La Patrie en Danger 1814
The Campaign in France, Part I - 29 January - 14 February, 1814
La Patrie en Danger contains five battles from the opening phase of the Campaign in France. Napoleon has just arrived at the front. At their first encounter the French surprised Blücher's Prussians and Russians during a snowstorm. The Battle of Brienne was a short-lived success, however, for just two days later the Prussians triumphed at La Rothière and wrote-off the enemy as a spent force, advancing hell-for-leather across the Marne and onto the highway to Paris. Ten days later Napoleon seized his opportunity when Marshal Vörwarts allowed his advancing columns to get dispersed and defeated in detail, in rapid succession in three short sharp combats.
- Brienne Unskilled Fury, 29-30 January.
The raw conscripts under Napoleon and Ney chased the Russians and Prussians from the town. Bluucher himself was almost captured.
- La Rothière A Defeat on French Soil, 1 February.
Reinforced with troops from the Army of Bohemia, Blücher was ready to fight again. Napoleon, not realizing the enemy's overwhelming superiority, advanced. At Noon Blücher attacked, taking 54 guns and inflicting 6,000 French casualties.
- Champaubert, 10 February.
Marmont ran into an isolated corps of 3.900 Russians commanded by Olsufief. Marmont attacked and dispersed the Russian corps, capturing its commander.
- Montmirail, 11 February.
Mortier pinned down Yorck and Kleist's Prussians to the front, while Napoleon separated Sacken's Russians from their allies, sending them streaming back towards Château Thierry.
- Vauchamps, 14 February.
Marmont held Blücher's Prussians in check while Napoleon made a flank march through the mud, sending Grouchy's cavalry round to the rear to cut their retreat to Châlons.
Map Scale: 480 meters/hex
Time Scale: 1 hour/turn
Troop Scale: 400-800 men/strength point
- Three 22” x 34” maps
- 560 counters
- 100 cards
- 2 rulebooks
- 13 player aid cards
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