Sunday, 5 February 2023

Adding to the Library (4) ...

Recently arrived  ...  Charles X's Wars Volume 3 - The Danish Wars, 1657-1660, by M.F. von Essen


briefly perused on arrival, I've just started reading it in depth.. so far a very good read ...

Tuesday, 31 January 2023

Hoflandt Campaign PDF

I've put together the Hoflandt campaign PDF. Wittenberg and Saxe-Jarlsberg in conflict over control of the Hoflandt. It has an introductory section and includes all the relevant blog posts from the campaign (the pictures link to those on the posts so you can click and enlarge if you want to). 


The link to access the PDF is here:

Wednesday, 25 January 2023

The Treaty of Montberg..

With no viable remaining field army, Wittenberg in possession of the Hoflandt, Saxe-Jarlsberg has no alternative to sue for peace. Saxe-Jarlsberg will cede control of the Hoflandt to Wittenberg.

Delegates gather at in the abbots hall  at the Montberg abbey.  The finalisation of the treaty to end hostilities in the Hoflandt will be signed.  Cardinal Lazunarund and his assistant has already arrived and is about to go into the hall, the Cardinal will sign the treaty for Wittenberg. The coach carrying Count Pottensdorf, the Herzog of Saxe-Jarlsberg's first minister, has just arrived ....

---oXo---

This brings an end to this Hoflandt mini-campaign



Monday, 2 January 2023

Adding to the Library (3) ...

 More information on the deluge... 'Against The Deluge' from Helion by Mical Paradowksi..

A nice book, full of info and well worth a read.

Monday, 5 December 2022

The Battle of Kuhhaus

(Deployment....). The Herzog Frederik glanced both ways along the Saxe-Jarlsberg battle line checking the deployment .... then examined the disposition of the Wittenberg army opposite him ...

King Leopold of Wittenberg issued his last orders as he looked at the Saxe-Jarlsberg army ...
both armies cavalry were well matched on one flank...
in the centre Wittenberg had an extra infantry regiment...
on the other flank the Saxe-Jarlsberg cavalry faced off against two brigades of Wittenberg cavalry ....

(Move 1...)  both sides moved forward cautiously ....

except one Wittenberg cavalry regiment which charged impetuously forward slamming into a regiment of Saxe-Jarlsberg cuirassiers... who held their charge with ease
(Move 2... ) the Wittenberg infantry closed to short musket range as both sides artillery fired to little effect..

while the Saxe-Jarlsberg cuirassiers tussled with their opponents, more cavalry joined the fray ...
The newly engaged Wittenberg cavalry had the edge pushing back their opponents...
(Move 3.....) the infantry started to exchange musket fire ....
as the cavalry melee continued on one flank...
(Move 4....). the cavalry contest started on the other flank ...
both sides traded musket fire (casualties accumulated slowly..)
on the other flank the Wittenberg cavalry were getting the upper hand ....
(Move 5.....) the Wittenberg infantry in the centre held their ground under fire but the regiments on either side backed off ...
Saxe-Jarlsberg cavalry had routed their opposition and continued on into the supporting unit...
On the other flank a Wittenberg regiment routed, but the gap was plugged ; the Saxe-Jarlsberg curassier regiment were beaten and routed also .... things hung in the balance...
Move 6..... The Wittenberg infantry recovered their nerve and charged forward into contact .... 
On Wittenberg's left flank their cavalry were hard pressed and being pushed back  ...
Move 7..... the Saxe-Jarlsberg infantry on either flank were soundly beaten and routed, running back through supporting units and taking them with them - one regiment was left standing in the centre ... 

The front Wittenberg regiment in the centre gave way and routed, but the supporting regiment held steady..
(Move 8..... )  On Wittenbergs' right flank their cavalry had beaten off the other regiments and were finishing off the last of the opposition...
one of the victorious Wittenberg horse regiments charged into the retreating Saxe-Jarlsberg infantry....
on Wittenberg's left flank the cavalry held on and beat off their attackers....
.....The Herzog with the battle lost leaves the battlefield and rides hard to Karlebach ....

A win for Wittenberg

Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Hoflandt -Campaign Map Movements (3)...


Saxe-Jarslberg (defending the Hoflandt). RED

  • After their defeat at Marienstadt, the troops retired to Montberg, to join the garrison there.
  • The main body of the Duke's army (including troops from Hesse-Limburger) left Karlebach and reached Montberg. 
  • A regiment of foot and dragoons were sent to secure Zigenfeldt
  • The garrison at Dashagen was re-inforced.
  • The main body of the Duke's army left Montberg heading for Marienstadt....

Wittenberg (trying to seize the Hoflandt) GREEN

  • A small force was sent to take control of Gorhagen.
  • A flying column of two regiments of dragoons and a regiment of horse seized Videnberg.
  • The King with the main body of the army left Hof and reached Marienstadt.
  • Scouts reported the Saxe-Jarlsberg army was on the move.
  • The army started forward from Mariendstadt making for Kuhhaus.
both armies were now on a 'collision course'....

Monday, 28 November 2022

On the march ...

The main part of the Saxe-Jarlsberg army has left Karlebach and is on the march towards Montberg....






....its aim to move onwards to retake Marienstadt and then onto the city of Hof.