Friday, December 10, 2010

Battle of Baltanas - Move 9

1600 to 1700

22 July 1813

Situation at the end of Move 9

Picton has received Attack orders and has finally taken the second town section.

The French are now in complete disorder and Marshal Soult orders a withdrawal.

Two British brigades are attacking the right hand town section, and have routed the garrison. A highland brigade is entering the left hand section.

Sarrut’s corps has not yet been committed, other than the cavalry, and are far enough behind Villate to be unaffected by the rout.

Effect on the campaign

With a full corps, and nightfall approaching, Marshal Soult is able to withdraw Villate’s broken corps without difficulty.

With this victory Wellington has secured Valladolid and Soult will have to withdraw to Burgos to rally his army.

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