Saturday, March 17, 2012

Battle of Toulouse - Move 12

Table at the start of move 12

Bottom – Hill moves into Toulouose

Left – Picton is redeploying his corps to support the Spanish

Top Left – Friere only has two brigades to cover his retreat

Top Right – Beresford continues to suffer casualties as he retreats
British Left

French halt and allow Beresford to withdraw unmolested


British Centre

Spanish retreat turns into a rout

British hussars move forward on the right to cover the retreat


British Right

The French have abandoned Tououse

Picton moves to his left to cover the Spanish rout


British south of river

Hill has occupied Toulouse and moved his corps north of the river
Table at end of Game

Game Notes

Wellington has taken Toulouse

Hill has taken firm control of the city

Picton is well positioned to cover the reorganization of the allied army

Beresford only has two brigades left to cover his withdrawal

Friere corps have broken and run from the field

Suchet still has three corps operational, but has suffered heavy casualties

He has ordered his army to withdraw and regroup north of Toulouse

British casualties 24 infantry and 4 cavalry

French casualties 19 casaualties and 7 cavalry

Friday, March 16, 2012

Battle of Toulouse - Move 11

Table at the start of move 11

Bottom – Hill moves into Toulouose

Left – Picton is redeploying his corps to support the Spanish

Top Left – Friere continues to hold his own against the French infantry

Top Right – Beresford continues to suffer casualties as he retreats


British Left

Beresford suffers casualties from French artillery as he retreats

British Centre

Spanish light brigade lose skirmish fight and rout

A second brigade joins them

Wellington orders Friere to withdraw

British Right

Picton redeploys his corps to the left to cover the Spanish withdrawal

His hussar brigade is already in place to support them

British south of river

Hill has taken Toulouse

His infantry have cleared the whole city and are taking possession

Game Notes

Wellington has taken Toulouse.

However he has also lost two of his four corps.

Just one more move to nightfall

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Battle of Toulouse - Move 10

Table at the start of move 10

Bottom – Hill, supported by Picton, occupies Toulouse

Left – Picton has rallied his infantry and continues to attack Toulouse

Top Left – Spanish cavalry rout, but infantry continue to hold even though shaken

Top Right – Beresford continues to retreat in the face of two French corps


British Left

Beresford, with only two brigades left, continues to retreat


British Centre

Friere has rallied two of his infantry brigades to engage the French

He is trying to rally his two reserve brigades

British Right

Picton has rallied his infantry and is clearing Toulouse

His artillery have deployed on the left to engage the French square


British south of river

Hill has taken Toulouse

His infantry move through the town

His artillery have limbered and are crossing the river

Game Notes

Wellington has gained the upper hand

The city is now in his hands

Despite the loss of Beresford he looks likely to win the battle

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Battle of Toulouse - Move 9

Table at the start of move 9

Bottom – Hill, supported by Picton, has taken most of Toulouse

Left – Picton’s infantry are struggling, he is redeploying his artillery in support

Top Left – Spanish infantry are shaken but still holding on

Top Right – Beresford continues to retreat in the face of two French corps

British Left

Beresford, with only two brigades left, halts his retreat and wins firefight


British Centre

Friere’s Spanish infantry are shaken but still holding their ground

His cavalry have broken and are in rout


British Right

Picton has lost his highland brigade in rout

He has rallied the remainder of his infantry

His artillery have unlimbered in close range of enemy square

His cavalry are moving forward to support Friere


British south of river

Hill has taken most of Toulouse

Only one section is still held by the French

He has withdrawn his highland brigade due to heavy casualties

Game Notes

The tide has turned again, this time in favour of Wellington

Beresford holds one corps at bay as his two brigades retreat

Friere has managed to hold his position, despite three shaken brigades

Picton is redeploying to support Friere

Hill has taken most of the city

Monday, March 12, 2012

Battle of Toulouse - Move 8

Table at the start of move 8

Bottom – Hill has regrouped and is attacking across the bridge again

Left – Picton’s infantry are struggling to fight their way into Toulouse

Top Left – Spanish infantry are closing on the French square

Top Right – Beresford continues to retreat in the face of two French corps

British Left

Beresford retreats with his two infantry brigades in square

Despite the overwhelming odds, the British infantry still do some damage

The right hand square has caused casualties on the cuirassiers who are shaken

Spanish infantry attack French square

Two Spanish infantry brigades attack the French square protecting the gunners

Two to one seems pretty good odds……..

Spanish infantry retreat from French square

….however the two Spanish columns lose the melee with the single French square

Both lose 10% casualties and retire shaken, leaving a hold in the Spanish centre.

British Centre

Friere’s Spanish infantry have advanced to support their cavalry

It all ends in tears when two Spanish brigades lose a melee with one French square

They retire shaken, leaving a gap in the centre of the Spanish line

Then the shaken Spanish cavalry lose their morale and rout

So much for the Spanish attempt to save Beresford.

British Right

Wellington has ordered Picton to attack Toulouse

He only has two brigades on his left to launch the attack

Both are repulsed shaken

His two right hand brigades have taken part of Toulouse

British south of river

Hill has rallied his shaken infantry brigades and continued to attack Toulouse

Assisted by Picton he has taken half of Toulouse


Game Notes

Wellington has taken most of Toulouse

Soult has used his reserve to crush Beresford.

