|Close up of the Prussian lines referred to above.|
|And the Kaiserlicks awaiting their fate.|
|Prussian bases lost at the close of play: 3 infantry, 2 artillery, 1 cavalry and General Finck|
|Austro-Russian bases lost: 9 foot, 6 cavalry, 2 artillery and 1 un-named general.|
Neither side looked in any danger of collapse and neither had the opportunity to bring overwhelming superiority in one sector. I'd taken a rather unhistorical approach with the Prussians. Instead of rushing in to attack the Allies' right wing, I refused the Prussian left. I did this knowing what Frederick didn't. That instead of marching to the rear of the Austro-Russian position, Frederick had marched around the rear to attack the Allies' front which was protected by earthworks. If I learned anything from this, it is how difficult a job the Prussians had on their hands. Whilst the Prussians weren't completely overthrown as they were in the real battle, any victory, if possible, would have been a Pyrrhic one.
So what would have been the result if I'd carried on? Difficult to say. There was no end in sight. I had played 20-odd turns. Using the start time of the historical battle, around 11:30 when the preliminary bombardment commenced, that would hhave taken the battle into the late evning probably. Even in the Summer light would have faded. Fighting on would have been very difficult. I think the position would have been similar to Zorndorf a year before, albeit with much smaller percentages of the armies lost as casualties. Unlike Zorndorf the rival armies would have been more capable of fighting on the next day.
I've got some notes on the rules to review and possibly make some changes. Some are things that bothered me previously, but nothing fundamental.