- Jan 26, 2004
In the Shadow of Greatness – Etienne's War
Joint Second Place in the 2013 Second Half AARland Choice Awards! Thank you to all those who voted for Etienne.
Nominated as the Weekly AAR Showcase, 2-9 February 2014. Thanks Zorro!
Chapter 1 - Etienne's Portugal
Chapter 2 - The First Franco-Prussian War
Chapter 3 - The Emperor's Hour of Need, Venice 1807
Chapter 4 - Stabilising the Austrian Front
Chapter 5 - Baltic Ports and Southern Winds
Chapter 6 - War of the Fourth Coalition - The Catalonian Campaign
Chapter 7 - The German War
Chapter 8 - An African Adventure
Chapter 9 - The War of Polish Liberation
Chapter 10 - Dealing with the Archduke
Chapter 11 - The Russian Menace and the Plight of Poland
Chapter 12 - A Summons to Vienna
Chapter 13 - The Duke of Wellington and the Plains of Spain
Chapter 14 - The Battle of Ponferrada
Welcome to my next AAR with March of the Eagles. I've decided to take a different approach this time, and will try to tell you the story of one general's experience in the wars between 1805 and 1820. My intention is not to ignore the wider game-play, but try to only discuss events are they are relevant to our general. I chose France as I haven't yet tried them in MotE, and I also thought that as the country is likely to fight most of the major powers at one point or another, it would mean I'm not struggling for opportunities to battle!
The General I have chosen it Etienne MacDonald, who has been given command of the Cavalerie Italie – although the army composition has been changed during the first five months of the game. The reason I have chosen this name is that it lept of the screen at me. Etienne's father was from South Uist, one of the many islands off the west coast of Scotland. He fled to France following the failed Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, and was a close relative of Flora MacDonald who famously helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape.
General Etienne was born in Sedan, in the Ardennes. During a post as aide-de-camp to General Dumouriez, he distinguished himself at the battle of Jemappes and was promoted to colonel in 1793. Following Dumouriez's desertion to the Austrians, Etienne became a general and was involved in the revolutionary wars in the Netherlands, Switzerland, around the Rhine and in Italy.
In game terms, Etienne is a manoeuvre 5, offensive 4 and defensive 4 general.
Order of battle for the Cavalerie Italie under General Etienne MacDonald.
The above image shows the order of battle, following my reorganisation and some recruitment.
The Left Flank will be led by Jean-Francis Carteaux, and is comprised of 2 Chasseurs, 1 Line Infantry, 1 Cuirassiers, 2 Artillery, 1 Light Infatry and 1 Horse Artillery.
The Centre, led by Dominique Klein, is comprised of 3 Guards, 2 Line Infatry, 2 Artillery, 1 Horse Artillery and 1 Corsican Sharpshooters (Light Infatry)
The Right Flank, commanded by Joseph Souham, is comprised of 2 Line Infantry, 1 Horse Artillery, 2 Dragoons, 2 Chasseurs and 1 Cuirassiers
Finally, in reserve I have 3 supply wagons, 1 Dragoon, 2 Cuirassiers and 1 Line Infantry.
I've begun the first update and played around 5 or 6 updates into the game, so I hope to get the first chapters posted over the next few days. Hope you all enjoy!