Can Kunersdorf be Fought Without Cavalry?
I’m wondering what readers think about the concept of refighting the battle of Kunersdorf in 1759 without using cavalry in the wargame. My thinking goes like this:
The Russian cavalry was largely deployed in dead ground on the far right of the battle line. The majority of Prussian cavalry was deployed on the Prussian left, behind the three large ponds and the village of a Kunersdorf.
|Final cavalry action – Christopher Duffy map|
If the Prussians focused solely on the fight for the Muhlberg and Kuh Grund and Spitzerberg, then they would not have needed to send the cavalry into the battle, knowing the difficulty of filing through the ponds area and then redeploying under fire from Russian artillery. So if the Prussian cavalry does not advance, remaining the refused wing of the army, then the Russian-Austrian cavalry never has the opportunity to charge into the Prussian cavalry. The terrain obstacles restricting the Prussians would also have deterred the Russian cavalry from attacking.
Ergo, no cavalry action in the area beyond Kunersdorf village.
What do you think? Please provide your opinion and comments in the comments section of this thread. I know that many readers choose to „lurk“ on this site, but I really want your opinion and hope to get 15 to 20 comments
|Battle of Kunersdorf- Christopher Duffy map|
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