler had moved the camp to a nearby farm, getting it properly laid out in a field with some open ground nearby which could be used to exercise the troops..
 The men were drilled in platoons,
 and were given plenty of firing practice too
 General Waldebeck dropped by for an informal inspection ...
Waldebeck: Fine looking fellows, you've got them in good shape
Hofler: thank you Sir
Waldebeck: Well I think they are ready for action, get them up to Hofheim and join the Freikorps 
Hofler: Yes sir, we will leave as soon as possible ....

---oXo---
Meanwhile in Saxe-Jarlsberg events are unfolding. The Herzog is in discussion with Count Pottsendorf...
Herzog: I want Hofheim re-taken, then we will hold all the main routes into the Hoflandt.
Pottsendorf: The army is still weak but I believe is it is feasible
Herzog: Make the preparations
Pottsendorf: Yes Sire, I will march when all is ready ....