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Friday, September 27, 2013

9th March 1814 - Battle of Le Boulou (2)

Peripignan Campaign Area 
2nd Spanish corps has orders to hold Le Boulou and resupply
20th French corps has orders to attack Le Boulou

French                                     Spanish        
16000 infantry                        16000 infantry                       
1000 cavalry                           1000 cavalry              
30 guns                                    30 guns
Table at start of wargame
2nd Spanish corps deployed in front of Le Boulou
20th French corps will enter centre top at the start of move 1
French cavalry deployed in line to protect the column
Move 1 – 0800 to 0900
Spanish move first, but wait to see what the French will do
French advance in the centre to keep the Spanish guessing
Move 2 – 0900 to 1000
French cavalry move to their right, remainder advance in centre
Spanish react and send their cavalry to counter French
The French are heavier and better than the Spanish cavalry
Left hand infantry brigade forms square in case the lancers lose melee
Move 3 – 1000 to 1100
French artillery unlimbers in centre; infantry advance either side of guns
Spanish infantry deploy either side of guns
Move 4 – 1100 to 1200
French complete deployment and infantry form column of attack
Spanish have 12 pounder guns that open on French artillery, no casualties
Move 5 – 1200 to 1300
French artillery manhandle into long range
Left flank advance, hopefully out of artillery range
Spanish guns fire on infantry, 10% casualties on rear brigade, pass morale
Move 6 – 1300 to 1400
French artillery now in range, fire on infantry, no casualties
Dragoons advance to tempt Spanish lancers to charge
Spanish artillery fire on infantry, now out of angle of fire
Lancers ignore French dragoons
Move 7 – 1400 to 1500
Spanish artillery fire on French gunners, no casualties
French artillery fire on infantry, no casualties
All infantry now advance
Dragoons advance
Move 8 – 1500 to 1600
Spanish lancers charge dragoons, who fail to counter charge
Spanish infantry deploy into line to meet French columns
Lancers win melee, dragoons withdraw shaken
French infantry continue to advance on their left
Move 9 – 1600 to 1700
Spanish lancers charge shaken dragoons, lose melee and retire shaken
Spanish artillery fire on infantry, no casualties
French infantry on right flank form square
French infantry on left flank advance and form line
Dragoons test morale for shaken, lose and rout
Nearby squares test morale for rout, lose and are shaken
Move 10 – 1700 to 1800
Spanish artillery fire on infantry, 10% casualties but pass morale test
Spanish lancers test morale for shaken, pass and become disordered
French infantry on left flank advance and skirmish, no casualties
French infantry on right flank pass morale for shaken become disordered
French dragoons pass morale test for rout become shaken

Move 11 – 1800 to 1900
Both sides concentrate on the infantry fire fight
First French brigade wins and Spanish line retreats shaken
Second Spanish brigade skirmish with second French line result a draw
French dragoons fail to rally from shaken
Move 12 – 1900 to 2000
First French brigade routs shaken Spanish brigade
Second Spanish brigade routs French line
French column fail their morale and join rout
French dragoons fail morale and rout

General Foy orders 20th French corps to retreat

Cavalry Melee
The Spanish artillery outrange the French
The French cavalry are heavier and better quality than the Spanish
The French tried to take advantage by tempting the Spanish to charge
When they did the French failed to counter charge (needed 2 or more, rolled 1)
Lost melee and retreated shaken
They never recovered from this melee and eventually routed

Game Casualties
French suffer 4,000 infantry casualties
They also have two infantry and one cavalry brigade in rout
Spanish suffer 2,400 infantry casualties
They also have one infantry brigade in rout

Game Summary
This was one of those games when one side, the French, could just do no right
Both sides were quite even regarding combat efficiency
The Spanish has longer range artillery
The French had better quality cavalry

The Spanish had average luck with their dice
Their artillery did more damage than the French gunners

The French rolled poor dice on every important test
Their artillery kept missing
They lost two infantry fire fights
They even lost the cavalry melee

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