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First Newbury: Sept 20 1643

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MengJiao:

  How did this Tolkienian festival of mayhem escape my notice!  What a resonant battle this is -- you have a Dark Lane, Burial mounds, all the virtual Tom Bombadilian odds and ends you could want
and King Charles, Rupert, Skippon and plenty of musketeers to boot.

  The game system is the 7th English edition of Musket and Pike (there are 2 or three others in French) as manifest in the GMT Musket & Pike Dual Pack featuring
expanded remakes of This Accursed Civil War and Sweden Fights on.

  And the operational context is pretty cool too:  Essex and co are returning from relieving Gloucester, they get beat up by Rupert and duck into some promising defensive terrain with lots of
hedges.  Historically, that was enough and as we see here, around 9 am, it is not easy to drive Skippon's battalions from sunken lanes when you are forced to attack in open order.  Even the
dragoons can stop Rupert's charges:

MengJiao:

--- Quote from: MengJiao on September 01, 2022, 09:42:59 AM ---
 

  And the operational context is pretty cool too:  Essex and co are returning from relieving Gloucester, they get beat up by Rupert and duck into some promising defensive terrain with lots of
hedges.  Historically, that was enough and as we see here, around 9 am, it is not easy to drive Skippon's battalions from sunken lanes when you are forced to attack in open order.  Even the
dragoons can stop Rupert's charges:

--- End quote ---

  So around 10 am, having taken a lot of the Parliamentary artillery, the King decides its time to bring up his own guns:

MengJiao:

--- Quote from: MengJiao on September 01, 2022, 02:00:21 PM ---
--- Quote from: MengJiao on September 01, 2022, 09:42:59 AM ---
 

  And the operational context is pretty cool too:  Essex and co are returning from relieving Gloucester, they get beat up by Rupert and duck into some promising defensive terrain with lots of
hedges.  Historically, that was enough and as we see here, around 9 am, it is not easy to drive Skippon's battalions from sunken lanes when you are forced to attack in open order.  Even the
dragoons can stop Rupert's charges:

--- End quote ---

  So around 10 am, having taken a lot of the Parliamentary artillery, the King decides its time to bring up his own guns:

--- End quote ---

  Which does kind of work -- one Parliamentary Battalion is routed, but it still looks like Essex and his army are going to hold on so I'm declaring a Parliamentary victory:

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