|The Spaetzelthal, Adelmann Regiment deployed on the slopes of the Spaetleseberg (view to the south)|
|Situation near the start; the cavalry battle begins|
|The initial clash of cavalry|
|Schlüsselbrett infantry attack in the center|
While the cavalry battle was raging, though, the situation for the Coalition was in doubt on the slopes of the Spaetleseberg. The Schluesselbrett infantry deployed into line and engaged in a deadly short range firefight with a wing of the Adelmann regiment holding the south end of the hill, and, further north, the other wing of the Adelmann regiment was assailed by the Hess-Hattemstadt regiment, aided by a detachment of Saxe-Kirchdorf jaegers.
|Reinforcements rush toward the fight|
|The last detachment of the Adelmann regiment charges the Schlueselbrett troops|
The arriving troops counterattacked the Schluesselbrett regiment, and were driven off. The Schluesselbrett regiment's casualties had been horrifying, but their morale held, for the moment. As they rallied after the melee, the survivors of the Adelmann regiment withdrew from the field.
However, the Wachovians had arrived, and a sharp fighter between the advancing Wachovian light infantry and the battered Schluesselbrett regiment proved to be too much for the latter, and they too retired to reorganize.
At the north end of the Spaetleseberg, the Hesse-Hattemstadt forces drove off the S-Bs and occupied their position, but the arrival of fresh Wachovians proved too much for them and they were shortly forced to retire.
It was now late in the evening, and the League commander considered his position. His Saxe-Weilenz troops were still fresh, but slightly outnumbered by the Wachovians. There seemed little chance of clearing the critical positions on the Spaetleseberg before dark, and, with the possibility of further enemy reinforcements to be considered, he ordered a withdrawal.
Norman and I were probably at the game for a little over two hours, and it ran to seven turns. The scenario was "Reinforcements in the Defense: On The Table", number 15 from C.S. Grant's Scenarios for Wargames (the "Green Book"). The rules were Lawford and Young's Charge!, and the scenario translation was on the basis of 1 book unit to 1 company or squadron of infantry and cavalry, and 2 book units of artillery to one gun on the table.
We have used the scenario on multiple occasion previously, and, given the rules, we added the breastworks to the defenders, to give them a chance against the attackers. With no random morale rules, it's difficult for a Charge unit to hold against odds for very long. Given the basing of our troops, and the fact the the book specifies that this scenario is to be fought across the narrow end of a rectangular table, it got a little crowded. We had intended to fight it without the unsightly movement trays, but Norman ended up faced with a time constraint, so we tray-ed the troops for convenience.
|Map of our theater of conflict|
The War of the Western League is what we get when playing at home; it's our excuse for running a game using only the troops of countries stored here, and involves Schluesselbrett, Hesse-Hattemstadt, and Saxe-Weilenz against the coalition of Schoeffen-Buschhagen and Wachovia. We used William's Free City of Wiegenburg troops as stand-ins for the still-to-be-painted Saxe-Weilenzers today.
It's been over a year since these troops were on the table, so we were glad of an opportunity to deploy them. I do need to decide on some rules that would allow use of smaller units to make more efficient use of our limited 5 foot by 6 foot table.