106 Medellín (28 March 1809)

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Record a victory for BOTTOM ARMY  44 %
Total plays 70 - Last reported by Tarheel on 2020-11-27 07:06:35

Medellín - 28 March 1809

Historical Background
General Cuesta’s army was retreating in the face of Victor’s advance after being forced out of its defensive positions on the Tagus River. On the 27th of March, Cuesta’s army was reinforced by the Duke of Albuquerque, and Cuesta decided it was time to fight. Cuesta’s plan was to strike both French wings and hope to catch the French army with their backs to the Guadiana River. Victor was outnumbered, but had veteran troops who knew how to win, so he willingly deployed for battle. Victor’s plan was to keep withdrawing his flanks closer and closer to the center until a powerful counter-attack could shatter the Spanish line.
Cuesta formed his infantry into one long, thin unbroken line since his greatest fear was that French cavalry could destroy his infantry if there were gaps in the line. At first, Cuesta’s plan seemed to be working. Lasalle’s position on the French left was at risk, but his men held on to their tenuous positions. Spanish infantry formations were also pushing forward against the French batteries on Latour-Maubourg’s hill position. Latour-Maubourg flung his cavalry into a counter attack, but the cavalry was forced into a disorganized retreat. As the Spanish infantry threatened to capture the French guns, Latour-Maubourg ordered his reformed cavalry to attack again – this time against the Spanish cavalry covering the end of the infantry line. Events now unfolded quickly. The French cavalry charge succeeded and the Spanish cavalry fled the field, exposing the thin Spanish line to a devastating flank attack. Cuesta’s left flank dissolved in panic. Lasalle and Villatte, seeing the opportunity, ordered a counter-attack that caught the right flank of the Spanish army between infantry to their front and cavalry to their flanks and rear. The result was a massacre. Entire battalions were destroyed as they tried to stand and fight, and the French cavalry showed no quarter in their pursuit of fugitives. Over 7,500 Spaniards became casualties. In the aftermath, Cuesta’s shattered army retreated to Monasterio.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?


Set-Up Order

Hill 14
River 5
RiverBend 5
RiverBridge 1
Town 1


Battle Notes

Spanish Army
• Commander: Gregorio de la Cuesta
• 6 Command Cards
• Optional 2 Tactician Cards
• Move First


Line Infantry Light Infantry Grenadier Infantry Light Cavalry Heavy Cavalry Foot Artillery Leader
6 1 2 2 1 3 3

French Army
• Commander: Victor
• 5 Command Cards
• Optional 3 Tactician Cards

Line Infantry Light Infantry Light Cavalry Heavy Cavalry Foot Artillery Horse Artillery Leader
6 3 2 1 1 2 4


6 Banners

Special Rules
• The Spanish player’s hand size is reduced by one Command card for each banner lost. The cards lost are selected at random by the French player when each banner is lost. The Spanish player’s hand size, once it reaches three cards, will not be reduced further.

• The Spanish player may only form square with a maximum of two units during the battle.

• Spanish Guerrilla Action Rule is in effect. The Spanish player starts with one Guerrilla counter.

• The Guadiana and Hortiga Rivers are impassable except at the bridge.

Tags: Expansion 1, Banners: 6, Army: French, Army: Spanish, Special Rule: Guerrilla, Special Rule: Lost Command Cards

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Mark-McG's Avatar
Mark-McG replied the topic: #6808 1 month 2 weeks ago
Map image attached. VASSAL has correct setup.
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Tarheel replied the topic: #6805 1 month 2 weeks ago
I think this map is missing a SP LC which is back row in SP scenarios booklet.
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Mark-McG replied the topic: #5300 2 years 7 months ago
• The Spanish player may only form square with a maximum of two units during the battle.

I'm taking this to mean at a time, rather than a total for the game!
What isn't clear to me is whether Hasty Square should count against this limit. Literally, it is included and has been played this way.
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sharpe1812 replied the topic: #4777 3 years 7 months ago
A personal favorite. Good scenario as it poses unique problems for both sides. With the right 2 starting cards the Spanish player can make this a desperate contest. French player can extricate his left flank more easily then perceived. 3 or 4 units have 2 movement allowance.
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Mark-McG replied the topic: #999 7 years 10 months ago
Ladder #4 match
12 matches played
French 3 wins
Allies 9 wins
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Bayernkini replied the topic: #742 8 years 9 months ago
Well, we will see, if the scenario goes to an "outbalanced" also,
because the players know now, what the key to win here is,
the weak french left flank :P
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Mark-McG replied the topic: #741 8 years 9 months ago
Similar experience, Spanish won both games, and Game 2 won 6:2 by crushing French Left. Spanish won even with only Guerrilla Action being sabred. I don't think the Spanish need Guerrillas in this one. :ohmy:
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Bayernkini replied the topic: #737 8 years 9 months ago
Just finished my both Ladder-Tournament games against Greg.

1. Greg (Allies) - Bayernkini (French)
26:24 lost blocks

2. Greg (French) - Bayernkini (Allies)
22:10 lost blocks

In first game, i think, Greg played a tactical mistake and let me
escape on my left flank, so i could save my HA, LDR and CAV.
If he forced to attack there, i should loose there at least my HA and LDR also.
After this, i could decrease his cards because of kills.
So i could win at last close :)

Second game i played exact this tactic with spanish, and could swept away the
french left flank.
So i won obvious 6:2

Nevertheless, 2 nice games :)
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