We diced for sides and John got the Allies. He also got to move first and most of his troops at least managed to deploy into line facing the French. His leading cavalry brigades even managed to advance across the table. I'm not giving a blow by blow account of the battle. Suffice to say it was a hard slog. The French left, including the Maison du Roi, was battered and bested by the Imperial and Spanish troops facing them but the centre held firm and was winning the fight against the Dutch.
|The Allied army on the march.|
|The French army deployed for battle.|
|"Monsieur". Prince Philippe I Duke of Orleans, the French Commander.|
|The Cuirassiers du Roi clash with the Dutch Horseguards, who are supported by the Lifeguards and the guard dragoons. The French are forced to retire but the Dutch are too badly damaged to follow up.|
|The Dutch left wing infantry creep very slowly forward.|
|The French left: The Maison du Roi in the form of three squadrons of Gardes du Corps, a squadron of Horse Grenadiers and another of Musketeers of the Guard. To their flank are five regiments of dragoons.|
|The Dutch right, two squadrons of Imperial cuirassiers and two of Dutch horse (which I shall be re-flagging as Spanish this weekend).|
|The Maison du Roi taking a bit of a hammering from the enemy artillery.|
|In the centre the Dutch Footguards begin an assault on the village but are unable to break in.|
|The Musketeers are shaken as a result of straying too close to the Spanish artillery and are about to be charged and broken by the Imperial cuirassiers bearing down on them.|
|The commander of the French right wing failed all but two command rolls and also blundered backwards to the table edge.|
|Marshall Turenne looks on, leaving the command of the battle to Prince Phillippe.|
|Meanwhile, back at the camp, Allied commanders ponder over the choice of wine with supper.|
|One of the French guns which ended up packing up early and going home as they were masked by my advance in about turn 3.|
|Unenthusiastic Dutch horse facing the French left. When they were charged by the French Maison du Roi they were beaten but not broken.|
|Back on the French right the Cuirassiers du Roi are fighting the Dutch Lifeguard. Four squadrons of French Chevau-Legere remained rooted to the spot and failed to provide any support. Thankfully the melee was inconclusive and both sides withdrew.|
|The much battered Dutch centre.|
|At a very inopportune moment this brigade of Dutch horse threw a blunder and retreated to the edge of the table.|
So, we agreed it was a French victory of sorts. No brigades had been broken but the Dutch had lost more units destroyed (5) than the French (deux).
Vive le Roi Soleil!