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Kurassier Rgiment #7, ” Karl Eugen, Prinz von Lothringen”

I have wanted to add a few more regiments of Austrian Cuiraasiers to my collection for some time, so I took advantage of the annual Foundry Christmas Sale this year to acquire the necessary figures. 

The Inhaber for this regiment was General der Kavalerie Karl Eugen, Prinz von Lothringen,. He was a French emigre, better known by the French version of his titles, namely Charles Eugène de Lorraine, prince de Lambesc, duc d’Elbeuf, comte de Brionne. 

As both Inhaber and a GdK, Karl was entitled to wear the handsome uniform of his regiment, white coat with dark blue facings and silver buttons; very nice! He was born at Versailles in 1751.

In the Royal army of France,  Charles  commanded the Royal Allemand Dragoon regiment, and was tasked with the personal protection of the King. On July 12th, 1789, his regiment was part of a force ordered (without the consent of the King) to disperse the crowds assembling on the Placed de la Concorde in reaction to the dismissal of the Finance Minister, Jacques Necker. The resultant turmoil lead to the storming of the Bastile on Jul; 4th, and Charles’ later flight to Austria, accompanied by the remnants of his Regiment, which was taken into Austrian service. 

KR #7 began the 1809 campaign as part of the forces in Poland under the command of Ehrzherzog Ferdinand, and fought at the battles of Razyn and Gorchow. 
The regiment’s excellent Leibfahne is from Adolfo Ramos. I like to use the white Liebfahnen for my Cuirassiers and (incorrectly, aside from 1805) the Grenadiers; everyone else carries the yellow Ordinarfahnen

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Snap Con VIII – The Crisis on the Danube, April, 1809

We are pleased to announce that Snap Con VIII, the next Campaign in a Day event, using the Snappy Nappy rules by Russ Lockwood, will take place on Sunday April, 19th, 2020. The event will once again be held at the excellent gaming space and store, The Portal,  in Manchester CT, from 10 AM – 5 PM. As in the past there is no charge for playing in this event, which will once again feature as many as 16 different tables, many hundreds of wargames figures, and as many as 20 or more players, each commanding  an Army Corps or Division(s).

Situation as of April 20, 2009; we will be playing almost exactly 211 years later!

    With Napoleon and the bulk of the French Army tied up in Spain during 1808, the Austrians planned to attack in Bavaria, one the French Allied states of the Confederation of the Rhine. Taking advantage of the absence of the Emperor and many of the veterans of the French Grande Armee, they hoped that the rest of Germany would rise in revolt against the French, and possibly to persuade Prussia to join the conflict.

Emperor Napoleon addressing the troops of his Bavarian ally at Abensburg. 

Despite Napoleon being well aware of Austrian plans, he delayed his departure from Paris as long as possible to avoid accelerating events. Left to exercise greater judgement than he was accustomed to, Marechal Berthier, Napoleon’s Chief of staff and nominal Army commander in the Emperor’s absence, misunderstood the endless stream of instructions emanating from France, and wound up spreading his troop in a dangerously dispersed fashion. When the Austrians, led by Archduke Charles (Erzherzog Karl in German)  attack came sooner than Napoleon had anticipated, they had a real opportunity to defeat the French in detail, setting the stage for one of the most fascinating campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars.

Erzherzog Karl, one of Napoleon’s ablest opponents, who would later hand Napoleon his first unequivocal defeat at the later battle of Aspern – Essling in May of 1809. 


    Interested players should contact me as soon as possible regarding their participation and preferences as to Austrian or French/Allied. As always, we especially need one player each to be the Commander in Chief for each side… a Napoleon and a Karl! The players will be assigned their final commands in the week or so prior to the event, allowing them to collaborate to establish their plans for the campaign beforehand. There are sure to be a twist or two from the strictly historical to keep everyone a bit off balance… just as the historical generals were!

Planned Commands (some larger formations will likely be split among 2 or more players depending upon the number of participants, especially Davout)

FRENCH

Napoleon, Davout, Oudinot, Lefebvre, Massena, Lannes, Vandamme, Rouyer

AUSTRIAN

Archduke Charles, Belegarde, Kolowrath, Hohenzollern, Rosenberg, Ludwig, Hiller, Liechtenstein, Hofer


Please contact me if interested in participating: Gonsalvo AT aol DOT com

** Note that present plans call for running a different variation of the same event Thursday July 8 at  Historicon in Lancaster, PA, later this year.

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Christmas Books

Our friends Cindee and Bob “get” my love of history, etc in a way that my own family really doesn’t. They help out at the local library and have been setting aside titles that I might like when they sort through the used book donations. I’d never heard of this one before, but it looks interesting; not so much a military history as a an examination of the relationship. From the jacket: 

    What did Napoleon Bonaparte mean to the British people? This engaging book reconstructs the role that the French leader played in the British political, cultural, and religious imagination in the early nineteenth century. Denounced by many as a tyrant or monster, Napoleon nevertheless had sympathizers in Britain. Stuart Semmel explores the ways in which the British used Napoleon to think about their own history, identity, and destiny.

    Many attacked Napoleon but worried that the British national character might not be adequate to the task of defeating him. Others, radicals and reformers, used Napoleon’s example to criticize the British constitution. Semmel mines a wide array of sources—ranging from political pamphlets and astrological almanacs to sonnets by canonical Romantic poets—to reveal surprising corners of late Hanoverian politics and culture.

Stuart Semmel is assistant professor of history at the University of Delaware.

An oldie but a goodie; I read it years ago, but now I have my own copy!

Now this was a book I was actually strongly considering buying myself. Lieven’s ability to access and read the Russian sources is really improving our understanding of the Napoleonic Wars, and especially Russia’s role in them. 

Some helpful Ospreys; I am about to paint up a lot of command figures!

I already have the (excellent) old Almark book on the French Artillery, but it is literally falling apart!

Can’t go too wrong with my favorite Marshal front and center on the cover!

The “Bravest of the Brave” front and center this time!
They also custom ordered this tie for me; a bit hard to see, but it’s a mix of Napoleonic Golden Bees and Bourbon Silver Fleur-de-Lis. Very stylish! Vive l’ France!

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