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Napoleon’s Last Gamble contains five battles from the Waterloo Campaign, which Napoleon began by seizing the central position between the Prussian and British Armies. On June 15th the Grande Armée was unleashed across the Sambre River. Allied screening forces sent out the warning to headquarters. The Allies executed a forward concentration behind the cover of their screens. As the 16th dawned, troops of both sides still converged on the battlefields.


Napoleon's Last Gamble is one of the games from OSG's The Library of Napoleonic Battles series. Details on the series are below, as all the games share a common rules set and game system.




Quatre-Bras, Ney at the Crossroads, 16 June

The French attacked on two fronts simultaneously. The tenacious defense of Quatre Bras by the Anglo-Allied troops saved the Prussians from receiving the full weight of the Armée du Nord.


Ligny, The Last Victory, 16 June

Finally unleashed, the Guard pushed the Prussians back from the Ligny brook. Blücher himself was wounded and separated from headquarters. But Napoleon’s hoped-for knock-out blow remained undelivered.


Wavre, Grouchy’s Blunder, 18 June

Napoleon separated the two wings of his army, ordering Marshal Grouchy on the track of the Prussians while he pursued Wellington. Grouchy’s prescribed route was wide of the mark, and took him to the outer flank, allowing the Prussians to interpose themselves between the two French wings—Blücher achieved a strategic reversal of the opening.


Waterloo, A Near Run Thing, 18 June

While Grouchy frittered away time engaging the Prussian rear-guard at Wavre, Ney conducted the mid-phase of the battle like a rear-guard action in the Peninsular Campaign, failing to provide infantry support for his spectacular cavalry charges. Wellington fought a successful defensive battle, managing to cling to his ridge until the arrival of three Prussian corps. The broken French army retreated toward Charleroi; Grouchy’s intact wing moved south-east toward Namur.


La Souffel, Rapp’s Last Stand, 28 June

Three days after Waterloo, Rapp woke up and began a slow withdrawal from the Rhine, pursued by the vanguard of Schwarzenberg's Army. On June 26 the heavily-outnumbered Rapp skirmished with the Austrian III Corps. Two days later he made a stand along the Souffel River, and the Austrians attacked.

Th Expansion Kit allows players to examine the initial stages of the campaign with the extra mapsheets and the four-page scenario booklet. The 11”x34” map adds Charleroi and the Sambre river to the South for the "Opening Round" of the campaign and the 22" x 34" map adds the approach to Brussels and the valley of the Dyle to the North for the final move on Brussels.  If the allied army had been obliged to fall back from Waterloo, the roads from Braine-l'Alleud, from Waterloo, and from Wavre, meet at a very excellent position about a mile and a half in front of Brussels.

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