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It seems like the Russian Army expansion has been on the march for some time. Or
perhaps it has been the slow moving French invasion force. Whichever the case, the
second expansion for Commands & Colors Napoleonics, the Russian Army, is all
wrapped up and is off to be manufactured.

The Russian Army expansion features; 220 blocks: with over 40 dark green Russian units
and a few dark blue French reinforcements; Russian and French National Unit Reference
Cards; Russian Infantry Square Track; 20 scenarios bumped up by GMT from 18 and a
number of new terrain types. But the most interesting feature introduced in the expansion,
in my opinion, is a new game mechanic called the Pre-Battle Mother Russia Roll. No two
scenarios will set up the same when the Pre-Battle Mother Russia Roll rule is in effect.
We will let you speculate on this new game mechanic for a while.

The following is an updated list of scenarios included in the Russian expansion:
Czarnowo - 23 December 1806
Golymin - 26 December 1806
Pultusk - 26 December 1806
Mohrungen - 25 January 1807
Eylau Plateau Russian Rearguard - 7 February 1807
Eylau - 8 February 1807 (8AM to Noon)
Eylau - 8 February 1807 (Murat’s Cavalry Charge)
Heilsberg (Opening Phase) - 10 June 1807
Friedland - 14 June 1807
Borodino - 5 September 1812 (Shevardino Redoubt)
Borodino - 7 September 1812 (Village of Borodino)
Borodino - 7 September 1812 (Utitza)
Borodino - 7 September 1812 (Raevski Redoubt)
Polotsk - 18 October 1812
Maloyaroslavets - 24 October 1812
Krasnoi - 17 November 1812
Crossing the Berezina - 27/28 November 1812
Champaubert - 10 February 1814
Montmirail - 11 February 1814
Craonne - 7 March 1814

Thanks again for being patient.
Both GMT and I truly feel that you are going to totally enjoy this expansion.

Richard Borg 



The Russian Army is a Coalition expansion for Commands & Colors Napoleonics.

Russia, was ruled until 1796 by Catherine the Great. It would then suffer under "Mad" Tsar Paul I, until his assassination in 1801, which brought his son Alexander I to the throne. Alexander, in command of a Russian army that was as vast as the territory from which it was drawn, did his best by various treaties and alliances to counter the increasing power of France under Napoleon without going to war.

The Russian army at the time of Napoleonic wars still had many characteristics of Peter the Great’s regime; senior officers were largely recruited from aristocratic circles, and the Russian soldier was regularly beaten and punished to instill discipline. Furthermore, many lower-level officers were poorly trained. Yet the Russians involved in hostilities with its neighbors - Sweden, Poland, Turkey and Austria - were capable of astonishing feats and total, blind obedience to orders.

In 1805 Britain and Russia signed an alliance against France. In 1806, Prussia joined the Coalition and Prussia and Russia mobilized for a fresh campaign. After Napoleon’s humiliation of Prussia at Jena, the French Emperor turned his attention to subduing his Russian foe and marched into Poland. After a series of sanguinary battles, the French drove Russian forces out of Poland back to Mother Russia and created a new Duchy of Warsaw.

In 1812, the Russo-French treaty gradually became strained, as the requirement of joining France's Continental Blockade against Great Britain was a serious disruption of Russian commerce. Bonaparte decided to bring the Russians back into line in June, and invaded Russia hoping to inflict a major defeat on the Russians and force Alexander to sue for peace. The invasion of Russia and the retreat of the French army, as many historians point out, proved to be the turning point in the Napoleonic Wars.

In 1813 Russia opened the campaign against Napoleon joined by Prussia and Austria, and during the three-day battle of Leipzig, Bonaparte's fate was sealed.

In this expansion you will find 18 historical scenarios that focus on the Russian Army battles from 1806 to 1814 against Napoleon, plus all the new units you’ll need to field for these engagements.

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Richard Borg

Battles

1806
Czarnowo - 23/24 December 1806
Pultusk - 26 December 1806
Golymin - 26 December 1806

1807
Eylau - 8 February 1807
Friedland - 14 June 1807
Heilsberg - 10 June 1807

1812
Borodino (Shevardino Redoubt) - 5 September 1812
Borodino (Borodino Village) - 7 September 1812
Borodino (Great Redoubt) - 7 September 1812
Borodino (Utitza) - 7 September 1812
Polotsk - 18 October 1812
Krasnoi - 17 November 1812
Crossing the Beresina - 28 November 1812

1813
Leipzig (Wachau) 16 October 1813

1814
Champaubert - 10 February 1814
Montmirail - 11 February 1814
Craonne - 7 March 1814