Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Battle for Britain Part 5 - The Williamite troops

General Mackay's attack against Wauchope's French at Ripon 14th September 1692

Continuing the story of our Battle for Britain campaign with a focus on the Williamite forces participating in the war...

King William's forces were even more heterogeneous than those of King James. Dutch, English, Danes, Scots, Scots-Irish and French Protestant all contributed. Our commanders reflected this multi national mixture and we feature here three sample forces; those of Thomas Tollemache the English general, von Tettau the German commanding Danish troops and Lord George Hamilton the Scot commanding a mixture of Enniskillen Scots-Irish and English and Welsh militia.

The famed Danish Guards - broken in combat by the Grand Prior's 1st battalion at Badon Hill


Two of these commanders fought together in the preliminary August battles and the other pairing took the field at Badon Hill where von Tettau's command held the village of Chatton against all comers.


The Command of Thomas Tollemache

Lieutenant General Thomas Tollemache's Command

Thomas Tollemache could have filled the 'legacy darling' position conferred on John Churchill had he survived past 1694. He was a talented field commander, patriot and rising star of the English Army in the 1690s. In the campaign his command was not extensive but it did contain many of the premier regiments of the army.

Oxford's Brigade

Sir John Coy's Regiment of Horse: An English cavalry regiment of 6 models. Classed as Bullet Horse. Graded as Drilled.
The Earl of Oxford's Regiment of Horse: An English cavalry regiment of 12 models. Classed as Bullet Horse. Graded as Drilled and given the suffix of Elite.
Sir John Lanier's Regiment of Horse: An English cavalry regiment of 6 models. Classed as Bullet Horse. Graded as Drilled.

The King's Brigade

1st Battalion of the King's Foot Guards: An English regiment of 18 models. Formed as Regulation ie the normal proportion of pike to shot. Graded as Drilled and given the suffix of Elite. Armed with flintlocks. 
2nd Battalion of the King's Foot Guards: An English regiment of 18 models. Formed as Regulation ie the normal proportion of pike to shot. Graded as Drilled and given the suffix of Elite. Armed with flintlocks.
The Scots Regiment of Foot Guards: A Scots regiment of 18 models. Formed as Regulation ie the normal proportion of pike to shot. Graded as Drilled and given the suffix of Elite. Armed with flintlocks.

My old Oxford's Regiment - now residing overseas

Churchill's Brigade

The Coldstream Regiment of Foot Guards*: An English regiment of 18 models. Formed as Regulation ie the normal proportion of pike to shot. Graded as Drilled and given the suffix of Elite. Armed with flintlocks. 
Colonel Churchill's Fuzileers: An English regiment of 18 models. Formed as 'All musket' ie without pikes. Graded as Drilled. Armed with flintlocks.
Colonel Ferdinando Hastings Regiment: An English regiment of 18 models. Formed as Regulation ie the normal proportion of pike to shot. Graded as Drilled.
* during the course of the campaign the Coldstream Guards deserted steadily and sought the protection of the Earl of Marlborough in Oxfordshire.

Lieutenant General von Tettau's Command
Von Tettau was a very experienced German officer of long service who commanded his men competently and professionally.

General von Tettau's Command


Brigade La Forest

Regiment von Donop: A Danish cavalry regiment of 6 models. Classed as Bullet Horse. Graded as Drilled.
Regiment Sehested: A Danish cavalry regiment of 6 models. Classed as Bullet Horse. Graded as Drilled.
Regiment La Forest Suzannet: A Danish cavalry regiment of 6 models. Classed as Bullet Horse. Graded as Drilled.

Brigade Zuylenstein

Regiment Zuylenstein: A Dutch cavalry regiment of 6 models. Classed as Bullet Horse. Graded as Veteran.
Regiment Boncour: A Dutch cavalry regiment of 6 models. Classed as Bullet Horse. Graded as Drilled.
Regiment Schack: A Dutch cavalry regiment of 6 models. Classed as Bullet Horse. Graded as Drilled.

A Danish regiment I painted for Julian Blakeney Edwards about 10 years ago

The Prince's Brigade

Regiment Prinds Frederick: A Danish regiment of 18 models. Formed as 'All musket' ie not carrying any pikes. Graded as Drilled.  
Garden til Fods: A Danish regiment of 18 models. Formed as 'All musket' ie not carrying any pikes. Graded as Drilled and given the suffix of Elite. Armed with flintlocks.
Regiment Prinds George: A Danish regiment of 18 models. Formed as 'All musket' ie not carrying any pikes. Graded as Drilled.

