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Austerlitz is a wargame. the army of Napoleon is facing the Austrian and Russian armies.
The victory in Austerlitz was achieved by surprise and with the help of a morning fog that hide the movements of the French army.
It's an interesting game requiring some experience to master movements and formation combat.
This game is part of a trilogy using the same rules (except some details): Austerlitz, Jena, Waterloo
The illustration is clearly signed by Enea Riboldi: (Enea80).
This illustration is very detailed: an officer of the 1st "chevau-léger lancier régiment" is attacking an Austrian soldier. This regiment was from Poland. The uniform is visible in napoleonuniforme.free.fr. But this regiment did not exist in Austerlitz in 1805. It was cerated in 1811 from the 1st regiment of dragon.
Thank you to the members of the forum histwar - especially Link from Stockholm and JMM from Toulouse who helped me to find informations on the uniform.
Opening of the box
The box contains the rules, the map, 2 dice, the counters, 1 calendar and one combat table.
This is a three-didimensional map: some smaller map parts have to be put (or glued) above the main map. The map is divided by a "small / big square" grid. Each square represents 300 meters of terrain.
The game contains 70 French counters, 22 Austrian counters, 60 Russian counters and 18 little smoke counters for artillery fire. The counters are double sided. The second face represents the demoralized unit.
The rulebook contains 34 pages in four languages (Italian, English, German, French).
The game is finished after 18 turns (meaning 9 hours). The victory is achieved by killing the biggest amount of enemy counters. Each turn is divided into 2 parts: one Austro-Russian and one French. Each part is divided into 3 phases: Artillery, movement and combat. During the first turns, the cavalry and artillery are handicapped by the smog.
The attacks can be made in formation, increasing the attack force.
The leaders increase the attack force of the counters in formation. This increase is calculated using a control factor in a given range. The leaders themselves can be under influence of higher level leaders. The combat advantage is calculated by making the difference of control factor between the two fighting units. This value is divided by two and rounded up and has a maximum limit of +3.
As an optional rule, some units may be demoralized after a retreat of more than 3 squares. This demoralization affects the unit and the different units crossed during the retreat. Such unit can recover moral after a victory by direct combat with an enemy retreat of at least 3 squares.
The game includes a small map representing different terrains and used to learn the rules. Each player has 5 infantry units, 1 light infantry, 2 cavalry at 1 artillery.
An article in Casus Belli:
A very hard article was written in Casus Belli n°5 about Jena and Austerlitz. It was written by Jean-Jacques Petit, a famous French author of wargames, and well known for his historic realism. He clearly did not appreciate the lack of realism and the weakness of the translated rules.
The article in French
This article propose some rule enhancements for Austerlitz and Jena:
- charge on square authorized for the heavy cavalry: if the result is a retreat, the square is dispersed.
- one more movement point for each French unit.
- combat and movement on squares like on the octogons
- just a few wood squares, just a 4 square forest East of Sokolnitz, near the river and a 2 sqaure forest Nord West of Telnitz, near the river.
Some price (2004-2006):
A game for 2 to 3 players from 15 years on
Time of game: from 4 to 8 hours
Size of each hexagon in scale: 300 m
Time of each turn in scale: 1 hour
Difficulty: 5 (very hard)
Authors: International Team
This information is written on the box but contains two errors:
- these are squares, not hexagons;;
- The time of each turn in scale is 1/2 hour
Austerlitz on boardgamegeek
Austerlitz on "le génie de la lampe"
There are many wargames on Austerlitz battle. A very good game:
- Austerlitz (Azure Wish Edition). in le temple du jeu ; in jocade ; in Homergames; the rule is available in Web-Grognard
A book ?
By "Histoire et Collections" - some books available in English and French
- "Austerlitz - Le soleil de l'aigle" - "Austerlitz - The Empire at its Zenith"
and for the uniform fan
- "Soldats et uniformes du premier Empire" - "Uniforms and soldiers of the Napoleonic wars"
A museum ?
Les invalides in Paris of course.
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