301 Wertingen (8 October 1805)
Wertingen - 8 October 1805
After Napoleon had crossed the Rhine and wheeled to the south, he crossed the Danube and positioned his Grand Army behind General Karl von Mack’s Austrians, concentrated around Ulm.
In the opening clash of the Ulm Campaign, the French advance guard, under the command of Murat and Lannes, caught a small Austrian corps under Field Marshal Auffenburg unprepared and in an awkward location.
So swift was Murat’s cavalry advance that several of Auffenberg’s Austrian battalions were overrun or captured before they could put up any defense. The Austrian Grenadiers formed square, halting the French cavalry onslaught for a time, until Oudinot’s infantry engaged and shattered the squares. Cut off from their base at Ulm, the survivors of Auffenberg’s corps melted away to the west. The magnitude of the Austrian defeat shook Mack’s confidence, and affected his decisions for the remainder of the campaign.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?
• Commander: Auffenberg
• 4 Command Cards
• Optional 2 Tactician Cards
• Commander: Murat
• 5 Command Cards
• Optional 3 Tactician Cards
• Move First
Both of us think the best tactic for the Austrian is to fall back and let the French come to you, shooting them up as they approach.