To Assure My Dynasty

1808 in Iberia
The Uprising through The Emperor's Arrival

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Play these Scenarios | With Which Rules?

To Assure My Dynasty can be used with Et sans résultat! or nearly whatever your club ruleset is for Napoleonics.

Maps are provided in scale miles. Orders of battle include detail down to number of battalions, and our online conversion page allows you to translate recommended unit Combat Ratings to other popular Napoleonic games.

It is easy to use To Assure My Dynasty with whatever system you choose.

Don't see your favorite game on the conversion page? Write us and maybe we can help with that.

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What is Between | Beginner & Advanced?

The opening contests of the Peninsular War pitted relatively small Forces against each other in fairly standup engagements.

These scenarios make for terrific two to four player battles that allow intermediate players a challenge.

Medina de Rióseco

Espinosa de los Monteros

Bailén

Tudela

Roliça

Somosierra

Vimeiro

Cardedeu

Zornoza

Molins de Rei

Burgos o de Gamonal

La Coruña

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Does French Victory | Mean Spanish Defeat?

Did the French really just walk over the Spanish?

If they did, can you repeat it?

With all those French victories, how were the Spanish never ultimately defeated?

The campaign framework shows the relationship between the battles: why the numerous French successes do not have the same impact as the few Spanish victories.

This gives historical battles historical context, some battles will be more important to you than your opponent and vice versa.

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Do You Know | Why We're Here?

What is our victory condition? What is our opponent's? What forces do we have available and what have they brought to face us with?


  • Historical Context
  • Orders of Battle
  • Victory Conditions
  • Intelligence
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Why is Nothing | Where We Left it?

Just because our reinforcements were ordered to march to this position, doesn't mean they are marching from where we thought they were.

And just because we last saw the enemy to our front, doesn't mean they didn't steal a flank march on us.

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Do these Trousers | Go with this Waist Coat?

There are many mysteries in the Iberian Peninsula. One of the biggest is, 'What was everyone wearing?'

Locating all the source material that you'll need to paint up the Spanish regulars, the British foot, and the French line is trouble enough; but then, how will you ever fit all those books on your painting table?

Better to just use the one book that has everything you need in it.

Iberia does vary from nearly all other Napoleonic campaigns in one specific way: We really do not know what many of the Spanish were wearing. That means that this is the first time we cannot say that we've included *every* Unit's uniforms. But what we can say, is that every Unit we do know the uniforms of is included, and there are an awful lot of them.

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What Could | Come Next?

To Assure My Dynasty is our fifth Campaign Guides for the Napoleonic Wars.

We've been busy writing scenarios for the first chapters of the Glory Years, the 1809 war with Austria, 1812's Russian invasion, and 1813's epic fight to preserve the Empire. Now we've entered the Peninsula what is left? A lot.

Wherever we travel next will follow the same format:

  • Campaign Frameworks
  • Historical Scenarios
  • Host and Army Briefings
  • Extensive Uniform Guides

Travel with us.

Join our Announcements Mailing List to hear about the next opportunity.

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Phase One | The Uprising

BATTLE PLAYERS DIFFICULTY TABLE SIZE TIME ARMIES DESCRIPTION
Medina de Rióseco Four Beginner 3.5 by 4.5 scale miles Bessières's Advanced Guard
vs Cuesta's Army
When Cuesta fails to support Blake, Bessières overwhelms their poorly coordinated defense.
Bailén Two Expert 4 by 5 scale miles Dupont’s Corps
vs Castaños’s Army
The destruction of Dupont’s command after it was divided in two by Castaños’s Spanish Army.
Roliça Two Advanced 3 by 4 scale miles Wellesley’s Expeditionary Force
vs Delaborde's Division
Wellesley’s British and Portuguese fall upon Delaborde's isolated command.
Vimeiro Two Intermediate 3 by 4 scale miles Junot's Corps
vs Wellesley’s Expeditionary Force
Junot attacks the British and Portuguese after reuniting with Delaborde’s command.