He has now ordered one corps to pursue Beresford and the second to attack Freire

He seems to have abandoned Toulouse to its fate.

In the closing stages of the battle much will depend on how many casualties Wellington suffers. If he still has a viable army at nightfall a second days battle may be called for.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Battle of Toulouse - Move 7

Table at the start of move 7

Bottom – Hill has a bottleneck on the bridge due to broken brigades fleeing Toulouse

Left – Picton’s infantry are struggling to fight their way into Toulouse

Top Left – Spanish cavalry have take both batteries and infantry are in support

Top Right – Beresford is trying to retreat but is pinned by French cuirassiers


British Left

Beresford has formed square with his two remaining brigade

French cuirassiers are preventing them from retiring

Mass of French infantry moving towards them off he ridge


British Centre

Friere’s cavalry have again charged close to a French square and taken casualties

They charged home on the shaken enemy chasseurs, who broke and ran

The Spanish infantry are closing on the French square

British Right

Pictons infantry continue to skirmish Toulouse

He has ordered his artillery to move to the left flank

Wellington has arrived to decide whether to order an attack


British south of river

Hill has rallied his shaken infantry brigades

They are still disordered but will be able to advance next move

Game Notes

The French are slow to react to the Spanish advance

They have broken Beresford, but still have two full corps attacking him

Picton is unable to fight his way into Toulouse, but Wellington is about to change his orders to attack

Hill has rallied his broken brigades and will soon resume his attack across the bridge

Friday, March 9, 2012

Battle of Toulouse - Move 6

Table at the start of move 6

Bottom – Hill is crossing bridge to attack Toulouse

Left – Picton’s cavalry protect his infantry as they move towards Toulouse

Top Left – Spanish cavalry on flank of French artillery

Top Right – Beresford has started to rout as he is attacked by two French corps

French cavalry cut down infantry and gunners

Cuirassiers cut down Beresford’s infantry and gunners who are already in rout

British Left

Wellington has joined Beresford to order him to retreat

But it is already too late as half of his corps have been cut down

The remaining infantry form square against the cuirassiers

Two French corps are about to attack them

Spanish dragoons charge French gunners

The Spanish cavalry declare an opportunity charge on the flank of the gunners

As they charge they receive casualties from the nearby square

They make their morale, charge home and cut down all of the gunners

British Centre

Friere’s Spanish corps advance to support Beresford

His cavalry have cut down the French gunners

But his infantry are too late to save Beresford

British Right

Pictons infantry skirmish with the garrison of Toulouse

His hussars have routed the enemy cavalry

British south of river

Hill’s leading brigade have routed from Toulouse into their supports on the bridge

His attack is in danger of falling apart

Game Notes

Beresford is broken and in rout

The Spanish are advancing to support Beresford, but are too late

Picton is skirmishing with the garrison of Toulouse, but having little effect

Hill’s attack south of the river is in trouble

His leading brigade took heavy casualties in Toulouse, broke and ran

They disorganized the infantry crossing the bridge to support them

The two French corps which broke Beresford can now turn to face the Spanish.

The tide is turning against Wellington.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Battle of Toulouse - Move 5

Table at the start of move 5

Bottom – Hill has entered the right hand section of Toulouse

Left – Picton’s cavalry clash with French, infantry approach Toulouse

Top – Beresford is in trouble as both Darmagnac and Taupin advance

British Left

Beresford starts to crumble as the French attack.

His cavalry have lost the melee with the French cuirassiers and are in rout

The gunners had retreated to the nearby square, but the infantry broke and joined the rout

The remaining two British brigades are now in an impossible position

British Centre

Friere’s Spanish corps advance to support Beresford, but will be too late

Their cavalry have flanked the French guns, but refuse to charge them

The infantry advance in column, but the enemy artillery could destroy them

British Right

Picton’s cavalry have won the melee and routed the enemy chasseurs

His infantry are within skirmish range of the city, but no casualties on either side yet

His artillery have again proved ineffective

British south of river

Hill’s leading brigade has taken the right hand section of Toulouse

But enemy artillery have caused heavy casualties, and the infantry have routed

The remainder of his infantry cross the bridge to press home the attack

His artillery engage the enemy gunners, but fail to cause any casualties

Game Notes

The battle is not going well for Wellington

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Battle of Toulouse - Move 4

Table at the start of move 4

Bottom – Hill is crossing the bridge towards Toulouse, French artillery arrive on right

Left – Picton approaching Toulouse, Freire has halted to await developments

Top – Darmagnac is moving forward to engage Beresford

British Left

Darmagnac is moving forward to engage Beresford

Beresford has halted his corps to meet French counter attack

He is taking heavy casualties from French artillery


British Centre

Friere’s Spanish corps have been ordered to advance to ease pressure on Beresford

His cavalry are moving forward to threaten the French artillery

British Right

Artillery is proving ineffective against Toulouse

Picton orders his infantry forward to storm the town

His hussars have charged the enemy chasseurs to protect the infantry


British south of river

Hill orders an attack on Toulouse

Leading brigade have fought their way into the city

Reinforcements cross the bridge to support the attack

French artillery has arrived on the right to support the city

British artillery move forward to counter enemy gunners

Game Notes

Wellington was not expecting the French to counter attack

Beresford is in serious trouble as Darmagnac and Taupin both advance to attack him

Hill is making good progress attacking Toulouse across the river Garonne

Picton is less successful attacking from the west.