Tony’s clever system meant that I was able to play two cards per turn allowing me far more coordination than I would have had in a regular game of C&CN. The allies also played two cards but frustratingly for them it was only one each and in differing sectors of the table making it much more difficult to coordinate actions. The result was a French victory in a game that was neck and neck right to the last turn.
|The drawing room at chateaux Foy (note the radiogram on|
|This is Cuesta at Talavera issuing his one and only|
order "Hurry up and wait lads!"
|"I think we should move away from this tree it seems to attract|
French cannon fire, perhaps over there?"
|I managed to assemble a decent force of cavalry on my right|
flank and they were instrumental in the eventual French victory.
|That's me, Marshal Victor, next to the King of Spain (on the|
|French infantry massing in the centre of the field. It takes time|
to organise a big attack in C&CN but the ability to play 2 cards
per turn certainly helped things along.
|My plan was to feint in front of Talavera to prevent Cuesta from|
sending troops to reinforce Wellesley. It worked like a dream
although perhaps Cuesta never had any intention of helping
the British out!
|The attack in the centre finally gets underway. Each of those|
hill hexes across the stream are worth 1VP to me if I can
|The fighting fizzles out in front of Talavera although the|
Spanish did make a couple of local counter-attacks.
|A view from the British left flank. The 15th chasseurs (bottom right)|
have just seen off 2 enemy units and captured one of the hill hexes.
These lads definitely qualified for 'man of the match' and were
still on the field at the end of play.
|One of Tony's splendid units, Les Higgins figures I think.|
|I managed to bring up some heavy cavalry to support my left|
flank whilst gradually moving some of the infantry there
towards the centre to reinforce my main attack.
|This cavalry clash was an exciting affair of to and fro eventually|
resulting in a big fro for the British who were wiped out.
|Late in the afternoon and there is not a single British soldier left on the|
ridge. I'd like to say this was a clever tactic employed by Wellesley to use
reverse slopes but it had more to do with British troops running away.
|With the ridge vacated I was able to exploit the situation by moving|
forward and occupying enough hill hexes to win the day.
Thanks to Tony for hosting another truly superb game and to Goya for once again letting his British infantry run away (and also for not pushing me off the Fourth Bridge on the way home as had been suggested in the heat of battle). I’m looking forward to the next one!
And soon we were transported through hell and its fury
Through smoke and through fire, through shot and through flame
And at Telavera we stole Boney's Eagle
And in that short time we were heroes of Spain