Phase Two | The Emperor's Arrival

BATTLE PLAYERS DIFFICULTY TABLE SIZE TIME ARMIES DESCRIPTION
Zornoza Two Intermediate 3 by 4 scale miles Lefebvre's Corps
vs Blake’s Army
The advanced elements of Napoleon’s main army strike Blake’s Spanish but fail to destroy them.
Burgos o de Gamonal Two Beginner 2.5 by 3 scale miles Bessières's Corps
vs Belveder’s Army
Belveder’s Army defends central Spain against Bessières command.
Espinosa de los Monteros Two Advanced 2 by 3 scale miles Victor's Corps
vs Blake's Army
Blake halts his retreat in a determined effort to turn back Victor's pursuing corps.
Tudela Two Intermediate 3 by 7 scale miles Castaños's Army
vs Lannes's Corps
Lannes aggressively falls upon Castaños strung out Army.
Somosierra Two to Three Advanced 3 by 5 scale miles Napoleon's Advanced Guard
vs Benito San Juan's Army
Napoleon determines to pierce the Spanish defenses ahead of Madrid.
Cardedeu Two Intermediate 2 by 3.5 scale miles Vives's Army
vs Saint Cyr's Corps
Saint Cyr confronts Vives on his way to relieve the siege of Barcelona.
Molins de Rei Two Intermediate 3 by 4 scale miles Reding's Army
vs Saint Cyr's Corps
Saint Cyr pursues the remains of the Spanish Army west of Barcelona.
La Coruña Two Advanced 3 by 5 scale miles Soult's Corps
vs Moore's Army
Sir John Moore defends the harbor against Soult so that the British may return to England.

Medina de Rióseco | 14 July 1808

As the major opening action of a renewed campaign westward, Napoleon ordered Bessières forward with all haste. Cuesta sought to meet this threat directly , but Spanish politics were against him. Despite this, the Spanish Royal Army marched out to meet the avant garde of La Grande Armée west of the River Squillo, and the French rushed to engage them.

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Bailén | 19 July 1808

Having felt the pressure of operating independently in Andalusia, Dupont fell back from his more advanced position but remained in the southern region. Beginning on 16 July, Spanish elements began literally descending upon Dupont’s Force from a variety of directions. As Dupont attempted to respond to these threats, he further thinned his Force, playing into the plans of Castaños and Reding. While Castaños pinned Dupont near Andújar, Reding traveled by Mengibar, crossed the River Guadalquivir and pressed the French rear, successfully retaking Bailén.

This successful strategic action pinned Dupont’s main elements between the two converging Spanish Armies and cut Dupont’s route of retreat. Worse yet, Dupont had dispatched Vedel’s Division northeast of Bailén, thus the French could not concentrate and unite their Force without first solving the problem of Reding’s occupation of Bailén.

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Roliça | 17 August 1808

Junot had been charged with the conquest of Portugal and following his incredibly successful strategic campaign in November of 1807, the Portuguese monarchy conceded defeat. Following the beginning of The Uprising, the Portuguese people turned against the French as well. Junot successfully put down the most substantial revolt in Évora at the end of July.

The British intervention began with the landings of the British Expeditionary Army. Wellesley landed his Force in Portugal just north of Lisbon on or about 5 August 1808. Wellesley was tasked with creating a military relationship with the Portuguese and beginning coordinated operations against the French. Finding the Portuguese decentralized and disorganized, Wellesley realized only limited coordination was possible. He knew that his command independence would be severely limited, since Moore, Burrard, and Dalrymple were all en route to the Iberian Peninsula as well. Between politics and seniority, he would quickly be junior to all others.

Junot dispatched a Force towards Wellesley on 6 August, wishing to actively prevent a British foothold in Portugal.

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Vimeiro | 21 August 1808

After Delaborde was driven out of Roliça, Junot determined to regain the initiative by moving against Wellesley, confronting the British before they had moved too far off the coast. Wellesley was determined to meet the threat defensively.

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Zornoza | 31 Ocotber 1808

Throughout the campaign, the Emperor was frustrated by the failure of his subordinates to execute his plans. While planning to execute an encirclement of Blake’s Army of Galicia, Marshal Lefebvre acted more aggressive than was practical, striking Blake before the trap was set. This drove Blake towards a more cautious stance and allowed him to escape Napoleon’s plan for his Army’s destruction.

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Burgos o de Gamonal | 10 November 1808

The calamity of events that led to the Battle of Burgos o de Gamonal is strange at best. Napoleon, having expected significantly different than he had received from Victor, Bessières, and Lefebvre, was frustrated and seeking decisive action. Soult arrived from Germany and took command of Bessières’s Force, with orders to move on Burgos with all speed and strength.

