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“Ride to the Sound of the Guns…”
Napoleon’s 1809 Campaign and the Spanish Ulcer

Convention Theme – July 16th - 19th, 2009

Photo courtesy of Duncan MacFarlane of Wargames Illustrated magazine
Photo courtesy of Duncan MacFarlane of Wargames Illustrated magazine
 

“My God, No, he gave the order to attack, we attack.”
–Prince to MacDonald concerning Napoleon’s orders
to attack the Austrians with the Army of Italy, 5 July 1809

Photo courtesy of Duncan MacFarlane of Wargames Illustrated magazine
Photo courtesy of Duncan MacFarlane of Wargames Illustrated magazine
 

With the evacuation of the English from Corunna Napoleon returned to Paris triumphant and prepared to act on the threat posed by Austria mobilization. Austrian Archduke Charles marched into Bavaria proclaiming a War of German liberation, while Archduke John marched on Italy. Napoleon called up the conscripts and arrived in Donauworth with an army of 200,000 eight days after Charles invaded Bavaria. Thus begins Napoleon’s 1809 campaign that began with the battles of Abensberg (20 April) and Eckmühl (22 April) and ended with the battles of Aspern-Essling (21-22 May) and Wagram (5-6 July).

Napoleon spent the next three years concerning himself with a new family, the Continental System, and Russia. In Spain Napoleon’s brother Joseph failed him, Massena failed him, Marmont failed him, and Joseph again failed him; he lost Spain to an upstart English General who up until his entrance into Spain had only fought ‘natives’. Thus the Peninsular War (1807-14) for the French became the “Spanish Ulcer” as Napoleon called it, and was probably the worse mistake of his career.

Photo courtesy of Duncan MacFarlane of Wargames Illustrated magazine
Photo courtesy of Duncan MacFarlane of Wargames Illustrated magazine
 

Naturally there will be many games representing the various battles, skirmishes and other actions of Napoleon's 1809 Austrian Campaign as well as the Peninsular War, 1807-14. The Napoleonic era has always been a great period for the wargamer, and this theme allows for quite a cross-section of games, from formal massed European armies to the Spanish guerilla actions, and of course, there will probably be plenty of games involving Sharpe's Rifles as well.

 

 

 

It is too early to determine who might be invited, but the Convention Committee is already working on this! The Military Seminar Series will have a bevy of speakers to represent the theme and Napoleonic era in general, as well as seminars on other military periods and wargaming – not to be missed!

Photo courtesy of Duncan MacFarlane of Wargames Illustrated magazine
Photo courtesy of Duncan MacFarlane of Wargames Illustrated magazine
 

The following are some useful links explaining related background of the theme.

Napoleonic Wargaming Index:

The Peninsular War, 1807-14:

The 1809 Campaign:

Sharpe’s Rifles:

Photo courtesy of Duncan MacFarlane of Wargames Illustrated magazine
Photo courtesy of Duncan MacFarlane of Wargames Illustrated magazine
 
Photo courtesy of Duncan MacFarlane of Wargames Illustrated magazine
Photo courtesy of Duncan MacFarlane of Wargames Illustrated magazine
 
Photo courtesy of Duncan MacFarlane of Wargames Illustrated magazine
Photo courtesy of Duncan MacFarlane of Wargames Illustrated magazine
 
Photo courtesy of Duncan MacFarlane of Wargames Illustrated magazine
Photo courtesy of Duncan MacFarlane of Wargames Illustrated magazine
 

Photo courtesy of Duncan MacFarlane of Wargames Illustrated magazine
Photo courtesy of Duncan MacFarlane of Wargames Illustrated magazine

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