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WO04 Castalla (13 April 1813)

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Castalla - 13 April 1813

Historical Background
An Anglo-Spanish-Sicilian force commanded by Lieutenant General John Murray, 8th Baronet fought Marshal Louis Gabriel Suchet's French Army of Valencia and Aragon. The action took place near Castalla, located 35 kilometers north-northwest of Alicante, Spain.
Suchet's Army had heretofore remained relatively unmolested by the tides of war. Wellington was concerned that Suchet might join with other French armies in the region and pose a real threat to any further progress. Therefore, Wellington requested that amphibious operations be directed against the east coast of Spain in order to keep Suchet's men occupied.
Since the summer of 1812, an 8,000-strong Anglo-Sicilian force, joined by about 6,000 Spanish troops from Minorca, occupied the port of Alicante on the east coast of Spain. The army frequently changed generals but did nothing to contribute to the Anglo-Allied war effort. In February 1813, Murray was appointed to command the reinforced 18,000-man force.
Result: Murray's troops successfully repelled a series of French attacks causing Suchet to retreat.
Suchet was kept employed for the duration of his command in the Peninsula.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?

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Set-Up Order

Forest 5
Hill 7
Town 3

 

Battle Notes

British Army
Commander: Murray
Command cards: 5
Tactics cards: 3

 

Line Infantry Light Cavalry Foot Artillery Leader   Line Infantry Light Infantry Leader
5 1 1 2   3 1 2

French Army
Commander: Suchet
Command cards: 5
Tactics Cards: 5
Move First

 

Line Infantry Cuirassier Cavalry Heavy Cavalry Leader
8 1 2 3

 

Victory
5 Banners
1 banner for capturing TWO Castalla city hexes and holding them until scenario end (French)
1 banner for preventing French capture by scenario end (Allies)

Special Rules
Duration: 6 Turns

Tags: Banners: 5, Army: Allies, Army: British, Army: French, Army: Spanish, Unofficial

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Mark-McG's Avatar
Mark-McG replied the topic: #4605 8 months 1 week ago
Duration: 6 turns.. aside from there being no definition of 'a turn' and as a guess it would mean 1 Command card played by each player.
Getting 5 banners within that period seems exceptionally unlikely to me unless both players rush towards each other.

Sounds like an large battle, and I'd hope the scenario could be revised to ring it up to CCN norms.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Castalla
sharpe1812's Avatar
sharpe1812 replied the topic: #4601 8 months 1 week ago
Spanish guerrilla activity? Usually this is noted in scenarios with Spanish troops.
Bayernkini's Avatar
Bayernkini replied the topic: #658 5 years 10 months ago
The victory conditions are a little bit unclear.
I assume, the Allies get/hold from start one VP for the town, until the
French capture 2 town hexes.
So the Allies need 4 VP + 1 for prevent the the capture of French?

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