|The Battlefield: in the foreground to the left, the Redcoats commanded by Chris, The Prussians arriving to support. And to the right the French regiments commanded by yours truly.|
Rather than start with all our forces in formal deployment on the table edge i advanced all the units to just out of musketry or charge range....so by turn two the action was fast, bloody and furious.
By day's end the French Cavalry had valiantly held off repeated allied assaults but were too weak to hold. The allied infantry, with their superior firepower (British and Dutch platoon firing) made short work of the French infantry ( some Pike and Shot armed!). Allied troops held the field with tactical advantage and the Brothers slumped down exhausted after having moved over 1500 figures around during the course of the battle - multiple times in fact!
A stiff drink was needed!!
|My dragoon brigades in front: Regiments Firmacon (Green/Yellow) Royal (Blue/Red) and D'Asfeld (Green/Red), and moving up in support Foote Regt Auvergne ( Black/Purple Flag) and Bavarians next to them|
|Danish Regiment Prince Christian|
|British 3rd Dragoons|
|French foreign brigade. Royal Italian in brown and in front Regt Fitzgerald.|
|Two Battalions of The Garde Francais in reserved|
|French Cavalry advanced|
|The opposing Dutch Cavalry: The grey flag: Nassau- Saarebruk regt . Next Line Regt Stadtholder de Frise and behind them British Regiment Windsor's horse ( Later 3rd DRG)|
|Austrian Cuirassier Regt Cusani advances: these guys ploughed into the French line and caused serious damaged, but suffered heavy casualties in return.|
|The allied left: Squadrons of Dutch , Danish, Austrian and British cavalry advance against the French. The red arrows show the first charges by allied troops in game turn two.|
|The Allied right- Firefight British regiments (Leven's, Blood's, Churchill's and Orrey's) vs French ( Regts Picardie with Beauvoisis to their left) with Bavarians behind!|
|Cavalry actions: Nassau-Saarebruk charges the French La Reine Regiment.|
|La Couronne Regt advances against the town (Taviers) on the extreme left of the allied flank. Being held by dismounted British Dragoons and Swiss Regiment Sturler.|
|French Regiment Picardie advances to support La Couronne|
It was the French inability to clear this town by game's end that meant that the allies maintained the upper hand.
|The allied cavalry advance. Dutch, British, Danes, Austrians.|
|Royal Dragoon Regiment, with two squadrons of D'Asfeld with Foot Regt. Auvergne in supprt ( A bit too close!)|
|Loads of Cavalry- The southern end of the battlefield was a huge swirling cavalry melee.|
|Regt Fitzgerald about to engage the Buffs, with Royal Italian, Regt Bulkeley and Bavarians in support|
|Two Battalions of Regiment Bourbon defend the hamlet in the centre of the French line.|
|Two battalion of Regt Piedmont about to be overwhelmed by four British Battalions. Chris played the British very well- causing horrendous casualties amongst my French foot.|
|French Regt Du Dauphin ( in 1672 uniform!!!!!)|
|Regiment Bulkeley (Irish), charges the Buffs|
|Dutch Regiment Schlangenburg|
|The swirling cavalry melee on the French right.|