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Saturday, May 10, 2014

1806 Neapolitan Campaign

1806 Neapolitan Campaign


On 9 February 1806, Marshal Masséna as commander of the French Army of Italy (well Joseph Bonaparte was nominal commander, the pattern is set here that would later happen in Spain) invaded the Kingdom of Naples.

King Ferdinand IV of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies had promised to be neutral during the war of the Third Coalition, thus securing Napoleon’s southern flank and his Italian Kingdom.
During the campaign in Germany Napoleon learned of the British and Russians landing troops in the Neapolitan kingdom, thus breaking the kingdoms neutrality (even though Ferdinand confused his blamelessness).

So we start our campaign at this point with the French making the first move on the 9th February 1806 (winter).

The French have three corps I, II and IV Corps (with French and Italian troops) of the Army of Italy with two I & IV in Rome and II Corps in Ancona (however because Ancona does not appear on the map we are using this corps will start at Fermo on the 11th February).

As for the Allies there is the Neapolitan Army (they favour building prepared positions like the Russians) both it’s regulars and militia and well as the British and Russians, there has also been added an Austrian Division (the commander has not received the news of the signing of the Treaty of Pressburg on the 26th December and does not believe the French when they sent the news), so he will fight, for now.

The British and Neapolitans start at Fondi on the west coast (the main theater) on the road from Rome via Terracina via Capua to Naples.

The Russians and Neapolitans are at Pescara on the east coast, with the Austrians with Russian support at Aquila.

The Allies seek to keep the French from over running the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies both the mainland part (Kingdom of Naples) and island part (Kingdom of Sicily).

The French of course want all of both kingdoms as the new Kingdom of Naples for Joseph Bonaparte as King.

The French objectives are on the west coast as follows:

Gaeta Fortress, either capture or blockade.
Capua,
Naples,
Cosenza,
Reggio
And the destruction of the Allied forces.

The French objectives are on the east coast as follows:

Pescara,
Foggia,
Bari,
Brindisi,
Otranto
And the destruction of the Allied forces.

The Allied objectives are to hold the above mention French objectives and the halting and or destruction of the French forces and as a consequence being a threat to the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy.

The rules we are using for this campaign are Blackpowder.
The average size infantry units will be 16-24 (4-6 bases) figures
Small is under 16 (4) and Large over 24 (6) figures.
The average cavalry units will be 9-18 figures.
Small is under 9 and Large is over 18 figures.
Batteries are under BP a single gun & crew.
What we will have is 1 gun & crew represent 6 gun batteries
2 guns & crew represent 8 gun batteries
3 guns & crew represent sent 12 & 14 gun batteries.

There will be Victory Points (VP) for battle field objectives as well as for units removed from the field by shooting or hand-to-hand but not for shaken units.
The event cards will also be used.

There are only two players doing the map moves
French  - Robert
Allied    - Steve M

Infantry move at 10 miles per day max
Cavalry move at 20 miles per day max
Couriers move at 40 miles per day max
 These movement rates will be halved in bad weather.

While French units will be represent by French figures
Italian units by Italian where we can and Westphalian to make up when needed.
British units by British figures.
Russian units by Russian figures.
Austrian units by Austrian figures.
Neapolitan units by Spanish & Austrian figures (as this army modeled it’s uniforms after Austria and Spain).

This campaign should not be over long.

The first battle took place at the club on the 18th May 2014.
Campaign time 15th February 1806.

Umpire

There have four battles so far with the French winning the first three battles and tactical draw on the fourth.
The next game will take place at Salerno for the February 2015 game day.

Battle of Fondi










Battle of Santi








Austrian infantry charging French Grenadiers on the Allied right flank

Battle of Pescara