Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Battle of Valladolid - Move 4

1100 to 1200

19 July 1813

Situation of the end of Move 4

The advance of 1st British corps has halted due to the loss of their hussar brigade. They are still in column of march, and vunerable to an opportunity charge by the French chasseurs.

The 4th British corps are doing better. They have reached the farm and one brigade is taking possession. The French are redeploying their artillery in a bid to counter this pending flank attack

The French chasseurs declared an opportunity charge on the limbered artillery, but the gunners managed to reach the safety of the nearby square. Wellington has changed the orders of 1st corps to allow them to withdraw out of artillery range to regroup.

4th British corps approach the flank of the waiting French corps. The cacadore brigade are moving through the farm to take possession. The gap in the French line has been left so that they can deploy their artillery there.

Rule Note

The French artillery has a longer range than the British, and this can cause considerable problems for Wellington’s men. This is particularly so when they do not have sufficient cavalry cover, to allow them to threaten the enemy gunners.

This situation is worse by the fact that the British horsemen are all C class, the French all B class. As a result it is difficult for the British to get their cavalry close enough to threaten the enemy gunners.

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