Sunday, March 25, 2012

Maurice 1746: Falkirk

This is the third Maurice scenario Bruce McFarlane asked me to upload.

Background: 17 January, 1746 – Battle of Falkirk
The 1745 Jacobite rebellion stumbled to a halt, at Derby. The English Jacobin supporters had failed to materialize, as had the prospect of a French invasion. The Highland army returned to Scotland and laid siege to a small force under the command of Major General Blakeney , within Sterling castle. The regular Hanoverian, army under General Hawley, marched from Edinburgh to Falkirk intent on releaving the besieged garrison.

On the morning of 17 January, the Jacobites planned an offensive. Avoiding the main road they mounted Falkirk Hill, intent on attacking Hawley’s camp, adjacent to the town of Falkirk. At 1 pm Hawley was informed of the Highlanders’ approach, but refused to believe the intelligence. At 2 pm, with the Jacobite attack imminent, Hawley finally realized the seriousness of the situation and galloped into the government camp. The army was roused and sent onto the Moor to block the Highlanders’ advance.

Battlefield
The battlefield 60 base-widths wide and 48 base-widths tall.

Set-up
The Jacobites are the attackers and start the game with 8 cards. The Hanoverians are the defenders and start the game with 8 cards.

The battle was fought during a terrible storm. As a result the maximum hand is limited to 8 cards.

Both armies start off-table. They may enter on turn one, in any legal formation, at their respective entry areas.

Jacobite Order of Battle
8 Trained Highland Infantry
1 Elite French Infantry (Irish Pickets)
1 Conscript Regular Cavalry

National Advantages (Highlanders only):
En Masse, à la Baionette
Army Morale: 5

Hanoverian Order of Battle
13 Conscript Regular Infantry
3 Conscript Regular Cavalry
1 Artillery

National Advantages: none
Army Morale: 9

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