Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Battle of Tamames - Spain 1809

Last weekend myself, Andrew Parr, Victor Perry and Dave Grounds got together at my place and re-played the Battle of Tamames, Spain 1809. The scenario came from the General de Brigade Scenarios 1 for the Napoleonic War, page 8. The actual battle was a rare Spanish victory over the French. Our battle was very much the same however this time it was only a slight victory for the Spanish. We basically had all the required orders of battle which were the following:

Spanish Army: 5 x brigades of Infantry (2 x 3 Battalions, 3 x 2 battalions)
1 x brigade of Cavalry (made up of four different squadrons)
2 x batteries of foot artillery (1 x heavy and 1 x light)

French Army: 3 x brigades of Infantry (2 x 3 Battalions and 1 x 5 Battalions)
2 x brigades of cavalry (replaced by 2 small regts of Dragoons)
1 x battery of Artillery.
As you can see the French were out numbered and the Spanish position was a strong one to assault. However the French General (Marchand) with veteran troops behind him thought he would easily push aside the Spanish forces. He was to proved horribly wrong.....

Tamames from the air. On the right of the image is the steep ridge line the attacking French columns had to advance up in order to attack the Spanish.

General de Brigade Maucune Brigade made up the French right column. Their attack was to fall on La Carrera troops, opposite them on the ridge line.

Lazan's troops held the village of Tamames but for me it was on for one turn. Lazanns lost faith in front of the French columns and withdraw, leaving a nice hole in the Spanish centre.

Maucune's first assault on the ridge line failed.

The Spanish foot bty sets up near the Chapel and helps La Carrera repel the first assault.

One of my battalions from Tamames which decided to call it quits in the first move of the game. You would think being led by a priest they would of stood their ground?

One of the four French Line battalions closing in on Tamames.

The town stands abandoned
This I can imagine was what the French saw as they advance towards resistance as my troops had decided to pull out.

With only one French battery on their side they had to placed on a hill. From this position they could dominate just over half the board and concentrate fire on the Spanish centre.

The three battalions of O'Donnels Brigade moves up on the Spanish right flank.

Light infantry from Marcognet Brigade move up from the French left and attempt to force the Spanish from the ridge.

With pressure starting to build on the Spanish right flank Maucune again attempts to push La Carrera on the Spanish left.

A good birds eye's view at the end of the second turn. In the centre you can see Lazan's Bde has withdrawn from Tamames, there is pressure on the left flank of the Spanish line and Tamames is about to be stormed by Labasse Bde in the centre.

Labassee's Bde moves into Tamames

French Light troops occupy the orchid

O'Donnells' Bde in reserve

The French in Tamames

Last attack from Maucune and his Bde is broken. Victory on the Spanish left flank.

Marcogents' Bde move through the orchid and onto the slopes towards the Spanish centre

Having already taken a hard pounding from French guns the Spanish centre now prepares for the infantry assault.

And here they come. Having taken Tamames, Labassee now brings his Bde up onto the ridge line and breaks the Spanish centre.

From the Spanish centre...not looking good.

Four french battalions now move up and assault two Spanish battalions...can they hold?

French column from Labasse's Bde pushes up onto the ridge.

Another view of the broken Spanish centre

Two battalions on the one...these boys could not hold and were beaten back with crippling loses.

The difficult ground tot he Spanish rear slows down the French pursuit almost to a stand still.

But they push on trying to exploit the gap.

Some French Dragoons who did not really see much action as the ridge was to difficult for cavalry action.

Labassee leading from the front inspires his troops to fight harder

However Lazan finally stops his withdrawal and hold firm, just on the edge of the rough ground. On his left the last of the Spanish reserve of two fresh battalions, of Belveder Bde, move up in support. You can just make out the Spanish Cavalry Bde in the rear, they did not take any part in the game and just sat back and enjoyed the show.

Another view of the Spanish centre after the line has stabilized. This was turn six. The Spanish were still in command of 2/3rds of the ridge and the French were only in possession of the village of Tamames and the centre of the ridge.

One last attack from Labassee's Bde pushed back the remnents of this lone Spanish battalion.

Vicorious but tried Frenchmen stop the pursuit at the top of the ridge. Re-form and attempt to push on.

Spanish guns fire canister and soon tear apart this French Light Battalion

Belveder's fresh Bde move up to re-take the ridge.

The last French charge fails and the game ends with a minor victory to the Spanish.

Catalonian Light infantry swam around in the difficult ground forcing the French to halt their attack.


Paul Liddle said...

Lovely looking game.Thanks for showing us.


VolleyFireWargames said...

Hey Vinnie looks great you need to post an order of battle and a (map) so us folks that like the Peninsula can replay it. Great looking figs by the way. Are the grey ares with "bushes" cut out of felt? They count as rough or broken ground? I think you sent me these rules once but I am not sure.
I don't see any Spanish cavalry?

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

A wonderful spectacle!


Vinnie said...

No worries I will try to add a map and armiy list tonight plus the battle report for you. cheers


leroy said...

As always mate, the Spanish never fail to impress me, another great looking game sorry I missed it.

Vinnie said...

Cheers Leroy.. three of those units you painted for me amd they are the pride of the army. Is a shame you could not make the game. Maybe in the next few months we can arrange a trip?