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The Last Summer




 General de Brigade (2nd edition)

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 1808 The Last Summer

[Produktbild]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 covered in this volume
Yppäri 16th April
Viiret 16th April
Siikajoki 18th April
Revolaks 27th April
Nykarleby 24th June
Vasa 25th June
Lintulaks 3rd July
Kokonsaari 11th July
Lappo 14th July
Kauhajoki 10th August
Tjöck 11th August
Alavo 17th August
Ömossa 20th August
Herranen 21st August
Karstula 21st August

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:


- An introduction to the war, explaining why it was fought and over what.


- A section on suggested special rules to apply in order to create a feel for this campaign


- 15 scenarios, covering all major engagements fought between the two major armies from mid April to late August. Each scenario will have a short introduction explaining the over all situation and particular events leading up to the battle. Each scenario will also be illustrated with strategic map showing relevant information and troop movements leading up to the battle. The sample is showing the situation before the battle of Lappo on the 14th July.


bullet- Each scenario will also have a detailed Orders of Battle adapted to 1:20 scale (1 figure representing approximately 20 men). The sample below is showing the OOB's for the battle at Revolaks 27th April.

Swedish C in C – Cronstedt




Right Column

3rd battalion Savolax regiment



4th battalion Savolax regiment



3rd battalion Savolax jaeger regiment

13 rifles


2nd battalion Karelian jaeger corps

16 rifles


3 pdr foot battery

1 cannon

Left Column

1st battalion Savolax regiment



2nd battalion Savolax regiment



1st battalion Savolax jaeger regiment

13 rifles


1st battalion Karelian jaeger corps

16 rifles


3 pdr foot battery

1 cannon


Karelian Dragoons


 Russian C in C – Bulatov





musketeer battalion Perm infantry regiment



1 battalion Mogilev infantry regiment



12 pdr foot battery

1 cannon


Grodno Hussar regiment






Grenadier battalion Perm infantry regiment



6 pdr foot battery

1 cannon


- A table top map showing the lay-out of the battle field. Most of the maps are drawn for a table size of 8x4 foot thus giving a gaming area approximately scale 1:1000. This sample show the battle field of Yppäri 16th April.


Finally, you will also get set up instructions and a presentation of the historical battle so that you can compare your achievements to the generals of 1808.

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


Only available for Customers in Sweden. The rest of you will have to rely on Cavalier Books

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.

General de Brigade was designed to combine the appeal of battalion based games with the most important aspects of command and control from army level games. After spending hours researching and painting our armies we want to manoeuvre each and every unit, overseeing their every volley, melee and morale test.

At brigade level this is exactly what is expected of the commander – he would be concerned with deployment, formation and when to fire – here formations such as column or line do matter! However the use of brigades and brigade orders introduces a command and control factor that limits the 'nippy little battalion' syndrome and restricts the war gamer from doing whatever he wants with any unit whenever it suits him.

General de Brigade allows war gamers the freedom to command and manoeuvre each battalion or squadron but also includes higher command decisions such as brigade objectives, the timing of assaults and the deployment of reserves.

Deliberate effort has been made to keep the rules simple. Most war gamers want to enjoy a game with model soldiers and not spend their valuable war gaming time checking through fine print and arguing over minor points in the rules. Obviously simplicity means that not all aspects of Napoleonic warfare can be covered and players should therefore try to resolve any problems in a sensible and friendly manner.

The rules book includes:

- Standard Rules and Optional Rules with numbered paragraphs for easy reference.
- Historical orders of battle for 12 armies that fought each other in six battles.
- A points system allowing gamers to design their own scenarios.
- Roster sheets and order markers.
- Game markers.
- Explanatory chapter on Napoleonic troop types, their grading and tactical formations.

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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