Barry continues with the After action report from an epic re-fight of The Battle of Aughrim...
We had a break of about three weeks before we were all able to muster for the second part of our Aughrim refight. So far we'd played about 16 turns and gamed for around 7 hours. The game had gone very much in the direction of the real battle. Probing attacks by the Williamites being successful only to a limited extent. There were lots of disorganized retreats from Jacobite fire, much disorder amidst the terrain and some notable routs - Erle's, Coldstream Guards and Hanmer's with Hamilton's Regiment totally destroyed. The Jacobites had suffered badly on their right with three dragoon regiments taking the brunt of it whilst on their left Tyrconnel's cavalry had been obliterated when Bath's stood their ground. The two Footguard battalions had suffered cruelly from the Williamite heavy guns despite one of them blowing up! Honours were about even. We'll finish it today we thought... little could we know....................
|Grace's Regiment break Brandenburg near Bloody Hollow|
The battle now moved into a phase which was dominated by cavalry charges. These occurred on both flanks and were mainly a feature of a furious Jacobite defence. Dave was getting increasingly concerned at me 'burning' valuable assets but I must say I was having a whale of a time charging everything and anything that came close to the left and left centre of our position.
|A charge too far - Galmoy's come unstuck against Brewer's|
|Purcell's (left) charge Bath's, Galmoy's (right) head for Brewer's|
|Kilmallock's Regiment take over and prove to be hard men!|
|Stuaert's infantry are trampled down by Kilmallock's Regiment|
|The Jacobite centre is still solid on Kilcommodan Hill|
|The Danes pile on the pressure around Bloody Hollow|
|Close the wound! O'Brien's stop the Gard te Paard at Attibrassil|
|The bridge in Jacobite hands once more|
|The Danish Foot Guards can take no more. Bring up the Horse!|
|Centre in tatters. View from Urraghry Hill west. The Williamites in disarray|