The campaign begins with initial orders for all forces. I wrote three sets of orders for both sides and decided randomly which one to implement. Here is the map again to follow along.
French Initial Orders
Commander Ramille issues rather careful orders:
I Corps (A, B, C): Enter from D1 and move towards Bolkhov C9. Capture if conditions are favorable. Von Steuben (G) will support north of Bolkhov.
von Steuben (G): Enter from A5 on day 2 to support I Corps (moving against Bolkhov C9) from the north.
II Corps (E, D, F): Enter from J1 and secure the crossroads at H8 and put pressure on the crossroads at E9.
Faltenbach (H): Enter from L6 on day 2. Move towards the crossroads at I11 but only to recon and probe. Fall back to II Corps at H8 if necessary.
Russian Initial Orders
Commander Kurkovik weighs his forces heavily in the direction of Bolkhov but doesn’t use the obvious attack routes. The surrounding area has to be secured first:
Column Koltsov (4, 1, 2, 3): Enter at G16 and capture Ozyorsk B11 and the northern area of Bolkhov.
Column Nosov (6, 7): Enter at A16 and defend the flank of column Koltsov south and east of Bolkhov.
Column Zimin (8, 5): Enter at J16, move to Yartsevo E11 and act as reserve for forces north and west of you.
No changes to the initial orders are made on day one. This is the overall map at the end of the day. The Flags under C and left of 1 are the respective C-in-C markers.
With no contacts no order changes are made. The French have the first move.
French I Corps moves unopposed into Bolkhov and sends out Merle’s Division to defend the bridge south of the city at D9.
Column Koltsov meanwhile moves up to capture Ozyorsk. In passing both forces scout each other.
Von Steuben’s Prussians meanwhile close in in the north and spot only some of the forces near Ozyorsk. They are under support orders so decide to stop well ahead of the enemy.
Column Nosov moves up to Ozyosrk as well.
II Corps secures the area around H8. They fail to spot Zimin’s column near Yartsevo F11.
Column Zimin also fail to spot I Corps as they move up.
Faltenbach arrives and moves towards I11.
End of Day 2
Above you can see the frontlines forming. The French map looks pretty much the same. They only failed to spot force 5 and II Corps in the south doesn’t know of marker 8 either.
The Russian map in comparison. Only half of the french army has been spotted so far.
With the last sunlight vanishing the respective generals and staff officers meet to plot the orders for day 3.