This scenario represents the action on the Allied right wing at the Battle of Blenheim, 13 August 1704. The French and Bavarians are deployed on the high ground between the towns of Oberglauheim and Lutzingen. The Allied main attack is off-table to the West but they need to capture Oberglauheim to prevent the French impeding their attack in the centre. They also need to tie down the French so they cannot release troops to reinforce the centre.
In order to make the game manageable on a 6 x 4 table using 15mm figures for my Close Fire and European Order (CFEO) rules, I halved the total number of Battalions and Squadrons present in the actual battle. Then I scaled them down so that 1 foot stand = approximately 300 men and 1 mounted stand = a 'squadron' of approximately 200 men. The allied foot have an additional 1/2 stand per battalion to represent the greater effect of platoon fire in CFEO. I have tried to keep descriptions generic enough that the scenario can be used for any rules.
French Order of Battle
42 Foot, 34 Horse, 4 Batteries. Commander Prince Maximillian II Emmanuel Wittelsbach, Elector of Bavaria and Marshal Ferdinand, Comte de Marsin. All Commanders have 3 command points each.
Marquis de Blainville's Division in 2 Brigades. All B Grade.
Blingy's Brigade: 4 Bns French Foot (12 stands)
Clare's Brigade: 3 Bns Irish Foot (9 stands)
Comte d'Arco's Division in 6 Brigades. All B Grade except Hussars which are C Grade.
Magnac's Brigade: 6 Sqns French Horse
de'Legall's Brigade: 7 Sqns French Horse
von Weickel's Brigade: 7 Sqns Bavarian Horse and Hussars
von Wolframsdorff's Brigade: 7 Sqns Bavarian Horse
Mafei's Brigade: 3 Bns Bavarian Foot (9 stands)
Rosel's Brigade: 4 Bns French Foot (12 stands)
Marquis du Bourg's Division in 2 Brigades. All B Grade.
de Lorraine's Brigade: 4 Sqns French Horse
d'Anlezy's Brigade: 4 Sqns French Horse
Allied Order of Battle
49.5 foot 32 horse, 4 batteries + possible reinforcements of 9 foot & 2 dragoons. Commander Field Marshal Prince François Eugene von Savoy-Carignan. Eugene and Marlborough have 5 command points each, all other commanders have 3.
Right Wing (no overall division commander)
Anhalt-Dessau'sBrigade: 3 Bns Prussian Foot, B Grade (13.5 stands)
Scholten's Brigade: 1 Bn Danish Guards, A Grade (4.5 stands) + 3 Bns Danish Foot, B Grade (13.5 stands)
1 Battery with each Brigade.
Prince Maximillian von Hanover's 1st Line Division in 2 Brigades. All B Grade
Prince of Durlach's Brigade: 8 Sqns Austrian, Hanoverian, Wurtemburg Horse & Dragoons
Natzmer's Brigade: 6 Sqns Prussian Horse
Herzog von Wurtemberg-Teck 2nd Line Division in 3 Brigades. All B Grade
Caraffa's Brigade: 6 Sqns German Horse and Dragoons
Cussani's Brigade: 8 Sqns Imperial and German Horse and Dragoons
Fugger's Brigade: 4 Sqns Imperial Cuirassiers.
In order to reinforce the attack on Oberglauheim, Fugger's Imperial Cuirassiers have been detached to support Horn's Division.
Under command of Lt Gen Charles Churchill (not on table)
Lt Gen Horn's Foot Division 1 Bn A Grade the remainder B Grade
Holstein-Beck's Brigade: 2 Bns Dutch Foot (9 stands)
Pallandt's Brigade: 2 Bns Dutch Foot (9 stands)
Reinforcements from the centre (arrive on the road from Weilheim on a D6 roll of 5-6 on turn 1, +1 each turn thereafter). Once these are committed, Marlborough himself may come onto the table to command them.
up to 2 Bns Hulson's Hanoverian Brigade, B Grade (each 4.5 stands)
up to 2 Sqns Auroch's Dutch Dragoons, B Grade
Terrain is laid out on a 6 x 4 table as per the map above. Dark green is forest, light blue-grey is low lying boggy ground, pink is towns and villages, grey is roads, blue is rivers and streams, and mid green is open ground sloping up from the marshland. The rivers and streams are all fordable they, and the boggy ground, count as 'rough terrain' causing a Disorder Point on a move roll of '5' as well as '6' for all troops. Mounted troops may not enter the forests.
Troops are deployed as shown on the map. There is some flexibility in how units can be deployed as long as they are in the same general area. For example the battalions defending Oberglauheim may be set up anywhere in or around the town. The potential allied reinforcements enter on the road from Weilheim.
The side with the most Victory Points (VPs) wins. If they have more than 2 VPs higher it is a decisive victory. In order to have 'captured' a town the allies need to have driven all enemy from it and have at least 1 Battalion in in the town.
Capture Oberglauheim 4 VPs
Capture Lutzingen 1 VP
less casualties than the French 2 VPs
Marlborough comes on table -1VP
less casualties than the Allies 1 VP
du Bourg's Division not committed 2 VPs
Every 3 stands withdrawn to reinforce the centre (moving off table) 1 VP
The Irish and French Brigades defending the town of Oberglauheim
15mm Minifigs figures.