Somewhere in Germany 1760 – The French confront the Allies
In June of 1760, Britain sent their first contingent to support the Allies with their fight against France. Arriving at the port of Bremen, the British were a welcome addition to Ferdinand’s stretched forces. Within a fortnight they would be sent in against the French forces threatening Gottingen. If the reader wishes to follow the actual campaigns I can highly recommend Savory’s “His Britannic Majesty’s Army in Germany”, which has now be reprinted. A link to 18th Century Press can be found at the right hand side of the blog.
For this big battle, I used three separate lists for the allies; nr.97. British, nr.113. German States and nr.115 the Hanoverians form the DBA-HX. The 4Kn listed for the British and Hanoverian heavy cavalry I changed to 3Kn to suit our basing. Aside from that, the only differences among the three lists were the number of artillery and cannon. The French had a similar list, but could field only cannon, but could add light cavalry and light infantry.
Allied forces would meet the French as three separate commands of 12 elements; Brunswick, Hessen, and British, while the French would have the advantage of a unified command with two wings of varying size.
I think the reader may find David Kuijt’s Big Battle page: http://www.umiacs.umd.edu/~kuijt/BBDBA/Basics.html#Size a useful aid for terrain, command size, and setting up as attacker/defender.
Left: Hessen, 7 x 4Ms, 2 x Art, 3 x 3Cv (blue die)
Main: Brunswick, 6 x 4Ms, 2 x Art, 2 x 3Kn, 2 x 3Cv (buff die)
Right: British, 7 x 4Ms, 1 x Cn, 2 x 3Kn, 2 x 3Cv (red die)
French (white dice)
Left: 3 x 4Ms,4 x 3Cv,3 x Cn
Main: 11 x 4Ms, 1 x 3Cv, 2 x 3Kn, 3 x Cn
Right: 4 x 4Ms, 2 x 2Jg, 1 x 3Cv, 2 x 2LH
The French defending, placed their left and central commands on the board followed by the complete deployment of the allied forces. If the allied commands display a nontraditional deployment I would refer the reader to Savory’s book. Much of Ferdinand’s strategy was quite similar to the French use of the corps system; combined arms moving independent of the main army. The French, during these campaigns followed suit as well. Completing the French deployment, right wing with the light forces were place last.
The French with a two to one advantage in cannon were determined to go for the jugular and focus on the central command; breaking it would force the other wings to leave the field. The Allies had no expectations of a quick battle, but would try force the wings to collapse on the central command.
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