Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Battle of Torrente – Move 2

0900-1000 10 August 1813
  Table at the start of move 2

Top left – 4th Spanish corps approach Torrente
Centre – Italian cavalry cover corps withdrawal
Bottom – 3rd Spanish corps follow Italian retreat
  4th Spanish corps

General O’Donnell (Poor)
8 Command Points
Orders – move to Torrente

O’Donnell orders his 13th brigade to enter the town
His artillery are out of range and man handle the guns towards the enemy
14th brigade form square to protect the gunners
15th brigade advance towards the town
O’Donnell then moves to command range of the guerrilla brigade and orders them to abandon their ambush position and rejoin the main corps
He is delighted to find that the Italians have abandoned their supply depot in Torrente

  16th Italian corps
General Severoli (Poor)
8 Command Points
Orders – move to Lerida road

Severoli has managed to break contact with both Spanish corps.
However he must now establish a defence position until nightfall
He orders 7th brigade to move to the farm and occupy it
The other two brigades, and the corps artillery, will deploy to the right of the farm
His cavalry have completed their task of covering the withdrawal
He orders them to take position on the right of the new line
He is pleased that the withdrawal has been completed without any casualties

3rd Spanish corps

General Rosche (Average)
7 Command Points
Orders – Move to farm

Rosche must follow the Italian’s as quickly as possible
He is also aware of the threat from the enemy cavalry
He orders his artillery to take post on the right, opposite the farm
11th brigade form square to the right of the gunners to protect them
9th and 10th brigade advance to the left of the artillery
Rosche is pleased to see the enemy cavalry withdraw
It is difficult to advance against cavalry with poor quality infantry.

Game Notes
The new Command Points are working well
All three commanders have sufficient CP to move their corps as required.
All brigades have sufficient CP to carry out their orders, at least until they start to receive casualties.

Being a wargame the Italian corps could easily continue to retreat and avoid battle.   However this would be unfair to the Spanish.  To give the Spanish a chance to bring their superior numbers to bear the Italian’s will have to hold the farm until nightfall (10 more game moves

Wargame rules can be found at

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