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Author Topic: SYW Honours of War Bergen 1759  (Read 729 times)

Offline DintheDin

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SYW Honours of War Bergen 1759
« on: March 15, 2020, 06:59:12 PM »
We played the battle of Bergen 1759, French vs Allies using Honours of War rules.

Units were "baptized" approximately to 1/3, according to the Orders of Battle of the wonderful Kronoskaf site
http://www.kronoskaf.com/syw/index.php?title=1759-04-13_-_Battle_of_Bergen

After the French capturing Frankfurt, Ferdinand of Brunswick decided to make a long march with the intention of cutting de Broglie's communications.
De Broglie was bivouacked near the village of Bergen. He fortified the town and his deployment was such that Ferdinand assumed that Bergen was occupied by only some 2 to 3,000 French troops and decided for a quick attack without artillery.
The French right was anchored on the village of Bergen and continued up to Frankfurt on a quite steep terrain interspersed with orchards separated by hedges.
The left was anchored on a wood along the Nidda river. Broglie  placed his cavalry in 3 lines on the wings, keeping the dragoons in reserve.
He also placed 8 bns in and around the village of Bergen and 5 additional bns behind the village of Bergen, supported by 2 more bns. Then, formed in columns came 8 bns.
The left of the infantry center consisted of the Saxon regiments along with a reserve of 11 French bns deployed behind the left wing, in regimental columns.
Broglie's artillery was deployed along his front, in the middle, near a sunken road.
Bergen 1759 by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr



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Re: SYW Honours of War Bergen 1759
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2020, 07:02:17 PM »
French troops deployed behind walls and orchards, in front of Bergen
DSC06947 by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

Hanoverians and Brunswickers approaching
Untitled by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

More Hanoverians, Hessians and British cavalry
DSC06949 by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr


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Re: SYW Honours of War Bergen 1759
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2020, 07:05:37 PM »
French troops deployed behind Bergen in columns of waiting. It must be noted that Broglie employed for the first time this form of deployment, it would be much used in the future during the Napoleonic Wars.
Untitled by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

The French infantry reserve in the centre, in columns of waiting as well
DSC06951 by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

The central cavalry reserve, behind the grand battery
DSC06952 by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

The French grand battery, near the sunken road
DSC06953 by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

The Saxon contingent to the left and some French Dragoons. Volontaires d'Alsace deployed in the woods.
Untitled by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr


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Re: SYW Honours of War Bergen 1759
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2020, 07:07:34 PM »
The first clash: Ferdinand is dashing! Hanoverian grenadiers clash with battalion Auvergne at the walled gardens in front of Bergen
Untitled by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

...while other Allied troops reaching the outskirts of Bergen have not yet deployed...
Untitled by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr






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Re: SYW Honours of War Bergen 1759
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2020, 07:09:30 PM »
The first line of French columns behind Bergen, move forward
Untitled by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

Untitled by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

...while more Allied troops are arriving...
DSC06958 by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

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Re: SYW Honours of War Bergen 1759
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2020, 07:12:39 PM »
Battalion Auvergne received the Hanoverian grenadiers with a good volley.
After a hard fight, the grenadiers are done for and Auvergne has to retreat to reform
Untitled by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

As Auvergne retreats, the French draw more troops from behind to reinforce Bergen
DSC06961 by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

All the Allied infantry is marked superior for shooting.
Ferdinand decides to make a coordinated attack. Hanoverian, Hessian and Brunswickers deploy to attack Bergen
DSC06962 by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

DSC06963 by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr


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Re: SYW Honours of War Bergen 1759
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2020, 07:13:30 PM »
Allied guns open counter battery fire
Untitled by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr


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Re: SYW Honours of War Bergen 1759
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2020, 07:16:59 PM »
While Auvergne stays behind the Bergen fortifications to recover, fresh troops take its place in the front
DSC06965 by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

An exchange of volleys in the walled gardens and orchards
Untitled by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

Auvergne has fully recovered and returned to fight
DSC06967 by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

The Swiss receive heavy pressure
DSC06968 by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

A second line of French battalions manning Bergen fortifications
DSC06969 by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr



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Re: SYW Honours of War Bergen 1759
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2020, 07:18:04 PM »
The French central infantry reserve occupy the sunken road
DSC06970 by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr


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Re: SYW Honours of War Bergen 1759
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2020, 07:21:00 PM »
The Hanoverians release telling volleys
Untitled by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

The Swiss fall back to reform
Untitled by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

Hanoverian and Hessian troops pouring in the gardens and orchards
DSC06973 by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

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Re: SYW Honours of War Bergen 1759
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2020, 07:22:51 PM »
The French deploy all their infantry reserves, from the sunken road till Bergen!
DSC06974 by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

DSC06975 by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

DSC06976 by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

Some of my best pictures, I think  8)

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Re: SYW Honours of War Bergen 1759
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2020, 07:24:19 PM »
Although the Allies have superior fire, they don't manage to punch a hole in the steady French lines!
DSC06977 by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

One French battalion retreats, one more Allied battalion is done for!
Untitled by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

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Re: SYW Honours of War Bergen 1759
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2020, 07:25:44 PM »
The Allies relocate all their cavalry available to their right flank
DSC06979 by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

Meanwhile, in the woods, Jagers exchange ineffective pot shots with Volontaires d'Alsace
DSC06980 by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

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Re: SYW Honours of War Bergen 1759
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2020, 07:27:52 PM »
A bird's eye view concerning Bergen: The Allies do their best but the town is well defended
DSC06981 by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

The French have the luxury to replenish their lines
Untitled by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

While other battalions retreat, the brave Royal Suedois remain steady!
DSC06983 by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr

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Re: SYW Honours of War Bergen 1759
« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2020, 07:28:42 PM »
The Allies deploy their cavalry, receiving long range shooting from the grand battery
DSC06984 by Konstantinos Antoniadis, on Flickr