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Continuing with Turn 30, remembering that the scenario only has 10 more days to run.
I Corps Artillery (BELLEGARDE) is the only unit of this corps still in good shape, so now attached to LOUIS, to help him defend SCHWANDORF. BELLEGARDE and the remaining shattered units, after failing to hold off LANNES, are heading for KLATTAU and will not be of any use for some time. I hope LANNES is in as bad shape and that LOUIS only has to face BERNADOTTE.
The four French units that stayed with KOLOWRAT are now free to move and are positioned to cause problems for CHARLES at LANDSHUT, or join LEFEBVRE and the IMPERIAL GUARD which appear to be moving that way from MUNICH, after HILLER's successful defence of the city.
KIENMAYER is recovering and has orders to march to PASSAU, to support LIECHTENSTEIN, although some of his infantry units are still 'wavering', or 'brittle'.
So often on the Austrian side, it has been the corps commanders who have become 'brittle' first, often with very little actual combat. The Austrian units have remained confident until the devastating effects of a lost battle, but the rot has started at the top. This is only the first game in v3.05, but it does seem to represent historical reality very well.
The supply that was captured at MUNICH seems to have reached the LOC at WIMPERK, although there was some wastage and the quantity reduced. If this is WAD, then it is a nice touch.
Using the mouse-over feature on blank hexes, I can see that there should be no French units with 2 hexes of MUNICH, back along the AUGSBURG road, which is comforting, but it doesn't show where they are heading, towards LANDSHUT to confront CHARLES, or back to have another attempt at MUNICH. HILLER has set his own objective as WIMPERK, so is probably not receiving orders, as the are French units blocking the roads. CHARLES needs to re-establish contact, possibility after taking LANDSHUT and opening the road to MUNICH, which will also cut across the EMPEROR's supply lines. Somariva cavalry was detached to do just task that last turn, but now MASSENA's IV Corps has been revealed between the rivers, but which way is it headed, following the French movement East, or coming back to secure the supply route.
At first FREISING was the objective and it would still be useful to capture the town, maybe with a cavalry probe, but now a strategic plan is forming.
LANDSHUT is the key, with HILLER holding out in, or near MUNICH, no French supply can route that way, so LANDSHUT becomes the only French supply route to the two corps near BRAUNAU. Can CHARLES get into position at LANDSHUT, with sufficient troops to hold back MASSENA ? The success the Austrians have enjoyed is when there has been a force multiplier, a river, or a city, to level the odds. This only works when the Austrians have time to concentrate, as when LANNES was able to bundle BELLEGARDE back over the Danube quickly, it was because BELLEGARDE's corps was strung out along the road and never had time to concentrate. It was only the tardy arrival of LOUIS at CHAM which saved BELLEGARDE, however, HILLER made a good defence on the river INN against LEFEBVRE and again at MUNICH, against LEFEBVRE and the IMPERIAL GUARD. It is vital that the Austrians become concentrated at some defensive feature, before being drawn into battle.
HOHENZOLLERN needs to cover the rear of CHARLES' against interference from the loose French IV corps units and BERNADOTTE, whilst communication have to be regained with HILLER, so that he can be ordered to co-operate against MASSENA, or hold off LEFEBVRE.
I am setting the objectives, but the AI is actually moving the units, mostly reasonably well, but sometimes with some backwards and forwards movements, although it seems to shake out by the end of the turn. The AI does mostly lead with the cavalry, but this can be assured by detaching cavalry units to move ahead, only they need to be reattached before a battle occurs, so that the corps commander can have a chance of using all of his resources in any combat.
CHARLES is marching between the main concentrations of the French forces, this could be a brilliant manoeuvre, or a disaster in the making. Several of the French corps have suffered losses, but MASSENA and VANDAMME have not suffered much and are probably still powerful units. If CHARLES is going the spring a trap on them at LANDSHUT, the problem will be keeping the trap closed without destroying what is left of his army. The Victory Points panel show that both sides now have low confidence, but which will break first.
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