January 14, 1797,
French army of 34 units opposed to Austrian army of 41 units
for a battle of complexity 0.42 at Regiment(III) level
on a 2.5 Km/Hex map
for 8 turns of Full Day each.
by Piero Falotti submited on 25-10-2004
Rugged-Defense Playing Statistics
Battle of Rivoli
French Army of Italy (General Bonaparte) vs Austrian Army of Italy (General Alvinczy)
Inspired by Vae Victis magazine N.18 by Frédéric Bey and Marc Brandsma
This scenario is using the XIXth Century database engine. You can download it here
27 year old General Bonaparte has finished a victorious Italian campaign but expects an Austrian counter-offensive to relieve the town of Mantova, beseiged by the French. Gen.Bonaparte sets forces to control all possible axis of attack, from Tyrol to Veneto. The Austrians attack in three axis, but Bonaparte waits and decides to fight his decisive battle in the North, on the Rivoli Plateau, leaving the defence of the lower valley to Augerau.
historically, Bonaparte decided to avoid to the Austrians to join their six columns by using most effectively the high terrain and the limited access to the plateau. bonaparte's plan is to use Joubert's division to hold the Austrians while Ray and Masslna divisions arrive, to give him numerical superiority. The first clashes around Montemagno are hard for both sides. The Austrians fight to almost encircle the French but Maaséna's division saves the day, released at the right moment. the Austrians retreat and Austria has to accept the peace that ends the First Coalition.