Brigade Vammen

Regiment Jyske: A Danish regiment of 18 models. Formed as 'All musket' ie not carrying any pikes. Graded as Drilled.
Uddanelse Bataljon: A Danish training battalion  of 18 models. Formed as 'All musket' ie not carrying any pikes. Graded as Drilled.

Hamilton's very mixed command of Scots-Irish, English and Welsh
Three other Danish battalions: Sjaellandske, Funen and Prinds Christian were with de Ruvigny in the North of England.

 
Lieutenant General Lord George Hamilton's Command


Lord George went on to considerable fame as Lord Orkney. In the campaign he has his hands full controlling a combustible mixture of Ulster Scots, Welshmen and West Countrymen. During the run up to the battles they did a lot of fighting amongst themselves!

Wolseley's Brigade

William Wolseley's Regiment of Horse: An Enniskillen cavalry regiment of 12 models. Classed as Blade Horse. Graded as Drilled.
The Earl of Anglesey's Regiment of Horse: A Welsh volunteer cavalry regiment of 12 models. Classed as Bullet Horse. Graded as Raw.


Conyngham's Brigade

Albert Conyngham's Dragoons: An Enniskillen dragoon regiment of 12 models. Graded as Drilled. Armed with flintlocks.
William Wynn's Dragoons: An Enniskillen dragoon regiment of 12 models. Graded as Drilled. Armed with flintlocks.

Tiffin's Brigade

Lord George Hamilton's Regiment: An Enniskillen regiment of 18 models. Formed as 'All musket' ie the regiment did no carry pikes. Graded as Drilled.
Brigadier Zachariah Tiffin's: An Enniskillen regiment of 18 models. Formed as Regulation ie the normal proportion of pike to shot. Graded as Drilled.
Colonel Abraham Creighton's Regiment: An Enniskillen regiment of 18 models. Formed as Regulation ie the normal proportion of pike to shot. Graded as Drilled.

The doughty Enniskilleners

Scott's Brigade
The Somerset Militia: An English volunteer regiment of 18 models. Formed as 'All piket' ie the regiment carried a negligible number of muskets. Graded as Raw.
The Wiltshire Militia: An English volunteer regiment of 18 models. Formed as Regulation ie the normal proportion of pike to shot. Graded as Raw.
The Pembrokeshire Militia: A Welsh regiment of 18 models. Formed as Regulation ie the normal proportion of pike to shot. Graded as Raw.
The Monmouth Guards*: A Welsh regiment of 18 models. Formed as 'All musket' ie the Formed as 'All musket' ie the regiment did no carry pikes. Graded as Raw.

*The Monmouth Guards were disbanded after a riot in camp when fighting broke out with the Enniskilleners. So many of the regiment were killed or injured in the fracas that the remainder decided to go home.


11 comments:

  1. Your miniatures are simply marvellous. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Excellent! I may have to paint up a all pike Somerset Militia, but what scale, 15 or 25?

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  3. Well Ray, when you hear of their exploits at Ripon where their downhill charge chased away none other than the mighty Cameron of Locheil and his bodyguard you may well wish to create this unit! Dundee started an immediate rumour that Locheil was attacked by two battalions of the Gardes te Voet led by King William himself! This quickly made it into print in some of the more lurid Jacobite periodicals....

    Scythes, pikes, half pikes and pitchforks be good when accompanied by lashings of scrumpy ee knows!

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  4. This series has been one of the best set of blogs posts I have seen for at least a year and has inspired me to take the troops out of winter barracks! And prep the reinforcements, of course!

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  5. Thanks. This has been very interesting.

    Is "Brigade Vammen" really just two of the same regiments as "The Prince's Brigade" or has there been a copy/paste error?

    Cheers,

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  6. Good spot Ed, it is a copy paste error which I will now correct!

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  7. Ah, the famed Danish Guard, they put up such a fight against my 1st battalion of the Lord Grand Prior's Regiment, wait that was not how it happened at all..
    The Grand Prior's had lost 11 casualties from 18 on the way in, encouraged by there Priest passed there moral check with flying colours and crashed into the Danish Guard with such force and enthusiasm made the Guard leave the battle with their tales between there legs, With only the colour party left the Grand Prior's retired to there commanders side
    Duke of Berwick

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  8. Ah! I wondered when that story would appear Mark! The breaking of the Garden til Fods by 200 men of the Grand Prior's Regiment. It was rather special I must say .

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  9. It all sounds very interesting and I can't wait to read the battle reports.

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  10. Plenty more to come Dave the next post details the very interesting forces used by John Churchill during the campaign.

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  11. Beautiful figures on some fantastic scenery.
    Very inspiring

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