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Turn 4; 5 Combat Rounds Expended: - 3/3/2012 1:44:09 AM   
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Turn 4; 5 Combat Rounds Expended: The pocket is taking a while to eliminate. At this point, breaking through the Austrians covering the Prussian flank would take too long to allow enough exploitation to block the Prussian’s escape in the Pre-Dawn turn (they would have to cross the woods hex to pull that off – it’s too far). So I’ve decided to forgo burning any more precious Guard against the fresh Austrians at night.




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Turn 4; 6 Combat Rounds Expended: - 3/3/2012 1:45:08 AM   
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Turn 4; 6 Combat Rounds Expended: The pocket continues to shrink.




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Turn 4; 7 Combat Rounds Expended: - 3/3/2012 1:46:12 AM   
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Turn 4; 7 Combat Rounds Expended: Slight progress continues against the pocket.




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Turn 4; 8 Combat Rounds Expended: - 3/3/2012 1:47:08 AM   
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Turn 4; 8 Combat Rounds Expended: The pocket is almost cleared. Note that, since this is the final phase this turn, I’ve used ignore losses.




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October 17th; Pre-Dawn Turn; Allied Player-Turn: - 3/3/2012 1:48:19 AM   
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October 17th; Pre-Dawn Turn; Allied Player-Turn:

This shot shows the Allied adjustments in the south during the Pre-Dawn turn. Since a cease-fire was in place, units didn’t have to pay ZOC costs. That was why it was pointless to try to cut off the Prussians unless a road hex in the woods could be captured. Left open, the lack of ZOCs would allow the Prussians to slip right out through it. As it turns out, the Prussian Guard is reorganizing. But it will still have a turn to escape, since the French will not be able to advance during the cease-fire. Note that losses now total 88,490 Allies (and 457 guns) vs. 23,930 French (and 5 guns).




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October 17th; Pre-Dawn Turn; French Player-Turn: - 3/3/2012 1:49:46 AM   
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October 17th; Pre-Dawn Turn; French Player-Turn:

Note that the French have set up a cordon line around Rotha. The Austrian I Corps is expected to arrive there next turn. This will pen it in for future destruction. This is a bit gamey, but once the map edges have been reached, some loss of realism is inevitable. It’s just one more reason the Allied player needed to keep his lines intact.




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RE: October 17th; Pre-Dawn Turn; French Player-Turn: - 3/3/2012 1:50:32 AM   
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This shot shows the adjustments to the French line in the north. The original line has been abandoned for a new location that allows the line to be straightened without combat. Again, during the Pre-Dawn turn, there were no ZOC costs or checks for leaving the ZOCs of the Allied units.




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October 17th; Morning Turn; Allied Player-Turn: - 3/3/2012 1:51:46 AM   
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October 17th; Morning Turn; Allied Player-Turn:

Most of the Prussian Guard escaped. I left the small artillery units to cover other unit’s withdrawals. This was a mistake. Artillery can exit free. Oh well – you can’t remember everything. Note that the Austrian I Corps has arrived – It’s practically pocketed already. But, since it is fresh, while the French are blown, it may extract a comparable cost. Note that this is mostly true for the rest of the remaining Allies here.




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RE: October 17th; Morning Turn; Allied Player-Turn: - 3/3/2012 1:52:57 AM   
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This shot shows Blucher’s results in the north. Again, the Allies only got three combat phases. The effects on the French lines are again minimal. Note that I’ve never shown the Austrian attacks against the Leipzig Garrison. Those attacks have been futile so far as well.




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October 17th; Morning Turn; French Player-Turn: - 3/3/2012 1:54:01 AM   
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October 17th; Morning Turn; French Player-Turn:

This shot shows the adjustments to the French lines in the north. Note that an attack threw back the one advance the Allies had made. Also note that the VII Corps has arrived on the right flank.




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Turn 6; 0 Combat Rounds Expended: - 3/3/2012 1:54:59 AM   
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Turn 6; 0 Combat Rounds Expended: Here French forces have been positioned to attack the Austrian I Corps and the Prussian II Corps. Meanwhile, the units left behind by the Allies have been RBC’d into a pocket. There are now two pockets left to eliminate. Attacks are set up to do so.




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Turn 6; 2 Combat Rounds Expended: - 3/3/2012 1:56:16 AM   
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Turn 6; 2 Combat Rounds Expended: The Austrian I Corps is now split and pocketed. One of the two original pockets has been eliminated. Attacks against the Prussian II Corps can now begin.




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Turn 6; 3 Combat Rounds Expended: - 3/3/2012 1:57:10 AM   
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Turn 6; 3 Combat Rounds Expended: The Russian pocket has finally been eliminated, the Austrian I Corps is being reduced, and the Prussian II Corps line is being softened up.




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Turn 6; 4 Combat Rounds Expended: - 3/3/2012 1:58:17 AM   
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Turn 6; 4 Combat Rounds Expended: One of the Austrian pockets has been eliminated, and the Prussian line is starting to fall apart.




