Sharp Practice Narrative Campaign Day 2019
Revenge! revenge! a gory shroud
To tyrants, and the slaves that yield’
Eternal honor calls aloud
For courage in the battle-field.
Who loves or fears a conquered land
That bows beneath the despot’s hand?
Germany 1809 campaign
In 1809, the Austrians took advantage of the French pre-occupation with Spain to plan their revenge. They were in contact with the British and with German rebel leaders, members of the Tugendbund (League of Virtue).
Together, they came up with a coordinated plan of fomenting rebellion in the German states, while the British would invade the Dutch/German coast and the Austrians attack Bavaria (*). Napoleon did not return in time to take charge of the French, but below commanders were there in 2019, at the Skandal im Sperrbezirk Sharp Practice Campaign Day.
|Town/notable terrain||Game 1 Empire||Game 1 Coalition||Game 2 Empire||Game 2 Coalition|
|Donaustadt Bridge||Dick & Taco French/French (Italian)||Mark & Alex (Austrians)|
|Wies’n Hotel L’Amour||Phil & Rogier (French)||David & Steven (Brunswick/’Austrians’)||Bram & Dick French||Maarten & Mark Schill/Austrian|
|Mistdorf Heath||Jos & Jurjen French (Polish)/Westphalians||Joe & Maarten Schill Freikorps||Leigh & Jurjen French/Westphalian||Fred & Alex Austrian|
|Käseburg Customs House||Leigh & Marc French/Danish||Robert & Arjan British||Phil & Rory French/Holland||Steven & Robert British|
|Roompot Windmill||Rory Kingdom of Holland||Jenny British (KGL)||Rogier & Taco French||Joe & Arjan Schill/British|
|Handwerp Church||Marc & Jos Danish/French (Polish)||Jenny & David British (KGL)/Brunswick|
Games played. Bold: Major Win, Italic: Minor Loss
Marc (Danish) winner of the campaign
Marc’s Force Commander Johann von Ewald used to be a commander of Hessians in the American War of Independence. By 1809 he was of pensioner age and acted like a Coward accordingly. At Käseburg he let Leigh’s provisional Cuirassier unit win the day with a flank charge on the British Line, while holding off his own opponent. At Handwerp he tried to defend the church with his Jaegers, while Jos’ Poles stood in the open, volleying away with his Polish Uhlans harassing the rear of the coalition forces.
- Historically, there were plans for coordinated attacks on the French, but they all failed. The German rebels were defeated piecemeal, and by the time the British invaded Walcheren, the Austrians had already suffered a crushing defeat at Wagram.