Help support TMP


"Second battle of Castalla, 13 April 1813" Topic


3 Posts

All members in good standing are free to post here. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the posters, and have not been cleared with nor are they endorsed by The Miniatures Page.

For more information, see the TMP FAQ.


Back to the Napoleonic Discussion Message Board


Areas of Interest

Napoleonic

Featured Hobby News Article


Featured Ruleset


Featured Workbench Article

Staples Online Printing & Web Binding

The Editor dabbles with online printing.


253 hits since 7 Nov 2019
©1994-2019 Bill Armintrout
Comments or corrections?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2019 8:22 p.m. PST

"The battle of Castalla (13 April 1813) was a defensive victory that saw General Murray's largely Anglo-Sicilian army defeat an attack by Suchet's Army of Valencia.

The British had landed an army on the east coast of Spain during the summer of 1812, made up of a mix of British and Sicilian troops. A series of commanders had come and gone, before finally Sir John Murray took over on 25 February 1813. He is seen as a fairly timid commander, and his performance in the east of Spain didn't greatly enhance his reputation. Murray found himself in a standoff with Marshal Suchet's smaller Army of Valencia, which held a line along the Xucar River.

In March Murray came up with a plan for an amphibious assault on Valencia. First he attacked in the centre of the French line (combat of Albeyda, 15 March 1813), forcing the French out of an isolated position to the south of their main line). He hoped this would force Suchet to weaken the garrison of Valencia enough for a force of 5,000 men to be able to capture it from the sea. If this attack failed the amphibious force was to capture an alternative port further to the south instead. On the day that the assault force was embarking news arrived of a political crisis in Sicily, and so the entire offensive was cancelled…."
Main page
link

Have anyone wargame this battle?


Amicalement
Armand

21eRegt09 Nov 2019 10:00 a.m. PST

Yes, we did once. Followed the historic result by and large.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2019 11:13 a.m. PST

Thanks!.

Amicalement
Armand

Sorry - only verified members can post on the forums.