18th Century Scenarios

This page provides a number of 18th Century European scenarios for use with Volley and Bayonet. These sceanrios are progressively being updated to support the latest version of the rules, “Volley and Bayonet – Road to Glory”. Additional scenarios can be found in the Seven Years War scenario books.

Marsaglia, 4th October 1693

In the summer of 1693, the Confederates under the Duke of Savoy besieged Pinerolo. This alarmed Louis XIV so much that he sent Catinat, the French theatre commander enough reinforcements to allow him to advance and relieve the fortress. Catinat advanced on Turin (the Duke’s capital) which forced the raising of the siege. Catinat advanced towards the Duke, who decided to give battle. The scenario can be found here.

Friedlingen, 14th October 1702

French & Imperial forces clash at the Rhine crossing of Huningue in the first field action of the War of the Spanish Succession. Despite being held to a strategic draw, Tallard fights the battle that won him his Marshal’s baton. Seriously out-thought by his wily opponent, the Imperial General von Furstenburg is saved by the quality of his infantry. The scenario can be found here.

Blenheim, 13th August 1704

A mighty clash between four armies, the French of Marshal Tallard, the Franco-Bavarians of Marshal Marsin and the Elector of Bavaria, and the twinned Anglo-Imperial Armies under Marlborough and Prince Eugene of Savoy. The battle saw the fame of the Duke of Marlborough and the steadfastness of the British infantry assured in history. It also saw the nadir of the once great French cavalry and the effective destruction of the Bavarian army. A truely titanic clash that witnessed British troops storm across the marshy Nebel stream and take the heavily defended Blenheim village and the Anglo-Imperial cavalry smash the French cavalry centre against heavy odds. A game for cavalry commanders, there are over 30,000 cavalry involved. The scenario can be found here.

Mollwitz, 10th April 1741

Fought in the snow, Frederick the Great’s first battle does not hold fond personal memories for him – he departs the field early in the fight leaving Marshal Schwerin to win it in his absence. It is not a good day for the Prussian cavalry either but the magnificent bluecoat infantry carry all before them and create a legend. The scenario can be found here.

Chotusitz, 17th May 1742

The Austrians steal a march on the Prussians who have split their forces. The main body of the Prussian army under Frederick the Great manoeuvres to save his outnumbered detached wing. The Austrians need to shatter the Prussians and capture Chotusitz before Frederick arrives. Only a year after Mollwitz and the Prussian cavalry has begun to learn it’s lesson. The scenario can be found here.

Camposanto, 8th February 1743

During the course of the War of Austrian Succession, the Government in Madrid decided to act in order to ‘firm up’ the alliance between the Bourbon monarchies of France and Spain. The Austrians under Field Marshal Traun were situated on the opposite bank of the river Panaro in Modena. On 3rd February 1743, De Gages crossed the Panaro and marched into Modena to offer battle to Traun. The scenario can be found here.

Madonna dell’Olmo, 30th September 1744

The Piedmontese army, reinforced by a small Austrian contingent, urgently needed to raise the Franco-Spanish siege of Cuneo. Late in September, Charles Emmanuel advanced his army from Saluzzo towards Cuneo while at the same time Conti moved his army towards the Piedmontese. By the close of day on September 29, Conti occupied a position between Caraglio and Madonna dell’Olmo. On the morning of 30 September Charles Emmanuel moved his army into position opposite Conti’s.The scenario can be found here.

Fontenoy, 11th May 1745

Fontenoy, was a major engagement of the War of the Austrian Succession, fought between the forces of the Pragmatic Allies – comprising mainly Dutch, British, and Hanoverian troops under the command of the Duke of Cumberland – and a French army under Maurice de Saxe, commander of King Louis XV’s forces in the Low Countries. The battle is notable for several reasons. It was one of the most important in the war, and for the French a famous victory and the masterpiece of Marshal Saxe. The secenario can be found here. An alternate scenario can be found here.

Soor, 30th September 1745

Three months after the battle of Hohenfriedberg, Prince Charles exploited Frederick’s carelessly laid “Camp of Staudenz” to launch a surprise attack on the diminished Prussian army. Having stripped off many detachments during his march through Bohemia, Frederick’s numbers had been reduced to 22,500 effectives. Prince Charles then discovered that Frederick had failed to occupy the Graner-Koppe, the hill north of Burkersdorf that dominated the landscape to the east and south. The Prussians detected the Austrian presence, however, and moved first to the attack despite all the Austrian advantages of surprise and terrain. The scenario can be found here.

Kesselsdorf, 15th December 1745

Two Prussian columns, one led by Frederick, the second by the Leopold the ‘Old Dessauer’ were converging on Dresden, the capital of Saxony, which was then an Austrian ally. Interposed between Leopold and Dresden was Rutowsky with an army of Saxons. Rapidly marching towards Dresden and Rutowsky was prince Charles who hoped to be able to reinforce both. Leopold moved slowly and deliberately forward entering Saxon territory on 29 November and advanced on Rutowsky at Leipzig, whereupon Rutowsky retired towards Dresden. By 12 December, Leopold reached Meissen and joined with a corps under Lehwaldt. Rutowsky was reinforced by some Austrians under Grünne and took up a position at Kesselsdorf, 5 miles west of Dresden, that covered Dresden while leaving him closer to the advancing Charles than Leopold was to Frederick. The Saxons deployed along a ridge that ran from Kesselsdorf to the river Elbe and that was fronted by a stream and marshy ground.  The scenario can be found here.

Korbitz, 21st September 1759

A Prussian army during 1759 recaptured much of northern Saxony. now advanced on   Meissen. To counter them the GFML prince Friedrich von Pflaz-Zweibrücken, commander-in-chief of the Reichsarmee, marched with his army, reinforced by the Austrian corp of Hadik to attack them. The whole operation was supervised by Field Marshal Serbelloni. The plan was to fix the Prussian left wing in front of Meissen with the Reichsarmee while Hadik was to flank the Prussian position with his corps. This scenario, presented as a mini-campaign, aims to replicate the action. The scenario can be found here.

Strehla, 20th August 1760

In the August 1760, on the Saxony theatre, the commander of the ReichsArmee, Prince Michael of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld was at the head of an Austro-Imperial army of about 25,000 men. Since is forces were almost twice of those of the Prussian Lieutenant-General Georg von Hülsen, he resolved to attack him in his fortified camp at Strehla, on the Elbe river. Most of the Prussian units were in field fortifications on the plateau immediately to the west of Strehla and in its neighbour. The Reichsarmee commander planned a typical attack by different columns. The scenario can be found here.

Savannah, September 1779

This scenario is based on the Franco-American assault on the city of Savannah in the fall of 1779. It is set up as a three sided game involving the British garrison holding Savannah itself under the command of Prevost, the French troops pressing on the city from the Atlantic side under the command of Count d’Estaing, and the American forces advancing on the city from the direction of Augusta under the command of Lincoln. The scenario can be found here.