“Marshal, the Russians have done us
—Napoleon to Marshal Soult
In the fall of 1806, the French Emperor Napoleon crushed
the Prussian army and state in the twin battles of Jena
and Auerstadt. The pitiful remnants of the Prussian army
fell back to the east to join up with their Russian allies
while Napoleon ordered his troops into winter quarters.
Hoping to catch the French unawares, the Russian commander
Lev Bennigsen launched his troops forward into Poland
in the dead of winter. The Russians surprised the French,
but Napoleon recovered quickly and staved off disaster.
Guided by captured French plans, the Russians fell back
to the East Prussian village of Eylau to await the French.
On the morning of 8 February 1807, the French attacked
them there amid a howling snowstorm.
Superior Russian artillery inflicted massive casualties
on the French, virtually annihilating the French VII Corps
when it blundered into the gun line. A “grand charge”
of 80 squadrons, one of the largest cavalry charges in
military history, restored the situation for the French.
During the night the Russians pulled back, ending this
battle in which both sides claimed victory. Though the
French held the field, they had lost as many as 25,000
of their 75,000 men engaged against 15,000 of the 75,000
Eylau re-creates this ferocious battle. The
map is divided into areas, which cleverly channel unit
movement along lines dictated by the terrain. Units represent
infantry divisions, artillery batteries and cavalry regiments.
The infantry divisions must fit into the areas they occupy.
Leaders play a key role as well, activating formations
and leading them into action. Victory will belong to the
player who can best utilize his or her leaders.
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- 360 Counters (80 1 inch long infantry counters, 280
Regular 1/2 inch counters)
- One 23 x18 inch map
- 12 Page Rulesbook (new)
- Three Battle Scenarios
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