This turn starts with an Army Morale roll, as the permanent losses plus currently Routed SP for each side exceed 45 SP. Neither Charles nor Frederick expend any of their Command Rating to modify the roll, which ends up being a wise choice as neither rolls high enough to degrade Army Morale.
The Austrians win the Initiative roll, and roll well enough for a Wing activation. Al uses this opportunity to activate the all-infantry wing of Thungen, as all but one of the five Command Leaders is in Thungen’s command range. The Austrians should finally make some progress with their infantry as the last couple of turns the End Turn conditions and Special Results stalled them. Taking advantage of the Shaken/Disordered status of 2 JBO and its exposed position in the front-center of the Prussian line, 2 GRU attacks and Routs it.
On the Austrian right, scant cavalry resources on the Austrian side means that the infantry here will advance on the Prussian cavalry. 3 WAL and 2 WAL, the latter stacked with its Command Leader Luzan, advance on the Disordered AWA a. The cavalry unit elects to retreat before close combat, pulling back two hexes and successfully passing the Morale Check. Luzan and 2 WAL advance into the vacated hex. Similarly, 1 LOT and 1 WAL attack BAY a; the latter retreats one hex, a line of Prussians at its back bracing the unit, and passes the Morale Check. 1 LOT moves into the vacated hex, exerting its ZOC on the Prussian cavalry unit.
The Austrians win the next activation as well, and Proichowsky activates his cavalry command on the Austrian left. PHI a and Proichowsky himself charge GES b, weakened from earlier combat. While GES b makes a gallant stand, 6-1 odds and a net +10 Austrian modifier eliminate the Prussian horse.
The Austrians continue to seize the initiative. Al’s attention stays on the Austrian left. Here Batthyanyi consolidates his independent cavalry command, and the light infantry take advantage of the moment to slide toward the center, sidling up to the flank of the Prussian guns (where the gunners keep their matches on their linstocks glowing, knowing eventually they’ll have to shoot at something). The Austrian independent cavalry unit PES activates at this time and moves forward.
The Austrians keep winning activations. This time, Balayra activates on the Austrian right. His LUB a unit passes an attacker morale check and charges. Locked in by a zone of control, BAY a can’t reaction charge, and then rolls a “03” special result for a defender morale check, becoming Shaken/Disordered. The odds are 1.5 to 1 with combat values heavily favoring the Austrians, but the close combat roll is a “00,” causing one attacker loss and three defender losses. Amazingly the Austrians fail the morale check, rolling an 11, and Rout. Meanwhile, DOL b and ALT b are resolving their charges – well, ALT b is but DOL b failed to pass the morale check. ALT b targets Disordered Prussian cavalry unit BRK a. BRK a passes, and thanks to DOL b sitting this round out, WER a actually gets the Defending Cavalry Option against ALT b, after passing a defender morale check. The 1-1 attack produces an “M” result, which ALT b fails and subsequently Routs. The Prussians fail to pursue.
Frederick must be pondering his past correspondence with Voltaire, as Al’s hot Initiative roll again means they will activate a command. Birkenfeld’s cavalry now go into action and targets some of Wedel’s infantry. 2 HOL Routs as does another Prussian infantry unit, while one Austrian cavalry unit is turned away. Lastly, d’Ollone gets the last Austrian activation and consolidates his forces on the Austrian left.
Other Prussian activations cause losses to both sides. As Leopold and Frederick haven’t closed the gap between them to bring Leopold into Frederick’s Command Range, Leopold is still considered to be in command of his Detachment. Accordingly, I’ve been activating Leopold’s commands first to avoid the penalties equivalent to End Turn conditions, which would be applied Leopold’s remaining unactivated commands if Frederick were to activate commands before Leopold’s activations were complete.
Studying the situation after the last of Leopold’s activations, the Prussian right flank cavalry is generally in a weakened state. Three of Gessler’s units are eliminated, and the rest of the command dissipated enough that it will take a turn or two for Gessler to reform what remains. Rothenburg’s command, while suffering proportionally smaller losses, is somewhat isolated to the far right. With the Prussian right in this weakened state, Frederick’s activations start with the revelation of reinforcement group 2. The Wing commander Kalckstein appears with four infantry battalions, the right flank units protected by the lake and straddling one of Gessler’s units and protecting another behind them.
Group 1 appears in the center of the Prussian line, four hexes behind and somewhat to the left of the Prussian batteries. This group of four battalions includes the command’s leader, la Motte. Deploying Group 1 earlier than I wanted, while necessary to strengthen the right, unfortunately placed them outside of la Motte’s command range, but that should be okay for now as they’re in a defensive posture. Group 3, four independent grenadier units, deploys on a diagonal to the northwest leading away from la Motte. Their position will keep Austrian cavalry from displacing Frederick, and offer resistance to Austrian units attempting to move behind the Prussian center and toward the Prussian left.
The Rally phase is kinder to the Prussians than to the Austrians. The turn ends with just two Austrian cavalry units on their right flank neither Routed nor Shaken/Disordered, and a few SP losses from low Rally rolls.