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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

27 March 1813 – Battle of Morales

Tactical map of battle area

Background to battle
Encounter battle with both corps on attack orders
French - 16000 infantry, 1000 cavalry, 30 guns
British – 12000 infantry, 1000 cavalry, 30 guns

Table at start of wargame

Because the battle is being fought at the bottom of the map, it will also be on the edge of the wargames table.  So I will put the top three squares on the bottom, thus moving the town to the centre of the table.

Both French and British deploy north of the town
Both send an infantry brigade into the town
Artillery fire on town
British infantry suffer 10% casualties, pass morale test
Leading brigades skirmish inside town
Both send second brigade to support
French win skirmish, British brigade shaken with 20% casualties
Artillery are unable to fire into the town
Exchange counter battery fire, but no casualties.

French win skirmish fight for possession of the town
Second British brigade moves through shaken brigade
Shaken brigade fail morale and rout
Skirmish fight continues in the town
Neither side will give way
French artillery manhandles forward
British cavalry suffer 10% casualties

One British brigade is in rout
Their cavalry have suffered artillery casualties
It is clear to the British commander that he can not hope to take Morales
He orders a general retreat to avoid further casualties
The British have lost 800 infantry and one brigade in rout
The French have not suffered any casualties

The French have won the battle of Morales
However this is only one of three battles fought today

Battle Summary
The French outnumbered the British by four brigades to three
Both corps have orders to attack Morales
Both send infantry into the town
The French artillery hit the British brigade.
There is an intense skirmish fight for possession of the town
Both corps send a second brigade into the town
The British suffer further casualties during the skirmish fight
A second brigade replaces the shaken British brigade
As the skirmish continues the shaken brigade routs
The French artillery manhandle forward and fire on the British cavalry
The horsemen receive 10% casualties but pass their morale
The British commander orders his corps to retreat to avoid further casualties
British suffer 800 casualties
French do not receive any casualties

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