Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Battle of Torrente – Move 11

1800-1900 10 August 1813
Table at the start of move 11
Top left – 4th Spanish corps advance in square towards Italian cavalry
Right – Italian corps have suffered casualties to garrison and right hand brigade
Bottom – 3rd Spanish corps are winning skirmish for farm
  16th Italian corps
General Severoli (Poor)
9 Command Points
Orders – Hold Farm
Artillery retreat 8”
7th brigade advance 2” and volley fire on 9th and 10th Spanish (total 8 - 7th brigade win)
7th brigade lose one casualty and are disordered
9th Spanish lose one casualty, retire 4” and are shaken
10th Spanish lose one casualty, retire 4” and are shaken
8th brigade (in farm) skirmish 10th Spanish (total 2 – no casualty)

 3rd Spanish corps

General Rosche (Average)
9 Command Points
Orders– Engage Enemy
Change corps orders to “Hold”
Artillery are out of command range and unable to fire
General move to command range (8” of artillery)
Artillery limber and move 4” towards main corps
General return to centre of corps
10th brigade skirmish with farm (total 2 – no casualty)
9th brigade test morale for shaken (total 3 – rally to disordered)
11th brigade test morale for shaken (total 1 – fail remain shaken

4th Spanish corps
General O’Donnell (Poor)
8 Command Points
Orders – Engage Enemy
Artillery fire on enemy cavalry (total 12 – one casualty)
Italian cavalry test morale for casualty (total 4 – pass test)
13th brigade turn left and advance 3”
14th and 15th brigade advance 2” in square
Artillery manhandle 2” towards enemy
Commander moves to command range of 16th brigade
16th brigade advance 4” on hill
Commander returns to centre of corps 
Game Notes
Rather than leave the advantage to the Spanish Severoli orders his battered 7th brigade to advance to volley range (2”) and fire on the two Spanish brigades skirmishing with him.   He wins the volley exchange and the two enemy brigades retire 4” with two casualties and are shaken.   7th brigade suffers a third casualty and are disordered.   The gamble has paid off.

Severoli is fortunate that there is only one more move to nightfall.   His cavalry have suffered casualties, as have the garrison of the farm.   His 7th brigade has three casualties and are likely to rout if they have to test their morale.   If one of his brigades fail morale and rout it is very likely that his whole corps will fall apart.
He is retreating his artillery in preparation for a general retreat at nightfall.
Rule 12 covers infantry volley combat
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