Any how the weather was pretty 'orrible so I decided on a re-fight of the Battle of Princeton,
This was a smallish action in the AWII - large enough for my smallish collection to handle- with a few spare units left over..
There were 3 battalions of British regulars against 2 brigades of Americans- over half of the Americans being Militia of one sort or another- a good number of them rifle armed- which meant they could shoot - but being without bayonets at a disadvantage in a fight so the British plan was obvious- take the bayonet to 'em-
They do not like it up them ! (No neither would I).
Present were your gentle Author Andrew the Tekkie , Floating Jeff(some of the time) Mechanical Shaun and new boy Brummie Paul so a respectable turnout. Rules used were British Grenadier- the only local amendment being to lengthen rifle ranges a tad so that they were one third longer than musket range which to me seemed a better proportion.
So let .. er battle ... commence.
Right away it was obvious that the British had forsworn the direct approach- in other words the British fannied about. They did not even try to win the race for the farmhouse hill but allowed 1 American Brigade to take this position unfought whilst the second American Brigade made for Princeton. The 2 British Battalions covering that town skipped out of the way "in order to manoeuvre" and abandoned the Ravine, though to be fair the second American Brigade was some distance off.
|The British never really got going- perhaps the reason is obvious.|
Mean while around the Farmhouse hill the Yankees were having fun picking off the British more or less at leisure only slightly daunted by the British Light infantry. The Large British battalion bimbled about at the bottom of the hill and eventually decided to pick on the Militia battalion that was the American reserve. However to do this they took an enfilading volley from the much smaller American Continental unit on the farm house hill . This together with a volley from the Militia meant that- although they saw the militia off they were in no state to continue without some reforming as they had taken both casualties and disorder points.
|The Brits could have reached the hill but didn't try.|
|Bimleing and more bimbleing|
|the inevitable result.|
As always Lunch provided by our hostess Jean was splendid and included Cake !
Teachers report- Must Do Better.
Next game- probably Moderns- more Andre the Tekkies thing...