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AWI reflection on events - the umpires take

The reader must remember that the players in this campaign were operating on minimal information, they were left to their own devices in the intelligence gathering and strategic assessment of events. They were not even sure where their own forces were, or if orders had arrived at their destination, or were in fact in enemy hands (as some where), let alone the location and disposition and intent of enemy formations.

Using Berthier (A free campaign manager) took a lot of booking keeping off me - it timed the arrival of messages according to the distance between the sender and receiver and judged if any messages were lost or intercepted. Some message and orders took up to 10 game turns to arrive at their destination - the content all ready aged, and perhaps even dangerous, because the situation had changed in the meantime.

In effect, each instruction and action out to be thought out turns ahead, and potential consequences thought through carefully, with incomplete information shored up w…

American War of Independence Campaign - The Story - Part III

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Turn 9 (25th to 27th May)

Howe, although he would never admit it publicly, was rattled by the events at Cormacks Creek. He immediately ordered Von Knyphausen to return to New York. The Americans had scored a moral victory, and Howe's confidence had suffered as a result. What would Washington do - press onto New York and lay siege?

Washington himself was concerned about the battle, despite fielding his main field army, in fortifications, the British had forced him from the field, and only the arrival of LaFayette on the British flank had saved the day.

The battle had confirmed to Washington, that he could not beat the British in open battle, worse still, his main force was split by the British, LaFayette to the north, Washington and Lee to the south with Von Knyphausen in between.

Nervously, Washington waited for the inevitable British attack.
Meanwhile, Arbuthnot was within 3 days of Yorktown, and the Iroquois leader (Brant), and his 750 braves, demonstrated outside Philadelphia, causi…

American War of Independence Campaign - The Story - Part II

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The Campaign had not started when the first edition of the Yorktown Times came off the press. I have had to use paint to get the original PDF in a readable format. I apologise if it looks disjointed.....


The campaign
Turn 1-3 (1st to 9th May).
These first three turns involved some initial declarations of intent by both sides,and manoeuvring of Forces in the south. Cornwallis, in company with Tarleton, was marching toward Yorktown, and unbeknown to them, in a race with Nathaniel Green to reach the port first.
At Yorktown were 2,300 militia under the command of General Sumter. They were frantically building fortifications, and counting the days until the inevitable British assault.
At sea, Admiral Arbuthnot sailed from New York, in his flagship, the 90 gun London, escorting two merchant vessels, with the frigate Flora in support, he wasbound for Yorktown, with instructions to assist in it's capture, and bring to New York, 3 of Cornwallis's best infantry battalions. The 4th rate, Adam…

American War of Independence Campaign - The Story - Part I

The American War of Independence campaign has come to an end. It was not fought to a bitter conclusion, but the time had come to call it a day. I will leave the reader to decide what the outcome was. I kept a written journal of events, and have tried to write an interesting narrative of the game. It will appear on my blog in installments.


American War of Independence campaign Diary
Background
In late 2004, and in a moment of indulgent recklessness I spent over £500.00 on a 15mm American War of Independence army, consisting of British, Hessian, militia, continental forces and later, some French troops. I could ill afford the purchase, but it was a time of personal crises, and it is one of the best purchases I have ever made in my life.
As time moved on, I added further units, and bought some Langton warships, and as a result, I was in the lucky position of being able to run a wargame campaign, set in the American Revolution.
The campaign actually came to fruition in May 2011. I found four pl…