The scale used for this battle is 1 stand = 150 men.
The game starts with the 10:00 Prussian phase and finishes with
the 21:00 Bavarian phase. The Bavarians move first in each turn.
Due to the nature of this game the use of an umpire is strongly
At the start of the war the VII Federal Corps, the Bavarian
army, found it self isolated from the other federal formations
in western Germany. It therefore attempted to close up the
gap between itself and the VIII Federal Corps. Yet following
earlier clashes at Dermbach the Bavarian army had fallen back
to defensive positions along the Frankishe Saale river.
On the 10th of July the Prussians attacked these positions
at various points to further widen the gap and isolate the
Bavarians. The largest action was to be at Kissingen.
The purpose of this page is to provide the details for refighting
this battle, using modified 'Fire and Fury' rules. The modifications
to the rules are at Fire and Furia
Francese, while the campaign modifications are at War
of 1866 Rules.
Scale and notes:
During the initial stages of the game it is important
that neither player knows of the exact status of the partially destroyed
bridge, south of Kissingen. The bridge should be placed on table
without comment, preferably a model of a destroyed bridge. The Bavarian
player should be told, if asked, that it is one
of a number of bridges that his engineers have destroyed to aid
his task. The Prussian player should be told, if asked,
that it is rumoured that the bridge has been destroyed by the Bavarians.
Orders of Battle:
All infantry are armed with
the Needle gun, NG. The artillery are armed as noted. Roll a D6
for each unit that does not have an 'E' leader. On a roll of a 6 cavalry
units have an 'E' leader, on a roll of a 5 or 6 all others
have an 'E' leader.
13th Infantry Division: von
Goeben 1 E. Ldr.
25th Brigade: von Kummer
1 E. Ldr.
Fusilier Btn, 13th Inf Regt: 6 / 4 / 2
2nd Btn, 13th Inf Regt: 6 / 5 / 3
Fusilier Btn, 53rd Inf Regt: 6 / 4 / 2
1st Btn, 53rd Inf Regt: 6 / 5 / 3
2nd Btn, 53rd Inf Regt: 6 / 5 / 3
Artillery: 2 guns (BLA)
26th Brigade: von Wrangel
Lippe - Detmold Fusilier Btn: 6 / 5 /
1st Btn, 15th Inf Regt: 6 / 5 / 3
Fusilier Btn, 55th Inf Regt: 6 / 4 / 2
1st Btn, 55th Inf Regt: 6 / 5 / 3
2nd Btn, 55th Inf Regt: 6 / 5 / 3
8th Hussar Regt: 3 / - / 2
Artillery: 2 guns (1 BLA, 1 SA)
Reserve: von Tresckow
1st Btn, 13th Inf Regt: 6 / 5 / 3
Fusilier Btn, 15th Inf Regt: 6 / 4 / 2
2nd Btn, 15th Inf Regt: 6 / 5 / 3
4th Kurassier Regt: 3 / 2 / -
Artillery: 1 Horse batery (SA)
The infantry are armed with the Podewils rifle, a
MLR. The artillery are armed as noted. Units marked 'L' are in skirmish
order. Roll a D6 for each unit that does not have an 'E' leader.
On a roll of a 6 units have an 'E' leader.
VII (Bavarian) Corps:
Prinz Carl of Bavaria 1 P.Ldr.
1st Division: Stephan
1 P. Ldr.
1st Brigade: von Steinle 1 P. Ldr
2nd Btn, Leib Regt: 6 / 4 / 2
3rd Btn, Leib Regt: 6 / 4 / 2
1st Btn, 1st Inf Regt: 6 / 5 / 3
2nd Btn, 1st Inf Regt: 6 / 5 / 3
2nd Jager Btn: 4 / 3 / 2 L
2nd Brigade: von Welsch 1 Ldr
2nd Btn, 2nd Inf Regt: 6 / 5 / 3
3rd Btn, 2nd Inf Regt: 6 / 5 / 3
1st Btn, 8th Inf Regt: 6 / 5
2nd Btn, 8th Inf Regt: 6 / 5 / 3
3rd Division: von Zoller
Divisional Artillery: 3 guns (2 BLA, 1 SA) - note
1 gun is from the 1st Division but fought with the 3rd at this battle.
5th Brigade: Ribaupierre 1 P. Ldr.
