Thursday, December 20, 2012

Campaign Move 21

2000 25th August 1813

On 24th August 1813 3nd Allied corps defeated 8th French corps at the battle of Palencia

On the following day the French retreated towards Pancorbo

This was the third allied victory in as many days.  

This series of defeats has forced Marshal Suchet to abandon his forward line of defence from Aguillar to Palencia.   His three corps are in retreat, and he must attempt to rally them on the main Bayonne to Burgos road from Pancorbo to Aranda.

The situation for the French is now critical.   If they are unable to hold this vital road they will lose control of the whole of central and southern Spain.  

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