111 Ocaña - Cavalry Action (18 November 1809)
Ocaña (Cavalry Action) - 18 November 1809
As the French and Spanish armies converged on Ocaña on the morning of the 18th, the French cavalry vanguard under Milhaud encountered three of General Freire’s Spanish cavalry divisions. The French deployed with Paris’ light cavalry in front of Milhaud’s dragoons and horse artillery. Paris’ light division executed a spirited charge that cut the Spanish light cavalry to pieces. Paris, in turn, was checked and forced back when Freire brought forward his heavy cavalry reserves. Milhaud then led his dragoons forward in a furious counter-charge that sent the Spanish cavalry fleeing from the field. Thus ended one of the largest cavalry actions in the Peninsular War. With the French cuirassiers fully engaged against the Austrians, the French dragoons established themselves as the premier heavy cavalry in the Peninsula.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?
• Commander: Freire
• 5 Command Cards
• Optional 3 Tactician Cards
• Commander: Milhaud
• 6 Command Cards
• Optional 4 Tactician Cards
• Move First
The Spanish Guerrilla Action rule is in effect. The Spanish player starts with one Guerrilla counter.
So the French have a very good Chance, to weak and/or force to retreat the LC´s
without any battle back.
So i would change the scenario notes and give the French also only 5 cards and let the spanish Player start the game, instead the French.
Or revise the setup and and place the complete LC´s one hex in spanish direction, so the starting French Player cant reach them immediately at start.