On the Spanish side, the high command was similarly in complete disarray but for entirely different reasons. Pignatelli had been charged with holding the city, but he was relieved by Castaños when the Army of Castile was folded into the Army of Andalusia. The tiny garrison Units stationed in Burgos were actually under the authority of Blake, but on 7 November Belvedere assumed command based on seniority. Thus, Blake’s elements were now considered, at least temporarily, under the umbrella of the Army of Estremadura.

It was under this spectacle of rotating command authority that the two Armies collided on 10 November.

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Espinosa de los Monteros | 10-11 November 1808

Blake had escaped the planned encirclement at Zornoza while Victor was criticized for having failed to take initiative and press Blake once Lefebrve had caused the Spanish retreat. The result was that Victor immediately upped his efforts and Blake’s rear guard was pressured through 9 November when he set up a defense along the heights of the road through Espinosa de los Monteros.

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Tudela | 23 November 1808

The confused mess of a campaign, caused predominately by the Spanish lacking anything remotely similar to a unified command structure, continued around Tudela. Castaños sought to consolidate the Forces in the area to cover the defensive line from Tudela to Tarazona. Napoleon, having just transferred command of the III Corps d’armée from Moncey, offered its new Commander very direct instructions: to pierce the enemy line, and open the road to Madrid.

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Somosierra | 30 November 1808

Napoleon’s entrance into Spain was characteristic. The Emperor immediately ordered a series of strategic maneuvers to pin, outflank, and encircle the various Spanish armies. While the Spanish performed poorly on the battlefield, they were able to consistently escape the traps planted for them, partly due to luck, the failings of Napoleon’s subordinates, and, at times, the instincts of the Spanish Commanders. Napoleon resolved to drive on Madrid via the Somosierra pass and to do so in person.

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Cardedeu | 16 December 1808

The city of Roses controlled a major communications and supply route to Barcelona. Saint Cyr arrived with the VII Corps d’armée at the opening of November, determined to flush the British garrison and open the road. A determined defense, well supported by the natural advantages of the city’s citadel and the British Royal Navy, resulted in a costly month-long stalemate.

After weeks of failure to break the British grip on the city, Saint Cyr detached a large Formation to cover the city and moved towards Barcelona via the inland route, the coastal road being dominated by British naval artillery. This coincided with Vives being appointed to take command of Spanish Forces in the area. Both those who would confront the French en route to Barcelona, and those besieging Duhesme’s French garrison.

The two Armies would come to grips northwest of Cardedeu along the mountain valley road.

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Molins de Rei | 21 December 1808

Following the relief of Barcelona, Saint Cyr began moving against Reding’s Spanish Force west of Molins de Rei. After retiring from Barcelona, Reding’s Spanish Force had arrayed themselves along the heights to oppose the likely forthcoming attempts by the French to cross the River Llobregat.

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La Coruña | 16 January 1809

The British began their retreat to the coast on 25 December. A series of small clashes occurred during the 250-mile pursuit, at Benavente on 29 December, and at Cacabelos on 3 January. A joint British-Spanish stand was aborted and Romana, now leading the remnants of Blake’s Army of Galicia, moved west while Moore continued the British retreat northward towards Coruña and the British fleet.

Convinced that Moore would not offer battle, and that the gap between the fleer and pursuer could not be adequately closed, Napoleon delegated the pursuit to Soult and marched with the bulk of the Army to Madrid. A week later, Moore drew up a defensive line at Lugo on 6 January with Soult’s II Corps d’armée strung out along the line of pursuit. It took Soult two days concentrate his Force over the poor Spanish roads, but Moore became concerned of an envelopment and renewed his retreat.

The British arrived at Coruña just a day or so ahead of the French; however, it was nearly three days before the balance of Soult’s corps was on-site. During that time the British rested, rearmed from stores carried to shore by the British Navy, and destroyed the local Spanish supplies that could not be carried away.

Over the next 48 hours the two Armies arrived and deployed; it was not until 2PM on 16 January the battle began.

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Napoleon's | La Grande Armée

The French Army that marched into Iberia had mostly transitioned to its Mid War uniforms that would also be seen on the hills of Germany in 1809 and the plains of Russia in 1812. But for the first time during the Empire, the French main army also included a large number of foreign units, from Poles, to Germans, to Italians.

