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1814 in France
The Campaign of France & The Six Days

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The most awful situation can be used with Et sans résultat! or nearly whatever your club ruleset is for Napoleonics.

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Only for Advanced | and Experts

In 1814 nothing is easy for anyone. From the initial Allied invasion that begins the Campaign of France, to the Emperor's Six Days Campaign, where outnumbered 4:1, Napoleon takes the offensive and strikes out to fight and win four battles in six days, bad intelligence, overwhelming odds, and terrible weather make all of these actions difficult at best.

Hoogstraten

Nogent

1st Bar-sur-Aube

Champaubert

Brienne

Montmirail

La Rothière

Château-Thierry

Lesmont

Vauchamps

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No Fate | But What You Make

The risks taken in 1814 were long for both sides at different times.

Winning the next battle may not change the campaign for the Allies, but it might prevent the campaign for changing for the French.

The campaign framework ties not only the scenarios together, but also the two campaigns, allowing either side to change history

This gives historical battles historical context, some battles will be more important to you than your opponent and vice versa.

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Trust | No One

The stakes can't be higher, and the available resources are not similar to enough for the task at hand. Doubt everything. Trust no one. Not even the scenario itself. Because special rules abound.


  • Historical Context
  • Orders of Battle
  • Victory Conditions
  • Intelligence
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Not Even | Your Eyes

The fast changing situation of 1814 meant that effectively none of the intelligence a player receives can be trusted and all of it is ever changing. Players must expect that every match is a gamble.

But no worries, it is only the fate of the Empire and the future of Europe, that are in the wind.

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Dressed | For Success

French, Austrians, Prussians, Russians, Bavarians, Württembergers; Guards, grenadiers, line infantry, jägers, light infantry, fusiliers, landwehr, national infantry, reserve regiments, cossacks, dragoons, hussars, cuirassiers, uhlans, chasseurs à cheval, national cavalry; national guardsmen, legions, converged battalions, provisional regiments; all the troops that any of the armies can bring to bare, here, making one last throw of the die.

Hundreds uniform images: detailing every regiment featured in the scenarios. All in one place, for easy reference, organized by unit.

Officers, musicians, elites, rank and file, even NCOs, and support troops like sappers, pioneers, and artillery train. In one place.

No page flipping, no book shuffling.

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The Last | of the First

The most awful situation is the sixth in a series of Campaign Guides to be published by The Wargaming Company for the Napoleonic Wars.

So far we've published the first chapter of the Early War, the 1809 campaign, the 1812 invasion of Russia, the collapse of Napoleonic Germany, and now, the Campaign of France.

But we aren't stopping here. Future titles will follow the same format:

  • Campaign Frameworks
  • Historical Scenarios
  • Host and Army Briefings
  • Extensive Uniform Guides

And there's a lot more story to tell.

Join our Announcements Mailing List to hear about them.

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Phase One | The Campaign of France

BATTLE PLAYERS DIFFICULTY TABLE SIZE TIME ARMIES DESCRIPTION
Hoogstraten Two Advanced 6 by 8 scale miles 8am to 5pm Bülow's 3rd Army Corps confronts Rouget's Young Guard The Allied invasion begins with a joint Anglo-Prussian move on Antwerp.
1st Bar-sur-Aube Three Advanced 4 by 6 scale miles 11am to 7pm Mortier's Old Guard vs Gyulai's III ArmeeKorps The reputation of the French Old Guard is tested by the Austrian advance.
Brienne Six to Nine Expert 7 by 5.5 scale miles 3pm to 12am Napoleon vs the Russians of Blücher's Army of Silesia Caught attempting to consolidate, Blücher faces the master.
La Rothière Eleven to Thirteen Expert 6 by 6.5 scale miles 1pm until 8pm Napoleon vs Blücher in a rematch Before Napoleon can withdraw, the Allies grant Blücher's request to attack.
Lesmont Five Advanced 4 by 7 scale miles 3pm until 9pm Ney and Lagrande hold back the Austrian pursuit Schwarzenberg is slow to send a pursuit after Napoleon's withdrawal.
Nogent Five to Six Expert 3.5 by 4.5 scale miles 3pm until 9pm Victor's wing vs the Austro-Russian advance Schwarzenberg is slow to send a pursuit after Napoleon's withdrawal.

