The War of the Spanish Succession was not just confined to Flanders and Germany. The French fought against the Imperial forces under Prinz Eugen in northern Italy for much of the conflict. Bitter struggles in the foothills of the Alps.
Andy has long wanted to face my French with his ever expanding Imperial forces and so last night we got together at the Grimsby Wargames society to play a small game.
|The French centre of six battalions that were meant to attack the enemy left flank|
The French had nine battalions of line with twelve squadrons of horse, supported by two field pieces. The Imperial troops had eight line battalions, twelve squadrons of horse, three squadrons of dragoons and three field pieces. With the numbers against them the French decided to hold their left and to force the right by gaining a local numerical advantage.
|The infantry holding the French right|
|the French left being divided by one of the numerous woods|
|the enemy counter moves|
After just a couple of moves the first line of the french exposed their right flank to the enfilading fire from two Imperial battalions. At the same time the enemy dragoons had dismounted and moved through the woods to disrupt the French second line and prevent a co-ordinated response.
Both rolled double one.
Both turned and fled.
|the enemy press the French centre with superior numbers|
A good game played with some good friends and in a very friendly manner. So my thanks to Andy for providing the opposition and to Mark & Ian for helping push the toys around. All figures are from the collections of Andy and myself and all Front Rank, rules were our own house rules and scenery from the shelves of the Grimsby Wargames Society.