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Thursday, July 24, 2014

1st April 1814 – Battle of Savaltiere

Savaltiere Campaign area

British have orders to hold
French have orders to engage and attack

British  40,000 infantry               3000 cavalry                    90 guns
French  44.000 infantry               2900 cavalry                    90 guns

British HQ            move to C06                                                                  
1 corps                 halt on hold
2 corps                 halt on hold
3 corps                 move to E04 on hold
4 corps                 halt on hold
5 guerrilla            move to F06
6 guerrilla            move to G04

French HQ           move to E07 with 5 corps                            
5 corps                 move E07                                                        
11 corps               halt on hold                      
17 corps               move F05, E05 on engage                           
23 corps               move G05, F05 on attack   
Table at start of wargame

British Brigades              10 infantry         3 cavalry             3 artillery
French Brigades              11 infantry         3 cavalry             3 artillery

British HQ            arrive E05 move 9            march to sound of the guns
1 corps                 not involved                       pin 11 French
2 corps                 start in E05                         start on table
3 corps                 arrive E04 move 8            march to sound of the guns
4 corps                 arrive E05 move 3            march to sound of the guns
5 guerrilla            start in G05                        avoid if possible
6 guerrilla            not involved                       avoid battle

French HQ           arrive G06 move 3            march to sound of the guns                        
5 corps                 arrive G06 move 3            march to sound of the guns                        
11 corps               not involved                       pin 1 British
17 corps               arrive G05 move 1            open attack
23 corps               arrive G04 move 1            open attack

Move 1 – 0800 to 0900
17 French is spotted by the guerrilla, but unaware of them
23 French advance, not spotted nor aware of the guerrilla
2 British prepare to move to south, send cavalry to recce

Move 2 – 0900 to 1000
17 and 23 French continue to advance
Guerrilla fire on 17 French, no casualties
2 British move south

Move 3 – 1000 to 1100
Marshal Soult arrives with 5 French corps
17 and 23 French deploy into column of attack
17 French send two brigades to engage guerrilla
French and Guerrilla skirmish, no casualties
2 British deploy and withdraw cavalry
4 British arrive and advance through town

Move 4 – 1100 to 1200 - photo lost
All corps are spotted and blinds replaced by figures
4 British corps deploy north of the cross roads
2 British corps deploy south of the cross roads
Guerrillas flee south without any casualties
They have ambushed and delayed 17 French corps
5 French corps is ordered to engage the town

Move 5 – 1200 to 1300 - photo lost
French withdraw cavalry and deploy infantry and artillery
British continue to deploy to hold town

Move 6 – 1300 to 1400
4 British infantry enter town
23 French ordered to hold farm
Guerrillas hide in hills
17 French artillery hit cavalry, 10% casualties, pass morale test
Move 7 – 1400 to 1500
23 French ordered to hold farm, redeploy cavalry and artillery
4 British artillery hit gunners, 10% casualties, pass morale test

Move 8 – 1500 to 1600
3 British arrive on table
22 French redeploy to counter 3 British
2 British artillery hit gunners, 10% casualties, pass morale test.
5 and 17 French outnumber 4 British north of road
2 and 3 British outnumber 23 French south of road
British artillery have damaged French artillery
Move 9 – 1600 to 1700
Wellington arrives and orders 2 British to engage farm
3 British spotted and move against French left flank
4 British artillery hit infantry, 10% casualties, pass morale test
17 French skirmish the town, no casualties
Move 10 – 1700 to 1800
2 British skirmish farm, garrison suffer 20% casualties, pass morale test
3 British ordered to engage 23 French
4 British artillery fire at close range, no casualties
4 British cavalry charge infantry who form square
5 French advance to attack 4 British
17 French storm northern half of town and rout garrison with 30% casualties
23 French reinforce garrison who have suffered 20% casualties
Move 11 – 1800 to 1900
3 British artillery hit infantry, 10% casualties and rout
One French supporting brigade join rout, three are shaken
2 British ordered to storm farm, rout garrison with 20% casualties
17 French artillery fire on south town garrison, 10% casualties pass morale test
17 French infantry storm north and south town
North town garrison rout with 60% casualties
South town garrison rout attackers with 40% casualties
5 French square fire on cavalry, 10% casualties and shaken
5 French infantry charge and rout square with 30% casualties
4 British draw firefight with 5 French infantry, both 10% casualties
Move 12 – 1900 to 2000
3 British cavalry charge and rout shaken lancers with 10% casualties
2 British artillery fire on gunners, 20% casualties and shaken
17 French infantry charge south town and rout garrison with 50% casualties
4 British infantry draw firefight, both 10% casualties both disordered
5 French cavalry charge and rout shaken hussars with 30% casualties

French capture town
17 French corps enter both sections of the town
British have six routed brigades – four infantry, one cavalry and one artillery
One British infantry brigade is left to cover the rout

British capture farm
2 British corps enter the farm
23 French have three brigades in rout and three shaken

Game Casualties
British lose 4000 infantry and 400 cavalry
French lose 5200 infantry, 300 cavalry and 300 gunners

Game Summary
French attacked north of the road and held farm
Suffered heavy artillery casualties, but took town and routed 4 British corps
British held south of the road, but changed to attack when 3 corps arrived
Captured the farm and routed 23 French corps
At nightfall the French had won the northern battle
The British had won the southern one.
The battle ended in a draw
Both armies would have to retreat during the night

Total casualties, including from earlier battles,  at the end of the battle
British 4,400 casualties and five brigades in rout
French 5,800 casualties and four brigades in rout

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