SEVEN YEARS WAR – MORE FIGHTING IN THE HESSIAN SALIENT

SEVEN YEARS WAR 

More fighting in the Hessian Salient

The Hanoverian General Auguste Friederich von Spörcken

The Hanoverian General Auguste Friederich von Spörcken

General St. Germain

General St. Germain

The Hessian Salient saw more action in the Wargamorium when an Allied force under the Hanoverian General von Spörcken defeated a French force under Lieutenant –General  St. Germain.

At first things went well for the French when their cavalry secured control of the French left effectively preventing the English infantry brigade from advancing further over a small hill.

On the French right two brigades of infantry and three brigades of cavalry wheeled to contain the Allied left along a line of woods and a small village.  Von Spörcken however held the village with three regiments of Grenadiers who proved so tenacious that the French were unable to drive them out.  This proved to be the crucial battle here as had the French pushed through at this point the entire Allied line would have been taken in the rear.

Over on the French right their cavalry defeated the Allied cavalry and victory seemed to be in the French grasp but it was in the centre where the crucial action took place between Hanoverian and Hessian infantry brigades on the one hand and two French infantry brigades on the other.  Two large firing lines formed and blazed away at one another until through sheer attrition the French centre finally collapsed and the victorious allies advanced through the French centre.

Artillery had of course contributed to the carnage and at one point the Allied cavalry reserve had managed to surprise and overrun some French heavy batteries but the firefight in the centre had decided the battle and the French cavalry superiority now had to turn its attention to covering the retreat of the infantry.

A very clear cut and convincing victory for General von Spörcken.

Lots of photographs below:

The armies drawn up for battle.  The French are nearest.

The armies drawn up for battle. The French are on the right.

Early in the battle the French right starts to turn the Allied left.

Early in the battle the French right starts to turn the Allied left.

Allied Grenadiers occupy the village.  Their defence was an essential element in the Allied victory.

Allied Grenadiers occupy the village. Their defence was an essential element in the Allied victory.

In the centre the Allies advance into firefight with the French

In the centre the Allies advance into firefight with the French.

Allied artillery in action in support of the centre.  Note the civilian train drivers.

Allied artillery in action in support of the centre. Note the civilian train drivers.

The firefight continues in the centre.

The firefight continues in the centre. Hessians to the right and Hanoverians to the left.

The French cavalry advancing on the Allied extreme left.

The French cavalry advancing on the Allied extreme left.

Hanoverian and British Grenadiers defending the village.

Hanoverian and British Grenadiers defending the village.

Hanoverian Dragoons uphill from the French.

Hanoverian Dragoons uphill from the French.

The French cavalry defeated the Allied cavalry on the extreme left.  The open area behind the Allied line is clearly visible and French victory looks likely.

The French cavalry defeated the Allied cavalry on the extreme left. The open area behind the Allied line is clearly visible and French victory looks likely.

In the meantime the French lost the firefight and their centre collapsed. The Allied centre suddenly found empty space in front of them.

In the meantime the French lost the firefight and their centre collapsed. The Allied centre suddenly found empty space in front of them.

 

At one point the Allied Reserve Heavy Cavalry Brigade having overrun a battery of heavy guns found themselves next to the French Commander in Chief.  He managed to move safely away in the next move.

At one point the Allied Reserve Heavy Cavalry Brigade, having overrun a battery of heavy guns, found themselves next to the French Commander in Chief. He managed to move safely away in the next move.

The Allied right wing starts to advance now that the French centre has collapsed.  A decisive victory for the Allies.

The Allied right wing starts to advance now that the French centre has collapsed. A decisive victory for the Allies.

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4 Responses to SEVEN YEARS WAR – MORE FIGHTING IN THE HESSIAN SALIENT

  1. Phil says:

    An old post, but so beautiful…great pictures and fantastic armies, love your Hanoverian Dragoons especially…

  2. Chris Gregg says:

    This is a very neat and well presented game , thank you very much for showing your collection.
    Chris
    http://notjustoldschool.blogspot.co.uk/

  3. wargamorium says:

    Thank you Chris for those kind comments.

    I am revising the rules for the next game as they have become too wordy and a little off-putting. I plan to stage more games later in the year so keep an eye out for that.

    Regards

    Robert

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