Thursday, February 23, 2012

Battle of Tortosa – Move 8

1900-2000 10 August 1813

  Table at the start of move 8

Left – Spanish in position to hold the bridge
Right – French advancing but still out of musket range

  1st Spanish corps

General del Parque (Average)
9 Command Points
Orders – Hold bridge
Artillery fire on 22nd French (total 3 – no casualties)
4th infantry retreat 8” onto bridge
1st infantry move 2” to left in square to protect cavalry
Artillery manhandle 2” back towards bridge
3rd infantry test morale for shaken (total 3 – pass become disordered)

  17th French corps

General Halbert (Average)
8 Command Points
Orders – Engage enemy
Artillery fire on Spanish gunners (total 5 – no casualties)
22nd 23rd and 24th infantry advance 6”
Halbert moves to centre of corps
Artillery manhandle 2” forward
24th infantry skirmish with 1st Spanish (total 6 – one casualty)
1st Spanish test morale for first casualty (total 3 – pass remain formed)

Marshal Suchet (Gifted)
5 Command Points
Moves to join Halbert
Change corps orders to Hold

Game Notes
Del Parque has managed to withdraw his corps to the bridge
He has suffered light casualties, but all of his brigades have held their morale

Halbert has pushed the Spanish back to the bridge
Night has robbed him of the opportunity to press home his attack
He has inflicted light casualties on the enemy, and received none himself
He is well placed to attack again at first light

Suchet has ordered Halbert to halt and hold his position
He is not prepared to risk casualties so late in the day
He is confident of victory if the Spanish do not retreat over night.

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Table at end of game
Left        Spanish infantry in position in front of bridge
                 Spanish cavalry in reserve protected by square
                 Shaken infantry on bridge have rallied

Right       French infantry brigade skirmish with Spanish square
                 French cavalry unable to advance due to enemy square
                 Remainder of French corps have halted out of musket range

Game Result
17th French corps have not had sufficient time to close with the enemy
They have achieved a victory of sorts by driving the Spanish back to the bridge
They have not received any casualties during the battle.

1st Spanish corps have managed to hold the bridge
By a timely retreat they have avoided a major battle and probable defeat
They have suffered 2 infantry and one cavalry casualty
At nightfall all of their brigades are formed

This was an indecisive French victory

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