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Saturday, August 15, 2015

15 March 1813 – Battle of Serrejon

Tactical map of battle area

Background to battle
French surprise attack
Spanish – 20000 infantry, 30 guns
French – 16000 infantry, 1000 cavalry, 30 guns

Table at start of wargame

 All Spanish start on the table
16 Italian corps arrive start of move 1
Italians have moved behind woods to deploy opposite valley
Cavalry, supported by one brigade, sent to pin Spanish on left hill
Spanish have moved their artillery to the centre of valley
One infantry brigade remains on left hand hill
Town garrison has been sent to support them
Militia remains in town 

The main Italian attack is on the left, two infantry brigades supported by cavalry
The Spanish artillery concentrate on the brigade moving through the woods
They inflict 10% casualties, and the infantry rout
The French artillery return fire, but are less effective

The Spanish gunners pound the left hand attack
They rout the cavalry and one infantry brigade
The second brigade are shaken, and then routed by Spanish volley fire
On the opposite flank the Italian infantry rout the right hand Spanish brigade

The Italians have lost  three infantry and one cavalry brigades.
They have routed one Spanish brigade, but are too weak to continue
The Spanish have lost 1200 infantry and one brigade in rout
The French have lost 2000 infantry and 100 cavalry, and have four brigades in rout

The Spanish gunners have won the day
For the loss of one infantry brigade they have broken the Italian attack

Battle Summary
The Spanish occupied a weak position well in front of Serrejon
The main Italian attack was on their left flank
Two infantry brigades, supported by a cavalry brigade, attacked the hill
The Spanish gunners provided very effective support
They routed one infantry brigade and the cavalry
The remaining infantry brigade was defeated in a firefight with the Spanish infantry
A less well coordinated attack was launched on the opposite flank
One brigade was routed as they moved through the woods
The other brigade, supported by artillery, broke the right hand Spanish brigade
But by then the Italians had lost too many casualties to continue their attack
The Spanish lost 1200 infantry and one brigade in rout
The Italians lost 2000 infantry and 100 cavalry, plus four brigades in rout

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