OCTOBER I – INSURGENTS – Fair weather and more than fair die rolls! A task force bringing supplies to Valencia (1 Italian TF, the CATF with 1 hit, and transports) is successfully intercepted by both the 1 SS and 3 CLTF. In the resulting carnage all Loyalist naval forces sunk – 16 victory points – as was the CATF* – 8 victory points. (After the game I reread the Italian fleet intervention rules and realized that all 3 fleet counters must be used at the same time so, since they were called upon to seize Gijon, none would have been available this turn). Elsewhere the last remaining Loyalist force in Estremadura and three speed bump forces in southwestern Castilla la Nueva all eliminated. Attacks in the North push back Gobernito troops in Santander and Euzkadi.
OCTOBER I – LOYALISTS – Disaster is an understatement for that turn. Skirmishing near Zaragoza gains some hexes. An attack on Valencia fails (AS) result and all that remains available to throw against the Insurgents south of Madrid are a few more self-supported brigades.
OCTOBER II – INSURGENTS – Fair weather holds and Insurgents advance deep into Castilla la Nueva, northwest of Madrid and adjacent to Santander after eliminating a small stack attempting to shield that capital.
OCTOBER II – LOYALISTS – Valencia liberated in a 4:1 – 2 attack (Ex)! The link up with Catalonia is complete (or will be once rail line is repaired). Forces released will now race to Madrid. Also to add a tiny smile to Loyalists, Pamplona was captured. Basques are circling the wagons around Bilbao and praying for Mud.