I had an experience in this game which is an example of why I love, and deeply appreciate Ageod Games.
The description of the battle came from a review of the detailed battle report, and from my observation of the battle circle.
Austria has entered the war on the side of perfidious Albion, and we defeat them before the Russians can arrive to swell their numbers.
We have learned that Austria has an Army at Ulm. It is just within reach of some of our forces, so the Emperor decides to destroy this army before it can get away.
Lannes and his fifth corps is expected to reach Ulm on the fifth day. Davout is projected to do the same, but he will have to force march. No matter, we can rely on Davout, the best general in France after the Emperor himself.
The Emperor combined the Imperial Guard with his Grande Armee command, so he can control them personally. The Emperor, Soults fourth corps, and the cavalry reserve will move next to Ulm, so they will be in position to march to the sound of the guns. Ney will force march to join them there, and, with any luck will get there in time to march to the sound of the guns. This force is considerably more than what is needed to defeat the Austrians. What could go wrong?
As the turn is resolved, Lannes reaches Ulm on the fifth day, wnd is immediately joined by the Emperor and the guard. This force is heavily outnumbered by the Austrians, more than two to one, and the Austrians select an aggressive battle plan, as does France.
The sounds of battle are heard, and soon two thirds of the battle circle is red, as the Austrians commit their larger numbers.
The battle continues. Where is Davout? Where is Murat and the Cavalry reserve? Where is Soult? Where is Ney?
The first two rounds of battle pass in a furious battle of attrition. Heavy losses are taken by both sides, as Lannes fifth corps is decimated. The emperor commits the Guard, who fight like lions but are being worn down by superior numbers.The French numbers are dwindling fast, the Austrian superiority is growing, though they too are taking heavy losses. But the circle is now three quarters red.It looks like the Emperor will be defeated...
Trumpets sound, horses are heard, and these sounds herald the arrival of Murat and the cavalry reserve.The Austrian formations, battered and out of position, break before the Cuirassiers and Dragoons. Murat strikes at just the right time, and just the right place. The battle circle turns completely green, as the entire Austrian army panics as one unit after another breaks and flees before this huge, unexpected charge.The battle continues for the full six rounds, with the shattered Austrians being unable to get away from the French cavalry, their own horsemen broken and fleeing. Enormous losses are inflicted by the Cavalry, at little loss to themselves.
France has won a huge victory, essentially shattering the Austrian army, and getting no less than ten national morale points. The brave fifth corps is decimated, but not destroyed, but will need rest and a lot of replacements before it should fight again. The Cavalry have hardly been touched, and the Guard has suffered moderate losses.
Davout somehow failed to make his forced march, Ney never moved, and Soult did not march to the sound of the guns. No matter, the Cavalry arrived just in time to win the day.
A huge victory, but one in which the friction of war is clearly demonstrated. It is moments like these that give me great joy from Ageod games.