1814 in France
The Campaign of France & The Six Days
The most awful situation can be used with Et sans résultat! or nearly whatever your club ruleset is for Napoleonics.
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In 1814 nothing is easy for anyone. From the initial Allied invasion that begins the Campaign of France, to the Emperor's Six Days Campaign, where outnumbered 4:1, Napoleon takes the offensive and strikes out to fight and win four battles in six days, bad intelligence, overwhelming odds, and terrible weather make all of these actions difficult at best.
The risks taken in 1814 were long for both sides at different times.
Winning the next battle may not change the campaign for the Allies, but it might prevent the campaign for changing for the French.
The campaign framework ties not only the scenarios together, but also the two campaigns, allowing either side to change history
This gives historical battles historical context, some battles will be more important to you than your opponent and vice versa.
The stakes can't be higher, and the available resources are not similar to enough for the task at hand. Doubt everything. Trust no one. Not even the scenario itself. Because special rules abound.
The fast changing situation of 1814 meant that effectively none of the intelligence a player receives can be trusted and all of it is ever changing. Players must expect that every match is a gamble.
But no worries, it is only the fate of the Empire and the future of Europe, that are in the wind.
French, Austrians, Prussians, Russians, Bavarians, Württembergers; Guards, grenadiers, line infantry, jägers, light infantry, fusiliers, landwehr, national infantry, reserve regiments, cossacks, dragoons, hussars, cuirassiers, uhlans, chasseurs à cheval, national cavalry; national guardsmen, legions, converged battalions, provisional regiments; all the troops that any of the armies can bring to bare, here, making one last throw of the die.
Hundreds uniform images: detailing every regiment featured in the scenarios. All in one place, for easy reference, organized by unit.
Officers, musicians, elites, rank and file, even NCOs, and support troops like sappers, pioneers, and artillery train. In one place.
No page flipping, no book shuffling.
The most awful situation is the sixth in a series of Campaign Guides to be published by The Wargaming Company for the Napoleonic Wars.
So far we've published the first chapter of the Early War, the 1809 campaign, the 1812 invasion of Russia, the collapse of Napoleonic Germany, and now, the Campaign of France.
But we aren't stopping here. Future titles will follow the same format:
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|Hoogstraten||Two||Advanced||6 by 8 scale miles||8am to 5pm||Bülow's 3rd Army Corps confronts Rouget's Young Guard||The Allied invasion begins with a joint Anglo-Prussian move on Antwerp.|
|1st Bar-sur-Aube||Three||Advanced||4 by 6 scale miles||11am to 7pm||Mortier's Old Guard vs Gyulai's III ArmeeKorps||The reputation of the French Old Guard is tested by the Austrian advance.|
|Brienne||Six to Nine||Expert||7 by 5.5 scale miles||3pm to 12am||Napoleon vs the Russians of Blücher's Army of Silesia||Caught attempting to consolidate, Blücher faces the master.|
|La Rothière||Eleven to Thirteen||Expert||6 by 6.5 scale miles||1pm until 8pm||Napoleon vs Blücher in a rematch||Before Napoleon can withdraw, the Allies grant Blücher's request to attack.|
|Lesmont||Five||Advanced||4 by 7 scale miles||3pm until 9pm||Ney and Lagrande hold back the Austrian pursuit||Schwarzenberg is slow to send a pursuit after Napoleon's withdrawal.|
|Nogent||Five to Six||Expert||3.5 by 4.5 scale miles||3pm until 9pm||Victor's wing vs the Austro-Russian advance||Schwarzenberg is slow to send a pursuit after Napoleon's withdrawal.|
|Champaubert||Four to Five||Expert||6 by 6.5 scale miles||11am to Victory||Olsufiev's XI Corps vs Napoleon||The Russians are the first stop on the Emperor's offensive.|
|Montmirail||Seven to Nine||Expert||5 by 7 scale miles||9am to 7pm||Yorck and Sacken vs Napoleon||Yorck attempts to connect with Sacken before Napoleon's offensive reaches them.|
|Château-Thierry||Six to Eight||Expert||8 by 5 scale miles||1:40pm to Victory||Yorck's rearguard vs Napoleon||The Prussians must hold back the Emperor to allow an escape across the Marne.|
|Vauchamps||Five to Eight||Expert||5.5 by 7 scale miles||10am to Victory||Blücher vs Napoleon||The remaining elements of Blücher's Army wander into Napoleon as the French change course.|
Following the collapse of the French Empire in Germany and the defeat at Leipzig, the French army withdrew into France. In December of 1813, Napoleon ordered Roguet to counter the Allied invasion of the Low Countries by Breda, currently occupied by Lieutenant General Friedrich Wilhelm von Bülow’s Prussian 3rd Army Corps. After an inconclusive three-day long action, Roguet withdrew his Young Guard to Hoogstraten. On 11 January, Bülow, supported by the General Thomas Graham’s British Expeditionary Corps, which moved on Antwerp, attacked Roguet at Hoogstraten.
