Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Battle of Torrente – Move 5

1200-1300 10 August 1813
  Table at the start of move 5
Top left – 4th Spanish corps move to the north of Torrente
Right – Italian corps take up position between the farm and northern hill
Bottom – 3rd Spanish corps advancing towards the farm
  16th Italian corps
General Severoli (Poor)
6 Command Points
Orders – Deploy between farm and hill
Artillery fire on Spanish infantry (total 10 – 1 casualty - but out of range by 1”)
6th brigade about turn and form line
Cavalry form line
Severoli moves within command range (8”) of farm
8th brigade move into farm
Redeployment almost complete
  4th Spanish corps

General O’Donnell (Poor)
6 Command Points
Orders – move to north of Torrente
16th brigade move 16” (double move)
14th brigade form column of attack from square and advance 6”
Commander moves to centre of corps
13th brigade move into town
O’Donnell has now concentrated his corps ready to advance north of the town
3rd Spanish corps

General Rosche (Average)
7 Command Points
Orders – Move to farm
Artillery fire on Italian infantry (total 7 – no casualty)
Rosche changes corps orders to Halt
9th brigade retire 3” facing enemy 

Game Notes
The rules do not allow us to measure ranges, so we have to fire and then measure to confirm if in range.   Italian artillery had scored a hit, but when measured were 17” from target – just 1” out of range.

Although the Spanish guns are only 6 pounders, they are just within range of the nearest Italian brigade.   Severoli will have to consider withdrawing this brigade out of range.

Rosche has halted his 3rd corps out of artillery range to wait for 4th corps to begin their advance.   This will also give him the opportunity to move around the left flank of the Italians rather than attack into the enemy artillery.   There are seven more moves, so plenty of time to launch the final attack.
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