Another great game was played over the weekend. This time we had a go at the Battle of Essling. The Scenario was picked from General de Brigade Napoleonic scenarios 2 and was played using the old Shako rules. The scenario was a 'what if' game, designed to see what happens if the Austrians try to attack the area between the village of Essling and the channel separating the riverbank from Lobau Island. It offers the Austrians the change of a decisive victory by cutting off Napoleon and his troops.
Austrian and French deployments. General Boudet deploys in the town of Essling. Napoleon and the Guard to the north of the town. FML Dedovich deploys his column to the west of Essling and FML Hohenlohe deploys the 5th column to the south of Essling.
Austrian Columns converge on Essling.
The game started with the Austrians columns set up - one to the west of Essling, on the command of FML Dedovich, and the other to the south of Essling and under the command of FML Hohenlohe. The Austrian mission was to cut the Essling/Lobau road and take the town of Essling. The Austrians had a small brigade of four converged grenadiers battalions as re-enforcements.
Austrian infantry, from FML Hohenlohe column, charge into the Essling.
With two town sections and the Granary falling to the Austrians, Napoleon commits his Young Guard and Guard cavalry in hope of stemming the Austrian tide.
Napoleon finally commits his Old Guard but he is too late.
The whole collection of figures used were from John Maguire's collection. All figures are from Elite Miniatures, Front Rank and Wargames Foundry.
The road is cut following the defeat of the French Cuirassier Brigade.