207 Eylau - Murat’s Cavalry Charge (8 February 1807)
Eylau - 8 February 1807 (Murat’s Cavalry Charge)
After thousands of French soldiers were cut down as they advanced against the Russian artillery in the center, victory seemed to be at hand for Bennigsen and the Russian army. Napoleon, however, called for Murat and his cavalry reserve to advance and save the army.
Led by the redoubtable cuirassiers, 12,000 French troopers executed the most decisive cavalry charge of the Napoleonic Wars. Hidden by the swirling snow, the cavalry crashed into the advancing Russian infantry. The Russian formations dissolved and thousands of Russian infantry were cut down as the cavalry swept onward and overran the guns. Cutting their way back out of the reforming Russian infantry, Murat’s victorious troopers retired and the battle settled into stalemate ended by darkness. During the night, Bennigsen retreated his battered army, leaving the equally battered French in possession of the dismal field of battle.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?
• Commander: Bennigsen
• 5 Command Cards
• 4 Tactician Cards
• Move First
• Commander: Napoleon
• 6 Command Cards
• 6 Tactician Cards
• The Russian player gains one Temporary Victory Banner for each town hex of Eylau occupied at the start of the turn (Temporary Victory Banner Turn Start)
• The Russian player will gain a sudden death victory when five French cavalry units are eliminated. Each town hex of Eylau occupied will count as one cavalry unit eliminated when determining sudden death victory.
• The French player will gain a sudden death victory when all three Russian Artillery units are eliminated.
• The Lakes are Frozen.
• No Pre-Battle Mother Russia Roll.
Q: Does the church hex counts for this voctory condition?
The Russian player gains one Temporary Victory Banner for each town hex of Eylau occupied at the start of the turn.
A: Yes, the church also counts since its effects are the same as a town.