|The Spanish Regiment Irlanda moving up in support of the left flank - they |
performed valiantly, but the battle was decided elsewhere.
Our game was based on the scenario published on the C&CN user site, with a couple of minor changes to the OOB (there are some typos on the scenario, though it is otherwise well thought out). Standard size C&C table (13 x 9 hexes), and, since my colleagues were new to the rules, we used the original Command Cards. which give rather quicker game-play. As always, I used my own rules for the Spanish army, rather than official C&CN Expansion #1 rules (they are pretty similar, in fact).
In the real Battle of Tamames, we are told, General Marchand (who had temporary command of the French VI Corps, while Marshal Ney was on leave in Paris) underestimated the strength of the Spanish position, not to mention their fighting qualities, and attacked their left with insufficient strength. The Spanish won, and Napoleon was as sick as a parrot.
Since we had read our Oman, and thus had the advantage of hindsight, in our game the French abandoned this approach (it was fairly evident from the troops on the table that Maucune's brigade, on the right, even with cavalry support, was not enough to defeat what he was faced with). The scenario probably understates the Spanish numbers a bit - in particular Belvidere's reserve looked a bit sparse behind the Spanish right flank, so our 20mm Marchand last night attacked on his left - though the ridge looked a bit daunting, the numbers were more in his favour - Marcognet's brigade, with support from Labassée's, went in, though it took a while to get suitable cards to promote aggressive action on that flank.
As ever, the C&C scenario has the armies developed at the start, but the attacking side (French) have some choreography to sort out, to get their artillery up from the rear.
There's a general initial picture in my previous post about this battle. The game was pretty frantic last night - brilliant fun. This may have something to do with the action not being hamstrung by the presence of a river, nor bogged down in the defence of a strongpoint, but we certainly had a lot of movement, and C&C managed yet again to provide a game suitable to get the newbies involved and enthusiastic. As is so often the case in such circumstances, I fear the photography was not as thorough as it could have been, so I'll attempt to piece together some kind of narrative from the evidence on the camera!
|The French develop their left flank attack - Marcognet to the fore, with |
two battalions of 25e Léger on loan from Bardet's brigade
|It took a while to get it organised, but here goes the main attack, with the second |
line carefully leaving enough space for the leading units to fall back if necessary...
|French artilleryman's view of the ridge opposite|
|Things are a little more stressful for the Spanish artillery on the other side |
of the table - with 2 red loss markers showing, this battery is already at reduced
effect - one more loss and they can go for an early bath
|General Del Parque decided against making any kind of serious defence of |
the town of Tamames, and pulled out to leave the place to the French
[note the statue of St Bernardino of Siena, patron saint of hay fever]
|The first wave of Marcognet's attack was halted for a while, but the Spanish troops |
on the ridge were gradually getting worn down
|A reverse for the French - 1/39e eliminated by an exceptional volley of musketry|
|With numbers starting to become a problem, the French eventually got the |
1/25e Léger up onto the flank of the Spanish line...
|...and they quickly put paid to the Regimiento Cantabria...|
|...the end is nigh - General Losada brings up his last reserve on the Spanish |
right - the converged grenadiers of the Africa and Reina regiments, but neither
he nor his brave troops lasted long
|History is overturned yet again - the Spanish right flank has gone, the Victory |
Point tally is 11-7 (9 for the win), and it's all over...
|...whichever way you look at it!|