1813 Linares Campaign

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1813 Linares Campaign

Postby thistlebarrow » Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:54 am

This is the ninth campaign fought in Spain, and the fifth in southern Spain. Once more the Spanish Army test their skills against a mixed French, Italian and Polish army.

The Spanish have won two campaigns, the French also two and a third was a draw.

Despite this very even campaign performance, I am not at all sure that I have got the balance right for the Spanish Army. If memory serves me well it was more luck than judgement that they have done so well.

The French have 16 infantry brigades, 4 cavalry brigades and 4 corps artillery. Half of the infantry are C class.

The Spanish have 26 infantry brigades, 2 cavalry brigades and 4 corps artillery. There are 14 regular infantry brigades, but 10 of them are C class. There are 12 militia brigades, all are C class and are independent of the regular army.

For this campaign I am trying to increase the influence of the Spanish irregular troops. The Spanish outnumber the French in infantry, but half are militia garrison troops. When a city or town is captured by the French the militia garrison take to the hills and become a guerrilla band. But they must remain close to their original garrison town.

Guerrilla attacks on isolated garrisons or supply trains are decided by a single dice throw. They need a 6 to rout a garrison or capture supplies. However there will be at least six bands operational and each can attack every two or three days. When under attack the garrison cannot forage, and will lose one days supplies.

The introduction to the campaign is now on the campaign diary blog. It includes a history of the Spanish in southern Spain, all of the campaign maps and photos of both armies.
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