Wednesday, September 26, 2012

An extended front

Central Catalonia, 22nd November 1713

So this is the campaign situation right now, at its hotest front:



Quite logically, Marquis of Poal has chosen to withdraw his army (A) face to Marquis of Aitona's superior forces (D) --thus denying them any immediate chance to fall upon and destroy those.

Balance of forces all along the front line --some 50 miles from south to north-- are as follows:

CATALANS

(A) Marquis of Poal at El Bruc heights, leading:
4 Dragoons Squadrons
2 Hussars Squadrons
4 Infantry Regiments
1 Miquelets Regiment
4 Independent Companies of Fusiliers and irregular Miquelets
1 Pioneers Regiment (a penal battalion in fact)
2 Light batteries

(B) General Prado heavily entrenched at Vilafranca town, with:
1 Horse Squadron
4 Infantry & Marine Regiments
2 Miquelets Regiments
1 Battalion-sized unit of Sometent (=peasant militia)
1 Medium battery
1 Light battery

(C) General Desvalls commanding Cardona fortress with:
2 Dragoons Squadrons
1 Infantry Regiment
1 Heavy battery

Besides, there are a few scattered units, like Fiona Mc Gregor IR (1), the Royal Catalan Guards lead by De Ramon (2), or Saint Eulàlia IR (3); or even smaller, hardly significant detachments all around.

SPANIARDS

(D) Marquis of Aitona at Igualada town, commanding:
2 Horse Guard Squadrons
2 Horse Squadrons
2 Dragoons Squadrons
2 Foot Guard Battalions
7 Infantry Battalions
1 Heavy battery
1 Medium battery

(E) General Areizaga at Montblanc town, leading:
2 Horse Squadrons
2 Dragoons Squadrons
3 Infantry Battalions

(F) General Lanzos at Penedès plains with:
6 Horse Squadrons
2 Dragoons Squadrons
4 Infantry Battalions

(4) General Carvajal at Cervera town with:
2 Horse Squadrons
2 Light batteries

Worth to be noted the presence of two armies else, out of map but very close to its area:

Duke of Popoli garrisoning Balaguer town (4 hexes E to Cardona fortress):
2 Dragoons Squadrons
3 Infantry Battalions
1 Heavy battery

General Velasco garrisoning Tarragona city (2 hexes S to Montblanc town):
1 complete Infantry Battalion
3 depleted Infantry Battalions

As you can see, this is a far from easy-to-handle situation. King Philip's forces do clearly outnumber those of the Principality --but these are holding strong points actually or potentially easy to defend, placed at key points in the Spanish route toward Barcelona city. Your thoughts and suggestions to either side are warmly welcome! (either public or private).

3 comments:

Archduke Piccolo said...

For some reason, this series has been slipping under my radar lately. But the situation here is certainly an interesting one. Has it been resolved yet?

My suggestion (for the Catalonians) is to call in the outlying detachments (1, 2 and the detachment guarding the road intersection to the northeast) in to Villafrancawith the view to holding up Force F, meanwhile racing force B to join force A for a strike at Spanish force D. Force A meanwhile will probably and perforce have fallen back to the aforementioned intersection, so the combined A+B force will be close by Villafranca to race back there, and attack Force F.

To be honest, I don't see that any other strategy is feasible. Force C and those outlying elements top the north seem to me too distant to help betimes, but I'd be inclined - depending upon the overall situation, to call the bulk of them southwards.

The argument in favour of this approach is that for the moment the several Spanish forces D, E, F and possibly 4 are pretty much out of touch with each other (presumably the presence of Unit 3 close by Cervara(?) would inhibit any move by 4 to reinforce D.

What do you reckon?

Soldadets said...

Don't know why Blogger left your message as moderation pending --while I do not actively filter comments. Maybe due to length? Mystery.

We've not started a new turn yet, so your comments will be highly appreciated by the Catalan side player, Jordi --and by me as Two Crowns player too, whaaaawhawhawha...

(Love being so naughty)

Jordi said...

It's not a bad idea but Catalan headquarters surely will be more conservative.