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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

22 July 1813 – North Spain – Day 4

 

10 French army – occupy Laredo
11 French army – rally and regroup at Ramales
12 French army – attack Soncillo

1 British army – retreat to Santander
2 British army – rally and regroup at Medina
3 British army – defend Soncillo

Guerrillas
13 brigade – return to village
14 brigade – return to village
16 brigade – return to village
17 brigade – capture convoy and 6 days supplies
19 brigade – attack convoy but routed with 10% casualties

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

21 July 1813 – Battle of Loredo

Tactical map of battle area

The walled town of Laredo on the northern coast is on the road to Santander
It is held by Marshal Soult with the 10th French army
Wellington is determined to take it with the 1st British army

French army is commanded by Marshal Soult
British army is commanded by Duke of Wellington

French – 12 infantry brigades, 3 cavalry brigade, 3 corps artillery
British – 8 infantry brigades, 2 cavalry brigade, 2 corps artillery
Spanish – 5 infantry brigades, 1 cavalry brigade, 1 corps artillery
Table at start of battle

French will arrive bottom of table at start of move 1
28th young guard corps on the right
29th French corps in the centre
30th Polish corps on the left

British deployed in the centre of the table in front of Toledo
1st British corps in woods on the right
2nd British corps in the centre
7th Spanish corps in woods on the left
End of move 2

French advance
28th young guard corps advance towards woods on the right
29th French corps advance over hill towards farm in the centre
30th Polish corps advance towards woods on the left

British adjust to French approach
1st British corps cavalry advance on far right
2nd British corps cavalry advance in centre
7th Spanish corps cavalry advance far left
End of move 4

French advance
CinC takes command of right half of Polish corps
28th young guard corps advance
29th French corps advance to edge of hill covered by artillery and cavalry
30th Polish corps lose cavalry melee and retreat shaken

British withdraw as French approach
CinC takes command of village in centre
1st British corps withdraw into and behind woods
2nd British corps withdraw to rear of village
7th Spanish corps lose cavalry melee and rout, abandon forward quarter of woods

End of move 6

French continue to attack
28th young guard corps advance to attack woods
29th French corps artillery inflict 10% casualties on garrison of village
30th Polish corps attack woods, inflict 10% casualties in melee

British withdraw supports out of artillery range
1st British corps artillery advance
2nd British corps village garrison withdraw with 10% casualties
7th Spanish corps infantry brigade routed with 10% casualties, but rallies
End of move 8

French attack along the whole front
28th young guard corps fighting for woods and cavalry melee
29th French corps fighting for town and cavalry melee
30th Polish corps take three wood sections

British continue to fight, but forced to retire
1st British corps continue to hold all of woods
2nd British corps retreat to edge of village
7th Spanish corps retreat to last wood section
End of move 10

French take woods and village
28th young guard corps continue to attack woods on the right
29th French corps occupy village in the centre
30th Polish corps occupy woods on the left

British continue to hold woods on the right
1st British corps continue to hold all of woods on the right
2nd British corps prepare to counter attack village in the centre
7th Spanish corps abandon all of woods on the left

End of move 12

French capture all three objectives
28th young guard corps capture woods on the right
29th French corps capture and hold village in the centre
30th Polish corps capture and hold woods on the left

British lose all three objectives
1st British corps counter attack woods, but are driven off
2nd British corps counter attack village but fail to take it
7th Spanish corps abandon woods on left and retreat

Summary

Fighting continues to nightfall, but French take and hold all objectives
The Poles lose their artillery to British cavalry, but continue to hold woods on the left
British infantry make a determined counter attack on village, but fail to take it
British infantry are driven out of last section of woods on the right

The French have lost 4 infantry. 4 cavalry and 1 artillery casualties (2100 men)
The British have lost 12 infantry and 1 cavalry casualties (4900 men)
The Spanish have lost 7 infantry and 1 cavalry casualties (2900 men)

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

21 July 1813 – North Spain – Day 3

 

French attack Laredo
French occupy Ramales
10 French army – attack Laredo
11 French army – occupy Ramales
12 French army – rally and regroup at Villacayo

British retreat to Medina
Battle of Laredo
1 British army – defend Laredo
2 British army – retreat to Medina
3 British army – rally and regroup at Soncillo

Guerillas
14 brigade – abandon Ramales
16 brigade – capture convoy outside Sarautz
18 brigade – return to village
20 brigade – return to village
21 brigade – return to village

Friday, May 24, 2024

20 July 1813 – Battle of Ramales

 



Tactical map of battle area

11th French army has orders to attack Ramales
2nd British army has orders to move up to the border
They meet in an encounter battle

French army is commanded by Marshal Oudinot
British army is commanded by General Hill

French – 12 infantry brigades, 3 cavalry brigade, 3 corps artillery
British – 8 infantry brigades, 2 cavalry brigade, 3 corps artillery
Spanish – 5 infantry brigades, 1 cavalry brigade, 3 corps artillery

Table at start of battle

All of 2nd British army are on the table at the start of the game
4th corps is deployed in front of Ramales
General Hill is in the town with the garrison, 14 militia brigade
8th Spanish corps in on the left, 3rd British corps on the right

11th French army is off table at the start of the game
They will all arrive on table at the start of move 1

End of move 2

Marshal Oudinot is the centre with 32nd corps
31st French corps is moving through the woods on the right
32nd Westhalian corps is in the centre
33rd Italian corps in on the left

General Hill has taken command of the right half of 4th corps
3rd British corps is advancing towards the farm on the right
4th British corps is deployed either side of the main road in the centre
8th Spanish corps is climbing the hill on the left

