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Marching Eagles: Marengo by Paul Bruffell
« on: December 16, 2020, 04:47:06 AM »


Marching Eagles: Marengo

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Manual: PDF / Printed - Color
Editor: Yes
Period: Napoleonic
Turns: Turn-Based IGOUGO
Unit Scale: Grand Tactical. regiment, brigade and division level
AI: Yes
Players: 1-2
PBEM: Yes
Hotseat: Yes

'This battle is lost, but there is time to win another!'
   -General Louis Desaix to Napoleon (attributed)

At the end of March 1796, Bonaparte took command of the Army of Italy. Bonaparte's army lacked sufficient cavalry and artillery and was chronically under paid, short of food, clothing, weapons and equipment. Internally, France was bankrupt and the only way the French Directory (Government) saw to address these problems was to attack the enemy territory, plunder the land and win a military victory. Bonaparte moved the army forward in early April and so began the 'First Italian Campaign'.
 
The battle of Castiglione (Aug 1796) demonstrated Bonaparte's tactical brilliance and an early attempt to out-maneuver his opponent. The battle of Caldiero (Nov 1796) was Napoleon's first defeat and a battle under severe winter conditions. The battle of Marengo (Jun 1800), a narrow victory, brought the War of the Second Coalition to an end and solidified Napoleon's hold on power. Together, these actions gave the world a good first look at the relentless combination of luck and skill that they would face in Napoleon for the next 15 years
 
But it also displayed the arrogance and overconfidence that would ultimately bring him, and France, crashing to the ground.


Win the Battle

Marengo is the second game in the Marching Eagles series, which is based on a simple to understand and easy to learn system, but that yet manages to afford a deep and historical experience.
 
Covering major actions of the First Italian Campaign, the game includes the battles of Castiglione (which Napoleon won) and Caldeiro (which he lost), as well as the campaign around Marengo from May-Jun 1800. The first two battles, only months apart, are very different in both terrain conditions and numbers of men. They challenge the player to develop different tactics to win a victory. While the final battles around Marengo show just how lucky Napoleon was



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