Leipzig: napoleon encircled



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leipzig:

napoleon encircled
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16.0 Introduction

17.0 Set Up

18.0 Victory Conditions

19.0 Special Rules

20.0 Folio Notes

21.0 Orders of Battle

16.0 Introduction

16.1 Historical Background

The Russian disaster of 1812 cost Napoleon an army and ignited hopes across Europe the French yoke could be shaken off. During the winter of 1813, herculean efforts raised another imperial army by scraping the bottom of the French manpower barrel and exacting further contributions from ever-more restive allies. In the spring, Napoleon headed into Saxony for a showdown.

For months the Allies played a cat-and-mouse game, running from Napoleon but attacking his less-talented subordinates. Gradually, the odds tilted against the French and the noose grew tighter. Desperate, Napoleon converted his operational position—encircled and outnumbered—into a tactical one at Leipzig. The battle to come would be winner-take-all, but at least this time Napoleon was in complete control of his entire army.

It almost worked. The ensuing battle, the largest ever in Europe to that time and for a century after, saw the French lash out from their central position, coming within an ace of defeating the largest Allied contingent, the Army of Bohemia, on 16 October. But close was not good enough; on the 18th, Napoleon accepted defeat and began a retreat to the west. All went well until the lone escape route, a bridge over the Elster, was demolished prematurely. Thousands of French soldiers were trapped and forced to surrender; defeat had become a second disaster.






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