British break and rout from Vimerio Hill.
Supporting artillery from Ackland’s brigade limber and withdraw towards Vimerio
Ackland wins the fight for Vimerio. On the right his reserve battalion replaces the Shaken garrison
Thomiere’s brigade have three battalions in rout and the gun crew shaken. Only one battalion remains to cover the retreat.
Move 7 - French right
Delaborde had lost the skirmish fight for the hill. Two of his battalions are shaken, and the British line safe behind the ridge.
Ferguson was well placed to move his infantry forward and rout the two shaken French battalions, but failed to do so due to poor generalship (he drew the “poor card”)
Margaron’s cavalry brigade are on attack orders, but were just out of charge range. They are now poised to fall on the nearest British battalion – if their turn comes first next move.
Move 7 - British reserve
Move 8 - French left
French infantry move onto Vimerio Hill and pursue the routed British infantry away. One battalion on the right moves towards the village to secure their flank.
Move 8 - French centre
the remaining two are in firm control of the village.
Thomieres has changed his brigade orders to Hold, as they can no longer Engage the village. He is attempting to rally his broken infantry and has managed to halt two battalions (on the left), but they are still shaken. Meanwhile his gunners have joined the rout, leaving just one battalion to protect the brigade whilst he tries to rally it.
The battle is also going badly for Delaborde. His two shaken battalions have routed, taking the gunners with them. One more battalion is shaken and only one remains formed.
All of this despite the fact that Fane has once again missed his turn due to the “poor card”. This means he could neither fire nor change formation. As a result his right hand battalion has remained in line despite the approach of the French dragoons.
Junot has high hopes that Margaron’s cavalry can win the day and break the British left flank. His dragoon’s charge the infantry line, who fail to form square despite rolling a six on a D6. The cavalry break the line, and then lose their own morale and pursue, causing more casualties on the unfortunate infantrymen. The hussars follow up in support.
Move 8 - British reserve
Although one of the Portuguese battalions has joined the routed highlanders,
The unformed French dragoons in pursuit on the hill offer one small chance to the poor quality British hussars. If
Loison has taken Vimerio Hill and has changed his orders to Hold. However Junot is just arriving with orders to withdraw.
Move 9 - French centre
Thomiere’s whole brigade is in retreat. He has managed to rally two battalions, but they remain Shaken. He has also changed his orders to Hold, but seems unlikely to be able to do so.
Disaster for Margaron’s cavalry brigade. Having routed one British battalion is dragoon’s went out of control and pursued. At the end of the previous move they were Shaken as a result.
The cavalry route was the final straw for Delaborde’s brigade. The two remaining infantry battalions turned and joined the rout.
Move 9 - British reserve
The wargame again repeated the historical victory for
British casualties were 14 infantry, 1 cavalry and 2 gunners
French casualties were 5 infantry, 3 cavalry and 0 gunners
Despite the heavier casualties,