On Saturday we gathered in the Burrow for a Napoleonic game, organised by Mike using his extensive and gorgeous collection of 1/72 scale figures. The battle chosen was Almonacid, fought between the French and Spanish in central Spain in 1809. Click HERE for more information. We used ‘Absolute Emperor’ with a few house rules. Mike umpired, Shaun and Neil were the French, while John, Nigel and me were the Spanish. The Spanish had to hold on for 12 turns without loosing two divisions to win. The French had to crush the Spanish.
Our plan was to hold in the centre and maybe when the time was right counter attack on the left and right flanks. Of course the Spanish command and control was nowhere near as good as that of the French, and our troops were outclassed and outnumbered. Much of the army were militia but when we tested for their abilities most ended up being classed as seasoned rather than militia. This was very fortunate and perhaps a great influence on the outcome.
For some reason the photos have been scrambled up out of order. I don't think it matters, but I shall let the readers be the judge of that.
|The Spanish centre at the start of the game.|
|This time from the other end. The Spanish had garrisoned the town with a grenadier battalion.|
|The French dragoons in the centre were contained by a combination of cavalry and infantry who prevented them from punching through the Spanish line.|