Phase Two | The Six Days

BATTLE PLAYERS DIFFICULTY TABLE SIZE TIME ARMIES DESCRIPTION
Champaubert Four to Five Expert 6 by 6.5 scale miles 11am to Victory Olsufiev's XI Corps vs Napoleon The Russians are the first stop on the Emperor's offensive.
Montmirail Seven to Nine Expert 5 by 7 scale miles 9am to 7pm Yorck and Sacken vs Napoleon Yorck attempts to connect with Sacken before Napoleon's offensive reaches them.
Château-Thierry Six to Eight Expert 8 by 5 scale miles 1:40pm to Victory Yorck's rearguard vs Napoleon The Prussians must hold back the Emperor to allow an escape across the Marne.
Vauchamps Five to Eight Expert 5.5 by 7 scale miles 10am to Victory Blücher vs Napoleon The remaining elements of Blücher's Army wander into Napoleon as the French change course.

Hoogstraten | 11 January 1814

Following the collapse of the French Empire in Germany and the defeat at Leipzig, the French army withdrew into France. In December of 1813, Napoleon ordered Roguet to counter the Allied invasion of the Low Countries by Breda, currently occupied by Lieutenant General Friedrich Wilhelm von Bülow’s Prussian 3rd Army Corps. After an inconclusive three-day long action, Roguet withdrew his Young Guard to Hoogstraten. On 11 January, Bülow, supported by the General Thomas Graham’s British Expeditionary Corps, which moved on Antwerp, attacked Roguet at Hoogstraten.

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1st Bar-sur-Aube | 24 January 1814

The Austrians have been dragging their feet on the invasion of France and Mortier has been glad for it. Tsar Alexander arrived at Schwarzenberg’s headquarters two days ago. After a contentious exchange, Schwarzenberg agreed to attack the French and press up the Aube. Mortier appears to have prepared for it, and done so with the best troops available, not just on the field, but likely in the bounds of Europe.

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Brienne | 29 January 1814

Napoleon arrived in the field from Paris about 25 January. The French immediately began aggressive forward movements. Blücher is trying to consolidate his Army of Silesia after Napoleon inserted himself between Sacken and Yorck. The destination for all involved is Brienne.

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La Rothière | 1 February 1814

Following Brienne, Blücher fell back through La Rothière to the Trannes Heights. Tsar Alexander of Russia, Emperor Francis I of Austria, and Frederick William III of Prussia agreed that Blücher would be granted his wish of commanding an attack.

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Lesmont | 2 February 1814

After Napoleon’s defeat at La Rothière, the French Army has withdrawn northwest, seeking to cross the Aube at Lesmont and gain reprieve from the Allied pursuit. The Allies have been slow to pursue but have allocated Forces to follow both Marmont to Rosnay and Ney to Lesmont.

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Nogent | 10 February 1814

All eyes are on the Seine as Napoleon detaches Victor to hold the crossing at Nogent, and Schwarzenberg finally begins moving upon the obvious route to Paris.

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Champaubert | 10 February 1814

Following the French defeat at La Rothière, the Allies continue their strategic debate. While Blücher presses his demands for a run on Paris, Schwarzenberg drags his feet on pressing too far, too fast. Due to the mixed motives and resulting poor coordination between the two main Allied Armies, a gap opens between Blücher's Army of Silesia and Schwarzenberg’s Army of Bohemia.

Meanwhile, the Emperor undertakes his most aggressive campaign to-date.

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Montmirail | 11 February 1814

With his Army widely separated, Blücher attempted to concentrate one wing at Montmirail before Napoleon could strike in force.

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Château-Thierry | 12 February 1814

Sacken’s damaged Army Corps withdrew north, away from Montmirail and toward hâteau-Thierry. Yorck tasked himself with providing cover for the retreat, his relief attempt at Montmirail turning quickly into a glorified rear guard to prevent a complete route of the Russian Force. What guns Sacken had not been forced to leave on the battlefield were largely scooped up by the French pursuit. Yorck had been right and Sacken had been foolhardy, but now there were new issues to deal with.

