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Sunday, July 31, 2016

02 May 1813 – North Spain

3rd  British corps occupy Medina

Wellington orders 2nd and 4th corps to attack Tordesillas
The attack fails and he retreats to Toro
British lose 4300 casualties, 9 guns and 4 brigades in rout
French lose 2800 casualties and 2 brigades in rout
However Soult can not follow up because 3rd British corps hold Medina

British convoy with 5 days supplies arrive at Zamora

16th Italian corps retreat after losing battle of Medina, take 2 days supplies with them

French convoy with 5 days supplies arrive at Valladolid

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

02 May 1813 – Battle of Tordesillas

Tactical map of battle area
Having won the diversion battle at Medina, Wellington now orders 2nd and 4th corps to carry out the main attack on Tordesillas.

Soult has deployed 8th French and 13th Polish corps to hold the city.

British – 32000 infantry, 2000 cavalry, 60 guns
French – 32000 infantry, 2000 cavalry, 60 guns
Table at start of wargame
Wellington (left) does not have sufficient space to deploy his two corps
Both will have to advance to deploy
Soult has a similar problem, though the woods will provide good cover to defend

Wellington deployed his two corps to attack either side of the farm and woods.  However the French infantry advanced to occupy the farm and woods
The weakest British infantry had been positioned behind these two features
The stronger brigades, who had been tasked to carry out the flank attacks, had to be redeployed to meet this unexpected French attack.
In doing so one of the two rifle brigades received artillery casualties

The melee for the farm (left) is undecided.   Wellington has changed the orders of 4th corps to Attack, hoping to achieve a decisive result.  However the French prove just as determined.

In the centre the the result is uneven.  The British infantry hold the top left section and the French retire shaken.   However the French take the top right section and rout the Portuguese brigade, who in turn rout the British brigade in support.  

On the right the French lancers charge the artillery, forcing the gunners to take shelter in the nearby squares.

The battle is not decided, but it is not looking good for the British.

Both armies are now on attack orders, and there is a period of intense fighting.

On the left 4th British corps hold the farm and rout the attacking Polish infantry.

On the right 8th French corps take the woods and rout four of the six brigades of 2nd British corps.

With the loss of 2nd British corps Wellington orders 4th corps to cover their retreat and to occupy and hold Toro

The British have lost 43000 casualties and 9 guns, four brigades are in rout
The French have lost 28000 casualties and two brigades are in rout