THE EAGLE & THE BEAR
In the introduction to our theme articles covering Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812, Neil Smith provides the background behind the French Emperor’s decision to march an army across his Empire, and then as far again into the teeth of the “Russian Bear”, where normal expectations could be thrown out of the window.
As Barry Hilton and friends re-fought their way through the Russian campaign, they decided to introduce some interesting effects for the Russian Orthodox priests and zealots present at Shevardino, 1812.
When the Russian army finally turned to give fight to the invading French it was near a small town called Borodino. Bill Gray will show that curious decisions and fractious subordinates would mean that the although the invaders took the field and then Moscow, there would be no victory in sight for Napoleon. We feature a great Borodino game in 15mm too!
BAYONETS & BLADES
Regular contributor Barry Hilton just happened to run a “Borodino” weekender earlier this year. Here he presents the Republic to Empire scenario used, along with a report of the action on the “Fléches” table and lots of great photos.
HOW TO BUILD THE REDOUBTS AT BORODINO
In this follow-up to last month’s Bayonets & Blades article, Barry Hilton shows us how he went about building model versions of some very important earthworks.
September 2012 saw the 200th anniversary of one of the most pivotal battles in history, the Battle of Borodino. Many wargaming groups around the world took to their gaming tables with massive armies set to refight Borodino and now we hear from three of those groups.
THE BEAR & THE EAGLE
In the theme conclusion, Neil Smith follows Napoleon’s army back to the Empire, harrying its flanks like a determined Cossack horseman. We learn that it wasn’t all “General Winter” that Europe had to thank for the destruction of the Grande Armeé. Dave Taylor also presents a unit of French infantry that could be straight from one of Ney’s desperate rearguard actions.
SWISS TROOPS IN NAPOLEON’S WARS
Following his recent Osprey book on the subject, David Greentree introduces these French allies to wargamers.