012 Garcia Hernandez (23 July 1812)
Garcia Hernandez - 23 July 1812
Bock’s heavy (Kings German Legion) cavalry brigade and Anson’s British light cavalry brigade were in hot pursuit of the French army on the 23rd, the day after Wellington’s smashing victory at Salamanca. Marshal Marmont detailed Foy’s French division along with Curto’s French cavalry brigade to act as the rearguard and cover the French retreat. As the Anglo-German cavalry force approached, Curto’s cavalry retreated instead of advancing to engage, leaving Foy’s infantry alone to face the cavalry. Foy quickly ordered his rear-most units to form square, but the first square charged held their fire too long. Their volley hit home, but the momentum of the charge propelled mortally wounded horses and riders into the square. The shaken infantry did not close ranks and surviving troopers burst into the square through the gaps. The square dissolved in panic - a rare event in the Napoleonic Wars. Normally a steady square could withstand the best cavalry, but the extraordinary event of horse and rider smashing into the square led to the square’s demise this time. The heavy cavalry, joined by Anson’s light cavalry, continued their pursuit and attacked a second square. The second square was so demoralized by the destruction of the first square that its troops also broke and ran before the cavalry. Foy, seeing that the field could not be held, retired with the rest of his troops. His division had fought magnificently the day before at Salamanca, allowing the French army to escape, but Garcia Hernandez was one rear guard action too many for these fatigued troops.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?
• Commander: Bock
• 6 Command Cards
• Optional 4 Tactician Cards
• Commander: Foy
• 6 Command Cards (The two French Light Infantry units start the battle in square. The French player selects two cards randomly from his hand and places them on the Infantry In Square Track. French Command is reduced to four.)
• Optional 4 Tactician Cards
• Move First
The first French infantry unit eliminated will count as one Victory Banner for the British player and each infantry unit eliminated after the first will count as two Eagles.
The second playing had the French all aggressive at the start and they took the first honors after rifle and artillery fire eliminated a Brit HC. After finding the French squares hard to whittle away the British cav went for easier targets and soon had 4 French LI in square and Foy plus the artillery out of the battle (2-2). Further aggression by the French HC had the British LC reeling and despite taking out a French LI it was soon the British on the back foot looking desperately for quick kills to try to get back into the game (5-3). despite getting a second French LI (5-5) the British lost it when the French HC charged home and routed a 4th Brit LC with 3 swords in 1 roll to win a tighter and more exciting 2nd playing.