The Battle of Second Sourauren was fought in Spain on the 30th July 1813. Accordingly a hard core of Napoleonics buffs met at the Hall of Heroes, Campbelltown, to commemorate the 200th anniversary by refighting the battle using Black Powder rules.
|2nd and 4th British Divisions at 1:20 figure scale.|
|6th Division contemplates the fortified town...|
|French Line - L-R, Perry plastic, the Calpe March Attack, Victrix plastic.|
As Allied CinC, this really made me think. Which one would they remove? Essentially the 3 objectives were spaced about 10 feet apart in the shape of an 'L', with the town as the centre.
|Rob's lovely Grand Manner Spanish collection, with a couple of my cheapo plastics...|
But Sorauren was heaving with French battalions and what seemed like several batteries of artillery. And whilst its streets were too narrow to be charged down, apparently they were wide enough for these batteries to fire at will from any of the streets, commanding the whole area around! So I was reluctant to order an assault on the town. Instead it would be masked off, and the two other objectives taken first...
|Brigades of the 2nd and 4th Divisions go in unsupported..|
Eventually, despite some sterling defensive work by the French on the ridge, commanded by Cameron and Matt, the British attacks started to wear down the French units, aided by Philips scenario rules forcing the French to steadily withdraw units for the strategic pull back to France.
|The Highland Bde go in, fierce fighters all; 79th Cameron Highlanders, 42nd Black Watch, 26th Cameronians.|
|The next generation - Young Cameron tries to talk some sense into Matt...|
|Lions led by donkeys!|