Napoleon’s second crossing of the Danube was meticulously planned. He sent Legrand’s division to decoy Charles into thinking that the French intended to cross in the same area as before from the north end of Lobau Island. Charles took the bait and massed his army close to the Danube around Aspern and Essling.
Napoleon then bridged from the south end of Lobau Island and started crossing at 2A.M. under cover of a massive bombardment that inflicted significant casualties on the massed Austrians. When Charles realized he had been outflanked, he rapidly retreated to the Wagram position, leaving the VI Corps and Advance Guard to fight a delaying action. Taking up a defensive position around Gross-Enzersdorf, Nordmann’s Advance Guard began fortifying the village.
As Napoleon’s army deployed on the Marchfeld, Massena’s IV Corps was ordered to push forward and capture Gross-Enzersdorf to allow the advance to continue. Spearheaded by the French light infantry, the French entered the village, where fierce hand-to-hand fighting finally drove out the Austrians.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?
This battle will refight the French IV Corps' punch through the Austrian Advanced Guard under Nordmann at Wagram on 5 July.
The Austrians get 4 command cards, the French get 5. Additionally, the victory is 6 x banners and the French, with the burden of attack, move first.
|Gross Enzersdorf in the center hexes. French starting positions are on the right and the Austrian starting positions are on the left. The white beads mark the sections of the battlefield.|
|From the Austrian side. The French have a slight advantage in cavalry and in light infantry. The Austrians are 5 block large units.|
|Hungarian Line units (flocking them tomorrow)|
|A dug-in Artillery battery|
|A view from behind Gross Enzersdorf where a light cavalry brigade awaits the French advance.|
|St Cyr leading the infantry! My answer for French Light Battalions was to use less infantry block stands and use skirmisher markers as light detachments "kicked out" in front of the formation. This way everyone knows it's a light unit.|
|LaSalle attached to this Hussar unit. Is Wagram the battle he died at?|
|French Infantry marching along the Danube|