Wellington vs Junot
Vimeiro is a battle I have fought several times. In no replay was Junot able to eke out a victory. Still, I enjoy the puzzle presented by the Vimeiro battle and the choices Junot must make. French players have tried Junot's historical battle plan with an attack on Vimeiro coupled with a flanking maneuver on Ventosa as well as a direct assault on both Vimeiro and Toledo. The Vimeiro/Toledo gambit should allow better coordination among the French divisions than does the Vimeiro/Ventosa gambit.
The scenario is fought on a 12' x 6' table as illustrated by the game map and game table below.
|Vimeiro from the south|
|Vimeiro battlefield looking from east|
- The ravine is impassable to all units with the exception of the ravine to the south of Toledo.
- The Maceira River is only fordable by infantry where the bank is not covered by brush.
- All Level two hills are considered ROUGH for cavalry and artillery.
Scenario 1: Historical battle with Junot’s approach march
- Game begins at 7:30am and ends at 4:30pm.
- All French units begin game off-map.
- British deploy first and French have initiative on turn 1 automatically.
- Trant and 6lb full battery deploy near Ventosa.
- Anstruther (right) and Fane (left) and 6lb half battery deploy on Vimeiro hill.
- Acland deploys on heights behind Vimeiro.
- Remaining British formations deploy on heights on west bank of Maceira River.
- At 7:00am Junot issues orders to his divisions. French orders may contain ATTACK orders since the initial British positions are known. One half hour before French enter the map, the French player must show the British player where French divisions will enter and be made aware of any French order changes prior to the division entering the map. French formations may enter the south or southeast board edges along roads. If entering along the Torre Vedras road (SE board edge), French may enter on the 9:00am turn.
- Elements of Margaron's cavalry may be attached to either Loison or Delaborde before the game begins.
- British formations are originally under RESERVE orders.
French Tactical: Hold Vimeiro, Toledo and either Ventosa OR heights west of Vimeiro.
Draw: Any other outcome.
British Tactical: Hold Vimeiro, Ventosa, and heights west of Vimeiro.
British Strategic: Exit army from south map-edge with no French units on map.
I'll follow-up with a replay of the Vimeiro/Toledo gambit.