So here we have an update after such a long time.
In reference to: http://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=337275
Europe at the end of March 1813
April 1813 - Part 84 – Vengeance of a Betrayal
The Duke of Wellington is now within sight of delivering the final blow of Vengeance upon the Kingdom of Spain as a result of their betrayal after Napoleon’s forces were eradicated out of Europe. While the Spanish Kingdom remains active on the Balearic Islands, their influence and power would no longer be a major threat to Catalonia, the Portuguese and the French Kingdom.
- The Battle of Bordeaux 1813
A successful Battle of Bordeaux will allow the British armies currently fighting in the Iberian Peninsula to advance to the north east, joining Ferdinand Ernst Gabriel and others in their fight against their true enemy, Napoleon.
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A lengthy bombardment of the city had rained down on Bordeaux for what felt like a century, the Spanish inhabitants quickly rushed onto the walls of their small limited fort, with the poorly equipped soldiers beginning to load the Fort’s cannons in an attempt to soften the approaching British regiments.
Wellington’s Artillery was carefully placed upon the higher ground, providing a magnificent range for bombardments as the British crews calmly watched as their cannon balls fluttered through the air so smoothly, only to cause so much devastation inside the Spanish Garrison.
While Wellington’s artillery continued their oppressive fire, his main infantry lines had started to move forward towards the fort as the Spanish guns attempted to soften their ranks. Meanwhile, mounted Cazadores had left the fort from the eastern gates to support the artillery placed outside the fort, which was firing into regiments on the left flank of the Duke’s army. Unfortunately, the Mounted Cazadores we’re attempting to disrupt the British lines so under Wellington’s orders, the 7th Horse Guards engaged the troublesome Mounted Cazadores, but the 7th only received a hail of musket fire from the horse bound Spaniards.
Cazadores fire from horseback towards the charging 7th Horse Guards
While the Cazadores’ fire caused much damage to the charging British horsemen, once they reached the Cazadores, their experience with the sabres in previous battles was clearly shown as the Spanish Cavalrymen struggled with their muskets, eventually forcing them to flee before many of the Cazadores could even draw their very own sabres.
As the drama on the left flank occurred, Wellington’s artillery successfully managed to break through the Fort’s wall, throwing the corpses of disfigured armed citizenry into the air as the wall crashed to the ground below. With the Spanish Defenders now exposed by the breach, Wellington’s Line Infantry Regiments had marched towards the walls, and were now firing into gap as the Spanish drastically attempted to block it.
It was not long until the Spanish realised that they were losing too many men as a result of their vulnerability. The Spanish rushed out of the breach, out of the fort, with bayonets held tightly to the chest and rushed towards the British as they were reloading. Heated melee combat now took place outside the fort’s crumbling walls, with Wellington’s artillery unfortunately landing in between the two opposing forces, taking lives from both sides.
British and Spanish alike are pushed into the air by inaccurate cannon shots
Eventually, support from other regiments was provided on the flanks and the Spanish forces who courageously rushed out of the fort slowly melted away as individuals sprinted back into the fort. These men were quickly followed by a large component of Wellington’s army as the British flooded into the city, slaughtering any of Spaniards still desperately fighting on to defend Bordeaux.
The Last of the Spanish Defenders are defeated
As British soldiers reached the fort’s walls, and rushed through the eastern and western gates, the Spanish Garrison inevitably surrendered. The foolish betrayal by the Spanish King had resulted in little gain and much sacrifice for his beloved nation, which now lies broken upon the Balearic Islands. Bordeaux was now in the French Monarchy's hands, and the former borders of France had been re-established in the south after the Spanish aggression.
The Enemy’s Gifts
With the good news in Bordeaux and the nearing end of conflict in Southern Europe, news from Ferdinand Ernst Gabriel has also been positive. The region of Saxony and Thuringia, which was only just recently severely populated with much of Napoleon’s forces, has been captured by Gabriel’s men. The city of Dresden fell with little to no conflict and no sight of the main Napoleonic force within the region.
John Oswald has also continued his movement through East, heading to the city of Kiev from Volhyina and Podolia. The city itself was also poorly garrisoned and Oswald’s men did not have to fight. The city intends to remain in British hands until the Russian Empire is successfully re-established and removed from Napoleon’s shackles of imperialism.
Finally, Giuseppe Matarazzo, the Italian General who had recently fought in the Battle of Kassel and reformed the Electorate of Hesse-Kassel has moved eastward, meeting with Ferdinand Ernst Gabriel for the Battle of Brandenburg. The Brandenburg Region is now heavily defended, Napoleon’s forces have rallied at the former homeland of the glorious Prussians as they last attempt to maintain a hold over the German lands.
To be continued.