Napoleon at the Berezina

By Scott Parrino 11 Nov 2003 0


Napoleon's retreat from Moscow and Russia late in 1812 is one of the best known disasters in military history. Entering Russia with a force of some 600,000 men, Napoleon seemed well prepared to conquer the vast empire. However, the Russian tactic of retreating before battle could be joined drew the French and allied armies further into the depths of Russia. When battle was finally joined at Borodino, the results were inconclusive. After the battle, the Russians resumed the retreat, even burning Moscow before Napoleon's armies occupied it. Believing that occupying Moscow would lead to an offer of favorable peace terms from the Tsar, Napoleon lingered in the city well into the autumn. By the time he realized that no peace offer would come and with the dreaded Russian winter looming, Napoleon had lost the initiative. His blunders were magnified by following the route that he used when advancing into Russia for his withdrawal, which had been stripped bare of supplies by both his and the Russian armies,. The crisis reached a head at the Berezina River. Hemmed in on three sides by Russian armies and with no bridge to cross, the Grande Armee was in danger of being destroyed. The stage is set for Napoleon at the Berezina, a solitaire game included in the fourth issue of Against the Odds magazine.

Game Components and Extras

As with the previous games in Against the Odds Magazine, the production values are quite good. The magazine includes the game components: a 12 page rulebook, a 22"x34" map of the battlefield, 200 counters and a double-sided 8



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