20 May 1813
It commands both the main military road along the east coast, and also the approach to the city of
5th French corps have occupied the town to keep open their lines of communications between
1st and 2nd Spanish armies are determined to destroy the French before they can be reinforced.
Table at start of game
The game objective is to destroy the enemy
5th French corps (Paul) is deployed in and around
1st Spanish army (Jan) enters on blind west road (left side)
2nd Spanish army (Jan) enters on blind on north road (top)
French infantry and cavalry move forward to meet the Spanish
1st Spanish have a competent general and approach the town in good order
As they near the town, the French advance their cavalry and two infantry brigades to engage them.
2nd Spanish is much slower to arrive, and the bulk of the fighting falls on 1st Spanish.
It is a very uneven fight, which the Spanish never looked likely to win.
Spanish break and run
Predictably both Spanish armies withdrew, leaving the French in possession of
A victory for the French against greater odds, but both Spanish armies are still intact and capable of further operations.
Effect on Campaign
Although defeated, the Spanish are still an effective fighting force.
Only half of 1st army broke and ran. The remainder, and nightfall, prevented a French pursuit.
2nd army were not engaged at all.
The French had held
19 May 1813
3rd Spanish army vacate
15th Polish approach
With only the weak garrison of
5th French corps at Reus
Orders are sent to 3rd army to take up position at Mora and to delay any attempt by the French at Lerida to march towards Tarragona.
4th army is ordered not to make any move against Barcelona, but to be prepared to block any attempt by 15th corps to march towards Tarragona.