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Salamanca

Post by Stuart Bailey on Sat Dec 06, 2014 9:03 am

Its about half way through the first day of Salamanca. The historic battle was over in a day (after several days of marching and manovering for position) but the re-fight is starting to look like a two day job.

The historic battle was triggered by a French error being spotted by Wellington and a sudden alllied attack on a French corp which was slightly isolated from support.

In the re-fight our "Wellington's" original intention was to fight a more standard type of British Napoleonic Battle and start on the defensive. With Artillery massed on hills to the British right and heavy cavalry hidden behind said hills ready for a counter-strike when the French wore themselves out by flinging their troops at plucky allied infantry lines.

Sadly the cunning Frogs have refused to play this game and making use of the lop sided deployment zones launched a heavy attack on the Allied left with horse and foot but totally refused the left and centre.

The French attack on the allied left as so far done quite a lot of damage. The French success being helped by the allies being slow to get out of columns of march. This allowed French Cavalry to rout several units and infilrate the allied position which resulted in many allied units having to form square. Infantry in square are safe from cavalry but can not move and are easy pickings for French Infantry.

However, the total "refusal" by the French left and centre does mean that Wellington has been able to move troops from the centre and reserve towards the mass scrap on the allied left. Suspect the to date successful French Commander(s) in this area must be looking at the growing numbers against them and the river behind them and wondering were the hell is the rest of the French Army.

The French "refusal" of other parts of the battlefield has kept the allied artillery and the British Guards - foot and horse guards (rated as heavy cavalry not guard cavalry) - out of the battle. But as well as allowing allied re-deployment to prop up their roughly handled left this refusal has given the allied lighter cavalry and horse artillery a free ride round the French left flank.

This has resulted in the battle field basically spinning round 180 degree's and the early stages of the action being dominated by slashing light cavalry attacks/threats to foot, guns and commanders as they try to manover rather than the more usual artillery fire starting things off.

Another problem caused for the French by their refusal to fight the British front is that large numbers of French Infantry and Guns seem to ave been shoved into and through woods......slowing them down, disordering, allowing British Cavalry to raid their guns etc.
The key to the battle would now seem to be how quickly the French can sort out their traffic jams and reinforce their successful right. Before Wellington & Clinton crush the Frog right by weight of numbers/fire power.

Trying to stop the Frogs from sorting out their mess and with luck make it worse ( and so save the day for the good guys) is Lt Gen Cotton and his plucky side kick Von Bailey of the KGL.




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Re: Salamanca

Post by Kingmaker on Sat Dec 06, 2014 12:10 pm

nice report keep it up...


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Re: Salamanca

Post by Stuart Bailey on Sun Feb 15, 2015 11:50 pm

It is now 5.00 PM turn on the first day in this Napoleonic Battles Megagame and the British Field Artillery & Heavy Cavalry are still not in action!!  The French are just not playing fair at all with their cunning flank marches and refused flanks etc.....its just not cricket!

Apart from that things are going pretty much to par for me in these games in that my command is doing OK but my side are taking a kicking.  Sure other players must see my happy intro letter and go "Oh no we have him on our side.......we are doomed."

To date Lt Gen Cotton commander of the British Cavalry with his trusty side kick Von Bailey of the KGL have done a good impression of Prince Rupert or perhaps Jeb Stuart and riden round the French left flank foiling any cunning French Plans to line of heights of the Montes De Azan with nasty artillery.

At a cost of X2 Lt Cavalry and X1 Dragoons the British Cavalry have wiped out X6 French Infantry, X7 Batteries of Artillery & X1 Dragoons.
They also have X3 French Infantry & the last 2 batteries of French Guns isolated and in deep trouble.  General Marmount would seem to have been killed or wounded in the destruction of the French Artillery Train and its Escort.

With its Commander in Chief and Artillery wiped out you might think that the Brits are winning.  But sadly it seems the Frogs are either fighting mad about the loss of their commander or really, really happy to see the back of him.  

