603 Austerlitz (2 December 1805) Soult’s Center Attack
Austerlitz (2 December 1805) Soult’s Center Attack
Around 8:45 AM, believing that the Allied center had been sufficiently weakened, Napoleon summoned Soult to discuss an attack on the enemy lines atop Pratzen Heights. Stating, “One sharp blow and the war is over,” he ordered the assault to move forward at 9:00. Advancing through the morning fog, General Louis de Saint-Hilaire’s division attacked up the heights. That fog had kept them well hidden, and contributed to the Allied decision to send more troops from the center southward. Two Austrian brigades countered the movement, and were joined by units from the tail end of Kamensky’s Russian column that counter marched after seeing Hilaire’s troops advancing on the heights. The French were thrown back after bitter fighting, but regrouped and charged again and managed to capture the heights.
To their north, General Dominique Vandamme’s division defeated the Allied forces around Staré Vinohrady. Napoleon, moving his command post forward to the heights, ordered Bernadotte’s I Corps to join the assault on Vandamme’s left. Victory beckoned.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?
• Commander: Miloradovich & Kolowrat
• 4 Command Cards
• 2 Tactician Cards
• Commander: Soult
• 5 Command Cards
• 5 Tactician Cards
• Move First
• The 8 hill hexes of Pratzen Heights, form a Temporary Majority Group Victory Banner worth 1 banner for the side that occupies an absolute majority at the start of the turn. The Allies start with 1 Victory Banner.
• The 5 hill hexes of Stare Vinohrady, form a Temporary Majority Group Victory Banner worth 1 banner for the side that occupies an absolute majority at the start of the turn.
• The village of Pratzen is a Temporary Victory Banner worth 1 banner to the side that occupies it at the start of the turn. The Allies start with 1 Victory Banner.
• No Pre-Battle Mother Russia Roll.