WO01 Fuentes de Oñoro (3 May 1811)

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Fuentes de Oñoro - 3rd to 5th May 1811

Historical Background
Following the winter of 1810 which Marshal Massena’s Army of Portugal spent before the lines of Torres Vedras, the French retreated into Spain leaving a garrison in the Portuguese border fortress of Almeida. Wellington followed up with his British Portuguese army and laid siege to Almeida, which had to be taken before he continued his advance into Spain. He was joined there by Spanish guerrillas.
In April 1811 Massena advanced from Ciudad Rodrigo to relieve Almeida, the move Wellington hoped Massena would make, although earlier than he had expected. Wellington took position on the ridge above Fuentes de Oñoro, ready to fight the form of defensive battle he fought so effectively on many occasions.
Immediately before the battle, Marshal Bessières brought up a force of 1,700 Guard Cavalry. There was consequently a wide range of cavalry in the French army, Cuirassiers, Dragoons, Hussars, Chasseurs à Cheval and Lancers.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?

Thank you to the author for sharing this scenario. HERE you can find the link to the original webpage.


Set-Up Order

Forest 5
Hill 7
HillRugged 1
River 12
RiverBend 4
RiverBridge 2
RiverY 1
Town 2
TownWindmill 1


Battle Notes

British Army
Commander : Wellington
6 Command Cards
6 Tactics Cards

Line Infantry Light Infantry Rifle Infantry Guard Grenadier Infantry Light Cavalry Foot Artillery Leader Line Infantry
3 1 1 1 2 1 3 2

French Army
Commander : Massena
5 Command Cards
5 Tactics Cards
Move First

Line Infantry Light Infantry Cuirassier Cavalry Guard Heavy Cavalry Foot Artillery Leader
6 1 1 1 2 4


6 Banners

Special Rules
Capturing Poco Velho is one banner for the French, as is Fuentes de Oñoro (Temporary Victory Banners)

Tags: Banners: 6, Army: Allies, Army: British, Army: French, Army: Portuguese, Special Rule: Temporary VB, Unofficial

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Hawkmoon-von-Köln's Avatar
Hawkmoon-von-Köln replied the topic: #1119 7 years 8 months ago
The right spelling is :
Vilar Formoso (frontier between Spain and Portugal on the portuguese side) and Poço Velho (Old Well)
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pmatthews57 replied the topic: #745 8 years 8 months ago
Agreed. Also, a minor point, I believe the town to the left of Fuentes (from the British POV) should be Villarreal Formoso. Poco Velho (Pozo Bello) would be on the right near the bridge, forest, and light cavalry.
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Freeloading-Phill replied the topic: #744 8 years 8 months ago

pmatthews57 wrote: What are the terrain effects of the Dos Casas River?

The default for rivers is impassable.

That does tighten up this scenario though. I'd be inclined to play it as fordable when my group plays it.

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pmatthews57 replied the topic: #743 8 years 8 months ago
What are the terrain effects of the Dos Casas River?
alecrespi replied the topic: #647 8 years 11 months ago
This is the answer from the author:

Yes, I can see that I was not explicit enough and I apologize for the misunderstanding. My intention was to control either town hex for the victory flag.

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Achtung-Panzer replied the topic: #645 8 years 11 months ago
Thanks for the answer Alesandro.

One more question though. For the French to get the Fuentes de Oñoro Victory Banner, do they need to occupy both town hexes, just one or a Majority?

alecrespi replied the topic: #618 9 years 20 hours ago
Hi Achtung Panzer,
this has been another "vassal-ization" error by me. :(
The original author confirmed that corrected VP for this scenario is 6.
I've updated scenario picture (refresh webpage) and also VSAV file in download section.
Enjoy playing.
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Achtung-Panzer replied the topic: #615 9 years 20 hours ago
The text says 6 Victory Banners to win, but the graphic shows 5. Which is correct?

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