1st Btn, 11th Inf Regt: 6 /
5 / 3
2nd Btn, 11th Inf Regt: 6 / 5 / 3
3rd Btn, 11th Inf Regt: 6 /
5 / 3
3rd Btn, 15th Inf Regt: 6 / 5 / 3
5th Jager Btn: 4 / 3 / 2 L
3rd Brigade (from the 2nd Division): von Feder
1 P. Ldr.
1st Btn, 3rd Inf Regt: 6 /
5 / 3
2nd Btn, 3rd Inf Regt: 6 / 5 /
3rd Btn, 3rd Inf Regt: 6 /
5 / 3
1st Btn, 12th Inf Regt: 6
/ 5 / 3
2nd Btn, 12th Inf Regt: 6 / 5 /
7th Jager Btn: 4 / 3 / 2 L
Artillery: 2 guns ( 1 BLA, 1 SA)
Deployment and Reinforcements:
10:00 von Goebens and all of the 25th Brigade
arrive at Point A in any desired formation.
11:00 The 26th Brigade arrives within 6"
of Point B in any desired formation.
The Reserve may enter the table at any time on or after the 12:00
turn. They enter at Point B in March Column, Limbered, etc. The
Prussians suffer a victory points penalty if these units are used.
At the start:
5th Brigade, 3rd Division: In any desired formation within 2"
of Kissingen and on the east side of the river.
Von Zoller and the Divisional Artillery: Limbered, within 6"
12:30 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division: Arrives
at Point C in March Column, Limbered etc.
14:00 Prinz Carl of Bavaria arrives at Point
15:30 1st Brigade, 1st Division: Arrives
at Point C in March Column, Limbered, etc.
16:30 Stephan and the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division:
Arrives at Point C in March Column, Limbered, etc.
Villages and Woods: Difficult going, block line of sight and give
a +1 bonus in fire and melee combat.
Cultivated Land: Blocks line of sight and gives a +1 bonus in fire
and melee combat.
Hills: As a normal 'Fire and Fury' hill, but see wooded Hill below.
Wooded Hills: There are a number of Hilly areas that are different
to above. Firstly the area marked by the green 'ring'. This area
counts the same as 'Cultivated Land'. The second are is the long
hill on the western edge of the table. This was heavily wooded and
counts as difficult going as well as the other effects of 'Cultivated
River: The river is unfordable at all points, except the bridge
(also see The Destroyed Bridge below. It is 2" wide all along
The Destroyed Bridge: The bridge is in reality only partially destroyed,
as any troops that approach within 3" of it will discover.
Infantry only take a full move to cross via it and are given a disruption
All the normal Fire & Fury victory rules, as amended
by the suggestions in the general European rules, Fire
and Furia Francese , or the War of 1866 Rules
In addition the following scenario specific rules are used.
10 v.p's if there are no unspent Prussian units east of the river
5 v.p's for control of Kissingen at the end of the game.
5 v.p's for control of Winkels at the end of the game.
10 v.p's for control of Nudlingen at the end of the game.
5 v.p's for control of both Winkels and Bodenlaube at
the end of the game.
The Historical Battle:
Initially things went well for the Bavarians, who where defending
the 'only' crossing of the river. The Prussians moved up against
the river, but could make little headway in the face of determined
Bavarian resistance. With the initial Prussian force pinning the
Bavarians attention, von Wrangel's force was tasked with trying
to outflank the Bavarians. It was then discovered that the 'Destroyed'
bridge had in fact only partially been destroyed. So slowly and
careful the bridge was improved and a force was dispatched across
the river. Thus outflanked the Bavarians fell back for Kissingen
following heavy fighting.
Sensing there advantage the Prussians pushed on towards the heights,
clearing first the cementary and then Winkels. It looked to be all
over for the Bavarians they had stubbornly fought all the way back
to the hills in the face of a superior foe, but nothing seemed to
stop them. Yet more action to come for help was on hand. Early news
of the attack had reached Prinz Carl and he had called for reinforcements.
These arrived in the nick of time and halted the Prussian advance
on Nudlingen. Meanwhile other troops lauched a counter attack via
Simberg, which caught the Prussians completely by surprise. After
some initial confusion, the Prussians were forced back to the area
around Winkels. Here they desperately clung on until with the pressure
mounting every where they tried one last charge to save the situation.
What they didn't now was that the Bavarians were themselves very
short of ammunition and the proved the last straw. So once again
the Bavarians withdrew, this time completely and permenantly, bringing
the battle to a close.