009 Combat at Redinha (12 March 1811)

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Combat at Redinha - 12 March 1811

Historical Background
The battle at Redinha on March 12th, 1811, was the second rearguard action fought during Massena’s retreat from the Lines of Torres Vedras. Marshall Ney commanded the rear guard. Having failed to delay the British on the 11th, Ney retreated to a new position, near Redinha. His second rearguard stand was at an ideal place, with a plateau south of the village and woods on each flank. Ney deployed Mermet’s division on the plateau and Marchand’s division north of the village on the far side of the Ancos River. Wellington knew that he was close to the main French force and proceeded very cautiously, giving Ney the opportunity to move most of Marchand’s brigades to support Mermet. It was almost 2 PM, when all of Wellington’s forces were in position, and the general advance was ordered. The 3rd Division attacked the French left and the Light Division the French right. Erskine’s force threw the French out of the woods on the right and only a timely charge by the French cavalry prevented the position from being overrun. Soon, however, Ney’s flanks were both threatened and Mermet and Marchand were ordered to retreat across the river. Ney was praised for his handling of the rearguard, for he had held Wellington up for an entire day, giving Massena the time he needed to force his way across the Mondego River.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?


Set-Up Order



Hill 17
River 7
RiverBend 3
RiverBridge 1
Town 2


Battle Notes

British Army
• Commander: Wellington
• 6 Command Cards
• Optional 6 Tactician Cards
• Move First

Line Infantry Light Infantry Grenadier Infantry Guard Grenadier Infantry Light Cavalry Foot Artillery Horse Artillery Leader   Line Infantry Light Infantry
2 1 1 1 2 1 1 4   3 1

French Army
• Commander: Ney
• 5 Command Cards
• Optional 4 Tactician Cards

Line Infantry Light Infantry Light Cavalry Foot Artillery Horse Artillery Leader
7 1 1 1 1 3

6 Banners

Special Rules
The Ancos River is impassable except at the bridge.

Tags: Base Game, Banners: 6, Army: British, Army: French, Army: Portuguese

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LARS replied the topic: #6974 7 months 2 weeks ago
Loison encounters the unimaginable... his cavalry charges into canister, battlefield smoke confuses his infantry, and Erskine’s cavalry breaks a square. The French right is gone.
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LARS replied the topic: #6970 7 months 2 weeks ago
Wellington wins easily 6-2. This scenario appears to be very difficult for the French. Block losses were 27-13, the highest differential thus far.
Sringoot replied the topic: #2855 6 years 2 months ago
Well if you want to win as the french without hoping for the english center to roll epicly bad when it advances, you need to score some banners on the right flank.
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Mark-McG replied the topic: #2846 6 years 2 months ago
I don't think the French need to advance. They can let their better artillery do the work, and make the English advance.
Sringoot replied the topic: #2843 6 years 2 months ago
Couldn't help finding the French as a big underdog here. The only possibility to advance is the right flank where forces are roughly equal.
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General-Lebrel replied the topic: #1775 7 years 2 months ago
Link to the photos of the battle (welcome to our blog!); batallitasrobervictor.blogspot.com.es/20...t-at-redinha-12.html

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