aspern-essling (May 21-22, 1809)

INTRODUCTION
Napoleon has crossed the Danube. The Archduke Charles is before him. Only two corps have crossed the river, but the bridges can collapse in any moment.
The order of battle is based on:
     Armies on the Danube, Scott Bowden, The Emperor Press

HOUSE RULES
This Scenario is based upon the appearing in the Scenarios Book of the first edition of Napoleon's Battles (Avalon Hill). Some minor modificatiosn were made on the OOB. Aspern-Essling was a two-day battle so a night re-organization was necessary.

TABLE-TOP ADAPTATION

Aspern-Essling pdf file
  Old map Game map
     
The battlefield


THE BATTLE IN PICTURES

THE FIRST DAY
The Austrian VI Corps approaches Aspern
 
The Austrian II Corps (Hoherzollen) deploys towards Aspern
 
The Austrian Reserve Cavalry (Lichstestein)
 
The Austrian VI Corps (Hiller) assaults Aspern
 
French light infantry (IV Corps) repels the attack of the Austrian VI Corps (10 vs. 1). Then, this same unit will be routed and dispersed with the aid of Austrian cavalry (Lanciers from VI Corps)
 
Aspern encircled by Austrian VI Corps. A Young Garde brigade has been dispersed with the aid of austrian VI Corps.
 
The French retake Aspern by rejecting the Austrian VI Corps. As in the real battle, a the French Corps Commander (Massena) was a combat casualty.
 
THE SECOND DAY
 Dawn of May, 22 (3.00 a.m.). The left French is under Bessieres's command.
 
6.30 a.m. All French line is broken. Both sides are exhausted so the action is stopped
Victory points (taking into account losses and objectives):
Austria: 860 p
France: 561 p
 
SUBSTANTIAL AUSTRIAN VICTORY

 

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