From: Italy - near Florence
May 1796 - Austrian defending Milan
(this is a small AAR just to share with customers the adventures of an austrian beta tester HeadQuarter )
Our unrelaible alliance with Piedmont has been destroied by the Truce of Cherasco. The armies of the Republic of France are advancing towards Milan. All the Padania Valley is in danger. Austrian are on the retreat but Milan can't fall. The city is in turmoil and the Emperor will not tolerate a massive fall back to Mantua.
(every city has victory points, while small ones counts only 10, in this scenario Milan counts 500)
The situation is this:
The French army threatens our left flank, we know thos slayer of kings have taken Pavia and Lodi, our Line of Operation is really in danger and we must decide to strike towards Piedmont or to retreat near Milan.
We decide to hold the French in Pavia detaching Liptay and Rosselmini (8000 infantry, 300 cavalry, 30 art) to threat Pavia by south; in the meantime all the army will go to Milan while Colli Marchi and Vukassovich will screen our retreat moving from Novara to Mortara because we fear that a body of French army should march from West to Mortara to help the outflanking force.
The plan is simple, while the "south division" holds the enemy in Pavia, we will strike every enemy unit near Milan, in the hope to wheel the units in Milan towards Stradella so making a trap for the French.