Charleroi Fortified City: A Key in Napoleon's 100 Days Campaign

In the early years of the 19th century, Charleroi stood as a formidable fortified city in present-day Belgium. Its strategic location played a vital role during Napoleon Bonaparte's last campaign, famously known as the 100 Days. Charleroi, with its strategic position and robust fortifications, became a crucial stronghold that ultimately shaped the trajectory of this historic campaign. 

Situated at the confluence of the Sambre and Meuse rivers, Charleroi was a hub of industry and commerce, serving as a key transportation center. Its fortifications, constructed in the late 17th century, encircled the city, providing ample protection against potential invasions. These forts, along with their accompanying moats and ramparts, created an impenetrable barrier that required careful strategizing by any force seeking to breach its defenses.

Battle grids

The map is organized into large grids, with each one measuring 10x10cm or 4x4 inches. These grids, which we refer to as operational squares, are then further divided into four smaller squares that are 5x5cm or 2x2 inches in size. This division allows for engagements on a macro level. The larger squares are utilized for moving troops in group formations, while the smaller squares are perfect for tactical engagements.This system offers players the chance to engage in combat using their preferred style.


The battle map is marked with green icons that represent important positions that can be captured. These key positions offer valuable protection against cavalry charges and artillery fire, unless the artillery is being used as howitzers. By strategically placing units in squares where the green icons are located, shelter can be obtained and control of that section of the battle map can be secured. In order to capture a key position, infantry units must successfully charge and replace the defending unit within the square, walls, roads, or at the gate/door. Additionally, mounted Generals can seek refuge within squares containing green icons for added protection and to effectively lead their troops.

Order of battle Nation vs Nation

In the game, players have the incredible opportunity to unleash their strategic prowess by assembling their own personalized order of battle. With the capacity to field up to 80 units on the battlefield per nation, the game truly allows players to showcase their unique tactical style and adaptability. The freedom to create their own order of battle is not only empowering but also opens up a multitude of possibilities for players to explore different strategies and playstyles. 


Historical order of battle

To recreate the events that occurred in Charleroi in 1815, it is recommended that the attacking force consists of 40 units of their choosing, while the defenders should have 20 units. The French forces greatly outnumbered the small Prussian contingent during this confrontation. Playing with a 2 versus 1 balance can provide an enjoyable and challenging experience. Initially, the advantage lies with the defenders due to their defensive position and rivers surrounding the city.


The tactical map of Charleroi presents an imposing challenge for any attacking army. The city, boasting a fortified perimeter and surrounded in vast water bodies, features an advanced guard position protecting its frontal sector. Achieving successful advancements requires the expertise of sapper units to conduct the construction of pontoon bridges; this critical task facilitates passage over river Le Sambre and instigates a phased progression of the assault force. Keep in mind that these endeavors unfold under persistent artillery barrages from your defensive opponents. Thus, employment of your sapper units are indispensable - seize control over Charleroi!

The defending Prussian army can deploy in the city of Charleroi as in the vanguard outpost, occupying the key positions of the city and preparing to defend them. Artillery icons mark height position where artillery units can be deployed to gain a longer range when firing their guns. The attacking force the French are to de deployed freely across the map in the first 2 battles zones across the map.


To play in historical mode, you will need both the French and Prussian army. Alternatively, in nation vs nation mode, you can select your favorite nation and create your own battles. Additionally, two blank 16mm dice are required, or you can utilize our dice app available on our website. 

Content digital download package

The battle map of Charleroi comes as a downloadable package in JPEG files, featuring a high-quality battle map size  89x147cm or 33x59.5 inches poster.

For the best results, we recommend printing the package at a local professional printer store as the colors may vary when printed from the screen. Print the battlemaps on a 150-200gr or 40-54 lb poster print. For a sturdier feel, you can print the battle map directly onto materials like foam board or on Frontlit PVC Banner. For printing at home, you can utilize online resources like "Posterizer Online." This tool allows you to efficiently segment both maps into tiles for easy at-home printing. Simply choose your preferred format and configure the layout.