SetupIn the first battle of the campaign both sides were fighting for control of the fortifications protecting a strategically important port. The Allies fielded an Anglo-Dutch infantry division supported by their Light Brigade. The French just an infantry Division.
There were three sets of fortifications to capture, with both sides having one within easy reach. The allies massed their forces on the flank and did not contest the central fortification heavily. The French position to refuse on their left and capture the centre.
|Massed infantry on the Allied left
|Hanoverians and cavalry on the Allied right
|The thinly held allied centre
|French cavalry on their right poised to attack
|The French refuse their left
|French infantry massed to assault the centre
|A long-view of the table
The BattleThe battle open with the outnumbered French going on the offensive on both their right and in the centre. The French commander hoping to buy time on the right while he seized two forts.
|French horse advance rather than sitting-back to be shot
|Swiss and Irish capture the central fort
|Allies advance on the French-held fort
|Belgium hussars standing ready
|Allies move to contest the central fort
|French horse charge home
|The Belgium's reciprocate
|A bit of a hole in the French lines
|French grind to a halt