VaeVictis 138 Special Game Issue


Special game Issue #138
March-April 2018

Including the wargame : Wissembourg & Spicheren 1870

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Board games

  • Next War Poland (GMT
  • Pendragon (GMT)
  • Autumn for Barbarossa (MMP)
  • Democracy under Siege (4 Dados
  • Waterloo Episode 4 (Tilsit)
  • Forgotten War (MMP)
  • Ligny 1815 Last Eagles (Hexasim)
  • Old School Tactical vol 2 (FPG)


  • ASL and M44


  • Campagne de 1777 suite et fin
  • Wolfenbuttel 1641
  • Marche de flanc à AdG 2e partie
  • The Men who would be Kings CR


  • Waterloo in 28 mm

History and Wargame inside

  • Wissembourg and Spicheren 1870

Wissembourg and Spicheren 1870

On 19 July 1870, the French Empire declared war on the kingdom of Prussia.
Wissembourg, on 4 August, was the first battle of the war and the first French defeat of 1870.
Opposing three corps (one Bavarian and two Prussian), Douay's division held the town and the heights of Geisberg until early afternoon before yielding to the mass.
In Spicheren, on 6 August, the 2nd French corps had a good position and blocked the Prussian troops into the night at the risk of being outflanked. Their retreat was ill-prepared and caused the rest of the Lorraine army to retreat to the walls of Metz.
Returning to the series “The Great Battles of Napoleon III”, (VaeVictis #55 and #73), the system is simple and dynamic and focuses on the engagement of the troops against deadly defensive fire.

Scenarios by Arnold Giraud-Moser with a system by Luc Olivier.

Game turn: one hour
Counters: brigades and regiments
Map: One hex = 500-700 m
Complexity: 5/10
Possibility of playing solo: 7/10
Game duration: 1.5 hours - 3 hours depending on the scenario