Monday, January 16, 2012

Battle of Torrente – Move 1

0800-0900 10 August 1813
   Table at the start of move 1
Top left – 4th Spanish corps move towards Torrente
Centre – 16th Italian corps withdraw to concentrate top right
Bottom – 3rd Spanish corps deployed to cover Flix (off table)
  16th Italian corps
General Severoli (Poor)
9 Command Points
Orders – move to Lerida road
Severoli is fortunate that he moves first.  
He has sufficient command points to move all of his widely spread brigades
First he orders his main body to move towards the main road
He then moves within command range (8”) of the brigades at Torrente
He orders the infantry to retire east and the cavalry to delay 3rd Spanish corps
The cavalry move south of the town and deploy in line facing 3rd Spanish corps
Severoli has done well to move his corps out of danger
 4th Spanish corps
General O’Donnell (Poor)
8 Command Points
Orders– move to Torrente
O’Donnell expected to have to fight to take Torrente
He is advancing in column of attack, which is slower than column of march
He is also concerned that the Italian cavalry might turn on his infantry
He orders one brigade to occupy the town
His artillery move to the south and unlimber to engage the enemy cavalry
His second brigade moves to support the guns
He has too few CP to move within command range of his guerrilla brigade
O’Donnell has failed to prevent the enemy withdrawing safely
3rd Spanish corps
General Rosche (Average)
7 Command Points
Orders – Hold Flix road
Rosche is one of the best Spanish commanders
But he was not very lucky with his CP roll
He was not expecting the Italians to retreat and is badly deployed
Because the enemy moved first his artillery are out of range
First he must order his corps to advance in pursuit
He changes his orders to Move (towards retreating enemy)
First he orders his two brigades in line to form column of attack
His artillery limber and advance
His three infantry brigades advance with the artillery
Rosche is disappointed that he has been unable to fire on the enemy
Game Notes
All three corps have been able to take multiple moves because they are more than 16” from the enemy
 Rule 7 refers
16th Italian corps has two widely spread sections, and the commander has had to move to be within command range (8”) to issue orders to both sections.   Rule 3 refers
All three corps have had sufficient CP for both the commander and each brigade, because none have yet suffered any casualties   New Rule refers
They have also taken advantage of corps moves to make maximum use of available CP to move closer to the enemy.   Rule 3 refers
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