Friday, January 4, 2013
A meeting Engagement
A meeting Engagement near the Bergatonian Capital
Both the Rechburg and Bergatonian Armies advanced on the same day, both hoping to catch the other before they were prepared.
2 days after the armies left their respective bivouacs Prince Leopold was told that a Brittanic Infantry Brigade was at Bimberfeld, he could he decided stop and wait for them to join him and in fact was in the process of doing so when his first patrols reported that they had seen a joint Bergatonian-Franconia force advancing towards them.
Realising battle was imminent all Prince Leopold could do was send a dispatch rider to urge the Brittanic troops to advance directly on New Madrid while he pinned their army on the Ostwald-New Madrid road.
Franconian General Alexis Schnellendorf
General Alexis Schnellendorf was a little surprised to run up against Rechburg units so close to New Madrid, his first reaction was to withdraw back on to the Bergatonian Capital, however he then realised his army was now two days away from the city and the Rechburgians only a few hours from his present position.
His current position was not suitable for a battle and he was advised that there was a better position further along the road, the real question would be who would get there first.
Later in the day he received reports from Duke Rupert that a Brittanic Army had been seen near Bimberfeld, he was relieved that he had insisted that Duke Rupert stay behind in New Madrid with 2 brigades of Infantry, it was unlikely the Brittanic troops would reach New Madrid before he dealt with the Rechburgian whelp, once he had done that then both he and Rupert could deal with the Brittanic army.