La Guerre de 1870 - EN
Product Code: VV-1870
Category: GMT Games
License: GMT Games
Product Type: Board Game & Extension
Release Date: Q4 2020 (Subject to change)
Note: Release date is approximate and will be finalized later.
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Beginning of August 1870. Prussian Chancellor Bismarck has pulled off a master diplomatic coup thanks to Ems's dispatch: France has just declared war on Prussia. Prussia has been able to gather around it all the German states, while the Empire of Napoleon III is alone, no nation having wanted to support the one who passes for the aggressor.
In Paris, the frenzy of war heated the minds of the population in blanks: everyone can already see each other in Berlin. France is said to have the best army. Didn't the Minister of War, Marshal Leboeuf, declare with peremptory assurance, in the face of an Adolphe Thiers with little confidence in the preparation of the country: "We are ready and very ready. Should the war last two years, our soldiers wouldn't miss a button.
The mobilization is launched, the troops flock to their point of concentration on the border. But indolence is competing with incompetence: plans prepared long ago are changed several times, the mess in the stations is indescribable. And it is an incomplete army, led by senior officers who do not know their troops well, who position themselves to lead an offensive without a plan, but which has become obligatory through popular pressure.
On the other hand, the Prussian state has drawn experience from its two previous campaigns: the Duchy War against Denmark in 1864 and especially the Seven Weeks War against Austria in 1866. The mobilization then the concentration took place following a perfect clockwork mechanics. The plans and orders, long established, are followed to the letter. The invasion can begin as planned.
Through this game, evolution of the system The Marshals in the campaigns of the Second Empire, will you know, Napoleon III, will you finally be the worthy military heir of your uncle by preserving your country from the Prussian enemy? Will you, von Moltke, be able to skillfully manoeuvre your divisions to push the French into the decisive battle at the time and place of your choice?