A blog on War gaming in North-eastern North America from 1670-1815, the life of an ex EFL instructor, a family man formerly in Japan and now in Canada , a camper, a reenactor, a drummer, and all round crazy but home Nova Scotian. Currently a security officer.
My 18th century gamming has dropped off for a bit. This hasn't been by choice, but rather, not much free time.
Any gamming I have gotten into has been on my other eras.
However, I will take a look at my minatures, and some of my historical books to come up with some new campaigns.
My Saratoga campaign is still one I want to finish up. Though this will be after Christmas.
American army begins advance on the British Army, far left
centre position of both armies
New Hampshire Regiment
The British Army advances
Pickets of the 21st mixed in with Loyalists
Canadian Militia, RAFM figures
New York Regiments
The Battle begins
The Americans decided to try and smash the Crown forces in one battle. The American right advanced quickly to block the crossroads while the American left attempted to flank the Crown right. The American centre then advanced straight at the British and Loyalist troops in the centre.
The Canadien milice were initally scattered, but recovered and with Loyalist support, used their old tactics to smash apart the American lines. The Brunswick troops pushed down on the American left and were able to surround General Arnold!
Despite their best efforts, Morgan's Rifles were unable to push back the Loyalist Rangers, or Canadien milice. The Mohawks, gave a half hearted attack due to the fact they still were low on supplies from their attack at Fort Stanwix and Oriskany.
The Battle ended with the Crown sweeping around the American left flanking the entire Patriot line. Seeing that they would be unable to push ahead, the Americans withdrew, but not before smashing the British regulars.
So a historical replay, not by plan, I was actually trying to see if the Americans could win.
I've been extremely busy with work. I was covering the other officers position.
As well, life throws its usual amount of difficulties, which make hobbys the last of life's priorities.
I do hope to get back on track with my Saratoga Campaign.
I'm pleasantly surprised that my blog has this many views.
I set out to have my blog as a way to share my hobby, and I've expanded to having 6 at last count.
Thank you to those who have taken a look.
Keep coming back
While I was sleeping, my family reorganized the living room, however, they haphazardly put things from my table where they could find space. Now it does look good, I can't find my kit and I can't get upset as it will cause a problem, but as my wife said, part of the fun would be to find it again. However I had just begun building a Comet tank and now can't find the parts. Sigh
Burgoyne has sent his Brunswick troops towards New Hampshire to forage and disruption of the Patriots.
The battle began with the Brunswickers taking positions on the field. The main last stand was upon the hill, the baggage at the bottom covered by a gun, another position covered by another gun on a slight rise, two houses held by Canadian militia, and an earthwork held by Jessup's Corps. Amerindians held a small position on the Brunswicker's left flank.
The Americans under Stark begin their attack.
The first obstacle is to cross the bridge which proves to be difficult. Eventually, the Americans ignore the fire coming from the small hill to the left and sending their rangers to take out both houses, and a militia brigade to skirt to the right of the lower right cabin begin to flank the Loyalists position.
The Mohawks attempt to drive back the American Assault but are in turn shot down in droves. they break and run.
The Loyalists in the centre hold their ground until the main American line flanks them on the left.
The Brunswick Grenadiers holding the baggage park, see the line beginning to crumble and prepare to fall back.
The position on the hill soon becomes untenable and they flee.
The Queens Rangers also fail their moral and fall back.
The Americans under Stark, advanced straight on, taking the bridge head on, which meant all the defenders fire concentrated on that position. Consequently, an entire militia brigade was destroyed.
The next attempt was for the Americans to try and assault the houses, which cost them time and casualties, but they persevered.
After clearing the first position, the Americans then had to contend with the Loyalists and main Brunswick position.
The Americans win their first victory in the campaign.