005 Talavera (28 July 1809)

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Record a victory for BOTTOM ARMY  52 %
Total plays 149 - Last reported by Monboisse on 2020-08-28 17:17:43

Talavera - 28 July 1809

Historical Background
Sir Arthur Wellesley crossed into Spain and on July 20th joined with General Cuesta’s beaten Spanish Army to oppose two French armies under Soult and Victor. Hearing of the allied advance, Soult proposed that Victor attack to hold the British and Spanish armies while he marched south and placed his army between Wellesley and his base in Portugal.
On the evening of 27th July, the British and Spanish were deployed around Talavera with the Spanish holding the strongest defensive terrain.
A line of high ground, the Cerro de Medellin, formed the main position for the British troops.
Victor’s approaching army had been reinforced by a corps under Sebastiani and a large body of cavalry under King Jerome Bonaparte. Victor decided to assault the Cerro de Medellin without delay and ordered Ruffin’s Division to make a night attack. The French broke through the surprised British troops and one gallant regiment actually reached the crest before being driven off by reserves. Next morning, Ruffin’s division attacked again. As the infantry reached the crest of the hill, volleys from the waiting British caused fearful execution in Ruffin’s columns. The British then charged and drove the French back across Portina brook.
There was a pause as the French leadership decided its next move. Joseph ordered Sebastiani to attack along with Ruffin’s depleted division.
Meanwhile, Victor’s remaining infantry attempted to outflank the British line. Sebastiani and Ruffin were driven back while Wellesley countered the flanking move with cavalry. The French infantry formed square and drove the cavalry off with heavy loss. Joseph did not commit his last reserves. During the night he ordered the French army to retreat.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?


Set-Up Order

Forest 3
Hill 21
HillEntrenchments 1
River 8
RiverBend 6
Town 1


Battle Notes

British Army
• Commander: Wellesley
• 6 Command Cards
• Optional 5 Tactician Cards

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

French Army
• Commander: King Joseph Bonaparte
• 5 Command Cards
• Optional 2 Tactician Cards
• Move First

Line Infantry Light Infantry Light Cavalry Heavy Cavalry Foot Artillery Leader
10 3 2 1 3 3

7 Banners

Special Rules
• The River Portina Brook will stop movement, but does not cause any battle restrictions.

Tags: Base Game, Banners: 7, Army: British, Army: French

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RiverWanderer's Avatar
RiverWanderer replied the topic: #4933 3 years 2 days ago
I think there is an error in NT’s rule interpretation in the ridge assault during the videoed game... Light infantry Sabre rolls counts as hits, unlike Rifle Light and Militia.
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Napoleons Triumph replied the topic: #4848 3 years 2 months ago
You can find a video battle report at
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Fortesque replied the topic: #4445 3 years 7 months ago
I played a very interesting and suspenseful game as the British yesterday, only barely managing to win 7 - 6. A quite defensive game that relied on cautious advances and artillery fire. Unit of the match was the British Guard Heavy Cavalry, that managed to destroy two French light cavalries with a Cavalry Charge card, got reduced to 1 Block, retreated to the baseline, got replenished to three blocks and nearly defeated another French (heavy) cavalry unit before perishing in British infantry fire. This is a fun battle.
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General-Lebrel replied the topic: #3697 4 years 3 months ago
Timothy replied the topic: #3434 4 years 5 months ago
Quite an interesting battle. I played as the British. The French advanced in the Center but took heavy casualties and were repelled giving me a 3-0 lead. After a brief cavalry skirmish on my left and another repulsed attack on my right thanks to the long range of the rifles and timely intervention of the guards the score went to 6-3. A few French infantry followed the remaining cavalry on my left into fire from the British line and foot artillery. Finishing off the battle 7-3 for the Brits.
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Bayernkini replied the topic: #865 7 years 10 months ago
the complete river is fordable, there is no special single "ford" hex.
Maineiac replied the topic: #863 7 years 10 months ago
Is the entire Portina Brook fordable in this scenario? Or is there only a ford where the French Line Infantry set up in the brook?
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Bayernkini replied the topic: #292 9 years 7 months ago
Well, here a good example, that the dice
can be the hell :evil:

Played against agssm in the MT2 and suffered
a disaster.
If i got the same cards again, i would play exact
same tactic again, but if the dice don´t love you,
you can do nothing :S

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