The French pursuit was effectively immediate. St. Germain’s cavalry, detached from Macdonald, had reached the Monmirail battlefield just as Sacken’s Force had left. Napoleon immediate organized a pursuit. Couriers had already ridden to Macdonald directing him to move on Château-Thierry immediately and cut the obvious Allied route of egress.

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Vauchamps | 14 February 1814

With Sacken and Yorck withdrawn north across the Marne and pinned there by the French pursuit, Blücher took up the offensive and pushed westward towards Montmirail. Marmont’s French corps fell back before the Russo-Prussian advance, first into Fromentières, and then back into Vauchamps. Ziethen pressed Marmont at Vauchamps and he gave ground, withdrawing to the woods just west where he was reinforced. Now the two Armies stare at each other, each waiting for the other to commit to the attack or retreat.

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Napoleon's | French Army

The French Army is represented by over 300 images detailing the Units that participated in the campaigns.

  • Grenadiers à Pied
  • Chasseurs à Pied
  • 1er Tirailleurs
  • 5eme Tirailleurs
  • 6eme Tirailleurs
  • 7eme Tirailleurs
  • 8eme Tirailleurs
  • 9th Tirailleurs
  • 10th Tirailleurs
  • 11th Tirailleurs
  • 12th Tirailleurs
  • 13th Tirailleurs
  • 1st Voltigeurs
  • 2eme Voltigeurs
  • 3eme Voltigeurs
  • 4eme Voltigeurs
  • 6eme Voltigeurs
  • 7eme Voltigeurs
  • 8eme Voltigeurs
  • 12th Voltigeurs
  • 13th Voltigeurs
  • 1st Puples of the Guard
  • Flanquer-Chasseurs à Pied
  • Flanquer-Grenadiers à Pied
  • Fusilier-Chasseurs à Pied
  • Fusilier-Grenadiers à Pied
  • Garde Marins
  • Guard Sappers
  • Old Guard Sappers
  • Young Guard Sappers
  • Marins of the Guard
  • Velites of Turin & Florence
  • Guard Foot Artillery
  • Guard Horse Artillery
  • Grenadiers à Cheval
  • Grenadiers à Cheval (YG)
  • Gendarmerie d’élite
  • Chasseurs à Cheval
  • Chasseurs à Cheval (YG)
  • Dragons de l’Impératrice
  • Dragons de l’Impératrice (YG)
  • 1st Chevaulégèr-Lanciers
  • 2nd Chevaulégèr-Lanciers
  • 2nd Eclaireurs
  • 1st Gardes d’Honneur
  • 2nd Gardes d’Honneur
  • 3rd Gardes d’Honneur
  • 4th Gardes d’Honneur
  • Regulation Légère
  • 5th Légère
  • Swiss Demi-Brigade
  • Regulation Ligne
  • 1st Ligne
  • 5th Ligne
  • 18th Ligne
  • 93rd Ligne
  • 1st Marins
  • 2nd Marins
  • 3rd Marins
  • 4th Marins
  • Foot Artillery
  • Horse Artillery
  • Train
  • Sappers
  • 1st Chevaulégèr-Lanciers
  • 2nd Chevaulégèr-Lanciers
  • 3rd Chevaulégèr-Lanciers
  • 4th Chevaulégèr-Lanciers
  • 5th Chevaulégèr-Lanciers
  • 7th Chevaulégèr-Lanciers
  • 6th Chevaulégèr-Lanciers
  • 8th Chevaulégèr-Lanciers
  • 1st Chasseurs à Cheval
  • 2nd Chasseurs à Cheval
  • 3rd Chasseurs à Cheval
  • 4th Chasseurs à Cheval
  • 6th Chasseurs à Cheval
  • 7th Chasseur à Cheval
  • 8th Chasseurs à Cheval
  • 9th Chasseurs à Cheval
  • 11th Chasseur à Cheval
  • 12th Chasseur à Cheval
  • 14th Chasseurs à Cheval
  • 16th Chasseurs à Cheval
  • 20th Chasseur à Cheval
  • 23rd Chasseur à Cheval
  • 24th Chasseur à Cheval
  • 25th Chasseurs à Cheval
  • 26th Chasseurs à Cheval
  • 27th Chasseurs à Cheval
  • 3rd Hussars
  • 5th Hussars
  • 6th Hussars
  • 7th Hussars
  • 8th Hussars
  • 9th Hussars
  • 10th Hussars
  • 13th Jerome Napoleon Hussars
  • 2nd Dragoons
  • 6th Dragoons
  • 7th Dragoons
  • 11th Dragoons
  • 13th Dragoons
  • 15th Dragoons
  • 18th Dragoons
  • 19th Dragoons
  • 20th Dragoons
  • 22nd Dragoons
  • 23rd Dragoons
  • 25th Dragoons
  • 28th Dragoons
  • 30th Dragoons
  • 1st Carabiniers à Cheval
  • 2nd Carabiniers à Cheval
  • 1st Cuirassiers
  • 2nd Cuirassiers
  • 3rd Cuirassiers
  • 4th Cuirassiers
  • 5th Cuirassiers
  • 6th Cuirassiers
  • 7th Cuirassiers
  • 8th Cuirassiers
  • 9th Cuirassiers
  • 10th Cuirassiers
  • 11th Cuirassiers
  • 12th Cuirassiers
  • 13th Cuirassiers
  • 14th Cuirassiers
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Schwarzenberg's | Army of Bohemia

