1st Hochstedt
September 20, 1703
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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
 This game was also played at Enfilade 2004

Count Styrum has lost track of Marshall Villars' Army. To the east of him (top of the map) several miles away at Tapfheim, his pickets are attacked by French Cavalry. He turns his army in that direction to face the expected threat. Styrum orders his baggage train assembled for departure to north to Nordlingen (left of the map) and fires three cannon shots to signal the departure of the wagons.

Marshall Villars has detached a corps under D'Usson, to attack the Imperials from the West (bottom of map) while he attacks from the east. Ironically, the signal to D'Usson that Villars is in place is to be three cannon shots.

Styrum sees D'Usson approaching from the west, and assumes the cavalry at Tapfheim is a feint, and turns his entire army to attack what he believes is the French Advance Guard, so that he can move his train into the hill to the north (left of map)

This then is the start of the battle. There is a small detachment of French cavalry to the right - off the map - that is pursued all the wy to Hochstedt by much of Styrum's cavalry.

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The game is played thus for 5 turns. All of the Imperial Division have attack orders - and these may not be change for the first 5 turns. If their targets are repulsed off table, the Prussians may head for their exit point.

All of the French infantry on the left have attack order, the cavalry and right have hold orders, but these may be changed to attack.

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On turn 6, Styrum begins to suspect something is wrong. His pickets at Tapfheim return, hotly pursued by Bavarian Hussars who must attack the baggage train. However, some of his cavalry return having pursued French cavalry all the way to Hochstedt.

On Turn 7 - Styrum and his generals may change orders as desired. THe advance guard of Villars' main army arrives, and now Styrum must survive.

The numbers (T6, T7 etc.) represent the turns on which the various divisions arrive.

This PDF describes the battle and shows the positions of units dueing the battle.

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