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Cuidad Real Campaign Update

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  • thistlebarrow
    After two easy victories the French have suffered an unexpected defeat. The campaign opened with a rapid French advance over a wide area. Within three days
    Message 1 of 4 , 11 Apr

      After two easy victories the French have suffered an unexpected defeat. 

       

      The campaign opened with a rapid French advance over a wide area.  Within three days they had captured three Spanish towns and defeated two Spanish corps.

       

      The Spanish commander, General Giron, concentrated his other two corps just north of the river Guadiana on the road to Cuidad Real.   He was determined to at least slow the French advance before he retreated all of his army south of the river.

       

      Marshal Suchet was pleased when he received reports that the remaining two Spanish corps were deployed to fight with their backs to the river.   He was confident that he could crush both and finish the campaign.

       

      The battle opened with an overconfident French advance, which suffered heavy casualties to Spanish artillery fire.   The French dragoons the advanced to charge the enemy guns, but were engaged by Spanish irregular lancers.  Against the odds, and to everyone’s surprise, the Spanish won the melee.  

       

      The French attack was now a shambles, and Suchet ordered a withdrawal in order to reorganise and regroup.    During this period Giron ordered both corps to withdraw south of the river and redeploy around Cuidad Real.

       

      The French lost 2200 casualties to 500 Spanish casualties.

       

      The full battle report is on the campaign diary blog

       

       


    • Simon Gilbert
      Well done, :-) Ciao, Simon ________________________________ From: paulleniston@hotmail.com
      Message 2 of 4 , 11 Apr
        Well done, :-)

        Ciao,
        Simon

        From: paulleniston@... [napoleonicpbemcampaign]
        Sent: ‎11/‎04/‎2017 10:29
        To: napoleonicpbemcampaign@...
        Subject: [napoleonicpbemcampaign] Cuidad Real Campaign Update

         

        After two easy victories the French have suffered an unexpected defeat. 

         

        The campaign opened with a rapid French advance over a wide area.  Within three days they had captured three Spanish towns and defeated two Spanish corps.

         

        The Spanish commander, General Giron, concentrated his other two corps just north of the river Guadiana on the road to Cuidad Real.   He was determined to at least slow the French advance before he retreated all of his army south of the river.

         

        Marshal Suchet was pleased when he received reports that the remaining two Spanish corps were deployed to fight with their backs to the river.   He was confident that he could crush both and finish the campaign.

         

        The battle opened with an overconfident French advance, which suffered heavy casualties to Spanish artillery fire.   The French dragoons the advanced to charge the enemy guns, but were engaged by Spanish irregular lancers.  Against the odds, and to everyone’s surprise, the Spanish won the melee.  

         

        The French attack was now a shambles, and Suchet ordered a withdrawal in order to reorganise and regroup.    During this period Giron ordered both corps to withdraw south of the river and redeploy around Cuidad Real.

         

        The French lost 2200 casualties to 500 Spanish casualties.

         

        The full battle report is on the campaign diary blog

         

         


      • thistlebarrow
        Hi Simon I would say it was more a matter of good Spanish dice and poor French dice rather than great Spanish generalship. Mind you might say I was biased, I
        Message 3 of 4 , 11 Apr
          Hi Simon

          I would say it was more a matter of good Spanish dice and poor French dice rather than great Spanish generalship.  Mind you might say I was biased, I was the French commander!
        • Vincent Tsao
          Viva Espana! _____ From: napoleonicpbemcampaign@yahoogroups.co.uk [mailto:napoleonicpbemcampaign@yahoogroups.co.uk] Sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 5:29 AM To:
          Message 4 of 4 , 11 Apr

            Viva Espana!

             


            From: napoleonicpbemcampaign@... [mailto:napoleonicpbemcampaign@...]
            Sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 5:29 AM
            To: napoleonicpbemcampaign@...
            Subject: [napoleonicpbemcampaign] Cuidad Real Campaign Update

             

             

            After two easy victories the French have suffered an unexpected defeat. 

             

            The campaign opened with a rapid French advance over a wide area.  Within three days they had captured three Spanish towns and defeated two Spanish corps.

             

            The Spanish commander, General Giron, concentrated his other two corps just north of the river Guadiana on the road to Cuidad Real.   He was determined to at least slow the French advance before he retreated all of his army south of the river.

             

            Marshal Suchet was pleased when he received reports that the remaining two Spanish corps were deployed to fight with their backs to the river.   He was confident that he could crush both and finish the campaign.

             

            The battle opened with an overconfident French advance, which suffered heavy casualties to Spanish artillery fire.   The French dragoons the advanced to charge the enemy guns, but were engaged by Spanish irregular lancers.  Against the odds, and to everyone’s surprise, the Spanish won the melee.  

             

            The French attack was now a shambles, and Suchet ordered a withdrawal in order to reorganise and regroup.    During this period Giron ordered both corps to withdraw south of the river and redeploy around Cuidad Real.

             

            The French lost 2200 casualties to 500 Spanish casualties.

             

            The full battle report is on the campaign diary blog

             

             

             

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