The game this week is more of a 'what if' rather than an true representation. Historically, the battle of Braddock Down was a rather one-sided affair, with the Parliamentarians under Ruthen breaking as the Royalist line advanced and fired a volley. Some details can be found on the Battlefields Trust website . There is also a scenario on the Too much Lead blog
|An overview of the terrain from behind the Royalists|
|The Parliamentarian forces|
I had thought Steve would stand on the defensive, but in true 'no plan survives first contact with the enemy' fashion, Steve also advanced and volleys were exchanged across the hedgerows.
|The Parliamentarian commanded shot|
On the flanks the cavalry now entered the fight. I expected the Royalists to prevail, but was sorely disappointed. First my right wing cavalry were driven back and then the left flank was held to a draw.
|The Royalist's right wing flees|
|The inconclusive fight on the left|
|The rout of the militia|
|The end of the militia|
|The Royalists drive back the Parliamentary infantry|
An interesting scenario with an intriguing interplay between firepower and pike and trained v raw.