APRIL 17th, Turn 3
JOURNAL: The Emperor arrives! The French have a 50% chance for Napoleon to reach the Danube valley today and sure enough, the Little Corporal swings into action. While the emperor comes up to speed with his top marshals--Davout, Lannes, and Massena--Archduke Charles wastes no time securing Ratisbon in the morning. A Bavarian light cavalry screen rides north from Eggmuhl to make first contact with an unknown Austrian corps. This provides Napoleon with some critical early intelligence that Austrians are in the Ratisbon area with significant force...but how significant? Seeking an unopposed crossing of the Danube, French columns begin concentrating in the direction of Abensberg. In the late afternoon, Austrian light cavalry approach Hemau and are surprised to encounter a full French corps. Why are the French lingering north of the Danube in such strength? Is this merely Napoleon's rear-guard, or a bluff to keep the Austrians guessing?