LC01 Maida (4 July 1806)
Maida (Sicily Campaign) - 4 July 1806
French forces had invaded the Kingdom of Naples in the spring of 1806. By July, the French had crushed all Neapolitan resistance except for an uprising in Calabria and a garrison at Gaeta. The British decided to organise an expedition into Calabria to further the insurrection against the French, and prevent any potential invasion of Sicily.
A British force of over 5,000 men commanded by Major-General John Stuart sailed from Messina on 27 June. At the same time a French force of 6,000 men under the command of General Jean Reynier, the only French force in Calabria, moved to confront them.
On 4 July 1806, the two combatants met on the plain of Maida. As Reynier advanced, the British held their fire, then released a series of devastating volleys at point-blank range. The French faltered, and when the British charged at bayonet point, were completely routed. The entire action lasted only fifteen minutes. Stuart then marched south and after a series of minor skirmishes, returned to Sicily, as he felt his force was too weak to go onto a full offensive. His victory was much feted, and he received the Order of the Bath and an annuity of £1,000 a year from the British, and the title "Count of Maida" from King Ferdinand of Naples.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?
Commander: Sir John Stuart
5 Command Cards
Commander: Jean Louis Reynier
5 Command Cards
The Limato River is impassable except at the ford.
I did try replacing Digonnet's French line with light and I thought it worked pretty well - French were able to bring Digonnet's brigade forward rapidly to attack the British flank. However, for the record, Brits won 4-3.
Anyway, thanks for the scenario, a great addition and certainly one I'll use to introduce people to the game!
I think it's a good introductory battle and nice to be able to depict units at battalion level.
I'm curious to know why Digonnet's Light infantry brigade has been turned into 1 light battalion and 1 line battalion rather than 2 light battalions. I wonder whether this is designed to create game balance or is intended to be reflective of a mix of formations?
Some notes upon Maida
1- The river (LAMATO not LIMATO) was rather dry and impassable only for artillery.
2- The power of British Fire Combat does not give good balance; aka the French often lose the match.
3- From the historical research I'm not aware about the presence of Rifle units in the Expeditionnary Corps of Sir John Stuart. British Light infantry had low numbers and was almost unuseful