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Battle of La Meseta - A Peninsular War Scenario

The main French and Allied armies are facing each other to the north of the battlefield.

The Allied High Command, with a Division sized force,  plan to cross the plateau with the objective of taking the town of La Haba and then turning North to take the French forces in the flank.

The French High Command has become aware of the Allies plans and under the cover of darkness and early morning fog prepare to meet this turning movement.

 

ALLIES DEPLOYMENT

The Allied Brigades deploy in column of route with the head of the columns at the top of the slope at point ‘A’. They will move at 12” per move, in this formation, for the first three moves with no movement across the table centre line. On move four will move and deploy as required.

 


FRENCH DEPLOYMENT


The low ground to the south and west of the plateau will be shrouded in fog for the first three moves. French deployment will be drawn on paper and can be  anywhere below the plateau ridge line on the south and west of the plateau. The fog will clear on move four and any troops in sight of the allies will be placed on the table. All troops will then move and fight as ordered.

GAMERS - PETER MORBEY, DALE RAWSON, DEREK FINCH AND MICHAEL HOLGATE

RULES USED - CONTROLLING THE CHAOS

ALLIES VIEW OF THE PLATEAU

THE TOWN OF LA HABA SHROUDED IN FOG

THE ALLEIS BRIGADE COLUMNS ARRIVE ON THE PLATEAU

ALLIES ORDER OF BATTLE


Divisional General & 2 ADCs

DIVISIONAL ARTILLERY

9pdr Foot Battery ( 3 guns Line )

 

W. ANSON’S BRIGADE

Brigade General & ADC

27th Foot ( 40 figs Line )

40th Foot ( 30 figs Veteran )

6 Skirmishers

2 Rifle Skirmishers

 

HINDE’S BRIGADE

Brigade General & ADC

2nd Foot ( 30 figs Veteran )

32nd Foot ( 30 figs Veteran )

36th Foot ( 30 figs Line )

10 Skirmishers

 

VANDELEUR’S LIGHT BRIGADE

Brigade General & ADC

52nd Light ( 40 figs Elite )

Rifles Btn ( 30 figs Elite )

3rd Cacadores ( 30 figs Veteran )

20 Skirmishers

8 Rifle Skirmishers

 

G. ANSON’S LIGHT CAVALRY BRIGADE

Brigade General & ADC

11th Light Dragoons ( 24 figs Line )

12th Light Dragoons ( 24 figures Line )

6pdr Horse Battery ( 3 guns Elite )

 

SPANISH BRIGADE

Brigade General

1 / Zamora ( 32 figs Line / Militia* )

2 / Zamora ( 32 figs Line / Militia* )

3 / Zamora ( 32 figs Line / Militia* )

1 / Princesa ( 32 figs Line / Militia* )

2 / Princesa ( 32 figs Line / Militia* )

3 / Princesa ( 32 figs Line / Militia* )

1st Barcelona Light Infantry ( 32 figs Line / Militia )

18 Skirmishers

8 Light Infantry Skirmishers

4pdr Foot Battery ( Line )

 

( *We throw a dice ( D6 ) each move to see how these units fire and test morale - an odd score they fire and test as Militia, even score they test as Line troops. We do this to give Spanish infantry an unpredictable quality.

FRENCH ORDER OF BATTLE


Divisional General & 2 ADCs

DIVISIONAL ARTILLERY

6pdr Foot Battery ( 3 guns 1 howitzer Line )

6pdr Foot Battery ( 3 guns 1 howitzer Line )

 

DALESME’S BRIGADE

Brigade General & ADC

1 / 4th Line ( 48 figs Veteran )

2 / 4th Line ( 48 figs Veteran )

3 / 4th Line ( 48 figs Veteran )

1 / 46th Line ( 36 figs Line )

2 / 46th Line ( 36 figs Line )

3 / 46th Line ( 36 figs Line )

1 / 24th Light ( 36 figs Line )

36 x Skirmishers

 

ESPERT’S BRIGADE

Brigade General & ADC

1 / 42nd Line ( 36 figs Veteran )

2 / 42nd Line ( 36 figs Veteran )

1 / 67th Line ( 36 figs Line )

2 / 67th Line ( 36 figs Line )

16 Skirmishers

 

BESSIERE’S BRIGADE

Brigade General & ADC

1 / 1st Light ( 36 figs Line )

2 / 1st Light ( 36 figs Line )

1 / 3rd Light ( 36 figs Conscripts )

2 / 3rd Light ( 36 figs Conscripts )

16 Skirmishers

 

LIGHT CAVALRY BRIGADE

Brigade General & ADC

11th Chasseurs a cheval ( 24 figs Line )

24th Chasseurs a cheval ( 24 figs Line )

6pdr Horse Battery ( 3 guns Elite )

 

THE FOG HAS CLEARED AND THE FRENCH APPEAR

THE FRENCH BATTLE LINE CROSSES THE CREST ONTO THE PLATEAU

THE ALLIED BRIGADE COLUMNS REACT TO THE FRENCH BATTLE LINE

FRENCH COLUMNS OF ATTACK ON THEIR RIGHT FLANK

FRENCH ARTILLERY OPENS UP WITH CANISTER

ALLIED BATTLE LINE FORMING

THE TWO BATTLE LINES ABOUT TO GET INTO THEIR MUSKETERY

SPANISN TROOPS GETTING TO GRIPS WITH THE FRENCH RIGHT FLANK

THE FRENCH SECOND LINE IN COLUMNS OF ATTACK

A VEIW OF THE FRENCH SECOND LINE

DALE MOVING HIS TROOPS AND DEREK CONTEMPLATIG HIS                NEXT MOVE

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TABLE LAYOUT

ALLIES INITIAL DEPLOYMENT

FRENCH INITIAL DEPLOYMENT

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