SEVEN YEARS WAR
More fighting in the Hessian Salient
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: