La Bataille de Hanau

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At the end of the campaign of 1813 in Saxony, after the defeat of Leipzig, known as the battle of the nations because it opposed 185,000 French to 300,000 allies of all nations (Prussians, Russians, Austrians, Swedes, and many others ...) , the Grande Armée retreats towards France, thus having to cross half of Germany. This retreat, from east to west, passes through Frankfurt, but in front of this city is a quite unexpected army, half formed of former allies of France, the Bavarians of General de Wrede. Bavaria, whose defection is only the last of a long series, is eager to keep its independence and the only possible way is to rally the coalition, forced by the presence of the Austrian corps commanded by Fresnel and Klenau. Thus Napoleon found before him not only an Austrian corps but also the troops supposed to watch it, these two corps forming an army of about 50,000 men, determined to cut the road to the French, convinced that it was only a mob of stragglers and that the task will be easy. De Wrede's was surprised when he realized that he did not have a few stragglers in front of him but the Imperial Guard, commanded by the Emperor himself ... History shows that de Wrede’s bad set up did not hold against the best troops of the time. Although roughed up on the 30th, de Wrede realized on the morning of the 31st that the French had continued their retreat towards Frankfurt, and decided to try again. After a little fighting overnight and in the morning, de Wrede launched another assault around 1 pm. Now, this is your chance to try to do better, either to stop the Guard or to recover some glory on the next day. This is when the game begins.


  • 4
    Enjoying the Game

    Posted by Curtis Milbourn on Mar 19th 2021

    Hanau arrived last week and I’ve set it up on the table. It’s tough to review any game when you have so little experience it. I have discovered that good Napoleonic tactics are a must to do well. For example, use your artillery before sending your infantry forward. The current rules are being edited and are on ConsimWorld snd I think this will be beneficial. Pieces are solid, map is pleasing to the rue snd easy to understand.

  • 5

    Posted by Mark Trowbridge on Mar 6th 2021

    Disclaimer: Having only just unboxed Hanau, I cannot in all honesty write a review of this particular battle. However, I have plenty of experience with the system and keep coming back for more. As a UK buyer, I must congratulate Legion for their truly second to none service. Just 2+ weeks from initial order and it was here. Shipping cost was very reasonable too.

  • 5
    Excellent Napoleonic System

    Posted by Jerry Smith on Feb 25th 2021

    Maybe the best system for this era I've played. Easy to get into but with fine detail which gives a very good feel for 19th Century combat. The game components are 1st rate as well, especially the map. A little fog in the rules but a couple of readings clears everything up.

  • 5
    Another Hit for Didier Rouy

    Posted by George Thompson on Feb 24th 2021

    The latest addition to the Vive l'Empereur Series is a success. Again Revolution Games delivers an elegant design in a highly playable single battle. The choice by the designer and publisher for this battle is a good one. Although it would appear that the French with their elite units would prevail on the my first solo playing of it the best that could be achieved was an operational victory. So, add this title to your collection!.