Arcole 1796 is a complete set from the Days of Glory series. The battle (the 41st in the series), which took place over three full days, from November 15 to 17, 1796, features three independent scenarios and a campaign game that takes into account the strategic environment of the battles.
Despite his half-failure at Caldiero on 12 November 1796, Bonaparte was determined to take the offensive again in an attempt to defeat the Austrians before they could unite their various armies. On the night of 14 November, thanks to a vast manoeuvre from the south, Bonaparte crossed the Adige with 19,000 soldiers to surprise the rearguard of Alvinczy's army of 24,000 men established around Arcole.
On 15 November, the French are stopped by the very solid defences of the bridge crossing the Alpone in front of Arcole. The marshy ground makes almost all manoeuvres impossible. The bridge had to be taken, but the successive assaults launched by the young General Bonaparte were repulsed one after the other. The threat that Bonaparte nevertheless represented on his rear forced Alvinczy to concentrate reinforcements in the area on 16 November. On 17 November, finally, an attack launched by General Augereau overcame enemy resistance and the French finally crossed the Alpone, forcing Alvinczy to withdraw to the north-east after losing 6,000 men and the initiative to continue the operations. Bonaparte deplores 4,500 men out of action.
An indecisive and confused battle, Arcole nevertheless became the symbol of Bonaparte, protected by his lucky star, dragging his men across the bridge of Arcole under enemy fire.
Arcole 1796 is a particularly original game within the Days of Glory series because of its terrain. On a backdrop of swamps and rice fields, there are many dikes that were initially raised to protect the region from the Adige and Alpone rivers, but which are also used as communication routes. Most of the fighting on the three days of the Battle of Arcole took place on these dikes, which compartmentalise the terrain, column heads against column heads. Will Bonaparte manage to seize the Arcole bridge and the Austrian artillery park? Will Alvinczy be able to develop a large-scale counter-attack and drive the French back to the right bank of the Adige?
The game includes:
- A 59 x 41 cm main map
- A strategy map 21 x 29.7 cm
- 216 pre-cut counters and markers
- 1 rulebook and 4 scenarios
- 1 game helper
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