Saturday, April 21, 2012
Lasalle's cavalry attacked the remaining Spanish cavalry regiment and finished them off and made a breakthrough into a Spanish square, which also broke and was routed from the field. The other Spanish battalions on the hill next to the village remained in square and were being shot up by the guardsmen who were in lines. The Spanish thought of trying to reform into a line now that the cavalry were well behind them and finishing off their comrades. Unfortunately, the Spanish morale test to reform while they were disrupted failed and they were now in a state of confusion The last two battalions of the Imperial Guard charged in and easily whipped the dazed and confused Spanish troops in squares. The final Spanish infantry battalion that had been ejected from the village was hit by Lasalle's other cavalry regiment and because the Spanish battalion was already mauled, was slaughtered. This last move completed the French entrapment of the remaining Spanish skirmishers who now had no route of escape due to the river being impassible.
The complete route and capture of the Spanish forces and village was a French major victory despite the fact that this was a small level game. Hopefully my friend Tim and I will be able to do the other battle in November 1808 of Somosierra next month.
Being the end of the 9th turn, it didn't matter as the French could not take the village and the cavalry could do not much more than risk getting themselves routed since they did not have infantry support. In the end, we considered it a minor Spanish victory even though General Reynaud's brigade could come into action. The Spanish lasted the required 9 turns and managed to pull of a minor victory if for nothing more than routing so many French forces off the table. The refight of the historical battle may have gone different from the original battle, but it was still quite fun to relive a part of history using correct maps and an OOB.