|Fort Oswego and garrison ready for battle.|
Once reaching the fort the units were instructed to attack the corner and artillery piece.
- British - 6 regular units and 3 Cayuga native Indian units.
- French - 3 regular units and 3 irregular units.
|Cayuga war bands quickly engage French irregular units in the woods. While the main force advances.|
|On the other flank an irregular unit harass advancing British units|
|The view from Fort Oswego|
|British regular units push forward while Cayuga war band units continue to contain French irregulars in woods.|
|The Cayuga start to suffer casualties.|
|Fighting on the far flank has held up and disrupted the main British advance.|
|French irregulars are finally eliminated, but the British line is fragmented and units not adjacent to their commander will have a lower unit resolve.|
|The assault on Fort Oswego begins with the British targeting the corner.|
|The British commander managed to reorganise his second line and move up to support attacking units|
|The Fort wall is breached with a British unit scaling the walls after eliminating the artillery unit.|
|Cayuga units retire to avoid being eliminated and reducing the army resolve further which was looking rather perilous.|
|French attempt to repulse British regulars from the fort using their commander's sustained attack options|
|French irregulars having seen off the war bands begin to attack British flank. At this point the game was finely balanced.|
|The British are forced out from the fort, but the defenders are almost exhausted|
|British scaled the defences for a second time and the French surrender the fort.|
This was a close and edge of your seat game played over 14 turns. The British plan did come off in the end, but not without a few challenges along the way.
The Cayuga war bands did their job containing the irregular French units in the woods. It was only in the last couple of moves, after the Cayuga unit retired to avoid elimination, did the irregulars harass the main British force.
The main British force had a few problems with the irregular unit on the other flank. This one unit caused heavy casualties to one regular unit and disrupted the British advance placing the front rank units at risk as they detached from their commander. They would not get the additional unit resolve and could have been eliminated by shooting from the fort.
The Assault and scaling the walls on the fort corner with the artillery piece was eventually successful. The French commander Contrecoeur used his 2 sustained attacks to drive the attackers out. The sustained attack rule was a late addition to the rules (see previous blog) and allows a commander to double the hits for an adjacent regular unit.
In last few turns the army resolve for both sides was exhausted and another unit elimination would result in an army retirement or surrender. The British had suffered high rolls for a number of their unit losses and their army resolve had been quickly whittled away.
In the end it turned out to be a British victory. The casualties are:
- British - 2 regular regiments both depleted with casualties and the Cayuga war band also depleted.
- French - Irregular regiments depleted and the regular regiment eliminated during the taking of the fort.
For this game each regiment or war band was represented by three units on the tabletop.
|The two British regular regiments represented on the tabletop - all old plastic Spencer-Smith figures.|
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