On the 14th day of February in the year of our Lord 1722 ten ships returned to the Zondersee from the NEW WORLD. Their holds were filled with molasses, dark rum, sugar and the new wonder material asphalt from the tar lakes of the sugar islands. All of the ships were the property of the honorable Heinze son of Duke Albrecht of Biehlberg. The cargo was worth a kings ransom and Heinze meant to profit by every pfennig..
various views from the South side of the field on the Biehlberg start line.
Before the battle started the Biehlberg commander assured of a swift victory laid out his forces. He was then handed his brief as was the Daederhoff elector.
Somewhat disgruntled he watched as the Elector read his brief and laid out his troops in turn..
And so it began.. This was very much a pre-Xmas battle between 3 friends seperated by time and large chunks of our planet. The Biehlberg force was commanded by Erik now working in the UK and Daederhoff by Albert who works in China. The game was filled with much laughter and cursing of die rolls but finished with a marginal win by the Biehlberg forces with both sides near to breaking. The warehouses remained unburnt but the battle was certainly over through lack of troops.. A good day. Among all this we did take some pictures which confirm my love of tricornes.
I have no idea at what point of the game we were when these were taken. Somehow because of the fun involved it didn't seem to matter.
I do remember the action on the right when the Daederhoff cavalry totally ignored the rules of war and charged the fresh and undamaged Biehlberg guard grenadiers. The infantry rolled a one the cavalry needed only 3 or more to win. The result is plain to see. It was this action that more or less decided battle from there on