As the British commander, my comments are from their perspective.
|Looking from behind the French right hand corps at the British defenses. A KGL light brigade defends the small town in the center of the picture.
Each French corps had two divisions, each of three regiments, plus artillery. For cavalry, the French had a dragoon division with three brigades and a light division with two hussar and one chasseur brigades. Marshal Massena was the overall commander.
|The British right flank is in the foreground with the French left hand division and dragoons deployed in the background.
The British had Picton's division with three British and one Portuguese brigades, plus artillery, and the 7th Division with one British light brigade, one KGL light brigade, and one Portuguese brigade, plus artillery. The British cavalry consisted of two British/KGL dragoon brigades, one British light brigade, and one KGL light brigade. There were also some Spanish - one infantry brigade, one light cavalry brigade, plus artillery. Wellington was in overall command.
|The main French battle line with one corps in the right foreground and the other in the left background with the French light cavalry division on the horizon.
|After the cavalry melee initiated by the British and KGL dragoons, the French dragoons are broken and flee the victorious British. They could not be rallied and rode from the field.
|To the right of the town, my impetuous British light cavalry brigade charged the French dragoons but came up on the short end and were forced back. However the French didn't pursue very far and left themselves vulnerable to the KGL light brigade.
|Back on the British left, the 7th Division's British light brigade has moved up to the left of the Portuguese and the Spanish light cavalry brigade has moved over behind them. Meanwhile the French light cavalry move slowly closer.
|A look down the opposing battle lines with the French right/British left in the foreground. The French infantry never really got much closer to the British line than they are now.
|The veteran KGL light brigade (being "played" by British light dragoons) charge the French dragoon brigade.
|And send them fleeing for their very lives! In five cavalry melees on this flank, the British won four of them. I have never done better as a cavalry commander than I did in this battle!
The objectives of the fight were the "exits" off the board for each side. The French couldn't penetrate the resolute British-Portuguese-Spanish defense while the British cavalry had completely defeated their French opponents and had an open route to the French "exit." We called the game at that time.
Ed also took a batch of photos. I'll let him post them as a report from the French perspective.