Friday, 15 February 2008

1740 - Erlangen (3rd Belgravian Wars) ...

Its scenario time again; further extracts from the History of Wittenberg by Brother James of Alt-Wittendorf ...

Having failed to secure a foothold in Lower Belgravia at PikaStrudel and Faffenstadt the Wittenberg forces retired to their forward positions in Upper Belgravia.

The Monrovians emboldened by their recent successes in holding off the Wittenberg forces decided to try to obtain a foothold in Upper Belgravia. On some examination of possible places for border crossings it was decided to try in the south near the juncture of the border with the Imperium and Saxe-Jarlsberg (an ally of Monrovia). The commander of the force, General von Stricknein was instructed 'Do not cross into the territory of the Imperium, at all times keep at least 10miles from their border'. After two weeks the troops were assembled. The river Oudear was crossed by pontoon bridges. The Saxe-Jarslberg troops were ordered to hold the river crossing. General Stricknein led his troops towards Zondheim.

Although the main body of the Wittenberg army was inactive, the corps of observation had doubled their patrols and had detected the river crossing. While scouts kept an eye on the movements of the Monrovian army despatches were sent to headquarters.

The Wittenberg general staff decided the Monrovians were heading for Zondheim; Field Marshall Duke Frederick of Wittenbuffel said "We'll intercept them at Erlangen".

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