Posted by: T.A.G. | 01/02/2016

Peninsular Game

Despite owning the army for three or four years, I had never fought with my Spanish troops only against them. This has now changed.

A one-off game took place where a Spanish division of two infantry brigades and a cavalry brigade took on the German division of three infantry brigades and a cavalry brigade in an 1809 Peninsular setting. The objective was a crossroads which neither side controlled at the start of the game. The crossroads was in a village.

The Spanish deployed in line behind the crossroads whilst the Germans deployed in column and advanced towards the crossroads. I have obtained some movement trays from Battlezone Miniatures and these, in their first outing, made moving units much easier than ever before.

The Spanish cavalry moved quickly to intercept the German infantry but the nature of the terrain meant that the move was badly mistimed and the Germans were able to neutralise the Spanish cavalry for minimal losses. The Germans concentrated their advance through the fairly closed terrain of the board’s centre whilst the Spanish had deployed one brigade to cover the more open terrain of one flank. So it was that the single Spanish brigade in the centre faced opposition from two enemy brigades (comprised of Hesse-Darmstadt, Frankfurt and Dutch units) and the cavalry brigade (Vistula Lancers). The Spanish brigade was quickly and easily forced back.

Meanwhile the third German brigade (Nassau and Baden units) closed in on the village and, within it, the all-important crossroads. Here though, the Germans were surprised by the firepower of the Spanish defenders and struggled to make headway whilst taking concerning levels of casualties. The Spanish fought well and showed that, as a wargames army, they have some bite. However, the collapse of the other Spanish formations meant that, now outnumbered by 2:1, they could not survive and a concerted and coordinated series of charges ended the battle with a decisive victory for the German player.

This game was an interesting challenge because the Spanish army is designed to be difficult to use and, given that Spanish doctrine was to fight in linear formations, it was unfamiliar. The learning experience was good and I’ll deploy and use the Spanish in different ways next time.

The pictures below are from the game.

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