Our first game at NashCon featured the French and Austrians meeting north of the Danube. The Austrians struggled to coordinate as Hiller chose to setup his korps ahead of a stream, effectively hampering his potential route of withdraw should things go poorly. Meanwhile Hohenlohe observed Hiller’s actions and took none of his own. After Hiller’s three columns had setup west of the stream, and were greeted by French light cavalry, Hohenlohe decided to begin a march toward the heights at the north end of the battlefield. A quick survey of the horizon showed these rolling hills were already dominated by French infantry and a large body of heavy cavalry. Hohenlohe therefore decided to begin deploying his two divisions. The grenadier division began deploying while still in town, while Ulm’s infantry division shook out its light cavalry about a mile off from the French position.
The game ran approximately 3 hours, playing 12 turns, representing 4 hours of battle time.
While events at Hiller’s end of the battlefield took time to come to shape, the French offered Hohenlohe no such opportunity, and Saint Sulpice’s cuirassier division slammed into Ulm’s not-yet-deployed infantry after sweeping away high light cavalry. In the time of the charge, the Austrian grenadier reserve had become the defacto right flank. Hiller, whose position did not afford him a complete view of the damage, attempted to setup his defensively line, trusting the plan that Ulm would act as a first wave to probe the French line for weakness to the north while Hiller’s troops held the second French corps in place. Then Hohenlohe would commit the grenadiers to win the day. Unfortunately for Hiller, Ulm’s division was nearly taken off the board, and Hohenlohe now had his own problem for which he would use the grenadiers. Overstretched as the French screened off his avantgarde and struck his center and left, Hiller retired back across the stream. Hohenlohe’s grenadiers made a strong advance into the lead French division, before retiring back into town ahead of the French cuirassiers.