Sunday, 21 February 2021

Valladolid Campaign – Day 4

26 March 1813 – Northern Spain – Day 4

Soult is short of supplies.

He establishes a new depot at Palencia and transfers 4 days supplies from Coca

The French now have six depots and must detach infantry to garrison them

Four of the six French corps have only 1 or 2 days supplies

It will take another two days to reorganise and resupply

To distract Wellington he orders 7th and 13th corps to attack Medina


Wellington has problems of his own

He concentrates his army in front of Benavente, Zamora and Medina

1st, 3rd and 4th corps are in urgent need of reorganisation and resupply

Fortunately 5th and 6th corps in front of Medina are battle ready

Battle of Medina

The British start the battle with more infantry than the Spanish, seven brigades to six French.   In addition there is a Spanish brigade in Medina.

They also occupy a strong defensive position, particularly their right flank which is deployed on the hill.

The French commander is well aware that he must pin the hill and attack against the infantry deployed in front of the town.   He must also cause some casualties before he orders the attack.   He take command of the artillery of both corps to create a grand battery.

The gunners fail to inflict any casualties on the British, and the attack is defeated with heavy casualties.


I have written our wargame rules to discourage counter battery fire.   We roll 2D6 to determine whether artillery have scored a hit.   Against infantry the gunners require 8 at long range, against gunners they require 11.

As the attacker in this game I felt confident moving my artillery into range of the enemy infantry, even though this meant that Jan could fire on my gunners first.   I was less than pleased when she rolled 11 with her first attempt.   I was even less pleased when my gunners failed their morale test and were shaken.   This meant they would have to rally before they could fire.   They failed to do so for the next two rounds.   

My cavalry then lost their melee and routed through the shaken gunners.  They not only failed their morale test, but they also routed and joined the cavalry.   Worse still the second battery failed their morale test and were shaken.

Out of eight moves my gunners only fired twice, and they missed both times.

Not surprising that I lost the game!


  1. Thistlebarrow,

    An interesting battle. It seems to me that the French have begun to lose the initiative, and would be best advised to stay put, recoup their losses, and wait for the Allies to either attack or withdraw.

    All the best,


  2. Hi Bob

    Thanks for your comments

    The campaign objective is to take and hold Valladolid.
    The French have done well to achieve the first part so soon
    But the holding the town is the real problem
    It will now be a race between the French reorganising their supplies
    And the British recovering and counter attacking before they can do so
    And, as always, the Spanish guerrilla will be the unknown factor

    best regards



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