07 March 2012
Further Developments around Neu Sittangbad. . .
Here are a few more artist's renderings of the unfolding Battle for Neu Sittangbad at the start of Turn Four. These should be of some help to our tireless cartographer, one Gregorius d'Cor, a friar of the Franciscan Order, who by some strange quirk of fate has found himself attached to General de Latte's retinue where his surveying and map-making talents are being put to good (??!!) use.
Next, we have less high-angled illustration that manages to show almost the entire battlefield around Neu Sittangbad, including the Stollenian engineers across the Blau Zwischen, the isolated Jaeger zu Fuss in Eispicke Village, and O'Malley's Irish Grenzers emerging from the woods along the ridge on the northern edge of the Sittangtal. . . Frightfully close to von Tschatschke's left flank!
As impetuous on the Field of Mars as he is in the boudoir, General de Latte decides to lead his brigade of dragoons and horse grenadiers on a circuitous route through his own rear area and around Eispick Village to support his Mittau Volunteers and 11th Hussards on the southern edge of the battlefield. He is accompanied here by his aide, one Captain Paolo di Biscotti, a young officer of noble birth, who has been seconded to the Army of Zichenau from his usual Neapolitan dragoon regiment.
Left with little choice but to follow orders, the commander of Zichenau's Grenadiere zu Pferd, a Colonel von Schmetterling, orders his troopers to turn threes about and follow the Trumbach Dragoons to a new position along the southern edge of the Sittangtal. "There is simply no way this development can have a favorable outcome," he mutters to his orderly as the cavalry column sets off.