Battle of Montgat 1808 – AAR – PART 2

Welcome to Part 2 of my post on the Battle of Montgat which took place on 16th June 1808. If you’ve navigated your way here independently, you can find my two previous posts on the battle on the link below

The Battle of Montgat in 6mm scale – layout and armies

Battle of Montgat 1808 – AAR – PART 1

Our Battle

Our refight began with the French side starting first, as the attacking forces. The French had +1 on their CAP dice to reflect their superior Command Control structure

The Spanish had -1 on their CAP dice, which resulted in them not moving at all, for a number of turns

First blood in the battle was drawn by the flotilla of Spanish gunboats, who took exception to a battalion of Italian Velites making their way down the main road towards the village of Montgat

After destroying the entire battalion of Velites, the gunboats turned their attention towards a unit of French Cavalry which was straying too close to the coast

The French player soon learnt his lesson and began to send his remaining infantry units cross country on their approach to the village of Montgat, but one unit managed to approach the unguarded village in the cover of the trees by the main road

Meanwhile, the Spanish had begun what can only be described as a slow and unenthusiastic advance towards the village of Montgat and the French forces opposing them

A French cavalry force headed towards Montgat Hill, but came too close to the Spanish Foot Artillery by the Windmill and this caused a rapid redeployment of the cavalry by the French commander

Meanwhile, the French managed to occupy part of Montgat village and positioned their forces so as to take the whole of Montgat.

The Spanish gunboats attempted to encourage the French forces to leave Montgat, but their firing was lethargic and ineffective throughout. It seems that they peaked early!

The Spanish infantry meanwhile decided they better try and contribute towards the battle, and a number of battalions moved into position in the centre of the battlefield, and a musket duel ensued

The French commander had managed to bring up his artillery into the centre, which began to cause problems for the Spanish centre, with a number of units being destroyed by the French Artillery

The French forces eventually managed to garrison the whole of Montgat, despite the ongoing musket duel with nearby Spanish Infantry

As the evening drew in, the Spanish commander realised that he may not be able to reclaim Montgat and so he sent a unit towards the windmill in an attempt to obtain some additional victory points for Spanish forces!

Meanwhile, a unit of French cavalry decided to charge a Spanish infantry battalion, and what seemed like a never ending melee ensued, which still wasn’t resolved by the time our allotted number of game turns had run out

The battle ended with the French forces holding or controlling 8 VP’s to the Spanish forces 7 VP’s. The battle itself was inconclusive in terms of attrition, with the French losing 4 units and the Spanish 6.

From a historical perspective, we decided that this would count as a Spanish victory, as the lines of communication remained uncut. In terms of our scenario, we decided it was a minor French victory, as Montgat itself had been taken

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4 Comments

  1. Great looking and fascinating little game that James! I particularly like the special feature use of gunboats. A very nicely presented wargame. We’ll done to you!

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  2. I too was enamoured by the gunboat modeling – great addition to a smaller and less well known action. If I was a Franco-Italian commander I would be fearful of an unlimited and unknown quantity of guerrillas, as we ll as the amphibious/naval harrassment against my position and against my line of retreat.

    One thing I often forget as a player is that real commanders have to plan for the worst and plan for “tomorrow”, so an all-in poker style game is not realistic when it is possible for an army to disintegrate during its retreat. This may or may not be reflected in victory conditions too, as some Spanish actions it was not so much the losses on the battlefield that hurt the French but the potential losses stemming from any retreat.

    James – as always, you bring battles to life on your blog. Thank you for sharing!

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  3. A great series of reports James and your diminutive armies suit the historical setting very well.
    Cheers Chris

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