Map: Aosta Valley
France (me) v. Austria (AI – Normal)
Forces are roughly equal in number: 2,252 men for France and 2,112 for Austria.
I mostly kept the starting default deployment. I then moved my cavalry units towards the flanks.
My first movement was advancing my right flank (a unit of lancers and a unit of infantry) to the west of the village.
Afterwards I advanced the bulk of my forces (fusiliers and National Guard) towards the village for a quick capture.
Most of my cavalry were in the left flank, and also have a substantially bigger infantry component compared to the right flank. They moved forward to the east of the village, in support of the main force’s advance.
Majority of the French force barely reach it in time, and first contact with the enemy is made in the southern outskirts of the village. The nature of their arrival meant a continuous defensive line is not really deployed along the village’s edge.
Between the two flanks, it is only the left flank that really encountered the Austrians. The ensuing firefight around and inside the village went favorably to our forces. Having arrived just ahead of the Austrians meant that regardless of the lack of a true defensive line (in one of the screenshots you will see that some Austrian units had actually outflanked the French forces on the southern edge of the village; the French general’s own unit was forced to make a last-ditch charge upon them) the Austrians were already at a disadvantage. Eventually, I was able to stabilize the situation in the village and thus gave me enough time to finally commit our right flank to maneuver behind the Austrians.
The left flank then proceeds with their attack to the Austrian right. A last-ditch bayonet charge by the Austrians south of the village ended into a rout for them. A ‘cleanup’ of their remaining forces followed, and the battle was won.