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.

Saturday, 15 October 2022

Action at Marienstadt ...

Saxe-Jarlsberg had deployed a small force to block the road from Hof at Marienstadt. They had taken up defensible position about half a mile or so out from the town in the lee of a low hill.  Infantry were deployed in a low walled enclosure with the cavalry astride the road.


The Wittenberg forces advancing from Hof, on seeing the opposition to their front, deployed outside the small village of Donutz.....

The Wittenberg infantry start their advance ....

The Wittenberg infantry close to musket range as their cavalry charges ....


The Saxe-Jarlsberg cavalry are pushed back into their supporting unit, but fight on ....
The dragoons in the Wittenberg folorn hope are whittled away and the remnants fall back behind their infantry who step forward and open fire...
The first Saxe-Jarlsberg cavalry regiment routs but the second one fights on bravely holding back superior numbers
After exchanging volleys, the Wittenberg infantry charge forward to attack the Saxe-Jarlsberg troops behind the wall..
The Saxe-Jarlsberg infantry hold on tenaciously, but after a while some Wittenberg pikemen gain an advantage and are across the wall...
The second Saxe-Jarlsberg cavalry regiment breaks and routs, Wittenberg cavalry set of in pursuit ...
The Saxe-Jarlsberg infantry regiment holding the centre of the wall gives way after a brave fight and routs...
The rest soon follow leaving the Wittenberg troops holding the walled enclosure ...
With the Saxe-Jarlsberg troops on the run, Wittenberg can take possession of the town of Marienstadt.

A bad day for Saxe-Jarlsberg - a victory for Wittenberg

---oXo---

Notes:

1) Scenario based on Monckton Farleigh ECW 1643, as described in ECW Campaign Scenarios Vol 1 1643 for the South West, by R Giglio.

2) By pure chance the selection of units from the boxes resulted in the bulk of the figures in the Wittenberg Army being from Irregular Miniatures, with those in Saxe-Jarlsberg being from my own home-cast range (both armies numbers also include some Sash&Saber plus Romanof figures).

3) First table top battle for the Mercenary Scots regiment - started Ok, but didn't do too well.

Friday, 14 October 2022

Hoflandt -Campaign Map Movements (2)...

 

Saxe-Jarslberg (defending the Hoflandt). RED

  • A small force was drawn up to defend the road into Marienstadt (mostly composed of the former garrison of Hof).
  • The force holding Montberg was re-inforced.
  • The Duke's army (including troops from Hesse-Limburger) has completed mustering at Karlebach, and is ready to move.

Wittenberg (trying to seize the Hoflandt) GREEN

  • After capturing Hofheim, the northern strip of the the Hoflandt has been secured.
  • The troops blocking the road between Hof and Marienstadt have been reinforced and are advancing on Marienstadt.
  • At Hof, the main body of the Wittenberg field army is crossing the river into the Hoflandt.

Sunday, 11 September 2022

Assault on Hofheim...

Wittenberg forces make an improvised assault on the Walled town of Hofheim....

--oXo--

Positions

Hofheim, early in the morning just as the sun was rising ...


Out of the morning mist the Wittenberg assault force head for the east gate, with a petard team...
An assault force approaches the north gate, men with axes and scaling ladders...
and a smaller force approach the west gate, with rope & grappling hooks ...

Assault on the West gate 

First move was made on the West gate, men with grappling hooks moved up towards the wall..
Both rope teams got a good hold with the grapple, two men got up onto the wall on one side ...
But couldn't get into the gate tower, on the other side they were now opposed by the gate guards..
Eventually one man got up but couldn't make much progress to clear the wall of defenders..
the attempt on the West Gate had stalled ..

Assault on the North Gate

The teams with the ladders approached the gate and got the ladders up; the gate guard was on the walls...

One ladder was knocked down and broken, another ladder pushed back, one man got up onto the wall and got stuck into a fight with a guard...
as the men fought on the wall, some of the garrison reached the wall from the adjacent tower...
Although the second ladder was up, the attackers only had a toe hold on the wall, men went at the gate with axes but to little effect...
the attempt on the North Gate had stalled ..

Assault on the East Gate

Once the attacks were in on the other gates, the petard team and supporting troops moved up to the East Gate....the gate guard raised the alarm, men scrambled to get ready in the towers and one ran to alert the garrison... 
With covering fire, the petard was attached to the gate
The petard fuse was lit, but went off too quickly killing most of the petard team, but blowing the gate
After the dust settled, the attackers charged in un-opposed....
With half the garrison at the other two gates, the rest moved towards the East gate.....
More attacking troops moved up to the gate ....
The garrison charged into the attackers, if they only could hold them and push them back 
But no, they were pushed back down the main street, still there was a chance ...
There were too many attackers and the defenders were pushed back towards the church...
As they were pushed back into the square, some of the attacker moved to the North gate clearing defending troops away and pushing them back down the street...
The gates were opened and more attacking troops came in ...

The garrison fought on bravely in front of the church....
Beset on all side they surrendered.. 

Hofheim was now in Wittenberg hands.

--oXo--

Notes:
1.  The scenario is based on Wargaming in History Vol 11, SYW Small Actions - Hadik's Raid on Pirna; using the special game mechanics included in the scenario definition.
2.  Attacking walls with ladders and grappling hooks, can work if all goes well. But not in this case.
3.  The petard team did the job, if the gate had held then the whole attack would have failed.


Friday, 9 September 2022

Hoflandt -Campaign Map Movements (1)...


Saxe-Jarslberg (defending the Hoflandt). RED

  • The garrison ejected by Wittenberg from Hof had retreated to Marienstadt.
  • The Duke's army is mustering at Karlebach, along with allied troops from Hesse-Limburger.
  • A small force has been sent to hold Montberg.
  • All towns and garrisons had been notified to be on the alert.

Wittenberg (trying to seize the Hoflandt) GREEN

  • While the town of Hof was secured a small force moved out to block the road to Marienstadt.
  • After seizing the ferry crossing at Inglewitz, more troops were brought over the river Oudear.
    • They moved up to Dreishof, then on to Applestrudel to block the border to Monrovia.
    • Another small strike force moved quickly to Toppenhof and then made for Hofheim.


Sunday, 4 September 2022

Setting up the table for 'Assault on Hofheim' Game ...

 Next game in the campaign will be Wittenberg forces making an attempt to take the Saxe-Jarlsberg walled town of Hofheim by storm ....

I've been setting up the table... basic layout...

Altered layout with better roads and some internal views of the town ...