Victory Results:
 40 %
Record a victory for BOTTOM ARMY  60 %
Total plays 60 - Last reported by trailblazer on 2024-05-04 19:16:11

Ordal Cross - 13 September 1813

Historical Background
In late June Suchet was informed of the French loss at Vitoria and started his Army of Aragon’s retreat North. Lord Bentick, a rather inept British commander, followed timidly, for Suchet’s army was unbeaten after several battles. Bentick ordered Adam’s British advance guard along with Torres’ Spanish to occupy the heights above Ordal Cross. The position was extremely strong, and Suchet was still believed to be in retreat. Adam posted his best unit, the Inniskillings, in the abandoned trenches near the cross itself. Ominously, no vedettes were posted.
Suchet had determined the best defense was a good offense and had turned back south to attack. Shortly after midnight on the morning of September 13th, Suchet’s troops crossed the Bridge of Lledoner in the gorge near the Allied position undetected.
First contact was made when a Spanish cavalry patrol discovered the advancing French column. Soon after, the entire pass was engaged in a fierce night battle. The Allies made a series of bayonet charges against the French advance, and extracted a heavy toll with their gunfire, but Suchet expertly kept moving troops forward and extending his lines. The Allies were steadily forced back. After three hours of fighting the last entrenchments fell, and with Adam wounded, the surviving Inniskillings and Spaniards retreated, but most were captured by Suchet’s pursuing cavalry.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?


Set-Up Order

Forest 13
Hill 16
HillEntrenchments 3
River 1
RiverBend 1
RiverBridge 1


Battle Notes

Anglo-Spanish Army
• Commander: Adam / Torres
• 5 Command Cards
• Optional 4 Tactician Cards


Line Infantry Grenadier Infantry Light Cavalry Leader   Line Infantry Rifle Infantry Light Cavalry Foot Artillery Leader
5 1 1 1   5 1 2 1 2

French Army
• Commander: Suchet
• 6 Command Cards
• Optional 5 Tactician Cards
• Move First

Line Infantry Light Infantry Light Cavalry Foot Artillery Leader
11 2 2 1 3


6 Banners

Special Rules
• The Spanish Guerrilla Action rule is in effect. The Spanish player starts with one Guerrilla counter.

• The river is not fordable.

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Richards replied the topic:
1 year 4 months ago
Allies win 6 to 3 after 10 turns. General Habert is killed during the battle. Fun scenario!
LARS replied the topic:
3 years 2 months ago
6-4 French. It could have easily gone the other way, a well crafted scenario.
Bayernkini replied the topic:
10 years 3 weeks ago
Just won with the Allies and used a old tactic, which have been used already by
"Alexander the Great"
in the Battle of Gaugamela
and also later by "Frederick the Great"
in the Battle of Leuthen,
called the "Oblique order" or "Denied Flank".

Starting with a withdraw on the spanish flank, move them to the Center.
In further turns the Allies right flank moved forward and destroyed the French left flank. Then the Allies right flank swiveled in to the Center and could destroy at last the French Units, which are compact in meanwhile on there right flank.

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Achtung-Panzer replied the topic:
12 years 2 months ago
This scenario would seem ideal for a Night Attack rule / mechanism similar to that used in Memoir '44. I wonder why none was developed?