Kinrosshire - May 1644. Royalist Victory
ScenarioThis battle featured a rear-guard action under cloudy sky's. Surprised by the Covenanter forces whilst on the march Montrose mounted a delaying action whilst his baggage and half his army sought to escape. In this battle a D6 is rolled each turn and once it totals 24 the baggage has escaped. So speed is of the essence for the attackers even though they have a 2:1 advantage.
9 * Infantry Regiments in 2 brigades
4 * Horse Squadrons in 2 Regiments
2 * Medium artillery
3 * Veteran infantry (Irish Brigade)
3 * Infantry Regiments (Gordon Foot)
1 * Light artillery
1 * Horse Squadron
The BattleMontrose deployed his forces either side of the dense wood that filled the middle of the field. This wood was impassable to close-order troops so effectively split the field in two. On his left he deployed the Irish Brigade. On the right the Gordon Foot was given the stronger position protected by the river. Leven massed his forces opposite with guns in the centre and Horse behind them.
|The Irish Brigade on the Royalist left|
|The Royalist right|
|An exchange of fire near the river|
|Covenanters pursue the Irish Brigade|
|Irish Brigade withdraw|
|Irish Brigade turn and fight|
|Gordon Foot hold firm|
For future playing of this scenario we will allow the attacker to deploy a little closer (12" verses 16") but not allow any charges in that first go.
As you so shrewdly put it Stuart,the Covenanters needed to be much more aggressive . As they had a double line of regiments in each sector of the battlefield compared to Montrose' single line they could afford to close with the first line to short range, take punishment and then come through with a second line,nstill fresh, whilst the Royalists would have suffered casualties. The retreat of the Irish Brigade was a tactical tour de force as shortening theReplyDelete
line to be defended created an extra unit as a reserve that could have been used to deal with any breakthrough. Shades of Manstein in '43 :-))
The next battle features the Covenanters launching a flank attack - could be shades of Desert StormReplyDelete