Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Battle of Torrente – Move 6

1300-1400 10 August 1813
  Table at the start of move 6

Top left – 4th Spanish corps move to the north of Torrente
Right – Italian corps in position between the farm and northern hill
Bottom – 3rd Spanish corps Halt facing the farm

  4th Spanish corps

General O’Donnell (Poor)
7 Command Points
Orders – move to north of Torrente
15th brigade advance 12” (double move) and form square to protect artillery
Artillery manhandle 2” towards enemy
14th brigade advance 6”
16th brigade advance 8”
Commandeer moves to centre of corps
O’Donnell has completed his redeployment north of Torrente
  16th Italian corps
General Severoli (Poor)
8 Command Points
Orders – Deploy between farm and hill
Artillery fire on enemy artillery (total 6 – no casualties)
8th brigade occupy farm
6th and 7th brigades about turn and retire 2”
Severoli is moving his battle line back out of artillery range
Not sufficient CP to withdraw cavalry
3rd Spanish corps

General Rosche (Average)
6 Command Points
Orders – Move to farm
Artillery fire on farm (total 7 – no casualties)
Rosche changes orders to “Move to east of Farm”
11th brigade advance 6”
10th brigade turn right and advance 4”
Rosche is moving his corps to the right to outflank farm

Game Notes
Neither Spanish commander is prepared to commit to a frontal attack, and with good reason.   The Spanish are mostly poor quality troops, and any casualties to enemy artillery might well cause the whole corps to rout before they could get within range.
By moving to his right Rosche hopes to be able to attack the farm with superior numbers, and without being exposed to the enemy artillery.   He also hopes to force Severoli to move some of his corps to counter the move, leaving less to face O’Donnell when he attacks.
Severoli is quite happy for the Spanish to waste time redeploying.   Each move is one closer to nightfall when he can retreat towards Lerida.
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