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79thPA Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2019 12:54 p.m. PST

I'm tempted to collect some forces -- especially Spanish -- for small actions (1-3 brigades per side) in Spain around 1808/09. In regards to the allies, I am wondering if the British would be on the table in these small actions, or would an allied "army" of 1 to 3 brigades typically be all Spanish or all British? Thanks for your help.

Whirlwind06 Oct 2019 1:03 p.m. PST

I am wondering if the British would be on the table in these small actions, or would an allied "army" of 1 to 3 brigades typically be all Spanish or all British?

Typically it would be all Spanish, or all British or British-Portuguese.

That said, the forces at Barrosa in 1811 and the forces in Eastern Spain 1812-4 give perfectly legitimate examples where you could combine Spanish and British forces at this kind of level for an ad hoc force in made-up battles.

BillyNM06 Oct 2019 1:04 p.m. PST

There is scope to include some British if in the south or east away from wellington. This book will give you some good ideas…

David Grech06 Oct 2019 1:47 p.m. PST

They are more suited for guerrilla warfare ambushing supply columns than facing regular troops

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2019 2:28 p.m. PST

But they faced regular troops on at least a semi regular basis, did they not?

42flanker06 Oct 2019 2:52 p.m. PST

Bailen, July 1808.

rmaker06 Oct 2019 3:05 p.m. PST

BillyNM is right. Example, 2nd Castalla, 13 April 1813. It's in volume 6 of Oman and has a delightfully mixed Coalition force – British, Spanish, Sicilian, et al.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2019 3:09 p.m. PST

I'm with Billy. You can find some small battles with both British and Spanish--and even throw in some Sicilians on the east coast--but typically, it's one or the other.

And yes, plenty of pure Spanish vs French battles using regular uniformed Spanish forces against French combat troops and not supply echelons. Pull any volume of Oman off your shelves and start taking notes. Oman is arguably less reliable about details of Spanish-French battles, but he certainly didn't invent the battles. The Spanish seldom hold the field afterward, but that's something suitable victory conditions can cover.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2019 3:34 p.m. PST

Thanks so far. One of the things that I like about the Spanish is that they keep coming back for more.

Rod MacArthur07 Oct 2019 2:48 a.m. PST

I like Albuera 1811. Anglo-Portuguese and Spanish versus French.

The Spanish uniforms at that time were a real mixture of old regular and newly formed units. One of their cavalry Brigades at Albuera even had a squadron of Dragoons in their yellow uniforms in it.

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David Grech07 Oct 2019 5:36 a.m. PST

We are currently playing Bailen which is their best opportunity.
When we played medina di rio seco it was very difficult
We play with 6mm using Age of Eagles

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