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KP02 Friedland (14 June 1807)

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Friedland - 14 June 1807

Historical Background
When Napoleon arrived at Friedland, Bennigsen’s Russian army was holding a four-mile line in what Napoleon determined was a very poor defensive position, with its back to the river Alle. In addition, the Mill stream bisected the Russian line which also gave Napoleon reason to attack at once. Around 5:00 PM Ney’s divisions advanced. Opening a battle so late in the day surprised Bennigsen, forcing him to rescind his order to with draw back across the Alle during the night. The Russians would have to offer battle where they stood. The Russian left became the scene of advances, counter attacks and swirling cavalry actions. Both sides committed reserves to these combats, but the Russians weakened their center to do so. Seeing the weakness, the French horse artillery commander forwarded his guns to within 60 paces of the Russian infantry, and at that range the Russians took huge casualties – Eylau was avenged. Bennigsen launched an attack on his right in an attempt to take pressure off his left and center, but the French flank held. One final attack by the Russian Imperial Guard against Ney did not succeed in stopping the French and only served to buy time for the Russian army to retreat. But for the inaction of Grouchy and his French cavalry, the Russian army would have been largely destroyed. As it was, Russian casualties were catastrophic. The outcome of the Battle of Friedland spelled the end of the Fourth Coalition.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?


Set-Up Order

Entrenchments2 0
Entrenchments 0
Entrenchments4 0
Forest 0
Hill 0
HillEntrenchments2 0
HillEntrenchments 0
HillEntrenchments4 0
HillRugged 0
River 0
RiverBend 0
RiverBendBridge 0
RiverBendFord 0
RiverBridge 0
RiverEnd 0
RiverFord 0
RiverY 0
RiverY_right 0
SandQuarry 0
Town 0
TownWindmill 0
WalledFarm 0
Lake 0
Marsh 0


Battle Notes

Russian Army
• Commander: Bennigsen
• 5 Command Cards
• Optional: 4 Tactician Cards

Line Infantry Light Infantry Grenadier Infantry Guard Light Infantry Guard Grenadier Infantry Militia Infantry Light Cavalry Heavy Cavalry Cuirassier Heavy Cavalry Guard Light Cavalry Guard Heavy Cavalry Militia Cossack Cavalry Foot Artillery Horse Artillery Guard Foot Artillery General
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French Army
• Commander: Napoleon
• 6 Command Cards
• Optional: 6 Tactician Cards
• Move First


Line Infantry Light Infantry Grenadier Infantry Young Guard Old Guard Infantry Militia Infantry Light Cavalry Cuirassier Cavalry Heavy Cavalry Guard Heavy Cavalry Foot Artillery Horse Artillery Guard Foot Artillery General
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10 Banners

Special Rules
• The River Alle is impassable.
• The Mill Stream is fordable.
• Pre-Battle Mother Russia Roll rule is in effect.

Tags: Banners: 10, Army: French, Army: Russian, Special Rule: Mother Russia, Unofficial

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