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Thursday, July 31, 2014

1st April 1814 – Battle of Olot

Olot Campaign area

Spanish have orders to halt and resupply
French have orders to attack

Spanish             52,200 infantry            2000 cavalry                  120 guns
French               40,000 infantry            3000 cavalry                  90 guns

Spanish HQ     halt
1 corps              halt on hold
2 corps              move C05, D05 on attack
3 corps              halt on hold
4 corps              halt on hold
6 guerrilla        move to H09

French HQ       move F07, E07 with 6 corps
6 corps              move F07, E07 on attack
12 corps            move F06, E06 on engage
24 corps           move F08, E08 on attack

Table at start of wargame

Spanish Brigades        13 infantry      2 cavalry           4 artillery
French Brigades          10 infantry      3 cavalry           3 artillery

Spanish HQ                    arrive E06 move 2
1 corps                             arrive E06 move 2
2 corps                             arrive E06 move 6
3 corps                             start E07
4 corps                             start E08
6 guerrilla                       move away from battle

French HQ                      start G07
6 corps                             start G07
12 corps                           start G06
24 corps                           start G08

Move 1 – 0800 to 0900
French advance in column of march
4 Spanish retreat into town and send 12 brigade back to 3 Spanish

Move 2 – 0900 to 1000
4 Spanish and 24 French spot each other and place figures on table
3 Spanish place figures on table to deploy artillery
1 Spanish arrives and is ordered to occupy southern hill
Spanish CinC arrives and joins 3 Spanish

Move 3 – 1000 to 1100
4 Spanish deploys artillery between town and hill
24 French start to deploy
12 French advance and spot 1 Spanish in column of march
1 Spanish deploy cavalry and continue to move onto hill
Move 4 – 1100 to 1200
The table has been moved to the left to allow 2 Spanish space to enter
2 Spanish arrives on the left
3 Spanish artillery hit infantry, 10% casualties, pass morale test
4 Spanish ordered to hold town

Move 5 – 1200 to 1300
2 Spanish ordered to deploy between 1 and 3 Spanish
12 French infantry skirmish square, 10% casualties, pass morale test

Move 6 – 1300 to 1400
2 Spanish ordered to Engage
3 Spanish artillery hit infantry, 20% casualties, who fail morale and are Shaken
24 French infantry win skirmish and rout infantry with 10% casualties
Move 7 – 1400 to 1500
24 French artillery hit garrison, 10% casualties, who pass morale test
24 French cavalry charge limbered artillery who lose 40% and rout
24 French cavalry fail to rally, charge nearby infantry who lose 10% and are shaken
6 French shaken infantry fail morale and rout, nearby infantry and gunners are shaken
12 French ordered to attack hill
12 French infantry rout square with 30% casualties, supports shaken
12 French cavallry charge and rout dragoons with 20% casualties

Spanish CinC orders a general retreat

Game Casualties
French lose 3600 infantry, 600 cavalry and 400 gunners
Spanish lose 800 infantry

Game Summary
Three French corps launch a surprise attack on three Spanish corps
A fourth Spanish corps moves to support, but arrives too late to make any difference
The Spanish hold a line of hills and the town
Most of the fighting is on the southern hill and the town
As the French gain the upper hand the Spanish retreat

Total casualties, including from earlier battles,  at the end of the battle
French have 800 casualties 1 brigades in rout
Spanish have  3,600 casualties 4 brigades in rout