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vendredi 24 août 2012

Civil War in Gascony (1384)

Both armies deployed among the range of broken hills which the pro-English attacker had chosen to fight in. The principal corps of both armies deployed opposite one another, the pro-English choosing to invest the steep hill in the centre with their Ax(S).

pro-English Gascons
1st Corps
8IrrKn(O)Gascon Men at Arms80
2IrrKn(O)Navarrese mesnaderos20
5IrrPs(O)Navarrese slingers10
16 EE's:13,5 Dem Lvl :4,5130
2nd Corps
2IrrKn(O)Gascon Men at Arms20
6IrrAx(X)Gascon Brigans18
4IrrPs(S)Gascon bidets12
6IrrBw(O)Gascon crossbowmen24
4RegBw(S)English longbowmen28
12IrrAx(S)Navarrese javelinmen48
35 EE's:33,0 Dem Lvl :11,0170
3rd Corps
1RegKn(I)GFree Company Ally General20
1RegKn(I)English knights10
6RegBw(S)English longbowmen42
4IrrAx(X)Gascon Brigans12
2IrrPs(S)Gascon bidets6
15 EE's:14,0 Dem Lvl :5,0100
Total :60,5Army Dem Lvl :30,5400

The pro-English Gascon knights were deployed in a mass on the left flank. This as good as excluded from the battle, although, paradoxically, they played a decisive role at the end. The pro-French also put their knights to the rear. The pro-French acquired a substantial deployment by negating the Bw(S) on the pro-English right flank with a surprise line of dismounted Bd(S).

pro-French Gascons
1st Corps
5IrrBw(O)French crossbowmen20
15 EE's:14,0 Dem Lvl :5,0128
2nd Corps
3IrrPs(O)French & Spanish XB6
24 EE's:22,0 Dem Lvl :7,5114
3rd Corps
7IrrBd(S)Dismounted knights84
4IrrPs(O)French & Spanish XB8
13 EE's:11,0 Dem Lvl :4,0116
Total :47,0Army Dem Lvl :23,5358

The battle was quickly and heatedly engaged in the centre, with archers taking a heavy toll on the Ax(X) of both sides.

The pro-French archers had a hard time fighting off the Navarrese Ax(S) streaming down from the hill, especially as PIPs had to be wasted in the centre to hold up the knights there and prevent them suicidially charging English archers.

On the right flank, the pro-English were quickly in trouble. Gascon Ax(X) had to be sacrificed to keep the Bd(S) away from the English archers. In the end, however, both enemy commands on this flank had poor PIPs. To make matters worse, the pro-French general was killed an hour into the fight, although his command did not demoralise.

On the pro-English left, the horde of Gascon knights was unleashed. Realising that disaster would strike as soon as the Gascon Kn hit home, and with their left flank virtually immobilised, the pro-French now fully engaged their centre. This decision paid off, as French knights wreaked havoc among the enemy.

The pro-English right was broken as its general went down under the onslaught of the French lords, and the battle was now in the balance. After an two hours of heated combat (6 turns) the Gascons hit home, breaking the pro-French centre command. On the very same turn, French knights killed 2 English Bw(S), breaking the English centre in turn ! Both armies were demoralised, and after this blunt and brutal combat, broke off the engagement : a 5-5 draw.

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