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