Saturday, 11 November 2017

At Rumsdorf (3) ...

continued from the previous post .....

The commander of the Monrovian garrison of Rumsdorf decides to defend the town,  in disregard of the wishes of the town council who would prefer to open the gates and surrender the town - in protest the guild militia companies do not muster .....

..... day 3 .....

With no response to the surrender ultimatum, the King issues the order to start the bombardment - guns and mortars start their work in the morning... a mortar shell falls short of the town wall...
 the gun battery is in action ....
meanwhile two more regiments of foot have been bought up and stand ready if needed...

the guns seem to be having no effect on the walls; the mortar fire is hitting the town setting some buildings afire.

Another method of attack has been prepared - at midday the King orders an assault; men move forward with mobile protective wooden screens.....

once they are in position a group of men come out from the farm and run up towards the town - a petard assault team ...
as troops provide covering fire the petard team reaches the moat bridge ...
they loose a couple of men as they reach the gate ...
the petard is set against the door and the fuse lit ....

the gates are blown open and a storming party charges in ....
they are soon into the town and holding off the defenders ....
more troops surge over the bridge and into the town .....
Wittenberg troops are in the town and the defenders are in disarray, some make it out of the east gate over the river Oudear while others surrender -  Rumsdorf has fallen !

1 comment:

  1. Wow...gripping stuff. Had me on the edge of my seat!

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