Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Waterloo Maps

In creating a scenario for the battle for Plancenoit the terrain to represented appears to be a major variable.

This map is the situation at 1000 hours and credited to the United States Military Academy Department of History sourced from: http://www.emersonkent.com/map_archive/waterloo.htm

This map is the before and 1730 positions and credited to the University of Texas at Austin, Historical Atlas by William Shepherd (1911), sourced from:  http://www.emersonkent.com/map_archive/battle_of_waterloo_1815.htm

This map is the 1100 situation and credited to the University of Texas at Austin, from The Public Schools Historical Atlas edited by C. Colbeck, 1905, sourced from:  http://www.emersonkent.com/map_archive/battle_of_waterloo.htm

An interesting map credited to Napoleon, His Armies and Enemies 2005 which accompanied this article by Peter Hofschroer:  http://www.napolun.com/mirror/napoleonistyka.atspace.com/Waterloo_myths_2.html

A deployment map for Napoleon's Battles as at 1115 which I think I sourced from the Yahoo Napoleon's Battles Group, but on checking I can't find it there.

Not a map, but a very impressive layout by the Nunawading Wargames Association, looking west from the eastern edge - Bois de Paris is bottom left hand corner and the church of Plancenoit can be seen in the distance.  I sourced it from http://waterloo2015.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/more-preparing-for-waterloo.html

The situation at 1930.  Unfortunately I didn't record the source of this map

A fascinating overlay that annoyingly I again I didn't record the source for.

The SPI map for La Belle Alliance from their quadrigame Napoleon's Last Battles.

The Waterloo scenario map that came with the original or first edition of the Napoleon's Battles rules.

Lots of good stuff on Malefric's blog: http://malefricmusings.blogspot.com.au/

Google, where else?  I might have taken this from a secondary source.

Those three maps from the British Battles site are credited to John Fawkes.

The map from the Napoleon's Battles Yahoo Group I have been using.  It is by Alfonso Peral.

A photo of part of the map layout for the SPI game Wellington's Victory.  One hex is 100 yards which equates to an inch with the Napoleon's Battles rules.

Another fascinating map for which I have sadly lost the source and can't give credit.

There are of course many more maps, but that sample gives a good idea of the problem.

The question remains - what to do?

For our second refight we are again using the Alfonso map, but with the woods counting as dense (means the French will not be so tempted to defend in them) and also only being the area within the green line, i.e. a bit smaller.

Of course the real challenge with recreating the battle of Plancenoit is the fighting for the village, but first the Prussians have to get there.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for bringing together all these maps! It's extremely helpful!