Our last W.I.G. game was Brandywine and we had five players a side for this one. British : Me, Mike, Steve M, Ian and Stefan. Americans : Steve C, Mark, Allan, Rafael and Graham.
The British have to force their way across the fords and defeat Washington's forces protecting the approaches to Philadelphia. In the real battle, Knyphausen's Hessians did this whilst Howe and the bulk of the British forces made an outflanking march around the American right flank.
In our game, we British commanders decided to send the two Hessian brigades to do the outflanking move whilst the British forces attempted the crossing.
The Americans were not sure if we would attempt a flank attack but we agreed to give them one turn's notice - they would have seen the dust of the approaching columns no doubt !
This is the view from the other end (where the Hessians will appear later)
American troops keep a watchful eye on the crossings
In this scenario, they were allowed up to 2 feet on.
American commanders discuss their situation !
but here come the British ! It takes a turn to cross the water and they are disordered whilst this happens
More troops cross on the British left
Opposite, an American brigade awaits them on the high ground
No British can be seen over on the American left flank, leaving the commanders wondering whether to switch their forces or wait and see
It is eerily quiet over there
American skirmishers enter the big woods on the American right
Whereas the Continentals stay put on the hills
The Continentals fold back their lines as they see the first of the Hessians arrive on their flank
More British infantry prepare to cross the fords
British grenadiers wade across in the face of advancing American regiments
and the British Loyalist cavalry crosses further to their right
and get shot to bits for their efforts !
The Hessians are now attacking in strength on the American right flank
as the British lines advance steadily
The remaining Loyalist cavalry charge the regiment to their front (despite having seen their sister regiment flee earlier)
British artillery is now deployed and firing over the other side of the Brandywine
The British grenadiers now receive some support as a second battalion joins them
and the third smaller battalion has successfully crossed the ford
British troops spread out further towards right of centre in an effort to support the Grenadiers left flank
and another brigade skirts the woods to add their weight to the centre
British and Hessian troops have forced the high ground and the American right is in jeopardy
More British infantry have crossed the ford and swung out on the Grenadiers right
and British infantry sweep forwards on the centre right
The Continentals on the American right have broken and fled
At this point, Washington declares the game up and announces the Americans are withdrawing.
We made our customary exit for the Rose & Crown pub after clearing away.