The Austrian Army of 1814 was made up of three different nations: Austria, Bavaria, and Württemberg.

  • 3rd Jägers
  • 6th Warasdiner-St George Grenz
  • 14th (1st Szekler) Grenzers
  • 1st Kaiser Infantry
  • 7th Würzburg Infantry
  • 8th Erzherzog Ludwig Infantry
  • 14th Rudolf Infantry
  • 23rd Würzburg Infantry
  • 28th Fröhlich Infantry
  • 36th Kollowrat Infantry
  • 37th Mariassy Infantry
  • 41st Kottulinsky Infantry
  • 59th Jordis Infantry
  • 60th I. Gyulai Infantry
  • Artillery
  • Pioneer
  • Train
  • 2nd Erzherzog Joseph Hussars
  • 3rd Ferdinand Hussars
  • 2nd Erzherzog Joseph Hussars
  • 3rd Ferdinand Hussars
  • 11th Szekler-Grenzer Hussars
  • 5th Klenau Chevaulégèrs
  • 3rd Knesevich Dragoons
  • 6th Rosenberg Dragoons
  • 2nd Schwarzenburg Uhlans
  • 1st Light
  • 2nd Light
  • 3rd Light
  • 5th Light
  • 1st Infantry
  • 3rd Infantry
  • 4th Infantry
  • 5th Infantry
  • 6th Infantry
  • 7th Infantry
  • 8th Infantry
  • 9th Infantry
  • 10th Infantry
  • 11th Infantry
  • Foot Artillery
  • Horse Artillery
  • Train
  • National Infantry
  • Legion Infantry
  • 1st Chevaulégèrs
  • 2nd Chevaulégèrs
  • 3rd Chevaulégèrs
  • 4th Chevaulégèrs
  • 5th Chevaulégèrs
  • 6th Chevaulégèrs
  • Stockmeyer Light Infantry
  • Neubronn Light Infantry
  • 9th König Jägers
  • 10th Light Infantry
  • 2nd Herzog Wilhelm Infantry
  • 3rd Pfuhl Infantry
  • 4th Franquemont Infantry
  • 6th Kronprinz Infantry
  • 7th Infantry
  • Landwehr Infantry
  • 4th Prinz Adam Jägers zu Pferd
  • 2nd Herzog Louis Jägers zu Pferd
  • 1st Prinz Adam Chevaulégèrs
  • 3rd Kronprinz Dragoons
  • Artillery
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Tsar Alexander's | Imperial Army

The Russian Army of 1814.

