Given that the bi-centennial is fast approaching and my desire to get back to Napoleonic wargamimg I decided that this would be a good campaign to tackle. I already had Petre's Napoleon at Bay and read through this earlier in the year. I was amazed at what Napoleon managed to achieve with his 'Marie Louises' against overwhelming numbers of Allied troops.
From a wargaming perspective the 1814 campaign has a large number of battles ranging in size from La Rothiere and Laon (100,000 Allied troops) to small skirmishes with ambushes and village/town assaults mixed in. There are also a lot of battles with forces of approximately 20,000 men per side, so are a good size for wargames. In addition, Napoleon participates in all the important engagements and the Guard make up the line infantry and fight from the start of battles, even the old guard in some cases. Isn’t this every wargamers dream – Napoleon leading an army composed entirely of Imperial Guard? It certainly works for me.
All of this combined with the 'what if....' scenarios I referred to in my previous post combine to provide a wealth of wargaming opportunities that i want to explore over the next 18 months.