The Emperor Returns
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1815 - The events of June 18th, 1815 are now as much a part of legend as they are of history. But what would have happened if the Prussians had failed to show at Waterloo? What would have happened if Napoleon had driven up the road to Mons as Wellington expected, or instead driven on Ghent (his greatest fear), cutting the English off from the sea?
A lot has been written about the declining years of Napoleon. Yet strategically, the planning and surprise he sprang on the Coalition in 1815 can only be compared to his first Italian campaign, thought by many to be his finest. How could one of history's greatest commanders plan and execute such a campaign and yet be defeated in its climactic battle?
The Emperor Returns presents the critical days that ran from June 9th through July 3rd, 1815. The 34" x 22" game map portrays the theater of operations from the forest of the Ardennes to the flood-plains of the Atlantic coast. Either one or two players may command the Anglo-Allied and Prussian armies, while one player represents France. Over 200 playing pieces represent the combat units of the campaign (brigades, divisions, corps) differentiated between artillery, cavalry, and infantry. A study folder is included to acquaint players with the less known aspects of the campaign.