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1808 The Last Summer
About the war
The war started following the signing of the treaty of Tilsit, which contained a secret clause giving Russia possession of Finland. This clause was included because of continuing Russian nervousness about the security of St. Petersburg, with Swedish Forces capable of launching an attack from a border only 200 km away, and Napoleon’s desire for revenge on Sweden following Gustav IV’s outspoken opposition to republican France.
On the 21st February 1808 three Russian divisions crossed the border. The weather was bitterly cold, the roads were jammed with snow and the Baltic Sea was frozen; this meant that it would take months before any Swedish reinforcements could be shipped to Finland. With a powerful invasion the Russians surprised the Swedes who were unprepared and lacking effective leadership. The Swedish units were pushed back as the Russians spread all over southern Finland. Out numbered, the Swedish forces retreated towards Uleåborg/Oulo constantly harassed by the Russian The 5th Division.
On the 18th April the Swedish troops were retreating across a frozen river at Sikajoki when the Russian force finally caught them, but instead of running the Swedes fought back and by the evening they had won their first victory. From that day the Swedes could slowly advanced south again.
This book will cover the events in the western theatre from mid April through the Swedish counter offensive and to the turning point in late August. The scenarios are based upon text and maps from the extensive work, “Sveriges krig 1808-09”, published by the Swedish General Staff.
Why should a War gamer be interested in this obscure little side show, when you have the bigger campaigns in central Europe?
Battles in Finland were very different from those in central Europe, and even the fighting in the Spanish peninsula. In a country that is 69% forest and 10% lakes, terrain played a massive part in the campaign. Rough ground restricted the role of cavalry and the mobility of artillery. ‘Flat battlefields’ were something of a rarity, the smoothest being those fought on the frozen ice. The campaign also featured several seaborne landings and combined land and naval battles in the archipelago.
Troops were all soon capable of operating in ‘open order’ – often a basic requirement for moving. Because of restricted local supplies and the fact that the road network (including roads over the frozen rivers, lakes and sea ice in winter) was the sole supply route, the campaigns were limited to certain areas. Since the elimination of even a small force could be strategic disaster, battles were not usually decided with mass destruction of units, as in Europe; often a successful manoeuvre to threaten was enough.
This offers a different flavour of game to other Napoleonic scenario books, covering battles ideally sized for re-fighting in a couple of hours. The tabletop will look empty compared to the crammed battlefields of central Europe, but do not be misled. Command and control will be a real challenge, and victory will go the general who best understands and exploits the possibilities and limitations both of his force and the battlefield terrain.
In the book you will find:
Swedish C in C – Cronstedt
Russian C in C – Bulatov
The book is printed in size A4, saddle stitched, contains 48 pages in B/W and a cover in colour.
Please note: To play the scenarios in 1808 - The Last Summer, you need a separate set of rules. We used the General de Brigade for play testing, but most rules for this era should work.
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General de Brigade (2nd edition) by David Brown
General de Brigade Napoleonic war games rules use infantry battalions, cavalry regiments and artillery batteries as the basic tactical units. The figure scale is 1:20 and ground scale about 1:1000.
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The rule set contain 68 pages + 4 page card play sheet. It is printed in B/W on glossy A4 for durability and saddle stitched.
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