318 Wagram - Gross-Enzersdorf (5 July 1809)
Wagram - 5 July 1809 (Gross-Enzersdorf )
Napoleon’s second crossing of the Danube was meticulously planned. He sent Legrand’s division to decoy Charles into thinking that the French intended to cross in the same area as before from the north end of Lobau Island. Charles took the bait and massed his army close to the Danube around Aspern and Essling.
Napoleon then bridged from the south end of Lobau Island and started crossing at 2A.M. under cover of a massive bombardment that inflicted significant casualties on the massed Austrians. When Charles realized he had been outflanked, he rapidly retreated to the Wagram position, leaving the VI Corps and Advance Guard to fight a delaying action. Taking up a defensive position around Gross-Enzersdorf, Nordmann’s Advance Guard began fortifying the village.
As Napoleon’s army deployed on the Marchfeld, Massena’s IV Corps was ordered to push forward and capture Gross-Enzersdorf to allow the advance to continue. Spearheaded by the French light infantry, the French entered the village, where fierce hand-to-hand fighting finally drove out the Austrians.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?
• Commander: Nordmann
• 4 Command Cards
• Optional 3 Tactician Cards
• Commander: Massena
• 5 Command Cards
• Optional 5 Tactician Cards
• Move First
• The Austrian player gains 1 Victory Banner for each Scout Command card he plays.
• Each building of Gross-Enzersdorf is a Permanent Victory Banner Objective worth 1 banner for the French player when occupied at the start of the turn (Permanent Victory Banner Turn Start)
• The Danube River is impassable.