Here is a general view of the terrain. The Allied forces (on the right) are defending their local supply base. General James Marlborough Blackadder has positioned his British troops on the hill covering the town. In reserve is the brigade of Brunswick infantry and to the left of the Highlanders a brigade of Hessians (Steve arrived with these troops after the photo was taken). On the far left were the British cavalry, comprising 3 regiments of dragoons. In the wood on the far right was a unit of Brunswick jaeger. The centre was supported by two batteries of artillery
The French, commanded by the Marquis d'Ecoles, a descendant of the Comte de Salle Forde, the notable French commander of the wars of Louis XIV, comprised 15 battalions of infantry and four of cavalry, with the cavalry on the right. He also had two batteries of artillery. The Marquis' plan was to pin the Allied infantry with a frontal attack and then use his cavalry to defeat the Allied horse and then roll up the rest of their line.
|The French infantry|
Although struggling to find room to deploy, the French cavalry advanced and this challenge was met by the Allied cavalry which charged forward. The resulting melees were victories for the French as the King's Dragoons and the 11th Dragoons were both driven back in confusion. For a time the 3rd Dragoon Guards restored the balance but they were attacked by Royal Pologne and the Mestre de Camp General and driven from the field. All that saved the Allied left was that the French cavalry commander, who led the charge, as killed in the melee and it took some time for the Marquis to gallop over to reorganise the regiments.
In the centre, the two armies were now in musketry range and the French struggled to make headway against the British line, especially as it was bolstered by artillery. The Alsace regiment found itself right in front of the guns and although suffering heavy losses from canister, they managed to drive off the gunners with volleys. Their victory was short lived as a volley from Loyals drove them from the field.
The Marquis had managed to get his guns forward to support his attack on the British line on the hill and Allied losses began to mount. To regain the initiative, Blackadder ordered his Highland brigade to attack. The first wave was driven off by musketry volleys, but the second crashed into the French line driving back their opponents and then carrying on to attack the second line. These too retreated,and the Marquis hastily cobbled together a third line of battered units to resist the highlanders. However, the losses suffered in the melees now began to take effect. Isolated and outnumbered the Highlanders found themselves swept by French musketry fire and destroyed as a fighting force.
Blackadder found that his left and centre were destroyed. He had no cavalry to counter the French advance and the one area of success, the Brunswick brigade's advance would not bring victory. On the hill the remnants of his British battalions struggled to hold their position against a renewed French advance. It was time to withdraw and lead the field to the French.
An interesting scenario that allowed Steve and I to reacquaint ourselves with the Konig Kreig rules after a break of a couple of years. Hopefully I will paint up a few more units over the coming months and set up some more scenarios.