MD06 Talavera "La Grande Battle" (28 July 1809)
Talavera "La Grande Battle" - 28 July 1809
Victor’s reinforced French army faces off against a larger British/ Spanish army in superb defensive positions. The French solution—attack! Ruffin’s French division is wrecked in two unsupported assaults on the British positions atop the Cerro de Medellín. It is now mid-morning of July 28th, and the French commanders meet. They decide to launch concentric attacks. Victor shifts Ruffin’s survivors to the right and supports them with one of Villatte’s brigades. Sebastiani’s fresh division fills the gap. The plan is for Sebastiani’s division to attack first [see Talavera (French attack on British)]. Leval’s division is to attack second following Sebastiani’s frontal attack against the Allied lines, but Leval’s troops lose sight of the French lines, and attack first. The French columns lose cohesion as they advance through the trees and emerge disorganized onto the open ground directly in front of the Spanish batteries on Pajar de Vergara. The French regiments still make some progress, but the central regiment finally breaks under the impact of the artillery fire. Seeing this, the Allies counter attack and Leval’s depleted regiments retreat to avoid being isolated. On the French far left, Milhaud, the cavalry commander, recognizes the strength of the Spanish position in and around Talavera and is content to skirmish with the Spaniards in this part of the battlefield.
The British maintain their positions for twenty-four hours, and then retreat hurriedly when they learn that Soult and a second French army are marching to cut their lines of communication with Portugal. The French claim a victory, even though they were soundly beaten in all of their attacks.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?
• Commander: Wellesley
• 5 Command Cards
Allies Corps Commanders
Right Center Left
Command 2 2 2
Tactician 1 2 2
Guerilla 1 - -
• Commander: Joseph / Victor
• 5 Command Cards
• Move First
French Corps Commanders
Left Center Right
Command 2 3 3
Tactician 2 2 2
• The Spanish Guerrilla Action rule is in effect. The Spanish player starts with one Guerrilla counter.
• The Portina Brook will stop movement, but does not cause any battle restrictions.
French won 13-5, powering home from 4-4 on an impressive display of dice rolling.
An aspect of this scenario design we didn't like was how few Leaders were on the map. We added British Campbell and MacKenzie, and moved Sherbrooke to the left.
French added Milhaud with the French cavalry on the French left.
you need first my vassal version, download here from the download site
then download also my epic version here
After first starting my module, its listed in the Vassal main window.
Click then on the module name in the vassal mainwindow (with right mouse click)
choose then the "Add extension" menu option and click to the downloaded
epic extension. Its installed then automatic.
After a vassal restart, the extension module and scenarios should be available then.
I did a little helpfile, Alessandro will upload it immediately
On this site home page there appear to be myriad download opportunities for "Epic" and "CCNapoleonics" etc. with instructions to put the former into a "module directory called "CCNapoleonics_EXT".
Where will I find this directory and how do I use the downloads and what exactly do they represent?