The Russian Army is the second expansion for Commands & Colors: Napoleonics. In this expansion, you will find 20 historical scenarios that focus on the battles fought across eastern Europe and deep into Russia from 1806-1807 and 1812-1814, plus all the new units you need to field for these engagements.
The Russian army at the time of Napoleonic wars still had many characteristics of Peter the Great’s regime. Senior officers were largely recruited from aristocratic circles, and the Russian soldier was regularly beaten and punished to instill discipline. Furthermore, many lower-level officers were poorly trained. Still, the Russians involved in hostilities with its neighbors—Sweden, Poland, Turkey and Austria—were capable of astonishing feats and total, blind obedience to orders.
In 1805 Britain and Russia signed an alliance against France. In 1806, Prussia joined the Coalition and Prussia and Russia mobilized for a fresh campaign. After Napoleon’s humiliation of Prussia at Jena, the French Emperor turned his attention to subduing his Russian foe and marched into Poland. After a series of sanguinary battles, the French drove Russian forces out of Poland, back to Mother Russia, and created a new Duchy of Warsaw.
By 1812, the Russo-French treaty gradually became strained, as the requirement of joining France’s Continental Blockade against Great Britain was a serious disruption to Russian commerce. Napoleon decided to bring the Russians back into line in June, and invaded Russia hoping to inflict a major defeat on the Russians and force Tsar Alexander to sue for peace. The invasion of Russia and the disastrous retreat of the French army, as many historians point out, proved to be the turning point in the Napoleonic Wars.
Players will soon discover that the Russian Army is a unique Coalition army, challenging to command, and challenging for Napoleon’s French army to defeat.
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