419 Plancenoit (18 June 1815)
Plancenoit - 18 June 1815
“Give me nightfall, or give me Blücher.” Napoleon’s attacks had not been skillfully conducted, but Anglo-Allied losses were heavy and mounting. Wellington had serious doubts that his remaining forces could hold without assistance. Finally the Prussians appeared on the far right of the French near the village of Plancenoit. Bülow’s fresh IV Corps led the advance and bled itself white battling with Lobau’s VI Corps to enter Plancenoit. The Prussian advanced stalled, until Pirch’s II Corps came forward and pushed the depleted French forces out of most of Plancenoit, including the fortress-like church. Napoleon sent a division of Young Guard to aid Lobau, and they managed to retake most of the village. Still, superiority in numbers began to tell, and renewed Prussian assaults forced the French back out of the church and most of the village. Napoleon was in a desperate situation, for he knew if Plancenoit was not retaken, his right flank could collapse. He sent two battalions of Old Guard to the village. The guardsmen stormed through the village pushing the Prussians before them. The French line was stabilized for a time and Napoleon again turned his attention to Wellington. Meanwhile in Plancenoit for the next few hours no quarter was asked and none was given. The level of slaughter, it was said, even surpassed that of Hougoumont. As the battle went against the French elsewhere and the retreat commenced, the few French Old Guard survivors in the church broke out with heavy loss to rejoin their compatriots who had formed square.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?
• Commander: Blücher
• 5 Command Cards & 2 Iron Will Counters
• Optional 5 Tactician Cards
• Move First
• Commander: Simmer / Duhesme
• 5 Command Cards
• Optional 5 Tactician Cards
• The 4 town hexes and the church form a Temporary Majority Victory Banner Objective worth 2 French Victory Banners when the French occupy the absolute majority of these hexes at the start of the turn. The French start the battle with 2 Victory Banners (Temporary Majority Victory Banner Turn Start)
• The Prussian player gains 1 Temporary Victory Banner at the start of the turn for each town and church hex a Prussian unit occupies (Temporary Victory Banner Turn Start)
Temporary Majority Victory Banner Objective Hexes
The Victory Banner for this group of objective hexes is immediately
gained when the appropriate side has units occupying an absolute
majority of hexes in the group. Absolute majority means to occupy
more of these objective hexes than your opponent. Occupying one
hex and the opponent occupies none, for example, would be the absolute majority. The Victory Banner is retained as long as the
side has the absolute majority. The Victory Banner is immediately
lost when a side no longer has an absolute majority.
1. Temporary: you get the VP if a player complied the conditions, if not, he loose the VP immediately. This can happen more times during a game.
2. Majority: Means not, you must occupy the majority of 5 hexes (3), it means,
you must occupy more hexes than opponent.
So it´s would be enough here, to occupy 1 hex, so far the opponent occupy 0 hexes.
3. The French start therefore the game with 2VP, because they have the majority of all stated hexes. If they don´t have the majority during game, they loose this VP again, because Number 1, Temporary.
A view here helps,
because all VP possibilities are explained.