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Master of Europe Tournament:
An Update

by Major General Sir Kenneth "Muddy" Jones, KG
2nd Queen's Dragoon Guards, Household Brigade

Napoleon Bonaparte, the once defeated and exiled Emperor of France, escaped from the Isle of Elba and returned to Paris where he regained the throne. Quickly the old soldiers of his Grande Armée answered his call and together they marched into neighboring Belgium to defeat the Anglo-Allied armies gathered against them. The Master of Europe was once again about to take the field.

Early June 1815, Somewhere in Belgium.
Round 4

Capture the Flag. June, 1815: (PTW/TB) Marshal Ney saw the Union Jack flying over the Belgian town of Ardenelle and ordered his I Corps to capture it. At about the same time, British cavalry patrols spied the French tricolors moving through the streets of Vielle Marson. Lt. General Hill declared that his divisions would take home an Eagle. Surely, the Master of Europe should be able to capture his opponent's colors. 14 Turns.

The Players
Theron Lambert (French) vs. Tim Goodwin
Gregor Morgan (French) vs. Dejan Zupancic
Guillaume Aymonier-Ameline (French) vs. Bill Peterson
Gabriel Rodriguez (French) vs. Jeff Bardon

The Winners
Theron Lambert, Gregor Morgan, Bill Peterson, Jeff Bardon

And then there were four!

Round 5

The Heights of Hougoumont. June 18, 1815. (BGW/WL) After Quatre Bras, Wellington blinked and withdrew towards the northwest. Blücher, however, found courage from the Ligny fight, shook off the pursuit, and headed east to cover Brussels and to look for the Anglo-Allied Army. During the night of the 17th, he reached the Chausée de Bruxelles à Genappe et Charleroi south of the village of Waterloo, where his scouts reported a strong French force approaching from the southwest. Blücher drew up his advance Corps in a defensive position on the heights overlooking a small chateau and offered battle. The French, under the command of Marshal Ney, had orders to reach Brussels, posthaste. The Prussians barred the way. Can Ney move them and clear the way for the Armée du Nord? 12 Turns.

The Players
Theron Lambert (French) vs. Gregor Morgan
Jeff Bardon (French) vs. Guillaume Aymonier-Ameline
Note: Bill Peterson had to withdraw because of his move from Germany to Oregon, USA

The Winners
Theron Lambert and Jeff Bardon

And then there were two!

The Finals

Theron Lambert vs. Jeff Bardon

Grouchy vs. Blucher. (BGW/PN). [What-if] - Napoleon is given time to form up his army. Using every bit of manpower that he can muster he turns on the Anglo-Allied army and deals them a great blow in late October, 1815. Two weeks later Blücher arrived with his army and the Austrians were right behind him. At Waterloo, Blücher (with some Dutch-Belgian support elements) caught Grouchy and a terrible combat ensued. The winner of this encounter will determine who will become the 'Master of Europe'. Borrowed from the Allied Coalition's Fall Maneuvers 2000. 13 Turns.

Relative Strengths: French/Allies = roughly 1: 1

Note: Some of you may recognize this scenario. It was played in round 1 one MOE but not by the two finalists.

And the world waits in anticipation to see who among these combatants will be The Master of Europe.

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