Richard’s orders were very clear, attack as soon as possible with everything. Sadly Martin didn’t respond to my post so I’ve had to make some sensible orders for the French troops.
The Army of Castille’s orders from Gen. Blake (Richard) were very clear, attack as soon as possible with everything. Sadly Marshal Victor (Martin) didn’t respond to my post so I’ve had to make some sensible orders for the French troops.
The initial orders for the Spanish were to attack straight down the valley with the lead division supported by the rear division, while the left division would move onto the slopes of the hill to attempt to force the flank.
French orders were to secure the slopes on the left and to hold the centre, but as soon as the Spanish thrust on the right was observed, Ruffin (the senior general present) ordered the reserve brigade from V Corps to move into the wooded slopes to protect his right flank. On the left, the 3 battalions of the Legere regiment moved to secure the heights before moving down slope to begin engaging the enemy forces in the valley.
Long range cannon fire did very little to soften up the Spanish due to the rain, although the better skirmish capability of the French meant that a few casualties were counted.
In the centre the leading Spanish units were taking casualties but pressed on, attempting to charge home but the initial attack was repulsed with heavy losses, one battalion sent hurtling rearward with 80% loss of Combat Value.
One bright light was the Spanish battalion charging the deployed Artillery from V Corps and driving that battery backwards before them, rendering them almost effective for the rest of the battle.