Friday, 31 May 2019

Battle of Brandywine : Black Powder solo game

Having set up the games board the other day for our Monmouth Courthouse battle, I could not resist doing another one before everything is packed away.

As the AWI troops were to hand, a quick flick through the Rebellion supplement lead me to Brandywine.

Here we see Howe and Cornwallis arriving on the flank of the American forces which were busy watching Knyphausen's troops the other side of the Brandywine Creek

Only Washington with two small troops of Light Dragoons and one infantry regiment are in a position to respond to this new threat immediately, in reserve as they are.

The British advance onto the American flank as Washington sends his troops to try and intercept them

His two troops of Dragoons charge the British Light Dragoons

The American infantry nearest to Cornwallis's men flee in confusion

But Washington's dragoons have seen off the British cavalry and now threaten the flank of the advancing British Light Infantry
  
Some of the American regiments are trying to turn to meet the threat to their flank

but enough have to stay to guard the ford across the creek where Knyphausen undoubtedly still has a strong force - at the moment his riflemen have driven off Maxwell's troops who had been caught wrong side of the Creek.

British and Hessian units smash into the disorganised American ranks

Washington's infantry are now tackling the British Light Infantry assisted by the Dragoons

British and American troops fight it out in the woods

Slowly the Americans are able to restore order even though they have lost a couple of regiments

Wayne's brigade is marching around the woods to go and help Washington

The British Light infantry have beaten Washington's infantry but they are shaken by casualties and can see Wayne's men heading their way 

Meantime, Washington encourages his dragoons to threaten the British with a charge

The tussle in the woods continues

Hessians and Grenadiers advance steadily 

and charge the next American regiments in their path

Howe has managed to steady the Light Infantry before Wayne's men get there 

Hessian and British regiments now exchange fore with the Americans across the creek

The British have routed the Americans from the woods

but the Light infantry are now charged by Wayne's brigade

after a dogged resistance by the Continentals, mounting casualties on the Hessian Grenadiers sees them flee the field ! Fortunately for the British their  Grenadiers stand firm and more infantry move up to help them

an American brigadier tries to stiffen the defence

A firefight has developed across the creek

Hessian Jagers have managed to creep through the woods to harass Wayne's brigade which has pushed back the Light Infantry

both sides are approaching their stamina limits

Another British attack goes in

The Americans are struggling to contain the British

Wayne's red coated regiment flees watched by the Hessians

The fight besides the woods is relentless

and the Americans try to recapture the woods

but no sooner has this attack gone in than the flank collapses again and the way is open to the British 

The American commanders order a withdrawal from the creek

one unit is stuck disorganised in a fire fight with the Hessians

although the British in the woods have fled, an attack against the American flank has now gone in

The Americans retreat from the woods as the British push on

and now Knyphausen orders his men across the creek

The Americans are desperately trying to extricate themselves from this hinged trap

Washington orders his men to break off the action and retreat away before any more regiments are lost

A hard fought game between 15 American regiments and 13 British/Hessian  (excluding the small cavalry units on both sides).

1 comment:

  1. A very entertaining battle report. It looks like a very interesting game.

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