Sunday, April 22, 2012

Battle of Cambrils – Move 3

1000-1100 14 August 1813
  table at start of move 3

Top – Spanish corps advance screened from 7th French corps by the hills
Bottom – British surprised to find 17th Spanish corps approaching from Tortosa

  2nd Spanish corps
General Elio (Poor)
9 Command Points
Orders – Move to Cambrils
5th brigade advance 6”
Artillery advance 8”
6th and 8th brigades advance 8”
6th, 7th and 8th brigades form column of attack

Marshal Suchet (Gifted)
6 Command Points
Change 7th corps orders to “Move to right of hill”
Move to join and take command of 7th dragoons
Move with 7th dragoons to join 17th corps
Place 7th dragoons under command of 17th corps

  7th French corps
General Munsier (Average)
8 Command Points
Orders – Move to right of hill
25th brigade move to right edge of hill and spot 2nd Spanish corps
Artillery limber and move 16”
26th and 27th brigades turn right and advance 8”

  17th French corps
General Halbert (Average)
11 Command Points
Orders – Move towards British
Assume command of 7th dragoons
Artillery advance 7” and unlimber
24th brigade advance 12” and form square
22nd brigade advance 16” and form column of attack
23rd brigade (in square) advance 2”

5th British corps

General Murray (Poor)
9 Command Points
Orders – Move to Cambrils
5th brigade form column of attack and advance 6”
6th brigade advance 8” and form square
7th and 8th brigade advance 8” and form column of attack
Commander moves to centre of corps

Captain-General Copons (Poor)
3 Command Points
Move to join 2nd corps
(not enough CP to change their orders)

Game Notes
Both sides have again made use of multiple moves to deploy.
Multiple moves are allowed providing there is no enemy within 16”
Rule 5 covers movement

Marshal Suchet has moved 5th dragoons from 7th to 17th corps
This is so that 17th corps can match the combined Spanish and British cavalry brigades facing them

Suchet has also ordered 7th corps to move to the right of the hill.  
This is to protect the Mora road, as 16th corps are now approaching Cambrils

 Both the British and Spanish commanders thought that they would only have to face 7th French corps.   They were not expecting 17th French corps to arrive from Tortosa.

 17th French corps arrived with campaign orders to move towards the farm, which is directly towards the British.

Suchet is aware that 1st Spanish corps is somewhere in the area of Tortosa, but has no indication of whether they are following 17th corps towards Cambrils.  

He must now decide whether to fight a holding battle to allow 16th Italian corps to retreat through Cambrils, and then follow them north.  Or whether to attempt to defeat the allied army before reinforcements can arrive from Tortosa or Mora.  If he attacks the British, but fails to beat them, and Spanish reinforcements arrive his whole army could be destroyed.

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