  • Fusilier-Chasseurs
  • Garde Marins
  • Guard Horse Artillery
  • Guard Chasseurs à Cheval
  • Guard Grenadiers à Cheval
  • Empress Dragoons
  • Garde 1st Chevaulégèrs
  • Typical Légère Regiments
  • Légère Regiments in Greatcoats
  • 3rd Légère
  • 5th Légère
  • 9th Légère
  • 15th Légère
  • 16th Légère
  • 17th Légère
  • 31st Légère
  • Garde du Paris
  • Typical Ligne Regiment
  • Ligne Regiment in Greatcoats
  • 4th Ligne
  • 8th Ligne
  • 9th Ligne
  • 15th Ligne
  • 25th Ligne
  • 27th Ligne
  • 32nd Ligne
  • 42nd Ligne
  • 63rd Ligne
  • 67th Ligne
  • 70th Ligne
  • 82nd Ligne
  • 94th Ligne
  • 96th Ligne
  • Foot Artillery
  • Horse Artillery
  • Train
  • 1st Hussars
  • 3rd Hussars
  • 5th Hussars
  • 8th Hussars
  • 9th Hussars
  • 10th Hussars
  • 10th Chasseurs à Cheval
  • 15th Chasseurs à Cheval
  • 22nd Chasseurs à Cheval
  • 26th Chasseurs à Cheval
  • 8th Dragoons
  • 9th Dragoons
  • 12th Dragoons
  • 13th Dragoons
  • 15th Dragoons
  • 16th Dragoons
  • 17th Dragoons
  • 18th Dragoons
  • 19th Dragoons
  • 20th Dragoons
  • 21st Dragoons
  • 22nd Dragoons
  • 24th Dragoons
  • 25th Dragoons
  • 26th Dragoons
  • 27th Dragoons
  • Italian 1st Light
  • Italian 2nd Light
  • Italian 4th Line
  • Italian 5th Line
  • Italian 6th Line
  • Italian 7th Line
  • Italian Foot Artillery
  • Italian Napoléon Dragoons
  • Italian Royal Chasseurs à Cheval
  • Neapolitan 1st Light Infantry
  • Neapolitan 2nd Line Infantry
  • Polish 1st Vistula Infantry
  • Polish 2nd Vistula Infantry
  • Polish 3rd Vistula Infantry
  • Swiss 2nd Infantry
  • Swiss 3rd Infantry
  • Swiss 4th Infantry
  • Baden 4th Infantry
  • Dutch Infantry
  • Frankfurt Infantry
  • Hessian Groß und Erbprinz Infantry
  • Hanover Chevaulégèrs
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The Junta's | Armies of Spain

Spain had a lot going against it during the Napoleonic Wars, and one of the greatest detriments was the Junta. After the collapse of the Spanish monarchy, a variety of regional juntas took charge of all military action. This resulted in an ongoing lack of coordination in all things, including uniforming and supply of their Armies.

