26 July 1812
This morning I got mine orders from Second Army Headquarters. They read as follows:
"March on the Village of Rudnja. Destroy the bridge there. Bring the garrison stationed there with you back to the main army and destroy everything on your way back. Leave nothing to the enemy! Spare nothing! No cattle, no wells, no lodging. Not a single leaf on the trees. Reunite with the Second Army. Delay any enemies you encounter while preserving your forces"
I will dutifully carry out my orders. My plan is straightforward. I take the 3rd batallion and march to the village of Rudnja, destroy the bridge there, ravage the countryside (only the wretched russian peasants will suffer anyway, a small contribution from them to the cause of liberation from anti-christ!) on my way back and reunite the regiment as the 1st battalion marches up as reinforcement. Of course I would like to have the whole regiment in hand, but now I don´t so I will use the forces at my disposal. One good thing about the fact that Visitski got his will through so that we combined the Carabinieri platoons of the 1st and 3rd batallion to a full Carabinieri-company is that we got all these good soldiers with us from the outset. With the brave but stupid russian Visitski at their head they will make a good strike force or last reserve.
Now it´s nightfall and I got a dispatch from Sabinov, the hussar officer who has joined me with two squadrons and a bunch of cossacks, (I can´t wrap my head on how many cossacks there is - they seem to be everywhere). The message reads
"Surprisingly good lodgings in Tschudowka. Much vegetables and butter. Very friendly peasants. Stable bridge. No sight of the french. I will continue down the Tschudowka-Rudnja road before dawn tomorrow. Send any horse artillery you can possibly muster. Also send me my brothers squadron, and I will not let the fatherland down - Sabinov"
As I have any horse artillery and as I would send it to this reckless man if I had? And send of all my line cavalry on this mission? Clearly this russian has very high thought of himself. Wonder if he is in conspiracy with Visitski? Probably not, as he looks absolutely as stupid as an hussar officer should be.
Shirty is a wargamer currently very into Napoleonics! His further plans in that era is Ottomans, Spanish, Persians, French, Saxons, Swedes and probably some Confederation of the Rhine troops. He also likes left wing politics, the sun and friends. Shirty dislikes right wing politics, dichotomies (some may sense a sort of self-critisim here!) and superhero movies.