Napoleonic Wars

This page provides a number of Napoleonic scenarios for use with Volley and Bayonet. These scenarios are progressively being updated to support the latest version of the rules, “Volley and Bayonet – Road to Glory”. Additional Napoleonic scenarios can be found in the “Volley & Bayonet – Road to Glory” rule book and the “Austria Stands Alone” and “Napoleon Returns” scenario books.

Rivoli, 14th January 1797

On the 8th of January 1797, the first contact was made between Austrian and French forces. Napoleon believed that this Austrian advance was only a diversion and that the main attack was still to come. Napoleon was soon proven correct. Joubert was attacked by a sizeable force and had to retreat from La Madonna di Corona, the small village just north of Rivoli. Alvintzi had revealed his plan. His Lake Garda column was sizeable, totaling 28,000 men. Bonaparte acted quickly, ordering Joubert to hold his position at all costs while he summoned Massena and Rey to move to Rivoli at once. The scenario can be found here.

Novi, 15th August 1799

The Russian and Austrian forces under Suvorov had thundered  across the Po River valley, recapturing most of the territory conquered by Napoleon two years before. The veterans Moreau, Mcadonald and Schérer each in turn had been soundly defeated. Only the fortress of Tortona and the scattered French forces around Genoa  the coastal towns further west. The Directory placed their hopes in thirty year-old General Barthélemy Joubert. Suvorov however moves quickly and advances to battle. The scenario can be found here.

Montebello, 9th June 1800

After the fall of Genoa Bonaparte realized that it was impossible to stop part of the Austrian army in Liguria and on the 8th of June ordered General Lannes to move as quickly as possible in the direction of Voghera, sweeping away any Austrian resistance. The scenario can be found here.

Hohenlinden, 3rd December 1800

There had been an armistice since July as a result of Napoleon’s victory at Marengo and Moreau’s successful campaign on the Rhine. The Austrians, with millions of British pounds as incentive, decided to continue the war. A massive effort had been made to field a new army. Now, both Moreau’s Army of the Rhine and Johann’s forces advanced on the strategic crossroads city of Hohenlinden. The scenario can be found here.

Teugn-Hausen, 19th April 1809

Early on the 10th of April the Austrian Army advanced into Bavaria intent on destroying the French and Allied armies while the major French armies were tied down in actions in Spain. While Napoleon hurried to the front Berthier muddled the dispositions of the various corps in Bavaria which left Davout isolated in the area of Regensburg on the banks of the Danube. As the French marched in several columns they were eventually brought to action around Teugn when the Austrian III Korps advanced over the line of march of Saint Hilaire’s division. The scenario can be found here.

Raszyn, 19th April 1809

Austria intended to attack on three fronts during the campaign of 1809. The major thrust was  along the Danube and required the major elements of the Austrian army. In addition Archduke John was to advance into Italy and finally Archduke Ferdinand was to advance into Poland. Pontiatowski assembled his small Polish-Saxon army of some 14,000 men and 41 guns along the Mrowa stream some ten kilometres south of Warsaw and waited for the advancing Austrians. The scenario can be found here.

Gorodetschna, 12th August 1812

Napoleon’s 1812 invasion of Russia offers a few battles which oppose the Russians with various allied contingents of the French. The battle of Gorodetschna is one such, with Austrians and Saxons attacking the Russians. The Austrians Auxiliary Corps and the Saxon VII Corps of the Grand Armee were operating under command of the Austrian Feld Marshal Prince Schwarzenberg. Opposing them was the Russian 3rd Army of the West under General Tormassov. Tormassov’s army had only just completed the reorganisation that all the Russian forces had undergone in the first half of 1812. The scenario can be found here.

Borodino, 7th September 1812

Borodino was the largest and bloodiest single-day action of the French invasion of Russia and all Napoleonic Wars, involving more than 250,000 troops and resulting in at least 70,000 casualties. The French Grande Armée under Emperor Napoleon attacked the Imperial Russian Army of General Mikhail Kutuzov near the village of Borodino, west of the town of Mozhaysk, and eventually captured the main positions on the battlefield, but failed to destroy the Russian army despite heavy losses. The scenario can be found here.

Lutzen, 2nd May 1813

Following the disaster of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812, a new Coalition formed against him. In response to this, Napoleon hastily assembled an army of just over 200,000 consisting largely of inexperienced, barely trained recruits and severely short of horses (a consequence of the Russian invasion, where most of his veteran troops and horses had perished). He crossed the Rhine into Germany to link up with remnants of his old Grande Armée, and to quickly defeat this new alliance before it became too strong. The scenario can be found here.

Gross Beeren, 23rd August 1813

Following the Battle of Bautzen, in May 1813, during the War of the Sixth Coalition, both sides agreed to a seven-week truce to plan and better prepare. When the campaign resumed, in August, Napoleon ordered an offensive drive to take the Prussian capital of Berlin. With its capture, he hoped to knock the Prussians out of the war. Meanwhile he kept the bulk of his army on the strategic defensive, to deal with any potential moves by the large Austrian army, which had now gathered in southeastern Germany. For this task, he chose one of his bravest and best commanders, Marshal Nicolas Oudinot, to lead the offensive. The scenario can be found here.

Brienne, 29th January 1814

Napoleon on the offensive as the Allies advance on Paris. The first battle of the 1814 campaign. Napoleon’s marshals have given up too much ground and the Emperor takes personal command and confounds Blucher with a classic attack of envelopment. What could have been a decisive set back for the Allies is compromised by the presence of so many woefully green French infantry. Napoleon commented after the battle that he could have done better with veteran troops but considering what he had he was satisfied with what he achieved. The scenario can be found here.

La Rothiere, 1st February 1814

Following the battle of Brienne, Napoleon camps on the battlefield and adjusts his dispositions. Inexplicably he does more or less nothing for three days during which time the Allies amass an overwhelming force against him and counter-attack. All is not well however and the Allies are hamstrung by some complex behind the scenes political restraints. This interesting action sees the Allies fielding an army of Prussians, Russians and Bavarians with on the French side the Imperial Guard at centre stage. The scenario can be found here.

Craonne, 7th March 1814

Marshal Blücher had recovered from his earlier setbacks more quickly than Napoleon Bonaparte had hoped, and so the French Emperor was forced to switch his attacks from the Austrian Field Marshal Schwarzenberg back to the Prussian commander. Napoleon hoped to erupt into the middle of an enemy army which was retreating by isolated detachments, instead he found himself confronting a Russian army of several Corps posted on a hill and ready to fight. This scenario is currently offline while it is being updated.