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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, but made a solid treaty between the two nations at Tilsit.

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.

- Richard Borg

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• 2" spine box
• 24 page Russian Expansion Rule & Scenario Booklet with 20 historical scenarios
• 2 Russian National Unit Reference Cards
• 2 Abbreviated Unit Reference Cards
• 220 Blocks
• Block Label sheets
• 1 Terrain Tile Sheet - contains 15 double sided Terrain Tiles
• 1 Russian Square track and Counter sheet

Scenarios Included:

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

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Commands & Colors: Napoleonics Expansion #2 – The Russian Army
English first edition
Publisher: A G K Games, GMT Games
Artist: Pascal da Silva, Rodger B. MacGowan, Mark Simonitch
Year: 2013
Product Code: 1301
Size: 12.00 x 9.00 x 2.00 inches
2.60 pounds
Release Date: Feb 2013
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7 Corrected Russian Quick Reference Card
Version 5 of the Quick Reference Card for the Russian army. This version incorporates the three new units that will be in Expansion 5, "Generals, Marshals & Tacticians." The new units are: Russian Lt. Lancer Cavalry Russian Militia Lt. Lancer Cavalry French Guard Horse Artillery Two-sided PDF (Russians on one page; French on the other), formatted like the original QRC provided in Expansion 2. This QRC also corrects the four errors on the original QRC provided in the Russian expansion.
4 Extra Victory Banners, Square and Paper Strength Tokens
This sheet contains extra Victory banners, Paper Strength and Square tokens (including 5-8 for unofficial "Epic" play). Two style Victory banners are provided -- the official banners and and an alternate. (I mount mine on black blocks the same size as C&C: Ancients infantry.) The Paper Strength tokens will accommodate a punch up to .875". (I use a 13/16" arch punch centered within the black die circle, and then mount on 1" black disks.) [imageid=2061433medium]
4 Paper Strength Labels
Paper Strength Labels sized to fit on top of small (Line and Light Infantry), medium (Cossack Cavalry), and rectangular (Foot Artillery) "Mother Russia" Blocks. Labels can be used as an alternative method of tracking which units are of "Mother Russia" strength.
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