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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…."
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Have anyone wargame this battle?


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



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