Saturday, 18 October 2008

Scenario: 1740 - Schnotwitz (3rd Belgravian Wars) ...

further extracts from the History of Wittenberg by Brother James of Alt-Wittendorf ...

For a skirmish game using 40mm figs...


After the battle at the Vortvod Gap, both sides re-assessed their strategies.

While the Wittenberg army regrouped after its defeat the Monrovian commander General Stricknein met in conference with Count Pottensdorf in charge of the Saxe-Jarlsberg contingent. After much discussion it was decided to:
1. complete the fieldworks at the Wortvod Gap and keep the bulk of the army to the north of
2. the grenadiers and the newly arrived infantry regiment at Vanderhof to moved north to
3. the river crossing at Vanderhof to be guarded by a militia battalion from Lower Belgravia.
4. despatches to be sent to army headquarters in Monrovia requesting cavalry re-inforcements.
5. In order to stop further attacks on supply lines to Vanderhof Count Pottensdorf was to take
all the Saxe-Jarlsberg troops and capture the town of Verlendt, then move to take Hausdorf in
order to block the narrow gap in the hills to the west of Ottenheim.

Over in the Wittenberg camp the Field Marshal and the King inspected the infantry regiments of the Boldavian army corps; then followed a heated discussion which eventually led to the
following plan:
1. Bring the Wittenland Army Corps south to allow for a possible attack on the Vortvod Gap.
2. The Guard Corp to be stationed to the north around Heidelheim.
3. Send a detachment through the gap in the hills west of Ottenheim and make contact with
General Waldebeck and his troops. Engineers were to accompany the detachment and assess what whether the army could pass thorugh the gap and outflank the Vortvod Gap position.

Count Pottensdorf set forth from Ottenheim with his troops, here we see them passing thorugh the hamlet of Freihausen ....

and onwards into the more open country beyond ...

Uhlan patrols detected the movement of the Saxe-Jarlsberg troops, General Waldebeck commanding the Wittenberg troops at Verlendt decided to intercept them at Schnotwitz.


  1. Don't tell me the units in the second picture are just for a skirmish game! That's about the size of an entire army for either of my main combatants! lol

  2. p.s. you always come up with great names! :-)

  3. And great photos. I love your quaint little village.

    -- Jeff

  4. I agree, that's a lovely village.
    Where did you find the cottages?

  5. The two half timbered cottages (grey/brown) are from the Conflix Historic & Fantasy Wargaming Range. The other one is a pottery house I got at a Car Boot sale - provenence unknown.

    -- Allan