Sunday, 19 June 2016

Talavera 2 - The Finale

 Oh my, you couldn't make this up (although we did because it's a wargame) Spain continues to hold the wings as the pressure on the British centre becomes unbearable!
Yet another attack by the columns of Level's Division
 ...and again the Spaniards see them off. Level stamps on his hat (not pictured)
 Even the Spanish cavalry makes a good account of itself
 ...but the weight of the attack and quality of the German French forces the Spanish to hold to the last pinned in place
 French Dragoons pour through the breach...
 The regular Spanish try to encline to hold the shoulder of the penetration
 ...but the full power of the French centre, despite it's terrible casualties, wears the British regiments down one by one (and it seamed as though there was only a 'one' on the dice!)
 Scots to square...
 Guards to square...
 Spanish in line, ignored by the cavalry, continue to resist
 ...against relentless pressure
 The Dragoons begin to execute their roll up manoeuvre
 The last of the British cavalry, already badly knocked about, crosses the field to oppose the Dragoons
 Given the respite the Guard go into line just in time to receive columns with hardly another British unit left!
 A clash of cavalry...the Maria Luisia Huzares (in the blue corner) v the Westphalian Chevauxleger
 ...and victory for the Spanish!
 Scots back into line to counter the final attack only to die in a heap
 Stalwart Spaniards hold their own...
 ...but the tide is proving too great for the centre. Only the Guard remains against a sea of Frenchmen...
The French are too late! The grass has caught alight (they ran out of time) and just as the Guard advance to the rear, err, hem, they cannot follow up for the conflagration barrs their way

The French, so close to victory, have to make do with a draw. The departing Allies just have time to shout through the smoke "Them's the breaks matey!"

Thanks as always to the guy's for their company and crap/lucky dice rolling

Monday, 13 June 2016

Talavera 2 - Part Four

We're at the crux of the matter here. Everything up for grabs with only a few moves left on the clock...
Level is determined to push aside the Spanish and turn the British flank
 The Spaniards bring all pressure to bare but the British are looking pretty thin
 With the Spanish artillery gone and most of the cavalry blown, second rate troops are doing a first rate job of holding them up...
 Latour Mauberg throws his Dragoons at the RHA...
 ...regiment after regiment...
 The French gunners continue to wreak havoc on the Spanish line but are holding up their own cavalry
 The columns come in...
 ...and in...
 ...against steady fire but from dwindling numbers
 Regiments perish to a man and more take their place
 Success for the Spanish Militia!
 The gunners swet and fire in support of the Allied infantry
 Waloon Guard holds on yet
 Suddenly there are no more reserves before them and the French columns are through a gap torn between the British and Spanish...
 Destruction of the infantry gives the cavalry an opportunity
 The gunners are cut down! The position taken!
 The Poles of the French left flank crash on

 Can the Spanish hold the line?

 On, on come the columns despite their losses
 The Dragoons seize their chance to exploit the gap!
Meanwhile, the British are pretty well pinned in place by continuous columnar attacks
View from the Allied left...
British cavalry plug the extreme left flank
The Spanish infantry bravely take on the French right of the line...
...militia too!
A clash bring the cavalry back blown
It's all a near run thing
French attack column...
...staggered by fire!
But the gap gets wider. See the outflanking French column in middle ground

The men are continually whipped back into line, more afraid of their own NCO's than the enemy
Another square comes under attack
..after heavy artillery bombardment...
...and it's gone!
Column crashes against column...trying to hold the edges of the rent in the position
The Brigade CO is staggered and so it hits every battalion in the whole formation
Units fall like nine pins. Punishment like this is hard to take
Cock-a-hoop the French Dragoons salle here and there
Spanish units also fall to the juggernaut
View of the breach
Orders come up at last. The ADC casualty rate has been high
In go the Voluntarios against the Poles
Right of the Allied line...
The Spaniards must also encline left to try and bolster the defence...
...but the breach is well and truly open

Next time;
Can you smell smoke?
Who left the door open?
Are the Allies up the creek without a paddle?

Answers on a postcard - next time