weather for day 5 heavy snow-medium snow-heavy snow-medium snow… you get the picture
Much could be said about the battle for Bar sur Aube and most of it would be a bit of a furphy (google it). Unfortunately, as the large nose of the little Emperor broke through the flap of his tent all he could see was white, snow white to be precise.
Yes the day of battle was marred by heavy to medium and back to heavy snow, something of a shame what with all those French grande batteries with barely a target to be seen. The event turned into something of a stand-off, Schwarzenberg, not known for his aggressive behaviour waited for some sign of Blue coats to appear out of the white haze with bated breath and chattering teeth, while the normally aggressive Napoleon sat on his haunches behind a wall of artillery, what gives little Emperor? 😉
That isn’t to say a shot wasn’t fired in anger, just not many, on the odd occasion that the snow was light enough to see the enemy the roar of 12 lb’er batteries broke the otherwise peacefull morning. At one stage a brigade of Russian cavalry advanced on the French left and stumbled on the young guard! Not being adverse to a bit of payback the Russians threw themselves at the shoeless waifs but it was to little effect, however the aggressiveness of the Russians did not go unnoticed.
Eventually the Russian cavalry was forced to pull back as one of the many French grande batteries came into action and once again all was lost in the blankness. It was soon afterwards something surprising happened, during the next easing in the weather it could just barely made out that the French were quitting the field! Yes, that is right, Bonnie had scarpered and the day and the glory belonged to the Allies, ok so the glory wasn’t writ large in capital letters but it was glory all the same. Schwarzenberg unprepared for such an event feared a cunning plan and waited for news from a brigade of scouting light cavalry positioned on the south bank of the Aube river adjacent to Bar sur Aube before he would commit to orders. The news was good, a report come back that the French were streaming back into the vicinity of the Bar sur Aube hex.
That is where I will leave Schwarzenberg and Napoleon for the moment the next post will deal with map moves from day five and following that a coming together of Blucher’s Army of Silesia and the French forces in and around Frignicourt.
Although the battle amounted to little as far as blistering action goes it did provide me with a opportunity to get some photo’s of the troops as they were dusted off and I will be posting these in an 1814 gallery when I have some spare time.