Defenders of Spain

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Defenders of Spain

Postby FredericktheGreat » Sun Feb 02, 2014 6:19 pm

De la Cuesta lounged across the chair and footstool eating cheese and sipping a rather timid Beaujolais. He winced as he took another sip. "It really just is not fair he muttered. "Madrid, ah Madrid has fine Spanish wine, if only I had access to my winter chalet" he muttered to nobody in particular. Then it struck him! Brilliant! A short sharp campaign and a rapid advance on Madrid should do the trick. The French are currently spread out and its not like he had to hold Madrid for long, just long enough to liberate the 12 bottles of his best wine hidden in his winter chalet.

The advance went well and the Spanish were soon only a few miles from Madrid itself, when King Joseph's army finally caught up with the rather spirited Spanish force. Something King Joseph mentioned as a surprising anomaly in Cuesta's case. Still the Spanish had almost humbugged the French and it was only a timely forced march on the part of Sebastiani's that intervened in Cuesta's rapid advance.

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Flanked by low hills both sides deployed in the fertile valley (one of the few in Spain) with the Spanish Militia garrisoning the town, flanked by the Spanish line and Spanish Foreign line divisions. Behind these were the Spanish Grenadier and Provincial Divisions with the Spanish cavalry protecting the Spanish left flank and the Guerrillas the Spanish right.

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The French deployed 4th Corps Light Cavalry Division under La Salle to the left of the French line, with the Reserve/Legion division next and the German division next to the Reserve. To the right and rear was the Madrid Reserve Corps directly under King Joseph's command. The Spanish Royal infantry division and the Spanish Royal cavalry division.

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The battle began as expected with the French dominating the initiatives against the "Gilded Patriot" Cuesta. The Spanish Guerrillas forces took the convent in the centre and the village to the far right of the Spanish line while the Guerrillas cavalry sped across the valley in an effort to harrass the French Legions. These were quickly chased away by a regiment of Chasseurs in skirmish and the convent was assaulted by the Reserve Divisions Light Battalion, just! However because of the "To the Knife" rule a full base of Spanish Guerrillas infantry was lost in the bitter fighting in the convent.

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An attack launched by the French using the German Division quickly bogged down in Turn 2 as Joseph began interfering in the details of the attack, much to Mashall Jourdan's frustration. Cuesta quickly realised the vulnerability of the German division, attacking isolated as it was and launched the Grenadier Division in support of the Foreign line division. The premier German regiment was thrown back by a regiment of Spanish Light and Swiss and the regimental screens of the other 3 regiments suffered from canister fire from 3 batteries. Things were not looking good for the French and this was only turn two.

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Re: Defenders of Spain

Postby blossy » Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:09 am

Looking forward to the rest of the battle report.
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Re: Defenders of Spain

Postby FredericktheGreat » Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:02 am

The battle between the Germans and Spanish foreign division ranged on into the next turn. The Spanish divisional general leading another charge against the beleaguered Nassauers, was killed just as his Swiss troops threw back the Germans. A Dutch regiments counter-attack stopped any further aggression by the foreign division but this time cost the Germans their divisional general.

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Once again King Joseph was see interfering in Marshal Jourdan's battle plans, (Another 6 was rolled at the start of the command phase, switching Jourdan and his initiative rating out and placing him with a much lesser commander for the turn - King Joseph! The divisional skirmish battalion of the Confederation of the Rhine division did manage to finally silence the Spanish 8# battery.

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Turn 4 saw the Guerrilos cavalry get destroyed along with a battalion of skirmishes as Lassalle's cavalry and supporting Horse batteries focused on clearing the annoying Guerrilllos from the flank. In the centre De Zayas Superior division of Spanish attacked the French Legion/Reserve Division on the hill with great success.

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After an initial setback by the furious charge of a French regiment of Swiss and the telling fire by the Paris National guard and Irish Legion, both of which resulted in the retreat of a Spanish Line regiment, the Spanish Lights attacked the Hanoverian legion routing them and also attacked the much weakend Swiss and routed them as well as killing the Legion's Divisional general.

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In the centre the Royal Spanish division was unleashed in an effort to redeem the situation, which it did smartly, routing the Spanish Grenadiers and plugging the gap left by the retreat of the German Confederation division after being attacked by both the Foreign and grenadier divisions.

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The Royal Spanish cavalry divsion was also released to stabilise the situation on the French right flank, the La Mancha Lancers running down a Spanish foreign regiment and a Spanish Light Cavalry regiment, while the Royal Spanish Guard Light Cavalry regiment cut through both a Spanish Heavy and Light Cavalry regiment.

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The brave efforts of the Royal Spanish infantry and Cavalry divisions was not enough to stem the tide. At the end of the battle the Spanish cavalry division was broken but because of the size of the Spanish army it could not fail army morale. On the other hand the French outnumbered by the Spanish but arrogant enough to fight them anyway, suffered for their hubris! The German division and Legion/reserve division were broken and needing a 5 or 6 to fail army morale I rolled a 5, thus ending the battle and very much proving that a Spanish army can beat the French in Grand Battles Napoleon. Granted the only actual French in the table were the Paris National Guard and 3 French Light Cavalry regiments and granted the Spanish outnumbered the French by about 20% extra in points, but that said the French never ever really threatened the Spanish army.

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Well done De LA Cuesta, enjoy the wine in Madrid while you can!
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