The Spanish Army is the first expansion for Commands & Colors: Napoleonics. In this expansion, you will find 18 historical scenarios that focus on Peninsular battles fought by the Spanish army from 1808 to 1813, plus all the new units you need to field for these engagements. A number of additional scenarios are also presented that involve the Anglo-Spanish alliance and will require British and Portuguese troop blocks from the core game.
Spanish troops and leaders, as many Napoleonic historians point out, performed badly on a large number of occasions. Yet there are a number of battles where the Spaniards fought valiantly and gained victory. Ironically, the point most historians overlook is the fact that the Spanish armies constituted a threat that Napoleon simply could not ignore. As good as Wellington’s Anglo-Portuguese field army was, he could only take on one French army at a time. The Spanish forces and the accompanying guerrilla warfare against French troops tied down many French forces in the Peninsula, allowing the Anglo-Portuguese army to ultimately emerge victorious.
At the time of the Napoleonic Wars, Spain was only a shadow of its former power. The quality of Spanish troops varied, from very poor to good, and the Spanish National Unit Reference Card presents a wealth of subtle National unit characteristics that set the Spanish Army apart from all other Coalition armies that opposed Napoleon. Command of the Spanish Army, therefore, will truly challenge even the most experienced Commands & Colors: Napoleonics player.
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