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The Battle of the Boyne

By smacdowall, May 25 2016 01:18PM

Having escaped from his French captors (see previous blog entry) James Stuart will eventually be able to take his place in history as a king almost as bad as his father Charles I.


King James Prepares for Battle.
King James Prepares for Battle.

Be that as it may, last Saturday I took on the role of King James as he sought to overthrow the heretical usurper William at the Boyne.


The Calm Before the Storm
The Calm Before the Storm

The game was set up by Gary Kitching and he cunningly had me deploy the day before, thinking that all I had to do was defend the river crossings to my front. When I showed up on the day he had added several tables to my left making it clear that I would have to re-adjust my deployment. Not least because the Williamites had a large column heading off the find new crossings off to that flank.


The Williamite flanking coloumn sets off
The Williamite flanking coloumn sets off

Unperturbed, I sent off O’Neill’s dragoons off to the left to delay the Williamite march while ordering the Duke of Tyrconnel to lead 2/3rds of his cavalry from my right wing to the left. I resisted the temptation to thin out my centre, hoping that could hold off the Williamite flanking column long enough for me to destroy the expected attack on Oldbridge in the centre.


The Williamite Columns Cross the Boyne
The Williamite Columns Cross the Boyne

It was a good thing I maintained my strength in the centre as the massed Williamite columns poured across the fords in large numbers.


The Jacobite French hold the high ground overlooking the Boyne
The Jacobite French hold the high ground overlooking the Boyne

My men delivered a withering fire and the advancing Williamite battalions faltered.


The clash in the centre
The clash in the centre

Supported by the King’s lifeguards, the Jacobite foot threw the attacking Huguenots back across the Boyne.


The Dutch Blue Guard storm Oldbridge
The Dutch Blue Guard storm Oldbridge

Aided by a cannonade from their heavy batteries the Dutch Blue Guard made it across the river. Despite heavy casualties they drove the defending French from Oldbridge but their success was short-lived. The second line of French counter-attacked and re-took the village.


Irish dragoons hold the fords
Irish dragoons hold the fords

The fords on my right were lightly held by Lord Dongan’s Dragoons backed up by 4 squadrons of cavalry. The dragoons performed valiantly but they lost the firefight and after several devastating volleys they were destroyed.


Crossing the ford
Crossing the ford

With the fords now open on my right the Cutts’ Regiment moves across the ford.


The flank attack begins to stall
The flank attack begins to stall

Meanwhile on my far right flank Tyrconnel has just managed to hold off the Williamites aided by the boggy ground which prevents the latter from deploying into line to make their superior numbers count.


The French capture an English standard
The French capture an English standard

The second line of Williamite foot then attempt to make it across the Boyne. As one of the Williamite commanders remarked "We shall do the same again but with less men." They met a similar fate as the first line. The French Regiment Famechon fighting particluarly valiantly -- capturing one of the Williamite English standards.


King James deployes his reserve
King James deployes his reserve

William’s Dutch Horse swept around Oldbridge riding down the French gunners and routing a unit of French musketeers from the rear of the village


I still had plenty of uncommitted reserves so deployed the Foot Guards, Lifeguards and Reg’t Zurlauben off to the left flank to block the Dutch Horse and to move on to reinforce Tyrconnel. William had not fresh troops left to throw into the fray so the day was won.


The true King would shortly be restored along, no doubt, with the true religion!






4 comments
May 25 2016 05:02PM by Ross Mac

Ah. I thought James Catholic or one of those one god faiths, well never mind, the game looks good and sounds well fought.

I've played the Asquith/Grant generic scenario version of this several times and always a good game.

May 25 2016 05:37PM by Peter O'Toole

Hurrah for the rightful King and down with the heretics

May 26 2016 09:05AM by smacdowall

It was a most excellent game cunningly devised by Gary with an awful lot of rather nice figures and terrain. A nail biter down to the finish!

May 26 2016 09:07AM by smacdowall

And well done to the Duke of Tyrconnel for holding off the Williamite wing for long enough for us to win in the centre!

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