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20/21 August 1813

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Richard Gordon

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 7:47 pm    Post subject: 20/21 August 1813 Reply with quote

The French have definitely stolen a march on the Allies. They are driving strongly into northern Germany and Berlin inn-keepers are brushing up on their French and dusting off the tricolors they have sensibly kept in storage.

But the Prussians are not going to go down without a fight. Field Marshal Blucher has been very forward and has the honour of fighting the first battle of the campaign. He is attacking Marshal Oudinot who appears to be isolated from the main French army. Are we about to experience a Grossbeeren all over again? Or does the Emperor have another trick up his sleeve? He appears to be reaching into his tunic for something...

There is a lot of activity around Wittenberg, but every time our reporter has tried to find out what's going on he has been rudely rebuffed. No appreciation for the fourth estate these French! And to make matters worse for the poor fellow, he was almost run over by a munitions wagon on the road from Dresden.

In the south, the Austrians and Russians are wearing out their boots with a lot of footslogging as they push deeper into Germany. Some Austrian troops are even marching back along the same road they just came up?! But then these men are used to retreating from the French so a little more practice can't hurt. But there is no sign of any French. The Cossacks are taking the opportunity to share their culture with the local population and smoke from burning villages marks the route of their cultural tour.

Can the Allies unite in time to save Prussia? Stay posted for news on the outcome Marshal Oudinot's second attempt to defeat Field Marshal Blucher.
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