Round 5 arrived. For this round I had to face the Wars of the Roses English of Peter Braham. Peter’s two sons, Bas and Sam, were also playing as juniors in the competition and both finished higher up the table than Dad.
I was a little concerned as one of the options available to the Wars of the Roses English is to take some artillery. Artillery is not nice to elephants, able to destroy them at a distance. However, I had decided to battle three times with Nellie and three times without and so this game I took the elephant general option. I also rolled high again on aggression and so was the attacker once more.
Peter’s army was list IV/83b Wars of the Roses English and contained, for this battle:
- 1 x 4Bd General (dismounted knights)
- 3 x 4Bd – more dismounted knights
- 1 3Kn or 3Cv – I can’t recall whether he took these as a cavalry or knight option
- 1 x 2Ps – this was some light troops instead of the artillery
- 6 x 4Bw – the famous longbow men of England
As I was the attacker, Peter selected the terrain – two woods, a road and a steep hill with a crest line running along it. I selected sides and ended up having to attack into the terrain to get to Peter’s army.
I sent my light troops and one blade on the right flank forward into the wood at the end to both protect the flank of my knights moving up the centre and to pin the English forces there. The centre was two knights and the elephant – focussing the attention of Peter’s blades, which were likely to be eliminated fairly quickly if the knights closed with them. My left flank then consisted of one more element of knights – providing some mobility there – four elements of bows and the remaining blades. These were sent across the hill and the flat area to my far left.
As it turned out, the major part of the fighting occurred there on my weak left flank with the bows finally, after 5 games, causing a casualty. My knights also won out against the English mounted troops and the blades on the hill accounted for the rest of the English.
This was a close tough battle and could just as easily gone either way. The second photograph shows the battlefield at the end of the battle with my forces in control on my left, his forces pinned on my right and the knights and elephant still focussing the attention of the English blades.
Another 8:1 victory and I was starting to look like one of the players to beat. Doug Melville was on 5 victories from 5 games at this stage (having just beaten one of Peter’s sons) and Murray Woodford was, with me, on four victories at this stage, as far as I understand.
One more round to go!