Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Snappy Nappy Campaign Planning: Spain, Spring/Summer, 1809

    On Sunday, April 29th, we will be running another Campaign in a Day event at The Portal in Manchester CT. Expected hours are 10 AM - 5 PM. All of these events have been a great deal of fun. This one involves the fighting in the parts of Spain and Portugal depicted below, beginning shortly after Sir Arthur Wellesey's return to Portugal. Loss of either Madrid or Lisbon will end the campaign with a decisive victory for the other side, otherwise total losses inflicted will be the determinants of success. 

    This game will also serve as a test of the scenario for  similar event to be run at Historicon this July, planned for Thursday from 10 AM - 5 PM. Depending upon registration for the event, forces will likely be roughly twice as big for that game. For information on previous events, and to get a feel for what they are like, see the "Campaigns in a Day" page on this blog. 

Signed up so far:
Mark M- Marechal Michel Ney
Mark - Marechal Victor
Mike - British?
Karl -  Portuguese?
Brian  ? Don Julian Sanchez (Guerillas)
Jim  - ? King Joseph/Marshal Jourdan
Marty ( + 1-2 more maybe ?)
Vic - Spanish, ? Cuesta
Peter O
Richard H (Maybe)

The Campaign Map, a reduced section of the "Murat's Maps" page for Iberia.

Some maps from Colonel Lipscombe's excellent The Peninsular War Atlas that help set the b background. Recall that mid April 1809 corresponded to when Erzherzog Karl crossed the Isar into Bavaria, opening the fighting on the Danube. 

Events leading up to the battle of Talavera

Post Talvera. None of these maps correspond exactly to how the forces will start at the outset of the campaign, but still useful to get a feel for the overall picture. 

The main commands will be:


1) General Sir Arthur Wellesley with the British Army

2) General William Beresford with the Portuguese Army

3)  General Francisco Javier Venegas with the Army of La Mancha

4) General Gregorio García de la Cuesta with the Army of Estremadura

5) General Pedro Caro y Sureda, Marqués de La Romana. with the Army of Galicia

6) Don Julián Sánchez, "El Charro", with the Spanish Guerillas


1) Marshal Claude Victor-Perrin, Duc de Belluno with the 1st Corps

2) Marshal Jean-de-Dieu Soult, Duke of Dalmatia with the 2nd Corps

3) General Count Horace François Bastien Sébastiani de La Porta with the 4th Corps

4) Marshal Michel Ney, Duke of Elchingen, with the 6th Corps

5) General Marie-Victor-Nicolas de Faÿ, Marquis de La Tour-Maubourg with the Cavalry Reserve

6) King Joseph Bonaparte and Marshal Jean-Baptiste Jourdan with the Army Reserve

The battle of Talavera de la Reina, by William Heath (in the publc domain)


  1. Excited for the progress on this ones. My own group is returning to the Austrian part of 1809 in May having repeated Bavaria last February. Hope all goes well with the Spanish ulcer and and can't wait for the reports.

    1. Thanks Robert; I look forward to seeing how yours plays out as well!

  2. I look forward to seeing the BatRep from your "Campaign in a Day." The last one was very entertaining.

    1. I am looking forward to the event as well. The report after this one may be a little less detailed, as I want to keep some uncertainty for the players at the Historicon version. he addition of the Guerillas will be an interesting twist.

  3. This looks as intriguing as the other 'Campaign in a Day' ventures. looking forward to seeing how this one plays out!

    1. Thanks, Phil. This one will be a little different, with neither side having clear unity of command.

  4. Fascinating, given you are doing this in one day, the battles must really go fast I assume.

    1. It ain't called Snappy Nappy for nothin! :-)

      Actually, a MAJOR battle (over 2 corps a side) can take a few hours to resolve. If it goes that long, the loser is usually severely crippled, and of course the forces involved are tied down from acting elsewhere. That does allow the strategic action to continue elsewhere across the multiple tables.

  5. Great work on these. I must say that the Swiss flag took a little getting used to for me.

    1. The flags of the other other Swiss units are all rather striking compared to the standard Spanish units!