Location: Costa Blanca, Iberia
Situation: Game #1 Reconnaissance
The previous posting was a flashback to a small portion of the Battle of Costa Blanca.
Britannian Right Flank
Return with me now to the first day as the British occupy the area, desire to place explosives on a bridge leading into the port and scout in the direction of an expected French Army to learn their whereabouts and strengths.
Brigadier Gildner's force enters the port of Costa Blanca.
Royal Marines form up outside headquarters.
Mission: Place explosive charges at a bridge two turns of marching to the left. But....
They retired and formed a square. Why?
A French Chasseur Regiment (not shown) has appeared beyond the lower right. Two companies of rifles await their arrival. The marines are in the upper left of the image.
Britannian Left Flank
Lord Paget was ordered to scout the terrain ahead to discover the whereabouts and strength of the French Army and report information back to headquarters.
On the extreme left flank the 15th Hussars see nothing so far. Next to their right....
Beyond a wooded ridge Portuguese Rifles and a section of 16th Light Dragoons are also scouting and moving ahead.
French skirmishers suddenly appear! Are they facing the wrong way? No. They just ambushed the 15th Hussars you saw a few images ago with deadly effect. The French are on the edge of the Main Table facing the 15th Hussars on a Side Table.
Time to fall back
1. We had two games. The first was a morning scouting game described in the text above. The second was played after lunch. Part 3 will close the AAR with the afternoon game.
2. French Players: Curt B and Earl K.
3. British Players: Stan G., Jim P. (Der Alte Fritz) and Bill P. (yours truly).
4. Comments welcome below.