Thursday, January 22, 2015

Grand Campaign BATTLE at LUBBEN - French Overview

Napoleon Bonaparte re-enacted
After many days of encouraging the forced march of Maréchal Count Saint-Cyr's XIV Corps at long last the Emperor was prepared to make his presence known in force to the Allied powers.

Many times over the past month it appeared as though the superior Allied cavalry numbers would penetrate the screens thrown up by the French.  Yet each time the French had prevailed in preventing the Allies from learning about the location of key elements of the Imperial Guard, or on one occasion, Bonaparte himself.

Now the chance at a crowning glory to the campaign presented itself, at Lubben were concentrated perhaps 1/2 of the Allied forces, under the command of Blucher, someone that the Emperor felt would most certainly stand and fight.  So the moves had been made over the past four days to make the appearance of a "La manoeuvre sur les derrieres" so as to push the wily old General out of his comfort zone in Lubben and possibly make a mistake.

The bait has appeared to work with a massive cavalry assault launched against I Corps on the 11th of September 1813 (fictional).

Now here on the 12th the cut off to the south of Lubben is in progress and all is in readiness for the main assault, commanded by the new Marshal Poniatowski, to take place on the 13th of September.

Field of battle as seen for French on 12 Sept 1813 (fictional)

Order of Battle


arriving from North West of Lubben (part by road, part via open country march)

Napoleon  (with escort of 2 Brigades of Polish Lancers of the Guard)

Guard Corps Mortier:
Old Guard Division Friant:
Curial Brigade
Michel Brigade
Old Guard Foot Battery

Young Guard 1 Division Doumoustier
___ Brigade
Tindal Brigade
___ Brigade
Guard Foot Battery

Young Guard 2 Division Barrois
Rottenbourg Brigade
de Morran Brigade
Boyeldieu Brigade
Guard Foot Battery

Young Guard 3 Division Delaborde
Gros Brigade
Combelle Brigade
Dulong Brigade
Guard Foot Battery

Young Guard 4 Division Rouget
de Rebeval Brigade
Pelet Brigade
___ Brigade
Guard Foot Battery

Guard Artillery Grand Batteries
4xGuard Foot 1xGuard Horse

Guard Heavy Cavalry Brigade Ornano
2xGuard Horse Batteries

6th Heavy Cavalry Division Lamotte
___ Dragoon Brigade
___ Dragoon Brigade
Horse Battery

Field Commander Maréchal Poniatowski

 XIV Corps St Cyr
42 Division Mouton-Duvernet
___ Brigade
Creutzer Brigade
Foot Battery
43 Division Claparède 
Godard Brigade
Butrand Brigade
Foot Battery

44 Division Berthezène
Pailard  Brigade
Letellier Brigade
Foot Battery

45 Division Razout
Goguet Brigade

Corps Artillery  1xFoot  1xHorse

III Corps Souham (in command since Ney's injury)
 8 Division Souham
Brayer Brigade
Charrier Brigade
Foot Battery

11 Division Ricard
Tarayre Brigade
Doumoulin Brigade
Foot Battery

Corps Artillery 2xFoot 1xHorse

Arriving from West Southwest:

I Cavalry Corps Latour-Maubourg
 1 Light Cavalry Division Corbineau
Pire Brigade
Montmarie Brigade
Piquet Brigade

3 Light Cavalry Division Chastel
Valin Brigade
van Merlen Brigade
Demoncourt Brigade

1 Cuirassier Division Bourdesoulle
Berckheim Brigade
Bessieres Brigade
Lessing Brigade

3 Cuirassier Division Doumerc
d'Audenard Brigade
Reiset Brigade

Corps Artillery 2xHorse

VII Corps Reynier
32 Division Durutte
Devaux Brigade
Jarry Brigade
Menu Brigade
Foot Artillery

26 Light Cavalry Brigade Lindenau

Corps Artillery: Saxon Foot Battery

IX Corps (now formed) Augerau
51 Division Tureau
Lagarde Brigade
Aymard Brigade
Foot Battery

52 Division Sémélé
Bagneris Brigade
___ Brigade
Foot Battery

Corps Artillery 1xHorse

In Cottbus arriving late from South EAST:

Guard Light Cavalry Corps
Dutch Lancers Brigade
Cheveau-Leger Lancers Brigade
Berg Guard Lancers Brigade
Chasseurs a Cheval de la Guard 1 Brigade
Chasseurs a Cheval de la Guard 2 Brigade

South of Lubben on road (in battle on 12 Sept with Prussian Cavalry Reserve under Roder)

V Cavalry Corps (now formed) Milhaud
5 Heavy Cavalry Division Quinette
___ Dragoon Brigade
___ Dragoon Brigade

6th Heavy Cavalry Division Montelegier
___ Dragoon Brigade
___ Dragoon Brigade

Corps Artillery 2xHorse

Arriving on 13th from West of road south of Lubben:

Maréchal Oudinot, Duke of Reggio

VI Corps Marmont
20 Division Compans
Pelleport  Brigade
Jobert Brigade
Foot Battery

22 Division Freidrichs
Bachelet Brigade
Foot Battery

Corps Artillery 1xFoot  1xHorse +  Captured Aust Horse + II Cav Arty under Colin  2xHorse

Standing to west of Allied staging area:

XII Corps Guilliminot  (as Oudinot is to north)
14 Division Guilliminot
Gruyere Brigade
Brun de Villeret Brigade
Foot Battery

Corps Artillery 1xFoot


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  2. Warfare is a fascinating subject. Despite the dubious morality of using violence to achieve personal or political aims. It remains that conflict has been used to do just that throughout recorded history.

    Your article is very well done, a good read.

    1. Thank you for your observations and comments.