Austria at War 1848 to 1866

This section contains scenarios covering the Hungarian War of Independence, the Italian Wars of Independence and the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, and recreating them using “Volley & Bayonet – Road to Glory”.

Kaplona, 26th-27th February 1849

Set during the Hungarian War of Independence, the Hungarians, driven out their capital, spend the winter building their army. By February they have a numerical superiority in the western theatre, 35,000 to the Austrian’s 30,000. Now they have to bring their numbers to bear and free their capital. However, they are preempted by the Austrians. The scenario can be found here.

Isaszag, 6th April 1849

The Hungarian general, Athur Gorgei, launches the Hungarian’s first offensive, attempting to outflank the Austrian army. The original plan is spoiled by chance, but on April 6th, Gorgei brings the entire army to bear on just two of the Austrian Corps. The scenario can be found here.

Nagy-Sarlo, 19th April 1849

General Arthur Görgey, previously a lieutenant in the Hapsburg army, has been instrumental in the Hungarian revival. In April 1849, he now commanded an army of three corps in an offensive with two objectives. The first was to relieve the fortress of Komorn, and second to engage and destroy the Hapsburg army of Windischgrätz. The scenario can be found here.

Pered, 20th-21st June 1849

The Russians have entered the war and the Hungarians have only a short time to dispatch the Austrians before the Russians overwhelm them. Gorgei attacks the Austrians, bringing three corps against the Austrian IV Korps. Unknowst to the Hungarians, the Russian 9th division is on the scene, ready to aid the Austrians. This scenario is currently offline while it is being updated.

Montebello, 20th May 1859

The first action of the 1859 Italian Independence War. A column of Austrians made up of elements from several formations was ordered to make a reconnaissance in force westward up the south bank of the River Po. Their task was to ascertain if the French troops assembling at Voghera intended to move to their right and turn the Austrian position using the route Napoleon Bonaparte took in 1796. The resulting action at Montebello saw a large but ill coordinated Austrian force advancing to clear a small but much more highly motivated and better equipped French force out of a number of hillside villages. The scenario can be found here.

Palestro, 31st May 1859

On the morning of 30th May, the Italians cross the Sesia river, and after some hard fight they were able to take control of Palestro, Confienza and Vinzaglio. The next day, to test the true intentions of the enemy, Feldmarschall Fredrick Zobel was ordered to attack the village of Palestro with his two infantry divisions. This scenario is currently offline while it is being updated.

Magenta, 4th June 1859

Napoleon III’s army crossed the Ticino River and outflanked the Austrian right forcing the Austrian army under General Gyulay to retreat. The close nature of the country, a vast spread of orchards cut up by streams and irrigation canals, precluded elaborate maneuver. The Austrians had turned every house into a miniature fortress. This scenario is currently offline while it is being updated.

Solferino, 24th June 1859

The confrontation was between the Austrians on one side, versus the French and Piedmontese forces who opposed their advance. The Austrians were retreating eastwards after their defeat at the Battle of Magenta. In the morning of 23 June, after the arrival of emperor Franz Joseph, they changed direction to counterattack along the river Chiese. At the same time, Napoleon III ordered his troops to advance, causing the battle to occur in an unpredicted location. While the Piedmontese fought the Austrian right wing near San Martino, the French battled to the south of them near Solferino against the main Austrian corps. This scenario is currently offline while it is being updated.

Obersee, 6th February 1864

The Danish army during the Second Schleswig War, falling back on the fortified town of Flensburg, left a small rearguard on the road from Obersee (Overso). An Austrian brigade, advancing along the line of the road and over the Treene brook, attempted to throw it aside and push through. This scenario is currently offline while it is being updated.

Nachod, 27th June 1866

In the early morning darkness of 27th June, Prussian V Corps of Second Army under General der Infanterie von Steinmetz advanced through the almost undefended frontier town of Nachod and began to debouch from the Methau valley. This scenario is currently offline while it is being updated.

Oswiecim Station, 27th June 1866

This action took place on the same day as the battle of Nachod. The Prussians attempt to secure a rail head to deny it as a supply line for the enemy on the northern Austrian Galician-Moravian borders on the shores of Lake Sola in what is now modern Poland. This scenario is currently offline while it is being updated.