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Battle of Tornavacas - A Peninsular War Scenario

French forces have crossed the Sierra de Gredos debouching into the foot hills at the town of Tornavacas


These forces have outflanked Wellington's positions around Talavera and threaten his line of communication with Plasencia.


The town of Tornavacas has a garrison of Spanish troops in brigade strength.


The French need to take the town to open their route out of the Sierra de Gredos.


The Allies need to keep hold of Tornavacas to eliminiate the French threat to their line of communications.

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ALLIES ORDER OF MARCH


The Spanish garrison starts the game in the town, infantry occupying the built up area, their battery in base contact with the town and their cavalry to the rear of the town.


The W. Anson's and G. Anson's Brigades dice to see when they arrive - a score of 1 or 2 and they arrive on move 3, 3 or 4 they arrive on move 4, 5 or 6 and they arrive on move 5. Hind's and Hulse's Brigades will arrive the move after and Rexende's Brigade the move after that.


FRENCH ORDER OF MARCH


The French Advance Guard start from the table edge on move 1. Move 2 Bessiere's and Espert's Brigades arrive. Move 3 the Reserve Cavalry Brigade arrives.


Move 10 Pino's Rear Guard arrives.

GAMERS - PETER MORBEY, DALE RAWSON, JOHN KINSEY AND MICHAEL HOLGATE

RULES USED - CONTROLLING THE CHAOS

ALLIES RIGHT FLANK LOOKING DOWN THE LINE TO THEIR LEFT FLANK

THE SPANISH DEFENDING TORNAVACAS

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THE FRENCH LEFT CENTER

ALLIES ORDER OF BATTLE


BRITISH 6TH DIVISION


HINDE'S BRIGADE

2nd Foot ( 1 x 30 Line )

32nd Foot ( 1 x 30 Veteran )

36th Foot ( 1 x 30 Veteran )

12 x Skirmishers

Foot Battery ( 3 x 9pdrs )


HULSE'S BRIGADE

11th Foot ( 1 x 40 Line )

2/53rd Foot ( 1 x 40 Line )

61st Foot ( 1 x 40 Veteran )

12 x Skirmishers

6 x 60th Rifles


REZENDE'S PORTUGUESE BRIGADE

8th Line Regt. ( 2 x 30 Line )

12th Line Regt. ( 2 x 30 Conscripts )

9th Cacadore Btn. ( 1 x 30 Veteran )

18 x Skirmishers

6 x Cacadore Rifles

Attached Foot Battery

( 2 x 9pdrs & 1 x Howitzer )


ATTACHED BRIGADES


W. ANSON'S BRIGADE

3/27th Foot ( 1 x 40 Line )

40th Foot ( 1 x 30 Line )

6 x Skirmishers

6 x Brunswick Jagers ( Rifles )


G. ANSON'S BRIGADE

11th Light Dragoons ( 4 x 6 figure sqds. )

12th Light Dragoons ( 4 x 6 figure sqds. )

Attached

Portuguese Cavalry ( 4 x 6 figure sqds. )

RHA Battery ( 3 x 6pdrs ) ( Elite )


SPANISH

Princesa Regt. ( 3 x 32 Line / Militia* )

10 x Skirmishers

1st. Barcelona Light Btn. ( 1 x 36 Line / Militia* )

12 x Skirmishers

Foot Battery ( 3 x 4pdrs & 1 x Howitzer ) ( Line )

Dragoon Regt. ( 4 x 6 figure sqds. ) ( Miltia Heavy )


( *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


ADVANCE GUARD

GERMAN BRIGADE

Westphalian Line Regt. ( 2 x 36 Line )

Westphalian Ligh Btn.  ( 1 x 36 Line )

2nd Nassau Regt. ( 2 x 36 Veteran )

Italian Line Regt. ( 2 x 36 Conscripts )

26 x Skirmishers

Westphalian Foot Battery ( 3 x 8pdrs & 1 x How. )

Westphalian Chevauleger Regt. ( 4 x 6 figure sqds.)

FRENCH LIGHT CAVALRY BRIGADE

11th Chasseurs a cheval ( 4 x 6 figure sqds.)

24th Chasseurs a cheval ( 4 x 6 figure sqds.)

Horse Battery ( 3 x 4pdrs ) ( Elite )


FRENCH DIVISION

BESSIERE'S BRIGADE

Light Regt. ( 2 x 36 Veterans )

Light Regt. ( 2 x 36 Veterans )

14 x Skirmishers

Foot Battery ( 3 x 6pdrs & 1 x Howitzer )

ESPERT'S BRIGADE

Line Regt. ( 2 x 36 Line )

Line Regt. ( 2 x 36 Line )

14 x Skirmishers


RESERVE CAVALRY BRIGADE

13th Cuirassier Regt. ( 4 x 6 figure sqds. ) ( Elite )

5th Hussar Regt. ( 4 x 6 figure sqds. )


REAR GUARD

Italian Line Regt. ( 2 x 36 Line )

8 x Skirmishers



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ALLIED RIGHT CENTER PRIOR TO THE CHARGE OF THE FRNCH 5TH HUSSARS ( IN THE DISTANCE ) ON THE FOOT BATTERY IN THE RIGHT OF THE PICTURE

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THE SPANISH BATTERY, ON THE LEFT OF TORNAVACAS, PRIOR TO THE FRENCH CHARGE THAT TOOK IT OUT AND PRIOR TO THE CHARGE OF THE 13TH CUIRASSIERS THAT CUT DOWN THE BRITISH BATTALION TO THE RIGHT OF THE BATTERY

FIRST FRENCH ATTACKS ON TORNAVACAS

FRENCH SKIRMISH LINE IN ACTION AGAINST THE ALLIED RIGHT CENTER

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WESTPHALIAN FOOT BATTERY FIRING ON TORNAVACAS

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FRENCH ATTACK ON THE LEFT OF TORNAVACAS

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FRENCH 5TH HUSSARS RALLEYING ON THE SPOT AFTER CUTTING DOWN A BRITISH FOOT BATTERY

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DALE CONTEMPLATING HIS FRENCH RIGHT FLANK

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FRENCH 13TH CUIRASSIERS PRIOR TO THEIR CHARGING AND CUTTING DOWN THE BRITIAH BATTALION IN THE DISTANCE

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THE HIGH POINT OF THE FRANCH ATTACKS ON TORNAVACAS TAKING THREE QUARTERS OF THE TOWN

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THE FRENCH ATTACK LEFT CENTER

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MICHAEL LOOKING OVER HIS ALLIED LEFT FLANK

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ALLIED RIGHT CENTER AFTER THE FRENCH RESERVE CAVALRY BRIGADE HAD TAKEN OUT 2 BRITISH BATTALIONS AND A BATTERY

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