EPIC08 Salamanca (22 July 1812)

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Record a victory for BOTTOM ARMY  50 %
Total plays 30 - Last reported by NicolasLL on 2022-11-15 09:47:28

Historical Background
Following the capture of Badajoz and Ciudad Rodrigo, Wellington advanced into Spain, where Marshal Marmont’s Army of Portugal awaited him. The two opposing armies sparred for position, each looking to catch the other at a disadvantage.
On July 22nd, Marmont found a British force in plain view on a ridge and great clouds beyond the hills to the south. Thinking this was just a rearguard, Marmont made a fatal mistake. Marmont’s army had marched into a deadly British ambush. Wellington gave a “whoop” of delight and set several combined arms counterattacks in motion, starting with an attack by his brother-in-law, Edward Packenham’s 3rd Division against Thomiere’s lead division. In the first hour of fighting, three of the eight French divisions were completely smashed and the French left wing ceased to exist. With Marmont wounded, command fell to General Clausel, who organized a truly effective combined arms attack that shattered Cole’s British Division. British reserves, however, were close at hand and soon Clausel’s forces were also in retreat. Wellington was determined to destroy the entire French army.
To that end, he launched the 1st and Light Divisions against the French divisions of Ferey and Foy on the French right. The British divisions emerged from hiding behind a ridge, crossed the Pela Garcia River with little opposition, and engaged the surprised French. Ferey’s 3rd Division, while still in march column, was attacked by the British guards and was forced back, while Foy’s 1st Division attempted to make a stand near Calvarisa de Ariba, but were also driven back. Bloody, but not beaten, these two French formations still managed to hold the British at bay, covering the French retreat toward Alba de Tormes and saving Marmont’s army to fight another day
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?


Set-Up Order

Forest Hill Church Bridge Bend River RiverBend RiverBridge Town
10 20 1 1 17 6 3 5

Battle Notes

British Army
• Commander: Wellington
• 6 Command Cards
• 6 Tactician Cards


Line Infantry Light Infantry Rifle Infantry Grenadier Infantry Guard Grenadier Infantry Light Cavalry Foot Artillery Leader   Line Infantry Heavy Cavalry Light Cavalry Foot Artillery Leader
9 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 5   6 1 1 1 1

French Army
• Commander: Marmont and
• 5 Command Cards
• 4 Tactician Cards
• Move First


Line Infantry Light Infantry Light Cavalry Heavy Cavalry Foot Artillery Leader
13 5 3 2 1 4 6

13 Banners

Special Rules
• The six Town/Chapel hexes form a Group Majority Victory Banner Objective worth 3 banners for the side that occupies the absolute majority at the start of the turn.
• The Azan River is impassable except at the bridge.
• The Pela Garcia and Arroyo de Los Requesenes streams are fordable. In addition, a unit or leader’s movement is not stopped when moving onto a stream hex.

Tags: Banners: 13, Army: Allies, Army: British, Army: French, Army: Portuguese, Special Rule: Temporary Group VB (Turn Start), Special Rule: Epic, Expansion 6

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Hexagoon replied the topic: #7288 1 year 7 months ago
Played twice. Both very narrow British victories. The French efforts to win by taking the central town hexes almost paid off, however in both games their casualties were too high. This seems a very balanced scenario and could easily go either way.
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RamyRock replied the topic: #6542 2 years 5 months ago
We played it twice. One victory for the French and another victory for the British. Salamanca is one of my favourite epic scenarios so far.
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proyce replied the topic: #6230 3 years 1 week ago
Second game after yesterday, with players switching side. 13-8 Allies this time, and it wasn't really even that close. At the end, the French only had 1 unit left in the center and 3 1/2 on their left. French lost 60 blocks, Allies 47.
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proyce replied the topic: #6227 3 years 1 week ago
14-13 Allies in a very close finish. Very bloody - French lost 57 blocks, Allies 59. Interestingly, only 1 Bayonet Charge and only 2 Scout cards the whole game.
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Mark-McG replied the topic: #5605 4 years 3 weeks ago
French infantry faded back to use their dominant artillery to wear down the Allies. French victory 13-11 in nail biting finish.
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Attila replied the topic: #5177 4 years 10 months ago
13 to 9 to the French. Wondered whether British should start first as they were the attacking force. A French bayonet attack card on the first turn on the left flank caused devastation to the British although it was a close finish with many French units down to 1 stand

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