Straight Arrow wrote:How does one save the Saxons in fall, 1756?
If you stand and fight, the Saxons just die and give the Prussians a nice chunk of NM in the process.
If you hole up in the camp, the Prussians bag the lot for little or no cost.
Currently, I'm trying a "Great Escape" where the Saxon attempted a field battle on run away orders, blue-green. On the second turn, after being unlocked, they fled to the mountains to the west. I than split the force into individual units and ran like a rabbit; it seems to have worked.
Are there any other ways of extracting the Saxons from certain doom?
In my last PBEM AAR with Narwhal the Saxons escaped. He went for a fast lunge on Prag in the hope of catching me out and failed to take the city. Although I lost a lot of Saxon regiments in the escape (mostly due to attrition in the mountains) it then completely unbalanced the game. I had more commanders with the HRE trait - which went a long way to improving the performance of the Bavarians et al - and had rough artillery parity. The latter really mattered as normally in a big battle the Austrians will suffer a lot of disruption etc in the ranged combat phases but we traded losses so the close combat was more bloody (hitting the Prussian problem of a lack of manpower).
In effect, I'd suggest if you do get the Saxons out its game over.
But if the Prussian player deals with Pirna efficiently they can't escape, I think even with your preferred stance it is possible to slip cavalry etc into the surrounding provinces and then you are trapped into a ping-pong?