Alas, the rains have stopped and the skies are clearing! From our position to the southeast of the Albuera Bridge we can hear the rain-soaked men cheering at the sight of sun breaking through the clouds.
To our left, the Spanish cavalry under gen. Loy crosses the Arroya de Valde Sevilla to counter our moves. The Portuguese cavalry under Gen. Otway have re-deployed behind the mass of Gen. Stewart’s British Infantry. Gen. Stewart withdraws the 2/34th Foot to form a local reserve behind the 4th Brigade and the men of the Kings German Legion. Gen. Girard advances the 34th Ligne into contact with the Spanish infantry to its front. Upon hearing the bugles of Latour-Maubourg Dragoons sounding charge Gen. Gazan holds his men in place.
Gen. Des Eclats orders the 17th Dragoons to charge the Husares de Castilla, who despite their inferior quality, reaction charge! Seeing this, des Eclats personally leads the 27th Dragoons forward in support of the 17th Dragoons but decides to leave the 14th Dragoons in reserve. A wild melee ensues in which the 17th Dragoons losing 50 troopers and the 27th Dragoons lose 100 while only 50 Spanish saddles are emptied! Seeing des Eclats troopers charging forward, Gen. Bron orders the 20th Dragoons to charge the British 4th (Queens Own) Dragoons. In an effort to cover the battered Queens Own, Gen. Rey reaction charges with a collection of Spanish squadrons; the 20th Dragoons easily put the hapless Spaniards to Rout and empty 50 saddles. Seeing the 20th Dragoons diverted by the Spanish, Gen. Bron leads the 26th Dragoons against the Queens Own Dragoons who boldly reaction charge! The 26th proves to much for the British troopers to handle and with 50 less saddles occupied, rout!
To our center, Gen. Werle, in an effort to clear Albuera of the enemy, orders the 3/58th Ligne to assault the disordered 1st Irlanda Battalion and the 3/12th Legere to assault the 2nd Irlanda Battalion. The 1st Irlanda cannot stand the pressure and routs but the men of the 3/58th Ligne cut them down destroying the unit as a fighting force. The 2nd Irlanda proves heartier and holds its grounds causing 100 losses to the 3/12th Legere. To our surprise the ADC of Marshal Soult is able to withdraw the men under his command from certain death while under fire from the battalions and guns of the King’s German Legion!
With the clearing skies a lively fire has erupted all along the lines. Reports have filtered in stating that we have lost 400 men while 100 British, 200 Spanish and 100 Portuguese infantry and half a battery of Portuguese guns were lost.
Despite the recently clearing skies, a fog has began to descend on the field of battle. We pray this does not precede a return of the blasted rain.
On our left, Gen. Gazan moves the 28th Legere closes to assault the Spanish Infiesta Battalion which Disorders. Gen. Loy leads the Spanish Granaderos Cavalry Regiment in a charge against the 20th Dragoons. The Spanish suffer 50 losses and disorder while the 20th Dragoons loss 200 men! Subsequently, the 14th Dragoon charges the Spanish and put them to rout and kill 50 men outright.
In the center, Gen. Werle redoubles his efforts to clear Albuera of the enemy. The 1/58th clears the ford and closes to assault the 4th Spanish Guards and a battery of guns while the 3/12th Legere again closes to assault the 2nd Irlanda Battalion. The enemy stands its ground and both assaults fail to move them from their positions.
The fog has lifted and the skies continue to clear. Marshal Soult sends riders to all commanders urging them to press forward. He is clearly concerned that while masses of Spanish troops are streaming from the field the enemy has moved forward additional British reserves.
To our left, Gen. Des Eclats launches the 17th Dragoons against the tired Husares de Castilla who are routed and lose another 50 men. Despite taking 100 casualties the 28th Legere successfully withdraws from contact with the enemy. The 100th Ligne moves into position on the exposed flank of the 5th Cazadores. In an effort to counter the recent successes of our heavy the Portuguese Cavalry of Gen. Otway has moved into the enemy line between Gen. Stewart’s Infantry and what remains of the Spanish Cavalry.
In the center, Gen. Werle has failed to initiate any assaults against the enemy in and around Albuera. Gen. Godinot boldly moves the Polish Grenadier Battalion astride the exposed flank of the 4th Spanish Guards.
A lively fire again erupts up and down the line. While we have suffered 200 casualties the Spanish, due to 2 battalions taking flanking fire lost 300 men and a battery of guns, the Portuguese lost 200 men and the KGL 1oo infantry and 50 Dragoons. Spanish Gen. Ballesteros was seen being carried to the rear less his left leg and Gen. Hamilton was stunned when a caisson he was near exploded!
Imperial ADC, Scott
P.S. This recent report has been delayed due to recent work related travel to CA, CT, MA and PA.
Runs with scissors
The die is cast.
You say OCD like it's a bad thing.
I applaud the effort.
If you're going to submit these turn by turn you might want to think about providing links to the other turns, and maybe when you're done, doing one session report that summarizes the game.