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
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.
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)