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Friday, August 18, 2017

4 July 1813 – Central Germany


Prussian 3rd and 4th corps continue to retreat and cross to right bank of river Saale.
Both corps are about to run out of supplies

2nd French corps move north to join 6th corps at Erfurt.
Both corps are about to run out of supplies
The French are too far east of their depots
Davout orders new depots at Erfurt and Amstadt
Also moves supplies forward from main depot at Horsel.

Both armies need time to rest, resupply and reorganise




Tuesday, August 15, 2017

3 July 1813 – Central Germany


The loss of the battle of Amstadt has left 1st Russian corps isolated
Wittgenstein orders them to abandon Erfurt and retreat east of the river
He also orders the depot at Erfurt to move with them
2nd and 3rd Russian corps have already moved east towards the river


Davout orders 5th corps to occupy Amstadt and secure the Russian depot
2nd corps advance in support and occupy the woods to the north of the town
6th corps move into Erfurt as the Russians retreat

The French now hold Erfurt, which is the campaign objective

Thursday, August 10, 2017

2 July 1813 – Central Germany


Davout opens the campaign by ordering two corps to attack Amstadt, which is the Russian left flank.   His other two corps ordered to pin the Russian corps in the centre and north.

Wittgenstein has not anticipated this attack.  There is only one corps deployed to hold the approach to Amstadt.  Fortunately a second corps is on orders to “march  to the sound of the guns”, and arrives in time to join the battle.

Because of the terrain one French corps is delayed, and then blocked by the reinforcing Russian corps.  Neither take any real part in the battle.

The battle is a victory for the French, who lose 800 casualties to 4200 Russians.

3rd Russian corps bears the brunt of the fighting, and at night fall has broken and is in rout .