111 Ocaña - Cavalry Action (18 November 1809)

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Record a victory for BOTTOM ARMY  86 %
Total plays 29 - Last reported by booksdofurnish on 2020-07-05 12:42:49

Ocaña (Cavalry Action) - 18 November 1809

Historical Background
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?


Set-Up Order

Forest 5
Hill 4


Battle Notes

Spanish Army
• Commander: Freire
• 5 Command Cards
• Optional 3 Tactician Cards


Light Cavalry Heavy Cavalry Cuirassier Cavalry Leader
7 5 1 2

French Army
• Commander: Milhaud
• 6 Command Cards
• Optional 4 Tactician Cards
• Move First

Light Cavalry Heavy Cavalry Horse Artillery Leader
5 5 2 2


7 Banners

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

Tags: Expansion 1, Banners: 7, Army: French, Army: Spanish, Special Rule: Guerrilla, Special Rule: Cavalry Battles

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Bayernkini's Avatar
Bayernkini replied the topic: #1819 6 years 2 months ago
The main Advantage for the French here is, they start and can, dependent of the Command Cards, attack 3-4 spanish LC´s (all the unsupported first).
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.
Mark-McG's Avatar
Mark-McG replied the topic: #1818 6 years 2 months ago
Played this using the GM as a banner rather than an action cancel, and the Spanish still lost, but 7-5

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