With the battle spinning 180 degree's General Foy has deployed the French reserve to form a new French Left and spoil Cottons fun with a solid wall of French Infantry......thousands of the blighters and not a sodding gap in sight.  Clearly what the British need to do is mass a grand battery and blast a bloody big hole for Cottons Cavalry to charge into.

The problem with this plan is time since General Cauto's command in the north is fighting like the Imperial Guard.  Having attacked across a river they have basically chewed up and spat out General Packhams command (about 33% of the British Infantry) for light loss and are now attacking the other two British Infantry Commands lead by Clinton & Wellington!  Its horrible to watch!!

I am not going to change my nice clean heavy cavalry into these mad men unless the are shot and shelled flat first!


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Re: Salamanca

Post by Kingmaker on Mon Feb 16, 2015 4:25 pm

good oh...


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Re: Salamanca

Post by Stuart Bailey on Tue Feb 17, 2015 12:05 am

Kingmaker wrote:good oh...  

Oh........you can say that again!! In theory a French Attack with Line/Lt Infantry & Medium/Lt Cavalry totally lacking artillery support across a disordering river without fords or Bridges against Line/Light and Rifles who had time to get ready should have seen them shot flat!

But it never happened scratch scratch scratch

Handy Bailey Hints for Commanders.............1) column of march is for movement when not on the battlefield! If you are on a battlefield
T1 Min of 50% of troops should adopt a fighting formation T2 The rest should be in battle formation. Column of March should never be seen after T2. Hint 2) Forming square to occupy buildings is valid......it keeps the foe in the dark about your true strength and can really delay an advance...........forming square in the open limits your firepower, robs you of any ability to move and hands all the advantages to your foe. Unless you opponents have no foot and no artillery it is an act of pure desperation and a sign that you have messed up.
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Re: Salamanca

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Re: Salamanca

Post by Stuart Bailey on Sun Mar 08, 2015 1:53 pm


Its now 6.00 pm on the first day of Salamanca.

The good news is that the the French Artillery and the Artillery Train Escorts have now been wiped out by Allied Cavalry........the bad news is that the French are still winning the battle. With nasty red messages showing up about different orders being issued to units by English Commanders............is this a sign of growing panic in English Ranks as the nasty Frogs press home with cold steel?

Apart from problems with getting his prize guns home (& being made a Baron) Lt Gen Cotton would also like to protest about French Dragoons trying to kill him!

Said Dragoons are now in deep trouble.
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Re: Salamanca

Post by Kingmaker on Sun Mar 08, 2015 8:13 pm

nice keep up the commentary.... study


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Re: Salamanca

Post by Stuart Bailey on Wed Jun 03, 2015 10:37 pm


1st Salamanca has now ended .........in a French Victory.

As per usual with mega battles my command inflicted heavier losses than it suffered but still managed to end up on the defeated side.

Congradulations go to the French Team who generally speaking had a plan, were much more aggressive and got more units into the fight than the allies. Though I am still trying to work out the role of the weakly guarded French Artillery who got wiped out to a man.

In contrast I would say the allies were too passive and fought most of the battle on the back foot slowly feeding in reinforcements to try and prop up a crumbling left wing. This seemed to result in French routers/waivering troops being rallied while allied routs died.

On reflection I would say this is a much more balanced game than the Waterloo game which is virtually impossible for Allied team to lose using the NB rules. Salamanca in contrast is much more of a 50/50 battle since against other allied deployments and even players the bold and dareing but high risk French plan which won 1st Salamanca could have been a disaster.

Replayed say 5 times I certainly see the English Artillery, Guard Foot & Heavy Cavalry playing a larger part and perhaps 3 English wind to 2 French. Replay the Waterloo game and its probably 9-1 to the Allies.
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Re: Salamanca

Post by Kingmaker on Thu Jun 04, 2015 9:10 am

thanks for the end report. 


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