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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

07 June 1813 – Battle of Castanar

Tactical map of battle area
16th Italian corps attack Castanar
4th Spanish corps is deployed just north of the town
The town is held by 4 militia brigade

Spanish – 16000 infantry, 30 guns
French – 12000 infantry, 1000 cavalry, 30 guns
Table at start of wargame
4th Spanish corps is deployed just north of the town
4 militia brigade is in the town
16th Italian corps is approaching off table centre left
It will arrive on the table at the start of move 1

The Italians have deployed ready to attack the Spanish
1st division and cavalry brigade is on the right
2nd division on the left

The Italian artillery prove ineffective and Harispe orders a general attack
As the infantry advance 5 brigade (left) suffer 10% casualties but keep their morale
6 and 7 brigades (right) storm the woods and each suffer 10% casualties
However they rout 13 Spanish brigade who are holding the woods
As the Italian hussars advance they also suffer artillery casualties
They pass their morale test, charge and rout the Spanish gunners.

The Italians take light casualties but press home their attack
The Spanish lose one infantry brigade and their gunners
General Longa orders a general retreat to avoid the destruction of his corps

The Italians have lost 1300 casualties
The Spanish have lost 2600 casualties and have infantry and gunners in rout

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