SPANISH GROUND FORCES:
In Madrid we have the Ejército de España and the Guardia Real
Right now I can only have one army (would like to change its name from Esercito to the correct Ejercito, but it’s not possible to change army names). It’s commanded by the good for nothing Godoy. It will stay in Madrid until another general better than him (almost anyone) reach seniority enough to replace him without VP or NM penalties.
Officers in command of these stacks:
And the Duque del Infantado
Duque del Infantado, an average officer, and his guards will depart towards South to take part in the siege of Gibraltar.
In Toledo is Castaños with the Central Corps:
He is not a bad officer with some interesting traits, but with only a 3 in strategic he will be deactivated most of the time. He will go to Gibraltar with some of his units to fight in the siege and acquire some experience. The other units will remain in Toledo as mobile reserve with a less capable officer (I have some of those).
In Valencia camps the Oriental Corps with Benito San Juan in command:
Good troops with a mediocre chief, so the units will depart to Gibraltar and San Juan will take charge of the Central Corps.
In Granada is Teodoro Reding and the South Corps
A bad officer, but his trait “Swiss commander” is going to be useful as far as I have several Swiss brigades which could be combined in a division under his command without penalties.
With him there are the Marqués de la Romana and Don Juan de Kindelán
De La Romana is one of my best officers and is going to command a powerful division in Gibraltar (the guards, probably). Kindelán is also a good officer and his trait “good population administrator” will be useful in occupied regions.
The South Corps will be the core of the army for the Gibraltar siege.
In Leon are two army groups, the North Corps:
Palafox is very good in defense, but have the same problem than Castaños, only a 3 in strategic.
With him is Don Juan Caraffa
The other group is Blake’s Occidental Corps:
Palafox will go with his corps towards south, and Caraffa will go with him. Blake is an average chief, if he wouldn’t have the trait slow mover he would be in charge of the defense of the Peninsula in the north, but that trait and the low infrastructures in the area would result in that he would hardly reach any point where the British could disembark at time. He will be send to America and I will bring another officer from there, more suitable for the peninsular movement war. Until then, Trancos will form a division to protect the area as best as he can until French reinforcements arrive (a British disembark in north Spain is as dangerous for them as for me).
In North Africa there are a few Spanish regiments under command of my most talented general:
Ballesteros is by far my best man, but he has a very low seniority. As soon as I can I’ll transport him and his men to Cadiz and will give him the command of a powerful independent division in hope he gains some seniority and become a good corps leader in the near future.
Let’s go to the colonies.
In Cuba we have Salazar with a corps
It’s a strong enough force that combined with the garrison would be able to stop any British attack. The officers will depart to Spain and Blake will replace them here. Salazar will be the commander in chief in the north of Spain and Zerain, with his siege trait, will go to Gibraltar.
I’ve been tempted to send Palafox because of his defensive habilities, but I discarded it because due the British naval superiority they could surrender the fort only blockading it and I can’t afford losing a good officer in such a secondary front. By the other way, I don’t care losing Blake here.
In Santo Domingo There is a small Spanish force leaded by General Viallacampo
I know for sure that there are British attacking Haiti and this small force would not stop them. Right now, they will join the garrison and, as soon as possible, they will be evacuated to Cuba. If Britain wants Santo Domingo there is little I could do to avoid it.
In La Plata are my main forces in America:
Their chief is an average Spanish officer (a good for nothing), but Vigodet is a little more interesting general thanks to his infantryman trait. If Portugal enters in the war I don’t discard some offensive actions with this general in Brazil.
This is the summary of the Spanish ground forces (only active units, there are some powerful garrisons too). They look as a good war machine, but actually, the mediocrity of their officers and the bad shape of the units (most of them are skeletons dependent of expensive replacements to fill their ranks) it would not be possible to start any operation before spring. Until then, I’ll move officers to their new posts and will gather all the troops which will take part in the siege of Gibraltar in Cadiz.
For the Gibraltar assault, I’ll use two corps (only nominal, I’m not able to form corps yet). One with Castaños and the other with Palafox (will see the accurate composition of these corps once the units are all together in Cadiz). Also, I plan to give Ballesteros a powerful division to operate independent. May be I’ll give him a corps and put all the other more senior two star officers together in the other one (not know what to do, he is so good…).