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Turn 6; 5 Combat Rounds Expended: - 3/3/2012 1:59:18 AM   
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Turn 6; 5 Combat Rounds Expended: The Prussian line continues to rupture. No progress was made against the Austrian I Corps, though there was an advance against the Austrian IV Corps.




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Turn 6; 6 Combat Rounds Expended: - 3/3/2012 2:00:21 AM   
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Turn 6; 6 Combat Rounds Expended: The Austrian I Corps is down to one hex. There have been a couple of pockets formed on the Allied line as well.




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October 17th; Afternoon Turn; Allied Player-Turn: - 3/3/2012 2:01:36 AM   
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October 17th; Afternoon Turn; Allied Player-Turn:

This shot shows the final results of the French turn in the south. The turn ended a little early. That allowed the Austrians to extract a few nearly-trapped units. But most of their force here can’t even adjust their deployments. Note that the last remnants of the Austrian I Corps were eliminated. Loss totals now are 120,150 Allies (and 531 guns) vs. 31,630 French (and 7 guns).




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RE: October 17th; Afternoon Turn; Allied Player-Turn: - 3/3/2012 2:02:25 AM   
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This shot shows Blucher’s results in the north – seen from the French turn. Some disorder was achieved in the French lines. The new French Corps is arriving just in time. Elsewhere, the attacks on the Leipzig Garrison finally had some success – pushing the French out of one defense location and routing its defenders.




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October 17th; Afternoon Turn; French Player-Turn: - 3/3/2012 2:03:53 AM   
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October 17th; Afternoon Turn; French Player-Turn:

This shot shows the French adjustments in the north. They included a counterattack against the Allied right flank that took several combat phases to complete (not shown) – as shown, the attacks rolled the Allies back a few hexes. Elsewhere, the Leipzig Garrison regained the hex they had lost.




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Turn 7; 0 Combat Rounds Expended: - 3/3/2012 2:04:57 AM   
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Turn 7; 0 Combat Rounds Expended: Note the microscreen on the right side, showing the overall situation. The Allied lower line is set to collapse – and has already been flanked.




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Turn 7; 2 Combat Rounds Expended: - 3/3/2012 2:06:16 AM   
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Turn 7; 2 Combat Rounds Expended: The entire Allied position has now been pocketed in pockets large and small. The two flankers of the last phase have been subdivided to complete some of those pockets.




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Turn 7; 3 Combat Rounds Expended: - 3/3/2012 2:07:22 AM   
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Turn 7; 3 Combat Rounds Expended: Well, most of those small pockets have been eliminated, and the large one has been reduced. That is continuing.




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Turn 7; 4 Combat Rounds Expended: - 3/3/2012 2:08:26 AM   
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Turn 7; 4 Combat Rounds Expended: Those attacks continue.




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Turn 7; 5 Combat Rounds Expended: - 3/3/2012 2:09:23 AM   
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Turn 7; 5 Combat Rounds Expended: And continue.




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Turn 7; 6 Combat Rounds Expended: - 3/3/2012 2:10:26 AM   
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Turn 7; 6 Combat Rounds Expended: The larger pocket has been split, and attacks are coming from all directions now.




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Turn 7; 7 Combat Rounds Expended: - 3/3/2012 2:11:21 AM   
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Turn 7; 7 Combat Rounds Expended: The two isolated pockets were eliminated, and much of the French force has been sent north to redeploy (see the microscreen on the right).




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Turn 7; 8 Combat Rounds Expended: - 3/3/2012 2:12:18 AM   
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Turn 7; 8 Combat Rounds Expended: Since this is the last phase this turn, attacks are all set to ignore losses.




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October 17th; Night Turn; Allied Player-Turn: - 3/3/2012 2:13:30 AM   
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October 17th; Night Turn; Allied Player-Turn:

This shot shows the results of Blucher’s attacks in the north – seen from the French turn. Three combat phases were obtained. The results had some effect. Note that there is no purpose in showing the single remaining Allied pocket in the south. The assault on the Leipzig Garrison made no progress. The loss totals are now 165,850 Allies (and 724 guns) vs. 40,880 French (and 11 guns).




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October 17th; Night Turn; French Player-Turn: - 3/3/2012 2:14:44 AM   
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October 17th; Night Turn; French Player-Turn:

No adjustments were made, since it will be easier to make them on the following turn, when the cease-fire takes effect. But note that forces from the south are being re-deployed to form a continuous line.




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RE: October 17th; Night Turn; French Player-Turn: - 3/3/2012 2:15:22 AM   
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This shot shows how the southern forces are being redeployed to form the defense for the coming fight. That defense will be a cordon around Leipzig. Note the microscreen in the lower left corner, showing the overall situation. The attack to eliminate the remnants of the Allied southern forces need not be shown. It was eliminated after one combat round. Also note that the XI Corps has been moved east over the Pleisse in an attempt to take the Austrians attacking the Leipzig Garrison from the rear. That’s a risky operation. The Allies are about to receive massive reinforcements. They will all be fresh, while the French are blown. So, diverting several Corps to destroy the Austrians will leave the other French defenders dangerously short-handed.




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