It was a Dougie Traill scenario in which a French Force (commanded by Dougie and Bart Zynda) encountered an allied force of Johns Glass’s Spaniards supported by my British brigade. The key point was the village of Los Anonimo in the centre of the battlefield, represented by 2 built up areas, to win this objective had to be controlled at the end of the game.
|Swiss in Spanish service move on Los Anonimo
The French split their forces with Dougie commanding a light cavalry brigade on their right flank and Bart commanding 2 French infantry brigades with artillery support on their centre/left. Johns Spanish cavalry was on our left with the first of his infantry brigades in the centre with a further brigade off table in reserve and my British brigade was across a small stream on the allied right facing a line of low hills.
All the troops used the standard factors in the rules. All the cavalry were counted as standard light cavalry. The French infantry were reliable in attack column, the British infantry had first fire and all the Spaniards were unreliable. The French and British commanders were rated as 8 and the Spanish as 7. We used the alternate move sequence with firing occurring after initiative moves.
|The invincible brown hussars win again but not for long....
|French marching wins race Los Anonimo
|British advance on steady French lines
The key to the action was the struggle for Los Anonimo. The French had one battalion deployed in each of the BUAs of Los Anonimo and a further battalion in reserve behind the stream. John launched his first brigade in an attempt to storm the village but this attack was driven back easily by the French defenders. John then changed tactics and brought up his units including a gun to shoot the French out of the nearest built up area. After several turns the weight of fire broke the French defenders. Abysmal command rolls prevented the Spanish from occupying that half of the village and while repeated disordering hits prevented the French reserve battalion from reoccupying it.
|Spanish deliver crushing fire into Los Anonimo
The French held one half of the village as the game ended so it was declared a minor French victory. The game showed again the difficulty of taking a defended built up area under Black Powder but that I think is realistic.