LGB02 Vimeiro (21 August 1808)

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Record a victory for BOTTOM ARMY  64 %
Total plays 11 - Last reported by RiverWanderer on 2021-01-03 10:13:39

La Grande Battles

Historical Background
Four days after Wellesley’s initial clash at Rolica, General Jean-Andoche Junot, with an army of 14,000, attacked the Anglo-Portuguese army of 17,000 troops. Junot wanted to defeat the invaders before reinforcements could arrive by sea. The battle of Vimeiro began with three brigades of French advancing to take Vimeiro hill and the town, while a fourth brigade had swung right to turn the British left flank.
Unfortunately for Junot, his frontal attacks were uncoordinated, and failed to pin the British troops in the center. Wellesley was able to redeploy his army to face the threat on his left. The French column attacks in the center were finally forced back by sustained British volleys and soon afterwards the flank attack was also beaten back.
Covered by his cavalry, Junot retreated towards Torres Vedras and the British did not pursue.
Following the battle, the British senior commanders Generals Dalrymple and Burrard worked out a deal allowing Junot’s army to leave for France on British ships, taking all their guns and equipment. This deal, not surprisingly, caused a massive outcry in Britain.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?


Set-Up Order

Forest Hill River RiverBend Town
9 33 3 7 10 1 2 4 3 1 1 7

Battle Notes

British Army
• Commander: Wellesley
• 6 Command Cards


British Corps Commanders
Command R2 C4 L4
Tactician R3 C3 L2

Line Infantry Light Infantry Rifle Infantry Light Cavalry Foot Artillery Leader   Line Infantry Light Cavalry
18 2 1 1 1 1 3 9   4 1 2 1

French Army
• Commander: Junot
• 5 Command Cards
• Move First


French Corps Commanders
Command L2 C2 R3
Tactician L2 C2 R2

Line Infantry Light Infantry Grenadier Infantry Light Cavalry Heavy Cavalry Foot Artillery Leader
12 4 4 2 3 1 3 7

15 Banners

Special Rules
• The French gain 2 Temporary Victory Banners at the start of the turn for each town hex of Vimeiro occupied.
• The Allies gain 2 Temporary Victory Banners at the start of the turn, if the French do not occupy any town hexes of Vimeiro. The Allies start with 2 Victory Banners.
• The town hex of Ventosa is a Temporary Victory Banner worth 2 banners for the side that occupies it at the start of the turn.
• The French gain 1 Temporary Victory Banner at the start of the turn for occupying the Vimeiro bridge across the stream.
• The two town hexes of Mariquiteira and Praganza form a Temporary Group Victory Banner worth 1 banner for the side that occupies both town hexes at the start of the turn.
• The Maceiro River is impassable except at the fords.
• The entire Toledo brook is fordable. In addition, the shallow fords do not stop movement.

Tags: Banners: 15, Army: Allies, Army: British, Army: French, Army: Portuguese, Special Rule: Temporary VB (Turn Start), Expansion 6, Special Rule: "La Grande Battle"

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RiverWanderer's Avatar
RiverWanderer replied the topic: #6225 1 year 4 months ago
Played in Liverpool, January 2020.

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Mark-McG replied the topic: #6200 1 year 5 months ago
if you own 1 of everything you will be short
LGB02 Vimiero
3 British Line - use 3 Prussian KGL Line
3 British Generals - use 3 Prussian leaders
Achtung Panzer's Avatar
Achtung Panzer replied the topic: #4847 3 years 10 months ago
Thanks to this map for clarifying exactly how many town hexes for Vimeiro. I wasn't sure between 2 or 3.
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RiverWanderer replied the topic: #4745 4 years 1 month ago
Corrected terrain list:
Towns x 7
Broken ground.x 3
Woods x 9
Hills x 33
River fork (top left / bottom right) x 1
Delta x 1
Bend x 10
Straight x 7
Straight bridge x 1
Bend bridge x 2
Ford straight x 4
Ford bend x 3
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Bayernkini replied the topic: #4727 4 years 1 month ago
3 rough hills
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Waterloo-Simon replied the topic: #4726 4 years 1 month ago
Is it 3 or 4 rough grounds?
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Bayernkini replied the topic: #4725 4 years 1 month ago
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RiverWanderer replied the topic: #4724 4 years 1 month ago
The summary incorrectly lists French FA x7; in fact the map (and published game scenario) shows 3 units of French Foot Artillery.

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