Siege failed - Relief force defeated
This week we return to the Crusader forces taking the mountain route as they stand on the threshold of Jerusalem, needing only to capture Damascus to clear the way. The scenario for this battle was Loot & Pillage - where both sides try to destroy as much of the enemy as possible whilst holding one of 7 objectives each worth 200 points.
The objectives were spread pretty evenly across the table so both sides deployed in a wide formation. The Saracens deployed with strong cavalry flanks and a weak infantry centre backed by the Mamluks.
|View from the Crusader right
|The centre with Mamluks in the distance
|Saracen right with lots of horse archers
|The long view from the Crusader left
The Crusaders deployed with the Byzantines on their left, looking to hook around the flank. The right flank was a single unit of knights with some light cavalry support and the bulk of the force occupied the centre.
|Byzantine's on the Crusader left
|The strong central force
|More of the centre and the solitary knights on the right
|Crusaders capture the hill for now
On the Crusaders right they were badly outnumbered by the Saracens and things looked very dicey indeed. In the centre the Saracens were also faring well as their infantry pushed the Crusaders back off the objectives.
|The Brother Knights face-off the Saracens
|Battle is joined on the hill
On the Crusaders right the Byzantines advanced against the weaker Saracen light cavalry but disappointingly they bounced-off and settled into a grinding melee.
|Byzantines bounce off the light horse
Back on the right the Brother Knights found themselves largely surrounded and facing off against 3 units of Saracens. Despite a series of flank charges by the Saracens the resilient knights managed to see-off 2 units of light horse and 2 units of medium cavalry.
Brother knights cut a swath through the Arabs