vrijdag 25 december 2009

A summary

Nunbung was the first clash in our Phase two of the Bohemian Campaign. The fugitives from the Battle at Prague sought refuge to the south, while the light troops sought shelter along the hilly and forested region along the Elbe river. Mostly Grenzers and Grenzer Hussars, these split into smaller columns so as to be less detectable. Beck, before letting his command disperse would reassemble at Nunbung. Unknown to either side as we were writing our movement orders that they first clash would happen at the best possible moment for the Austrians. Although several hundred Croats could be seen, two thousand more were waiting in ambush or moving through the woods to ambush the Prussians. Grenzer Hussars were present in strength and were under cover, either in clearings or behind the hamlet. Because of the large number of squadrons, both regiments were divided into half battalions to create a flexible command.

Casualties were minor. None lost by the Austrians, but the Prussians did lose a hundred, as both Dragoon regiments were escorted off the field by the Hussars. The fusiliers were left alone, although the barking of a few Croatian artillery prompted their exit from the field.

When asked by a junior adjutant, why the General did not attack the fusiliers, Beck queried “Where did you study Herr Domenico?” “At the University in Milano” came a perplexed reply. “How many enemy foot did you see? “ the General continued. The General complimented his adjutant’s estimate and added, such a body of troops need not be feared as they would most likely seek shelter behind walls and buildings. Explaining further the advantage of mobility and speed would be keenly seen in the next few weeks.


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