On to the game!
|Initial deployments and troop concentrations|
Rather than attacking Cascina Nuova, Baum pulls back
to defend the northern approaches to Montebello.
Two squadrons of 12th Hussars come forward to lend support.
One battalion of 74th Line advances from Cascina Nuova to
harass the Austrian hussars.
French small arms fire drives the Austrians back from the
Genestrello bridge. Forey is operating under a more
aggressive plan than in prior games.
While the jaegers in Genestrello dish out punishment to the 74th,
Beuret's brigade breaks out from Genestrello bottleneck to drive
off Austrian support.
Is the French plan to contain and then bypass Genestrello?
With Sardinian cavalry swarming to the north of Montebello,
Austrian infantry form a barrier to contain the aggressive Allied
Rather than fight deployed Austrian rifled muskets, the
Sardinians make a dash for the railway bridge! A bold move
that drives the Austrian covering force back across the railway
bridge in disarray.
|Sardinian light horse seize the railway bridge over the Coppa!|
|In a hammer and anvil approach, Hesse advances to press|
Blanchard's brigade against Baum's forces in the fields north
of Montebello. Attacks against Calcabobbio go in.
|The noose tightens?|
|Flush with success, Sardinian cavalry push on, taking both|
the main bridge at Casteggio as well as Castegggio itself!
Even with Sardinian cavalry running amok in the Austrian
rear, Hesse continues to press Blanchard.
|Preparing the defense of Montebello|
Paumgarten reacts to push back the impetuous Sardinian cavalry.
Spillberger marches on the railway bridge while Gaal confronts
the Sardinians on the eastern approaches to Casteggio.
|Sardinian cavalry pushed back across the Coppa.|
|In the north, French retake Calcabobbio|
|Situation when action called as an Allied Minor Victory.|
|Blanchard's brigade holding Hesse in check.|
With two FtF battles in the books within one week, the rules are surviving contact nicely. As Austrian commander, I forgot to include the large battalion modifier during fire but that may not have made much difference in overall play. A few tweaks will be put in place prior to the next game but most remain as is. Next game? Yes, we plan to fight Montebello one more time with commands reversed. I bet Jake will not forget Austrian large battalion modifiers! One tweak to the scenario: Austrians may activate all three wings once enemy forces have crossed the Coppa. In the prior games, Austrians could only activate two of their three wings on any given turn.
Can I better Jake's result as French commander? We will see.