  • Royal Guard Infantry
  • Royal Walloon Guard Infantry
  • Guard de Corps Cavalry
  • Royal Carabiniers a Caballo
  • 1st Aragón Volunteer Caçadores
  • 1st Cataluña Volunteer Caçadores
  • 2nd Cataluña Volunteer Caçadores
  • 1st Valencia Volunteer Caçadores
  • 2nd Valencia Volunteer Caçadores
  • 1st Barcelona Volunteer Caçadores
  • Gerona Volunteer Caçadores
  • Navarra Volunteer Caçadores
  • Valencia Volunteer Caçadores
  • Tarragona Volunteer Caçadores
  • Barbastro Volunteer Caçadores
  • Campo Mayor Caçadores
  • 1st Rey Infantry
  • 2nd Reina Infantry
  • 3rd Principe Infantry
  • 4th Saboya Infantry
  • 6th Africa Infantry
  • 7th Zamora Infantry
  • 8th Soria Infantry
  • 9th Córdoba Infantry
  • 12th Granada Infantry
  • 13th Valencia Infantry
  • 14th Zaragoza Infantry
  • 16th Toledo Infantry
  • 17th Mallorca Infantry
  • 18th Burgos Infantry
  • 19th Murcia Infantry
  • 20th Leon Infantry
  • 21st Cantabria Infantry
  • 23rd Fijo de Ceuta Infantry
  • 24th Navarra Infantry
  • 25th Aragón Infantry
  • 26th America Infantry
  • 27th Princesa Infantry
  • 28th Estremadura Infantry
  • 30th Jaén Infantry
  • 31st Ordenes Militares Infantry
  • 32nd Castilla la Vieja Infantry
  • 34th Corona Infantry
  • 36th Irlanda Infantry
  • 37th Hibernia Infantry
  • 38th Napoles Infantry
  • 2nd Senior Reding Infantry
  • 3rd Junior Reding Infantry
  • Avila Militia Infantry
  • Bujalance Militia Infantry
  • Burgos Militia Infantry
  • Ciudad Royal Militia Infantry
  • Cuenca Militia Infantry
  • Cueta Militia Infantry
  • Ecija Militia Infantry
  • Granada Militia Infantry
  • Jaén Militia Infantry
  • Lorca Militia Infantry
  • Mondoñedo Militia Infantry
  • Murcia Militia Infantry
  • Oviedo Militia Infantry
  • Ronda Militia Infantry
  • Sevilla Militia Infantry
  • Sigiienza Militia Infantry
  • Soria Militia Infantry
  • Toro Militia Infantry
  • Trujillo Militia Infantry
  • Tuy Militia Infantry
  • Artillery
  • 1st Rey Dragoons
  • 2nd Reina Dragoons
  • 4th Pavia Dragoons
  • 6th Sagunto Dragoons
  • 7th Numancia Dragoons
  • 1st Olivenza Caçadores a Caballo
  • 1st Estremadura Hussars
  • 2nd Españoles Hussars
  • 3rd Principe Cavalry
  • 5th Borbón Cavalry
  • 6th Farnesio Cavalry
  • 7th Alcantara Cavalry
  • 8th España Cavalry
  • 10th Calatrava Cavalry
  • 11th Santiago Cavalry
  • 12th Montesa Cavalry
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The British | Imperial Army

The British army was small, efficient, and mostly supplied. While there were variations from regulation at the whim of local commanders, just as in the French army, the British were typically able to equip their units consistently. However, due to its expeditionary nature, it was common to augment uniforms with local supplies. As in seemingly all armies, the trousers were the first to be swapped out.

  • 1st Foot Guards
  • 1st Foot Royal Line Infantry
  • 2nd Foot Queen’s Royal Line Infantry
  • 4th Foot King’s Own Line Infantry
  • 5th Foot Northumberland Line Infantry
  • 6th Foot 1st Warwickshire Line Infantry
  • 9th Foot East Norfolk Line Infantry
  • 14th Foot Bedfordshire Line Infantry
  • 20th Foot East Devonshire Line Infantry
  • 23rd Foot Royal Welch Fusilier Infantry
  • 26th Foot Cameronian Line Infantry
  • 28th Foot North Gloucestershire Line Infantry
  • 29th Foot Worcestershire Line Infantry
  • 32nd Foot Cornwall Line Infantry
  • 36th Foot Herefordshire Line Infantry
  • 38th Foot 1st Staffordshire Line Infantry
  • 40th Foot Line Infantry
  • 42nd Foot Royal Highlander Infantry
  • 43rd Foot Monmouthshire Light Infantry
  • 45th Foot Nottinghamshire Line Infantry
  • 50th Foot West Kent Line Infantry
  • 51st Foot 2nd York, West Riding Line Infantry
  • 52nd Foot Oxfordshire Light Infantry
  • 59th Foot 2nd Nottinghamshire Line Infantry
  • 60th Foot Royal American Rifle Infantry
  • 71st Foot Glasgow Highlander Light Infantry
  • 76th Foot Hindoostan Line Infantry
  • 79th Foot Cameronian Highlander Infantry
  • 81st Foot Line Infantry
  • 82nd Foot Prince of Wales's Line Infantry
  • 91st Foot Argyllshire Highlander Infantry
  • 92nd Foot Highlander Infantry
  • 95th Foot Prince Consort's Own Rifle Infantry
  • 97th Foot Queen's Own Germans Line Infantry
  • 20th Light Dragoons
  • Portuguese 6th Caçadores
  • Portuguese 12th Line Infantry
  • Portuguese 21st Line Infantry
  • Portuguese 24th Line Infantry
  • Portuguese Cavalry
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