Sunday, March 25, 2012

Second Miravat – Move 5

1200-1300 12 August 1813

  Table at the start of move 5
Top Left – 2nd Spanish corps hold left of the river Ebro
Top Centre – 8th French corps have rallied their cavalry behind infantry squares
Bottom Centre – British cavalry have moved within charge range of enemy artillery

  8th French corps

General Harispe (Average)
12 Command Points
Orders – Hold Miravat
British cavalry declare opportunity charge on French gunners (total 4 – pass and charge)
Gunners test morale to evade to nearby square (total 6 – pass and evade)
British cavalry quarter distance (4”) and halt
Lancers move around infantry to face British cavalry flank
21st brigade move to edge of town
32nd brigade retreat out of lancers line of charge
Harispe moves to centre of corps
30th brigade move in square 2” towards British cavalry
30th brigade fire on cavalry (total 4 – no casualties)

  5th British corps
General Murray (Poor)
9 Command Points
Orders – Engage Miravat
French lancers declare opportunity charge on British cavalry (total 2 – fail to charge)
Artillery fire on 30th French (square with gunners inside) (total 9 – one casualty)
30th French test morale for second casualty (total 2 – fail and shaken)
British cavalry turn to face French lancers
5th and 7th brigades advance 6”
Murray moves to centre of corps
6th and 8th brigades advance 6”
5th brigade skirmish 30th French (total 7 – one casualty)
30th French test morale for third casualty (total 2 – fail and remain shaken)

French lancers fail to charge flank of British cavalry

In certain circumstances cavalry can declare an opportunity charge at the start of the enemy turn.  They do not need orders to do so, but they do need to pass a morale test.

During this game the British cavalry were able to charge the flank of the enemy gunners.   They passed their test and charged. 

The gunners passed their test to evade and ran to the nearby square.   The cavalry have to complete one third of their charge and then halt.

In doing so they exposed their right flank to the French lancers.
They declared an opportunity charge at the start of the British move
They failed their morale test and were unable to opportunity charge.

Rule 6 deals with opportunity charges

Game Notes

2nd Spanish corps have received orders to hold west end of bridge and cannot join the attack on Miravat.

30th French infantry brigade have survived two morale tests in one move
They received artillery casualties and passed their morale test
They then received infantry skirmish casualties and again passed their morale test.
Had they broken and routed, the gunners inside the square would also have routed.

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