Dettingen AAR (part 2)
|Having seen off Grammont's cavalry, the British are swinging onto Grammont's infantry flank.|
|French cavalry struggle to cross the stream before the Hanoverian cavalry react. However, the melees are inconclusive to start with. At this point, fighting is general across the whole battlefield.|
|With no other threat the British sledge hammer smashes Grammont's infantry into the Hanoverian anvil.|
|Noaille's reserve is now struggling to maintain its position and Mark orders a general retreat of the French army.|
|The Allied rearguard held its position to the very end of the battle and the French are forced to retire.|
Thanks to Russ for the photos. I thoroughly enjoyed this game and Russ and Mark put in a great effort. Both were put in a very difficult position to begin with but Russ was able to get order into his battle lines just in time. Mark seemed to spend the whole game within a hairs breadth of turning it to his advantage.
Historically, Noailles kept his reserve on the other bank of the Main ready to reinforce either blocking corp. When Grammont launched his rash attack, Noailles was forced to march to his support but by the time he got their it was too late and the whole French army retired. Therefore, Mark's plan was an alternative to the historical battle but I feel that he may have had more success if he had coordinated it with the attack on Kleinostheim (He blames the dice!)
This was a large battle which we fought comfortably within a day. We used the Thursday evening to plan and discuss the battle which made a great difference and I will do this again when we fight the next one. This will be Fontenoy and I will probably aim to put this on towards Autumn.