The Austrians have been dragging their feet on the invasion of France and Mortier has been glad for it. Tsar Alexander arrived at Schwarzenberg’s headquarters two days ago. After a contentious exchange, Schwarzenberg agreed to attack the French and press up the Aube. Mortier appears to have prepared for it, and done so with the best troops available, not just on the field, but likely in the bounds of Europe.
Napoleon arrived in the field from Paris about 25 January. The French immediately began aggressive forward movements. Blücher is trying to consolidate his Army of Silesia after Napoleon inserted himself between Sacken and Yorck. The destination for all involved is Brienne.
Following Brienne, Blücher fell back through La Rothière to the Trannes Heights. Tsar Alexander of Russia, Emperor Francis I of Austria, and Frederick William III of Prussia agreed that Blücher would be granted his wish of commanding an attack.
After Napoleon’s defeat at La Rothière, the French Army has withdrawn northwest, seeking to cross the Aube at Lesmont and gain reprieve from the Allied pursuit. The Allies have been slow to pursue but have allocated Forces to follow both Marmont to Rosnay and Ney to Lesmont.
All eyes are on the Seine as Napoleon detaches Victor to hold the crossing at Nogent, and Schwarzenberg finally begins moving upon the obvious route to Paris.
Following the French defeat at La Rothière, the Allies continue their strategic debate. While Blücher presses his demands for a run on Paris, Schwarzenberg drags his feet on pressing too far, too fast. Due to the mixed motives and resulting poor coordination between the two main Allied Armies, a gap opens between Blücher's Army of Silesia and Schwarzenberg’s Army of Bohemia.
Meanwhile, the Emperor undertakes his most aggressive campaign to-date.
With his Army widely separated, Blücher attempted to concentrate one wing at Montmirail before Napoleon could strike in force.
Sacken’s damaged Army Corps withdrew north, away from Montmirail and toward hâteau-Thierry. Yorck tasked himself with providing cover for the retreat, his relief attempt at Montmirail turning quickly into a glorified rear guard to prevent a complete route of the Russian Force. What guns Sacken had not been forced to leave on the battlefield were largely scooped up by the French pursuit. Yorck had been right and Sacken had been foolhardy, but now there were new issues to deal with.
The French pursuit was effectively immediate. St. Germain’s cavalry, detached from Macdonald, had reached the Monmirail battlefield just as Sacken’s Force had left. Napoleon immediate organized a pursuit. Couriers had already ridden to Macdonald directing him to move on Château-Thierry immediately and cut the obvious Allied route of egress.
With Sacken and Yorck withdrawn north across the Marne and pinned there by the French pursuit, Blücher took up the offensive and pushed westward towards Montmirail. Marmont’s French corps fell back before the Russo-Prussian advance, first into Fromentières, and then back into Vauchamps. Ziethen pressed Marmont at Vauchamps and he gave ground, withdrawing to the woods just west where he was reinforced. Now the two Armies stare at each other, each waiting for the other to commit to the attack or retreat.
The French Army is represented by over 300 images detailing the Units that participated in the campaigns.
The Austrian Army of 1814 was made up of three different nations: Austria, Bavaria, and Württemberg.
The Russian Army of 1814.
The Prussian Army of 1814.