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098. The Battle of Marengo - JTS Campaign Marengo

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098. The Battle of Marengo

By Bill Peters
French (Nap) 1 - 2 - 2 Allies (Nap)
Rating: 8.56 (7)
Games Played: 5
SM: 7
Turns: 78
Type: Stock
First Side: French (Nap)
Second Side: Allies (Nap)
14 June 1800 - Historical - Intended to be played Head to Head - The Battle of Marengo was Bonaparte's greatest victory prior to Austerlitz. The timely arrival of Desaix late in the afternoon saved the French army from a crushing defeat. The setting: Melas had been outflanked by Bonaparte and had to defeat the French in battle and breakout to Tortona to regain his lines of communication. He devised a plan whereby the Austrian army would cross the Bormida River and attack the French forces near Marengo and then continue on to Tortona and beyond. The morning attacks began with O'Reilly crossing the river and advancing on the Pedrabona farm. The French skirmishers were quickly routed out of their positions and the brigade fell back on Marengo. The Austrians continued crossing the bridge and made three assaults on the town of Marengo. Finally they broke through and were able to press the French back to the east. The French were able to build a line near C.Grossa and finally Desaix arrived. Never losing hope, Bonaparte ordered Desaix and Kellerman to counterattack and the Austrians were forced back into Alessandria. Melas had lost his bid to breakthrough to the east and he sued for peace shortly thereafter. Napoleon had won one of his greatest victories.
Player Voting Stats
Member Balance Enjoyment
agmoss99's Profileagmoss99 Well Balanced 6
mfriedman421's Profilemfriedman421 Well Balanced 7
agmoss99's Profileagmoss99 Moderately Pro Allies (Nap) 6
Sgt_Rock's ProfileSgt_Rock Well Balanced 10
Aces8's ProfileAces8 Well Balanced 10
Gaming Records
1st Side Player 2nd Side Player Result Score
Allies (Nap) agmoss99's Profile agmoss99 vs. Saddlesore Saddlesore's Profile French (Nap) Allies (Nap) Major Win 98 14
French (Nap) yvan0123's Profile yvan0123 vs. jim pfleck jim pfleck's Profile Allies (Nap) Draw 56 56
French (Nap) Sgt_Rock's Profile Sgt_Rock vs. Aces8 Aces8's Profile Allies (Nap) French (Nap) Minor Win 70 28
Allies (Nap) agmoss99's Profile agmoss99 vs. D-Day_Dodger D-Day_Dodger's Profile French (Nap) Allies (Nap) Major Win 98 14
French (Nap) agmoss99's Profile agmoss99 vs. mfriedman421 mfriedman421's Profile Allies (Nap) Draw 56 56
Lieutenant General
agmoss99 Wed Oct 19, 2016 9:09 pm
The historical battle. The Austrians debouch from their fortress and attack the French. Outnumbered at first they gradually increase in strength.
Master Sergeant
mfriedman421 Wed Oct 19, 2016 9:37 pm
The forces are pretty even. French start outnumbered, but will outnumber the Austrians at the end.

With the current scoring conditions, a draw is likely almost every time this is played.

The low value of objectives versus the points needed for even a minor victory does not encourage either side to take decisive action to try to win.

With some minor edits, this could be a real nail-biter that comes down to the last few turns.
Lieutenant General
agmoss99 Sun Dec 11, 2016 12:16 pm
Initially the French are widely Scattered when the Austrians decamp and attack them. The French need to hold on until help arrives.
Private 1st Class
Saddlesore Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:18 am
The French need to pull back, keep their forces together and conduct a fighting withdrawal until their reinforcements arrive to take on the Austrians. Trying to hold Marengo or the surrounding area early will lead to piecemeal destruction by the Austrians.
Private 1st Class
Saddlesore Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:50 am
Even with the thrashing I took as the French, I feel it is well balanced because French reinforcements do arrive and the French player needs to wait and consolidate their forces.