WSS Campaign
Turn One
Battle of Weissenburg
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Captain General John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough.
Prince François  Eugène of Savoy 
Camille d'Hostun de la Baume, Duc de Tallard, Marshall of France
Prince Maximilian II Emanuel Wittelsbach
Elector of Bavaria
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Battle of Weissenburg
Due to his having time to prepare his defense against the advancing armies of Eugene and Marlborough, Marsin was given a choice of 5 areas to select where he would make his defense. These choices were terrain maps that were rolled fro from the list of 100 game maps in the back of the set of rules - Warfare in the Age of Reason.

The map that marsin chose is the larger one shown at the top. The French deployment zone is outlined in blue.

The French, having had time to prepare, were able to throw up a wall or gabion entrenchments, which they formed a barrier between the fortress wall, and the light woods in the center. Behind this wall, they lined up half of their infantry and all of their guns.

This was supported by a reserve command of all of the cavalry which had been withdrawn from the flank. A battery of guns in the fortress had enfilading fire across the front of the defenses.

Opposing this French defensive line was the English and Minor German states under the command of Marlborough. While on Marlborough's right, the German battalions held their advance back and traded artillery fire with the French, the 20 English battalions on the left began their assault. Here, towards the top of the photograph, they can be seen approaching the defensive line.

Musketry and artillery created havoc amongst the English battalions, which twice reached and in places got over the entrenchments, but in both cases, were driven back by cleverly placed and expertly timed counter offenses by the French infantry and cavalry reserve. 

Meanwhile, over on the allied left, one if Eugene's cavalry divisions, having nothing to oppose it (upper right of photo) moved across the plain and penetrated into the rear of the battle area. The French cavalry had declined to occupy this flank in preference to providing a rear support for the entrench area (where it was in fact sorely needed and where it performed effectively.

French cavalry was also used to support the open right flank of the infantry division in the woods.

Meanwhile, in the center, opposite the woods, another 20 battalions of Eugene's Prussians and Danes advanced against the Irish battalions of the French army. Getting up close in the woods, there began a fusillade of musketry exchanges, with the Irish slowly giving but little ground. (in the game we substituted Hanoverians from Anhalt Dessau's army, because the Dane's owner was unable to make the game).
Here the English battalions are seen bludgeoning into the defense. This is shortly before the battalion of North Gray pushed back the  1st battalion of Vermandois (up against the stream) and managed to cross the barricade. Right up in the fore ground can be seen Marshall Marsin and the Regiment of Royal, who charged the English regiment, sending it back across the barricade, at which point the English assault collapsed and many of it's battalions began running back out of artillery range - the entrenchment line held. 
The French took immediate advantage of the Allied disorder and launched immediate sorties out of their entrenchments with several cavalry squadrons. These managed to flank a couple of artillery positions and disordered several of the German battalions on the flank. In the far ground (upper left) of the photo - the English can be seen trying to reorganize their disarrayed forces.
The English division eventually managed to sort itself out and prepared for a new assault. A few cavalry engagements on the flank of the woods were generally undeceive, but a number of Danish (Hanoverian in our game) squadrons were repulsed by the French - the woods proving difficult to fight an maneuver in.

Just when it seemed that the French might hold out - the French division in the woods, suddenly and unexpectedly began to break and run. This resulted in an entire collapse of the French Right infantry. Fearing the 20 battalions that would imminently emerge from the wood, Marsin ordered a general retreat - but severely out numbered in horse and foot, the withdrawal turned into an uncontrollable rout resulting in the capturing or destruction of 2/3rds of the French army.

Marsin survived the battle but his exact location is in doubt.

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Salem, Oregon. USA