Having led the Piedmonteses and Austrian armies to ignominious defeat last week to Matt (see There Was Such Great Promise) including the loss of King Emanuele III, I took to the field again. This time, my Piedmontese/Austrian army would face Peter (see A Remote Wargame - Battle of Bassignana) on the fields of Bassignana.
Would I meet the same fate?
As a reminder, army dispositions and battlefield are illustrated in the photo below:
In all previous battles, the Piedmontese positions as Chiesa de San Germano and Montecastelle stood firm. No French attacks could dislodge the defenders. With little progess by the French against these fortified positions, I figured them to be relatively secure. So secure, in fact, that the defenders tore great swaths out of the French as they attacked up hill. Unfortunately, there was no reserve at hand with which to capitalize on this success.
The dragoons, under Liguane, maneuvered in my game with Matt to always be nowhere rather than somewhere. They were marched along the road to the north in support of Bassignana. Liguane never reached Bassignana before the battle was decided. This time, Liguane would maintain his position on the right flank to take advantage of any opportunities that might arise.
De la Chiesa's position at Rivarone looked too exposed to me. As a salient, he may have slowed the attacks but his position and his brigade were eventually overrun. I needed to try a different approach here.
Let's see if any of this worked against my Australian opponent.
|Defenders of Montecastelle.|
|The defenders face tough odds.|
|D'Aix' elites hold the Piedmontese right.|
|The defenders of Rivarone at the ready.|
Note: Red discs denote On Reserve.
|de Gage's Spanish|
|de Gage's Spanish begin the crossing|
|as Arambou intends to cross the Tanaro |
at the bend heading toward Rivarone.
De la Chiesa's brigade abandons Rivarone
taking up position on the heights.
|Following a very successful bombardment of Montecastelle|
by de Montal's heavy battery, Senneterre attacks!
The Piedmontese defenders disperse.
|To Senneterre's left, de Grammont splashes|
across the Tanaro.
He is met by Liguane's dragoons.
|The Spanish cross the Tanaro River |
and meet light resistance.
|With Montecastelle in French hands and Rivarone empty,|
de Montal advances upon Rivarone.
|Seeing Rivarone occupied by the French, |
Arambou attacks the enemy on the heights.
|De Montal pushes through Rivarone and|
attacks the militia above the village
|while Arambou pushes the enemy infantry|
back in a powerful attack.
|Having driven off D'Aix's guns to the east of Montecastelle,|
Senneterre turns attention against the Piedmontese Guard.
|In support, de Grammont's infantry form up |
and pour volleys in the church at San Germano.
Note: de Grammont has driven off Liguane's Dragoons.
|While the firefight continues at Montecastelle, |
Senneterre's cavalry overrun the guns
before they could deploy.
|De Gage with support from Arambou,|
begins his attack on Bassignana.
Both sides suffer heavy casualties.
|Arambou clears the heigths of enemy.|
De la Chiesa' Brigade breaks.
King Emanuele III just manages to escape.
|With the heights in enemy hands and his army split,|
King Emanuele III plots his escape.
|Battle lines at end.|