|The Battlefield, French to left, Spanish / Dutch to right|
The French army broke when the elite 'Maison du Roi' brigade was routed in the centre after an epic struggle between the Swiss Guards & Dutch Guards of van Hussen's brigade. It was the Dutch Guards that held out longest, albeit with only 3 remaining damage points when their Swiss adversaries broke!
The French had already lost Guerette's Brigade on their left flank as they assaulted the Spanish lines - they routed a couple of turns prior to the centre. It is worth noting that both Spanish Brigades - Raventos & Laura, took significant casualties (General Laura himself being killed) and were close to breaking themselves. It also has to be said that Marchette's Horse brigade was untouched as it supported Guerette's attacking Foot, largely due to its unwillingness to move!
On the French Right Monmouth's brigade fought off an aggressive attack from McKay's Scots brigade which was its-self supported by Muller's brigade. Muller's troops began to engage with Montal's French brigade late in the game but to little effect.
In detail casualties in terms of Damage points was as follows:
CinC Conte de Vicque (Rupert), 3 x Army Batteries 12/45 DPs
Monmouth's Brigade (Phil), 3x Regts Foot 119/170 DPs
Maison du Roi (Rupert), 1 Foot Regt, Musqueaires & 2 x Gendarmes 186/194 DPs
Montal's Brigde (Rupert),3 x Regt Foote 52/190 DPs
Guerette's Brigade (Steve),4 x Regts of Foot 210/220 DPs
Marcheterre's Brigade (Steve) 4 x Horse Squadrons 0/100 DPs
TOTAL 589/919 DPs
CinC Raentos (Mike)
Raventos' Brigade (Mike), 2 x Regts Foot, 1 Horse Sqdn, 1 x battery 77/160 DPs
Laura's Brigade (John), 4 x Regt Foot 79/240 DPs
TOTAL 156/400 DPs
CinC William of Orange (Nigel) 4 x Army Batteries 25/60 DPs
van Hussen' Brigade (Nigel), 3 x Regts Foot, 1 Horse Sqdn 170/230 DPs
Muller's Brigade (Mark / Andy), 3 x Regt Foot 60/170 DPs
McKay's Brigade (Mark / Dave), 3 x Regt Foot, " x Dragoon Sqdns 83/200 DPs
TOTAL 338/760 DPs
|Coldstream Guards in Fire fight with Scots of MacKays |
Foote and a supporting squadrons of Dragoons
Overall the French had approx 900 Damage Points (DP) whilst the Allied Spanish & Dutch had about 1000 DPs between them. it was always going to be a tough ask of the French to win this battle but they came close - witness the 'squeaky bum' time when Laura's Spanish brigade was directly intervening to support their Dutch neighbours...
|Regiment d'Anglais supported by Lord High Admiral's Foote in firefight with Dutch Foote, |
who are in turn supported by MacKays Foote.
Note: Brigade Commander Duke of Monmouth & Colonel John Churchill leading the English lines.
So there it is - hope you enjoyed it, another 28mm spectacular to follow later in the year, once everyone's fingers have healed!