  • Emperor’s Cuirassiers
  • Chevalier Guards
  • Horse Guards
  • Finland Lifeguards
  • Izmailov Lifeguards
  • Lifeguard Grenadiers
  • Lifeguard Jägers
  • Lifeguard Marines
  • Lithuanian Lifeguards
  • Pavlovsk Lifeguards
  • Preobrazhensk Lifeguards
  • Semenovsk Lifeguards
  • 4th Jägers
  • 7th Jägers
  • 8th Jägers
  • 10th Jägers
  • 11th Jägers
  • 12th Jägers
  • 22nd Jägers
  • 28th Jägers
  • 29th Jägers
  • 32nd Jägers
  • 34th Jägers
  • 36th Jägers
  • 37th Jägers
  • 38th Jägers
  • 39th Jägers
  • 45th Jägers
  • 49th Jägers
  • 50th Jägers
  • Arakcheyev Grenadiers
  • Astrakhan Grenadiers
  • Fanagoria Grenadiers
  • Kexholm Grenadiers
  • Kiev Grenadiers
  • Little Russia Grenadiers
  • Moscow Grenadiers
  • Pernau Grenadiers
  • Siberia Grenadiers
  • St. Petersburg Grenadiers
  • Taurida Grenadiers
  • Yekaterinoslav Grenadiers
  • Apscheron Infantry
  • Archangle Infantry
  • Bieloserk Infantry
  • Dnieper Infantry
  • Jaroslav Infantry
  • Kamtchatka Infantry
  • Kolyvan Infantry
  • Koslovsk Infantry
  • Kostroma Infantry
  • Kourin Infantry
  • Kozlov Infantry
  • Kurinsk Infantry
  • Kursk Infantry
  • Libau Infantry
  • Libava Infantry
  • Moscow Infantry
  • Nascheburg Infantry
  • Odessa Infantry
  • Okhotsk Infantry
  • Old Ingremannland Infantry
  • Olonetz Infantry
  • Pskof Infantry
  • Pskov Infantry
  • Riazsk Infantry
  • Risk Infantry
  • Schusselburg Infantry
  • Simbrisk Infantry
  • Sophia Infantry
  • Staroskol Infantry
  • Tambov Infantry
  • Tarnopol Infantry
  • Viatka Infantry
  • Vilna Infantry
  • Vitebsk Infantry
  • Vladimir Infantry
  • Yakutsk Infantry
  • Astrakhan Cuirassiers
  • Emperor’s Cuirassiers
  • Gloukhov Cuirassiers
  • Pskov Cuirassiers
  • Yekaterinoslav Cuirassiers
  • Courland Dragoons
  • Kinburn Dragoons
  • Smolensk Dragoons
  • Tver Dragoons
  • Tchougouiev Uhlans
  • Akhtyrsk Hussars
  • Alexandria Hussars
  • Grodno Hussars
  • Loubny Hussars
  • Marioupol Hussars
  • Soumy Hussars
  • Olviopol Hussars
  • White Russia Hussars
  • Foot Artillery
  • Train
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Blücher's | Army of Silesia

The Prussian Army of 1814.

  • East Prussian Jägers
  • Reiche Jäger Battalion
  • 1st (1st East Prussian) Fusiliers
  • 2nd (1st Pommeranian) Fusiliers
  • 3rd (2nd East Prussian) Fusiliers
  • 8th (Brandenburg) Fusiliers
  • 9th (Leib) Fusiliers
  • Silesian Grenadiers
  • West Prussian Grenadiers
  • 1st East Prussian Grenadiers
  • Leib Grenadiers
  • Pommeranian Grenadiers
  • 1st (1st East Prussian) Infantry
  • 2nd (1st Pommeranian) Infantry
  • 3rd (2nd East Prussian) Infantry
  • 8th (Brandenburg) Infantry
  • 9th (Leib) Infantry
  • Elbe Infantry
  • 12th Reserve Fusiliers
  • 12th Reserve Infantry
  • 2nd Reserve Infantry
  • 2nd Reserve Fusiliers
  • 5th Reserve Infantry
  • Kürmärk Landwehr Infantry
  • Silesian Landwehr Infantry
  • 1st (Leib) “Death Head” Hussars
  • 1st (Leib) “Death Head” Hussars
  • 2nd (1st West Prussian) Dragoons
  • 2nd (Leib) Hussars
  • 3rd (Brandenburg) Hussars
  • 3rd (Lithuanian) Dragoons
  • 5th (Brandenburg) Uhlans
  • 5th (Pommeranian) Hussars
  • 6th (Neumärk) Dragoons
  • East Prussian National Cavalry
  • Mecklinburg-Strelitz Hussars
  • Pommeranian National Cavalry
  • Kürmärk Landwehr Cavalry
  • Silesian Landwehr Cavalry
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