With the dice deciding, the first battle to be played involved the chasing French forces lead by Duc Duclos against the bulk of the English army. The second battle just north with a single (red) English army element would be played second. Breakdown of forces here for the first battle.
A question was posed to me via comments about whether with two simultaneous battles occurring - would the outcome of one battle affect the other? A really interesting question and not one I had considered when I merrily launched into this Hundred Years War campaign.
|A reminder of the campaign situation where there are two close battles.|
Looking at the campaign map a minor victory to the French could be to the English advantage due to the close proximately of the battles. While this does not seem fair, the loser gaining an advantage from a loss. It does add to the vagaries of campaigning in the medieval world. I have decided not to add any new rules and let the vagaries apply. From a campaign point of view the English could be fighting a delaying action to allow for a hasty retreat to catch up with their leader to the north of them.
The game began with the English defenders positioning most of their foot units on their left flank to take advantage of the woods and difficult terrain. Their mounted units were placed on the right flank where there was open ground. This was pretty much mirrored by the French army who had one extra unit.
|The French commanders view|
On the other flank the cavalry prepared to engage each other.
|Both sides engage in and around the difficult terrain.|
|Cavalry line up before charging|
The cavalry fight was close with a slight advantage to the French. This brought the reserves from both sides into the game lead by their respective commanders to help sway the cavalry fight. While on the other flank the English archers were providing effective support to their units helping them wear down the attacking French.
|The French attack starts to stall as English bowmen were proving effective shots|
|English Men at Arms start to counter attack on their left flank|
|A double one and the French commander is a casualty|