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ITALIAN WARS FRENCH

Historical Overview

When Ferdinand I of Naples died in 1494 Charles of France invaded Italy with twenty-five thousand men (including 8,000 Swiss mercenaries). For several months, French forces moved through Italy virtually unopposed, since the condottieri armies of the Italian city-states were unable to resist them. The Italians then made up the League of Venice, effectively cutting off Charles's army from France. Despite a tactical victory of French armies against the League at the battle of Fornovo, the formation of the League to his rear forced Charles to withdraw to France, Fornovo itself being merely a successful fighting withdrawal.

In 1500, Louis, having reached an agreement with Ferdinand II of Aragon to divide Naples, marched south from Milan. By 1502, a combined French and Spanish force had seized control of the kingdom; disagreements about the terms of the partition led to a war between Louis and Ferdinand. By 1503 Louis, having been defeated at the Battle of Cerignola and Battle of Garigliano, was forced to withdraw from Naples, which was left under the control of a Spanish viceroy, General de Cordoba.

There was also the War of the League of Cambrai, the Italian War of 1521-26, the War of the League of Cognac and three more nameless Italian wars after that. Ouch

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Lists

Name and Date
900AP list, 2nd at Usk 2014
  • 1 Landsnechts LF Unarmoured Average Arquebus 4
  • 2 Landsnechts HF Armoured Average Pike Pike 12 Keil
  • 2 Landsnechts HF Armoured Average Hvy W Hvy W 2 Keil
  • 4 Argoulets LH Armoured Average Carbine 4
  • 5 Swiss Dt Foot Armoured Superior Pike Pike 12 Keil
  • 5 Swiss Dt Foot Armoured Superior Hvy W Hvy W 2 Keil
  • 7 Swiss LF Unarmoured Average xBow 6
  • 8 Adventuriers MF Unarmoured Average Arquebus 8
  • 9 Gendarmes Gendarme Fully Armd Superior Hvy Lance Sword 4
  • 10 Reiters Horse Hvy Armd Average pistol Pistol 6
  • 11 Italian mt'd arquebusiers Cavalry Armoured Average Carbine 4
  • 12 Reiters Horse Hvy Armd Average pistol Pistol 6
  • 13 Gendarmes Gendarme Fully Armd Superior Hvy Lance Sword 4
  • 14 Gunnes Artillery Average Med Art 2
  • 4 TCs

500 AP 25mm competition
TC and Sub
1 Heavy field guns Hart - Average - - - - 2
2 Swiss arquebusiers LF Unarmoured Average Arquebus - - - 4
3 Aventuriers MF Unarmoured Average Crossbow - - - 8
4 Swiss arquebusiers LF Unarmoured Average Arquebus - - - 4
5 Swiss pike kiels DF Unarmoured Superior - Pike Pike - 10
5 Swiss pike kiels DF Unarmoured Superior - Heavy Weapon Heavy Weapon - 2
6 Swiss pike kiels DF Unarmoured Superior - Pike Pike - 10
6 Swiss pike kiels DF Unarmoured Superior - Heavy Weapon Heavy Weapon - 2
7 Gendarmes Gen Fully Armoured Superior - Heavy Lancers Swordsmen - 4

500 AP 25mm competition
TC and Ally
1 Field guns Mart - Average - - - - 2
2 Field guns Mart - Average - - - - 2
3 Landsknechte HF Unarmoured Superior - Pike Pike - 8
3 HF Unarmoured Superior - Heavy Weapon Heavy Weapon - 2
4 Landsknechte HF Unarmoured Superior - Pike Pike - 8
4 HF Unarmoured Superior - Heavy Weapon Heavy Weapon - 2
5 Berittene Hakenbuschen-schutzen Cv Armoured Average Carbine - Swordsmen - 4
6 Landsknechte Hakenbuschenschutzen MF Unarmoured Average Arquebus - - - 6
7 Mounted crossbowmen Cv Armoured Poor Crossbow - Swordsmen - 4
8 Allied Landsknechte Hakenbuschenschutzen MF Unarmoured Average Arquebus - - - 6
9 Allied Landsknechte HF Unarmoured Average - Pike Pike - 8
9 HF Unarmoured Average - Heavy Weapon Heavy Weapon - 2

800AP list used in 1-day competition
  • 1 Landsnechts LF Unarmoured Average Arquebus 4
  • 2 Italian mt'd arquebusiers Cavalry Unarmoured Average Carbine 4
  • 3 Swiss Dt Foot Armoured Superior Pike Pike 12 Keil
  • 3 Swiss Dt Foot Armoured Superior Hvy W Hvy W 2 Keil
  • 5 Swiss LF Unarmoured Average xBow 4
  • 6 Adventuriers MF Unarmoured Average Arquebus 8
  • 7 Gendarmes Gendarme Fully Armd Superior Hvy Lance Sword 4
  • 8 Reiters Horse Hvy Armd Average pistol Pistol 6
  • 9 Landsnechts HF Armoured Average Pike Pike 8 Keil
  • 9 Landsnechts HF Armoured Average Hvy W Hvy W 2 Keil
  • 10 Gendarmes Gendarme Fully Armd Superior Hvy Lance Sword 4
  • 11 Gendarmes Gendarme Fully Armd Superior Hvy Lance Sword 4
  • 12 Gunnes Artillery Average Med Art 2
  • 3 x TCs

Tactics
  • One of the better Swiss pike armies, with decent support troops. The Swiss are Determined in this list so move quickly at 4" a turn
  • Worth remembering that Gendarmes armed with heavy lances will be quite dangerous to later impact mounted. A POA up in impact for lance, and in melee for armour.
  • Mixing Swiss and Landsquenechts is rather iffy historically, but having all Swiss is perhaps too expensive.

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