Sunday, 21 January 2018

Spanish Campaign Army – Militia and Guerrilla

Campaign Tactical Map

This shows the campaign at the end of the ninth day.   The four French corps have advanced south and have forced the Spanish regular army to retire to Linares, which is the campaign objective for both armies.   Behind the four French corps are three depots, each with an infantry brigade as garrison.   The French have occupied six towns, which has produced six guerrilla bands.   One has captured the French depot at Abenojar (top left) and a second is attacking the routed garrison which is trying to get to Probete.

There are nine militia brigades, one for each town on the map.  When the town is occupied by the French, its militia brigade becomes a guerrilla band.   The guerrilla must remain in the general area of their town, and can only supply by moving into an unoccupied town or village.   
Mixed regular and irregular troops

In the photo above a Spanish regular corps has deployed in front of the town, which is occupied by a militia brigade.   The milita cannot be moved from the town, but they will fight to hold it.

The militia garrison does not come under the command of the Spanish commander, and cannot be moved out of the town.  They can be moved from one town section to another as required.   If supported by a regular corps they will fight to defend the town.

The main role of the guerrilla is to attack isolated French garrisons or supply trains.   To do so they must move into an adjacent square.   They are allowed a maximum of three days supplies, so they only have one day to attack.  They move into location, fight and then move back to resupply.

If they run out of supplies they are not allowed to attack.  In addition they lose 10% casualties for each day out of supply.   This will reduce their morale and combat ability.

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