End of move 4

Marshal Oudinot is the centre with 32nd corps
31st French corps has cleared the woods and is deploying out of artillery range
32nd Westhalian corps has also deployed out of artillery range
33rd Italian corps infantry advance towards hill, cavalry and artillery protect their flank

General Hill has taken command of the right half of 4th corps
3rd British corps is deployed either side of the farm, with one brigade occupying it
4th British corps wait for French to come within artillery range
8th Spanish corps is on the hill, cavalry and artillery between the hill and the woods

End of move 6

Marshal Oudinot takes command of 33rd corps cavalry and artillery
31st French corps cavalry lose melee and rout
32nd Westhalian corps advance towards woods
33rd Italian corps attack hill

General Hill retreats level with rear of woods
3rd British corps retreat level with 4th corps, cavalry rout French cavalry
4th British corps retreat level with rear of woods, woods held by rifle brigade
8th Spanish corps one brigade routs from hill
End of move 8

Marshal Oudinot moves 33 corps cavalry and artillery to support 32 corps
31st French corps cavalry lose second melee and rout again
32nd Westphalian cavalry lose melee and rout
33rd Italian corps capture hill

General Hill withdraws infantry to rear of woods
3rd British corps cavalry rout French cavalry again
4th British corps hold rear of woods, woods held by rifle brigade
8th Spanish corps rout from hill

End of move 10

Marshal Oudinot orders a general attack on woods and farm
31st French corps attack farm, gunners receive 10% casualties
32nd Westphalian infantry enter woods
33rd Italian corps secure hill

General Hill withdraws to area in front of town
3rd British corps hold farm
4th British corps hold rear of woods
8th Spanish corps continue to rout

End of move 12

Marshal Oudinot continues the attack farm and woods
31st French infantry skirmish inside farm
32nd Westphalian infantry skirmish inside woods
33rd Italian corps hold hill

General Hill continues to fight to defend farm and woods
3rd British corps skirmish inside farm
4th British corps skirmish inside woods
8th Spanish corps rally to left of town

Summary

At nightfall the French hold the hill, but fighting continues for the woods and farm
Difficult to decide who is the winner of the battle
Technically Wellington still holds two of the three objectives

However both the woods and the farm are disputed and fighting continues
The French have lost more cavalry
The British have lost more infantry, and abandoned all of their guns
So if a second day of battle was fought Wellington would have to retreat.

The French have lost 3 infantry, 6 cavalry and 1 artillery casualties (1900 men)
The British have lost 11 infantry and 3 cavalry casualties (4700 men)

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

20 July 1813 – North Spain – Day 2

 

French attack Ramales
French occupy Villacayo
10 French army – hold Sarautz
11 French army – attack Ramales
12 French army – occupy Villacayo

British move up to border
British retreat to Soncillo
1 British army – move up to border
2 British army – defend Ramales
3 British army – retreat to Soncillo

Guerillas
18 brigade – attack convoy outside Beasain
20 brigade – capture convoy outside Tolosa
21 brigade – move closer to border.

Thursday, May 9, 2024

19 July 1813 – Battle of Villacayo


Tactical map of battle area

The campaign opens with a surprise French attack on Villacayo
Their aim is to draw attention to the southern flank

French army is commanded by Marshal Marmont
British army is commanded by General Picton

French – 12 infantry brigades, 3 cavalry brigade, 3 corps artillery
British – 8 infantry brigades, 2 cavalry brigade, 2 corps artillery
Spanish – 4 infantry brigades, 1 cavalry brigade, 1 corps artillery

Table at start of battle

All three French corps will enter the table at the start of move 1
5 British and 9 Spanish corps will not be allowed to move until move 2
End of move 2

French cinc has taken command of artillery from 34 and 35 corps
34 corps has is advancing through the woods on the right
35 corps is advancing in the centre
36 corps is advancing to the right of the walled farm

British cinc has joined 6 corps in the centre
5 corps is moving towards farm on the right
6 corps hold the centre
9 corps advance towards the hill on the left
End of move 4

French cinc moves grand battery forward in the centre
34 corps has is deploying between the woods and the farm
35 corps is deploying out of artillery range
36 corps is moving to the left of the hill

British cinc has taken command of 6 and 9 corps cavalry centre left
5 corps has occupied the farm on the right
6 corps has withdrawn closer to the town
9 corps are climbing the hill on the left
End of move 6

French cinc grand battery opens fire, no casualties
34 corps advance to attack farm on the right
35 corps advance to attack town
36 corps occupy hill

British cinc reserve cavalry charge dragoons, lose melee and rout
5 corps wait for French to come within artillery range
6 corps artillery open fire, no casualties
9 corps retreat from hill
End of move 8

French cinc grand battery routs 5 corps gunners
34 corps retreat when their attack on farm is defeated
35 corps halt and allow 6 corps to retreat
36 corps secure hill

British cinc rally reserve cavalry in the allied rear area
5 corps hold farm and defeat French attack
6 corps retreat to town
9 corps redeploy in front of woods

Summary

The French have taken the centre and the hill on the left
The British have held the farm on the righ
Having taken two of the three game objectives the French win

The French have lost 6 infantry and 2 cavalry casualties (2600 men)
The British have lost 3 infantry, 3 cavalry and 1 artillery casualties (1600 men)

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

19 July 1813 – North Spain – Day 1

French attack Villacayo

10 French army – hold Sarautz
11 French army – hold Bergara
12 French army – attack Villacayo

1 British army – hold Laredo
2 British army – hold Ramales 3 British army – defend Villaca
3 British army – defend Villacayo