Battle of Timmaspe

In 1864, Denmark suffered a heavy military defeat, inflicted by the Prussian army. Forty years on, von Schlieffen prepared a series of scenarios for the German Great General Staff. The aim was to inform the preparations for a potential war with France and Russia. One of the scenarios assumed that Denmark would come into the war, taking the opportunity to invade Germany when its forces were engaged on the Western and Eastern Fronts. We played out this scenario in Great War Spearhead. Two Danish infantry divisions advanced on the town of Timmaspe. The German forces comprised garrison troops and reservists, hastily pulled together into a composite battle group. The terrain in the area featured numerous hedgerows that limited line of sight but not infantry movement. We used hidden movement to increase the uncertainty and tension for the respective commanders.



Robert Dunlop 2014