15 August, 1799

Suvurov is a legend in Russian military history. By the time of Novi he had already fought many successful campaigns for Catherine against the Poles and the Turks and was brought out of retirement by the new Tzar Paul when Russia joined the second coalition against Revolutionary France. Novi was the finest moment of the campaign for the Allies with the defeat of the French and the death of Joubert on the day. This momentum would be squandered at Zurich which Suvarov did not make it to in time, in the end the loss there drew Russia out of the coalition and made France safe until the Italian campaign of 1800. Russia would not threaten the Republic again and remained out of the fighting until 1805.

At Novi the exhausted French wings under Perignon and St. Cyr finally made it through the mountains to link up but the Austro-Russians under Suvarov were waiting for them on the plain of Novi. Watrin had attempted some preliminary attacks the night before which is why we rate him both as in dependant and hard to control as he did not have sufficient forces to deal with the threat in front of him.


Deployment is shown as on the map with the following special parameters

  1. Bragration and the Grenadiers must be the two brigades closest to Novi
  2. Dambrowski must be the last brigade of St. Cyrs corps (it was the reargaurd)


All terrain is considered a flat plain

The contour represents the cliffs around Novi. They have the following characteristics

  1. Climbing the cliff counts as rough going to movement
  2. Troops defending the cliff get a 2 save rather than the usual 1

The Braghena Gorge is the impassable gorge behind Novi. It has the following characteristics

  1. Command radius may not be traced through it but must be traced around it.
  2. Brigades that can only retire into the gorge (usualluy due to enemy on 3 sides) are broken
  3. Unbroken troops may not cross the gorge

The streams on the right (the Lemme stream) is an obstacle. The Bormida stream (to the left) is rough going.

Victory conditions

Standard Grande Armée victory conditions for army breaks. However if night falls then victory is determined by control of the points in the field

The side with the most control points wins

Game parameters

Weather starts normal. This is a game of 8 turns. Each box of the map is 1' square. Allies break at 6, French break at 5.

Designers notes

Novi historically was a bad loss for the French so this scenario assumes that the French have gotten somewhat further forward than they did historically before thr fighting happened. The French were attempting to clear the Alps and solve a series of supply and logistics problems - likewise the Allies were trying to keep them bottled up. This is why the final score comes down to who controls the most strategic towns.

Allied Army

CinC Suvurov, Great

Krays Korps (Austrian)

Kray 3/10"

Bellegardes Division

K/I Sztaray  Trained 6SP SK1

K/II Nadasy Trained 7SP SK1

K/III Other Infantry Trained 9SP SK1

K/IV Light Cavalry (Dragoons and Hussars) Veteran 7SP

Seckendorfs Division (Advanced Guard)

K/V Oranien and Croats Trained 6SP SK2

K/VI 5th Hussars Elite 5 SP

Otts Division

K/VII Deutschmeister Trained 7 SP SK1

K/ VIII Mittrowsky Trained 6SP SK1

K/IX Terzy Trained 6SP SK1

K/ X Light Cavalry (Dragoons and Hussars) Veteran 5SP

Derfeldens Corps (Russian)

Derfelden 2/ 6"

D/1 Grenadiers and Jaegers Elite 8SP Sk0

D/2 Cossacks 4 SP Raw SK2

D/3 Karaiczay Dragoons (Austrian) Veteran 4SP

D/4 Miloradovich 8SP Trained SK0

D/5 Rosenberg Grenadiers Elite 4SP SK0

D/6 Derfeldens Musketeers Trained 8SP SK 0

Melas's Korps (Austrian)

Melas 3/5"

M/I Grenadiers Elite 9SP SK0

M/II Infantry Trained 5 SP SK1

M/III Light Cavalry (Dragoons and Hussars) 6SP


Cin C Joubert Good

Perignons Division

Perignon 3/7"

Division Grouchy

P/I Grandjean Veteran 8SP SK2

P/II Charpentier Veteran 6SP SK2

Division Lemoine

P/III Garreau Veteran 9SP SK2

P/IV Seras Veteran 8SP SK2 MX


P/VClausel Veteran 6SP SK2

P/VI Partoneaux Veteran 6SP SK2

P/VII Richepanse Light Cavalry Veteran 5SP

St. Cyrs Division

St. Cyr 2/9"

S/I Colli Veteran10 SP SK2

Division Laboissiere

S/II Quesnel Veteran 5SP SK2

S/III Gardanne Veteran 5SP MX SK2

S/IV Dabrowski Veteran 6SP MX SK2

S/V Infantry Reserve Veteran 8SP SK2

S/VI Light Cavalry Reserve Guerin Veteran 4SP

Watrins Division

Watrin 4/3"

W/I Avante Garde Veteran 8 SP MX SK2

W/II Infantry Veteran 7SP SK2