Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Grijó 1809

Today we refighted Grijó, the first battle of Wellington when he and the british army come back to the Peninsula for a second assault after the retreat at Coruña. The british (right) have supperior forces, But the french (left) under Soult are well entrenched and have the upper hand in cavalry.
 Francheschi's dragoons move forward
The british light dragoons move to counter 
 While the infantry forms in square (my father had watched Waterloo sometime before and was eager to square up!)
 Dragoons retreat before the squares
 Grijó safely houses the french infantry
 One unit of british foot advanced tentatively forward
 The british amass in the woods
 Francheschi takes this chance and races forward...
 ...charging on a british unit that can't form in a square inside the woods!

 The infantry unit is cut to pieces while their comrades panic and form squares
 The light dragoons come to the rescue
 Only to be countercharged in the flank and repulsed

 Meanwhile in Grijó, two french units face off against a lone british
 The dragoons follow up their sucess charging the shaky british riders
 Easily routing them
 The shootout in Grijó remains inconclusive
As the sun sets, the british squares slowly retreat under the constant threat of Francheschi's dragoons

Another french victory! Vive l'empreur!

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