The two armies quickly formed opposing lines of battle with the Portina Brook between them. The French skirmishers, supported by artillery, opened up on the British center. A protracted ranged duel commenced, with each side trading blows, but not yet doing much of anything committal.
The French light cavalry under Merlin then moved on the British left, with devastating results for the allied cavalry. But Merlin was forced to pull back, having taking losses in the initial push. This retreat was only temporary however. As the general carnage of the ranged duel in the center continued, Merlin was waiting for the right opportunity to strike the weakening British interior lines.
The French light cavalry saw it's moment, and made a suicidal charge into the midst of the allied rear. This move was initially thwarted by the successful ambushed of "first strikers." Wellesley clearly knew what was coming...
Merlin, himself now leading a badly bloodied cavalry unit, saw his chance to grab some low-hanging fruit and charged back into the fray at the depleted British formations. After inflicting further damage, Merlin's own unit was routed, and he was obliged to attempt an escape through the British lines. Having accomplished this, Merlin then joined the fresh infantry assault which was forming to cross the Portina Brook and attack the allied center. The British Guard Grenadiers stepped up and prevented the French assault from meeting it's full potential, but the weight of French guns proved to be too much for MacKenzie's command on the heights, and the game was finished with a French victory.
Tim was a most gracious player, who called out my mistakes, and was clearly committed to the efficacy of the game and general fair play. He did all of this in spite of very rotten luck with the dice. He played a good game, but it seemed time and time again, the dice let him down. It was a pleasure playing with him, and I look forward to the next time we meet on the field!
"Rogues, would you live forever?"
"If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one would remain in the ranks." ~Friedrich II
OT2016, Round 4, Game
Talavera 28 July 1809
GregO (French) 7 banners
Grondeaux (British) 1 banner
Most of the action took place on the Allied Left/French Right. An early Allied cavalry charge was responded to in kind by the French , who definitely got the better of it. Continued skirmishing left the Allied Left all but destroyed. A final French attack on the Allied Center netted them the final banner.
The initial action again took place on the French Right/Allied Left, with the French again getting the better of it. This time, however, they were unable to press their advantage. The Allies countered with an attack on the French Left, crossing Portina Brook. The French repulsed the attack, but lost Sebastiani in the process (score 3-3). The Allies then mustered a spirited attack on the French Right, which was rather more successful, with the French unable to reply (score 6-4, Allies). The Allies got the win by moving their Rifles into range and picking off a 1 strength French INF.
Thanks to Greg for two enjoyable games, and apologies for the delay in posting.