Thursday, 30 June 2016

Battle begins

The heavy artillery moved into position on the right wing, with a Company of infantry in support.

 The Dragoons to the left flank deployed to the left wing and moved to the river bank, and received a volley of fire from a waiting Irish Jacobite regiment.

The Dragoons fell back, as both sides conducted more movement hidden by the woods and river obstacles.  Then, a single cannon shot heralded the Attack!

The Dragoons at the bridge, having sited a redoubt, launched a 'forlorn hope' attack over the bridge and along the causeway supported by cavalry....

The Forlorn Hope immediately came under fire from both hedgerows and the redoubt, but against the odds charged home and spiked the gun!  The supporting cavalry retired in the face of the defensive fire - and a rather spectacular hit from artillery on the flank.

As the redoubt was stormed, the entire Allied and Jacobite armies came into view....

'Those heroes of antiquity ne'er saw a cannon ball,
Or knew the force of powder to slay their foes withal.
But our brave boys do know it, and banish all their fears,
With a tow, row, row, row, row, row, for the British Grenadiers.
Whene'er we are commanded to storm the palisades,
Our leaders march with fusees, and we with hand grenades.
We throw them from the glacis, about the enemies' ears.
Sing tow, row, row, row, row, row, the British Grenadiers.'

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Captain Shandy returns, again.

Ireland 1689.  As the Kingdom collapses, Captain Shandy returns to the fray.  This time the Battle of the Bog; with King William's army (and Captain Shandy) engaging with the rearguard of a Jacobite Irish and French force on the road to Limerick.   The Jacobite forces being commanded by the Scottish expatriate Le Duc de Pomme Frit.

The battlefield was cut in two by the river - with a bog slowing down the approach to the river.

As dawn broke, cavalry skirmishers were sent forward...and Dragoons dismounted.