|The charge of the 28th (North Gloucestershire) Regiment against the 2nd Battalion, 54th Ligne|
Every now and then, it's fun to recreate a battle close to the centenary of the actual engagement, and so it was that we had the chance to fight out a very famous battle fought two hundred and four years ago this month, the Battle of Barossa or sometimes referred to as the Battle of Chiclana; fought between General Graham, leading the British contingent of an Anglo-Spanish army marching along the coast road to raise the siege of Cadiz, and Marshal Victor at the the head of his Corps who was conducting the siege.
David Rowland’s great picture that heads the post, brilliantly captures the close up, sometimes desperate nature of the fighting, where the first French Eagle was captured by British troops in the Peninsular War.
|The Map of Barossa, shows the British counterattack against French forces on and around Barossa Hill|
|General Sir Thomas Graham|
|Marshal Claude Victor Perrin - Marshal Victor|
|General Graham, using the hand of God, makes his first moves towards Leval's division|
|Duncan's ten gun British artillery brigade dominated precedings|
The last piece of the jigsaw was to grab a ready to go scenario set up for the battle, as I haven't researched this battle and it's orbats for my own scenario, so I grabbed a copy of Dave Brown General de Brigade Scenarios with Barrosa.
|General Graham (centre) oversees the deployment of Wheatley's brigade, with Dilke's and the Guards behind|
|General Wheatley leads the 87th, 67th and 28th foot forward as Browne leads the Light battalion into the woods|
|Barnard's Light battalion attacks the French under Ruffin on Barossa Hill|
|95th Rifles start to bring the French under fire|
|The skirmish battle is taken up in the woods|
|Wheatley deploys his brigade to contest the advance of Leval's Division|
|The Guards under Dilke's attack Barossa Hill|
|An overview of the battlefield from behind Leval's Division|
|The 2/87th deployed in line with the 67th and 28th guarding their right flank|
|The French on Barossa Hill used the cover of the ridge line to avoid the attentions of the 95th Rifles|
|The battle for Barossa Hill at its height|
|The British guns dominated their French counterparts reducing them to the single team replying to their fire|
I am looking forward to playing this battle using Carnage & Glory, but with action focused on the Talavera campaign, and Massena's invasion of Portugal to do, Barossa is away away yet, so yesterdays game made a nice little test run.