1. FIRST PLAYER-TURN A. Movement Phase B. Combat Phase 2. SECOND PLAYER-TURN A. Movement Phase B. Combat Phase 3. GAME TURN RECORD INTERPHASE
On the early morning of June 5th, under the cover of heavy batteries, the French erected pontoon bridges across the last remaining channel of the Danube and debouched from Lobau Island onto the eastern plain of the Danube. This crossing met only light resistance, for the Archduke's plan was to give battle on the plain, or Marchfield (which, by coincidence, was the Austrian autumn maneuver grounds). This plan envisioned the French being held by forces rooted on the heights overlooking the plain, while a strong counterattack would cut them off from their bridges. Napoleon, confident in his ability and his army, planned to crush the Hapsburg foe by a classic flanking and penetration battle.
The next day saw the Austrians attacking first, with a pinning attack on the French right wing. This caught the French off-guard and if the Austrians had been able to coordinate this move with a simultaneous assault on the French left, they might have created a disaster for Napoleon. As it was, they delayed the French flank attack for some hours during which a see-saw battle in the center raged. Finally, at mid-day, the French under Davout began to drive along the flank of the Austrians, drawing reserves to the threat. It looked as though Napoleon's plan was on track when disaster struck in the center and left flank of the French line. Bernadotte's Corps, composed mainly of Saxons, dissolved in panic while the long awaited Austrian flank attack materialized on the French left (which had been stripped of troops to shore up the center). Demonstrating his remarkable touch, Napoleon committed his reserve artillery and cavalry to hold the breach in the center, while dispatching just enough reserve infantry to contain the flank attack short of the vital bridges. Once again the failure of Austrian command control robbed them of victory as Charles was unable to support his success with uncommitted troops. With the line now stabilized and Davout's attack gathering momentum, Napoleon launched a huge column of assault under MacDonald. At the expense of horrendous losses, this column broke the line. Faces with inevitable defeat, Charles ordered his army to retreat, yielding the field to the French. Within a week, the Austrians asked for an armistice.
FRENCHValues are Combat - Movement
Cavalry Infantry Artillery 6-6 9-4 10-1 Res Clap Gd Marm 1/Res 4-6 Thar 2/Res Gd 3/Res 8-4 3-6 Dhil 8-4 Lasa Dupa 1/IV Sax 2/IV 2-6 II Grou 6-4 IX Boud 6-4 Mont Demo 1/III Fria 2/III 1-6 Gran IX Colb Gudi 1/Ital Gera Legr 2/Ital Pull Moli Mora Reyn StCy 5-4 OlGd Wred 4-4 Brou Lecc Pact 3-4 YoGd Austrian
Cavalry Infantry Artillery 5-6 9-4 9-4 SR 1/II I 2/II II 3-6 3/II IV 1/Res VI 2/Res 8-4 3/Res 2/II 8-4 3/II III 2-6 2/AG 7-4 7-4 VI 1/I SR 2/I 1-6 6-4 1/AG 6-4 AG 1/II 3/I Res IV 1/III 2/III 1/IV 2/IV 3/IV 1/VI 2/VI 1/AG 2/AG 1/Res 2/Res 1/SR 2/SR 3/SR 5-4 3/III 3/VI
Game introductions and history in italics are directly from the game rules or game box.
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