Barrosa – March 5th, 1811
Turn 1: General Eugène-Casimir Villatte marches against the Spanish right flank. The objective is to seize the high ground near Barrosa. The Spanish, under General Lardizabal counters the move and eliminates Villatte’s regiment although the French general manages to escape.
Turn 2: General Villatte regroups and sends in his Voltigeurs to scatter the Spanish forces near the village of Barrosa. He also sends two line regiments to push back the Spanish on the heights above the town. The Spanish under Lardizabal consolidate and fire several accurate volleys against the French light troops who are forced to withdraw. French 2, Allies 1.
Turn 3: Both sides reinforce their forces for another struggle over the Barossa heights.
Turn 6: The French lean on the Leadership of Generals Villatte and François Ruffin and surge forward on the beleaguered Barrosa highlands. The Spanish line infantry are unable to resist the melee and two regiments of Spaniards evaporate. French 4, Allies 1.
Turns 7-9: Both sides are again building up to seize the Barrosa Ridge. Skirmishing on the far left of the Allied line.
Turns 10-11: Fierce hand-to-hand fighting on the ridge. French 5, Allies 3.
Turn 12: The deciding turn! General Villatte urges on his exhausted troops forward for one more assault, this time against Lieutenant-General Thomas Graham’s redcoats who recently arrived to support the Spanish. The French effort is just enough to eliminate a British regiment and, to top it off, General Graham falls in combat. With the Group Victory Banner and the death of General Graham, the victory goes to the French 7 to 3.