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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

27 July 1813 – Linares Campaign - Day 10



1st Spanish corps occupy El Hoyo and secure French depot with one days supplies
3rd, 4th and 5th Spanish corps all resupply and regroup

7th French corps rout to Abenojar
16th Italian corps secure area around Probete
8th French and 15th Vistula corps resupply and regroup

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

26 July 1813 – Linares Campaign - Day 9



26 French brigade attack 4 guerrilla in Abenojar
Guerrilla defeated and rout, French occupy town

16th Italian corps sent north to clear out guerrilla bands

1st Spanish corps attack 7th French corps at El Hoyo
The French have lost one brigade and detached a second
They are outnumbered in infantry two to one
The Spanish make a determined attack and lose 2000 casualties
The French are routed and lose 3400 casualties

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

26 July1813 – Battle of El Hoyo

Tactical map of battle area
7th French corps have detached one of their infantry brigades to garrison Abenojar
Remainder of the corps have orders to take El Hoyo
Spanish garrison of El Hoyo must hold in the town if possible

Spanish – 16000 infantry, 1000 cavalry, 30 guns
French – 12000 infantry, 1000 cavalry, 30 guns
Table at start of wargame
El Hoyo is garrisoned by 4 militia brigade
1st Spanish corps deployed in front of the town
7th French corps will arrive top centre at the start of move 1
0800-0900
French start to arrive on road top centre
Spanish dragoons have advanced on the right
0900-1000
French continue to arrive, move towards village
French dragoons move on to hill opposite Spanish cavalry

1000-1100
French start to deploy out of Spanish artillery range
Spanish infantry brigade enter village
1100-1200
French continue to deploy 
Spanish infantry continue to garrison village
1200-1300
Two French brigades move towards village
Second Spanish brigade moves to support village
Spanish cavalry advance to threaten French artillery
1300-1400
Two French infantry brigades prepare to attack village
French artillery fire on village but fail to inflict any casualties
Second Spanish infantry brigade enters village
1400-1500
French infantry attack village
One brigade is routed with 30% casualties
The second brigade is disordered with 10% casualties
The Spanish garrison is routed with 40% casualties
The reserve Spanish brigade has not lost any casualties, but is shaken
A third Spanish brigade moves up to support the village.
Artillery continue to exchange fire, but no casualties
1500-1600
French artillery fire on village and hit Spanish reserve brigade
Reserve join rout of first brigade, and reserve outside village join also
French infantry enter village and pursue routers

Conclusion
The French have taken the village, but lost one of their three brigades in doing so.
The Spanish have lost three of their five brigades and lost the village
However they still hold El Hoyo and their cavalry and artillery are still full strength
They also have two infantry brigades, one in the town itself.
The French will require the rest of the day to regroup 
They must then decide whether they are strong enough to attack again

The result of this battle is a draw.
The French have lost 1200 casualties and one brigade in rout
The Spanish have lost 1600 casualties and three brigades in rout

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

25 July 1813 – Linares Campaign - Day 8

Suchet continues to replace battle casualties and reorganise his supply system

He orders 7th French corps to send 26 brigade to retake Abenojar

28 French brigade are the defeated and routed garrison of Abenojar
As they make their way to Probete they are ambushed by a different guerrilla band
Unable to resist they surrender and all 3600 are cut down.

7th French corps have not only lost three days supplies, but also one of their four brigades.

Giron orders all of the guerrilla bands to move north and harass the French depots
Two of the six bands have suffered casualties and are too weak to attack alone
However they could support a full strength guerrilla band attack

Two of his four corps have considerable battle casualties
He is organising reinforcements, but needs at least another three days to do so

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

24 July 1813 – Linares Campaign - Day 7

French corps redistribute supplies and casualties  
All four corps are short because supplies have to be moved to nearby depots
All corps receive battle casualty replacements

All four Spanish corps resupply and reorganise
2 and 4 guerrilla attack Abenojar.
2 guerrilla lose 100 and retire shaken
4 guerrilla capture Abenojar
Garrison lose 10% casualties and rout towards Probete
Guerrilla capture depot and three days supplies

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

23 July 1813 – Linares Campaign - Day 6


Suchet orders his four corps to rally, regroup and resupply
Supplies are moved from the main depot at Probe to Baylen
All six captured towns are now garrisoned and have supply depots

All four Spanish corps are now concentrated around Linares
Giron orders them to rally, regroup and resupply
There are insufficient supplies to bring all corps up to full strength
What supplies there are available need to be redistributed nearer to the corps
Guerrilla bands are ordered to take position to attack French supply columns

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

22 July 1813 – Linares Campaign - Day 5

8th and 16th corps occupy Baylen, rally and regroup
7th and 15th corps resupply
The French now hold six towns.
They detach one brigade to garrison each town

3rd and 4th Spanish corps retreat south
Giron orders all four corps to concentrate in and around Linares
All four corps are running short of supplies
They have also lost considerable supplies at the towns they have lost

1 guerrilla band attack Probate, and are repulsed shaken
However the garrison are unable to forage
Probate is the main supply depot, and all distribution is disrupted