The first part of my Campaigns of Napoleon has drawn to an end after just eleven moves and two battles.
It followed the historical campaign in that Bonaparte attacked and destroyed Colli’s Sardinian army first, and then turned on the Austrian army of Beaulieu.
Because this is a fictional campaign the battles were not fought in the same locations. But the general outline of the two campaigns were similar
This was a campaign I had read about, but did not really understand. Having fought this campaign I feel I know it a little better.
We now move onto more familiar ground.
The Second Italian campaign will deal with the repeated Austrian attempts to raise the siege of Mantua. Jan and I have spent two weeks at Lake Garda studying the campaign and walking the battlefields, so I know the campaign much better.
This might be a difficult campaign to refight as a fictional campaign. It involved four separate attempts to raise the siege, each one countered by Bonaparte in a series of quite “near run” battles. He won each battle, and consequently the campaign continued. But had he lost one, the rest would not have followed.
I am not sure how to handle it if the Austrian’s do win one of the attempts. They would then raise the siege of Mantua and any subsequent campaign would not have been fought around Lake Garda.
Let’s hope that my 28mm Bonaparte has the same run of victories.