Monday, June 25, 2012

Intriguing reaction

Quite surprisingly to the Spanish Headquarters, the Catalan moves for this 18th turn have apparently not consisted of reinforcing their most threatened position after Montblanc defeat --no other than their central Army, currently entrenched at Panadella Plains, on the Lleida-Barcelona road.

True that some reinforcements have been delivered to that key positions, but no massive transfer of troops has been performed. The Catalan HQ has willingly avoided to perform any reaction of the kind that might have been interpreted as panicking.

Instead, a whole series of small, discrete moves have been ordered to the units left behind the Spanish line, or adjacent to it, likely following the purpose of securing the hinterland close to the roads and towns controlled by the enemy. This way, up to three regiments of foot have occupied the triangle of heights amidst the towns of Montblanc, Igualada and Vilafranca --most probably, with explicit orders of falling upon the Spanish rearguard as soon as a gap in their lines is perceived.

Besides, general Nebot has been ordered to take his Horse Regiment and head northwards --with still unknown intentions.

It seems compulsory to know the Spanish moves now, and see what kind of exploit have they planned after their recent victory at Montblanc town. They're unlikely to stand inactive for even one single turn, for sure. Even less, once known the highly aggresive tactics of their commander-in-chief, Marquis of Aitona!


Andreu said...

This Marquis is a madman ... here comes his doom ...

St. Ignatius Volunteers at your command, mr. Jordi!

von Holtkotten said...

I just found this blog and must say I am impressed. Well thought out, very comitted and I really like the effort that has gone into the creation of the State and the Armed Forces

I recently got back to wargaming and founded my own Imagi-Nation in that time period. A shame that I am so useless when it comes to the internet, otherwise the "Electorate of Westphalia and the United Territories of the Lower Rhine" would be willing to assist the this heroic struggle for freedom (especially since it would annoy the French and please the Habsburgs :)

Soldadets said...

Andreu, that's a nice group of miniatures! ...This reminds me we have to set the meeting scene between Maria Sauret & General Moragues yet.

Soldadets said...

Von Holkotten, doesn't your Imagi-Nation have a blog of its own?

If not... well, we might build a plot with some of your Imagi-National characters in it.

Mmm... my own Imagi-Nation's Princess is currently staying at Versailles, while negotiating a separate peace with Louis XIV that would leave Philip V unsupported against my what-if Catalans. Does your Imagi-Nation have an ambassador in Paris?

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Soldadets said...

Er... Holtkotten, not Holkotten. I'm far from good at German names :S

von Holtkotten said...

Nope, don't have a blog (and at the moment only internet at work ... for now). Will look into getting that fixed, but am rather "low-tech" and never had a blog, so not very likely to happen soon.

Westphalia has an ambassador in Versailles indeed. Never hurts to have someone near the lion's den, just in case. ;)

Just some data: Westphalia is roughly the area of modern day North-Rhine Westphalia, minus Lippe. Rich, but high demands on manpower from agriculture, timber and early steel and iron industries. Currently 18 bataillons of infantry (6 of those foreigners) and 7 regiments of cavalry (1 foreigners). Infantry bataillon is around 900 muskets, cavalry around 400 horse. 10 bataillons of militia available, just in case. About more 30000 recruitable, but that would then start to hurt.

No navy to speak of, basically land-locked apart from the Rhine, but very active in trading. Common borders with Hanover and the United Provinces mean that any aid can be shipped easily enough, though.