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    Default Campaign battle screenshots and videos

    I open this thread for members to illustrate interesting campaign battles with screenshots and videos.

    Although many of the videos in the Artist's Studio are very impressive - and some are really astounding - the aim of most videos is aesthetic. This is appropriate for the Artist's Studio. Nonetheless, videos could be made that are not simply or mainly for aesthetic reasons but which can show better how a battle evolves and the strategy and tactics used. For this reason the radar battle maps and order of battle as captured by FRAPS can be informative. However, you can use video and screenshot capture methods other than FRAPS, as long as the reader can get a good impression about the strategic, tactical and campaign related aspects of your battles.
    Last edited by Geoffrey of Villehardouin; June 21, 2011 at 07:47 PM.

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    Default Kingdoms Byzantine campaign: Siege of Kirkuk

    Siege of Kirkuk, 1300 AD

    In a Byzantine campaign, a Byzantine-Antioch alliance has put the Turks on the back foot. Emperor Stefanos and several of his best generals have marched into Syria and Iraq. Baghdad and Mosul have fallen and Kirkuk has become the new Turkish faction capital.

    In this battle, the Byzantine general Nikephoros Botaneiates, second in command to the emperor and husband to his sister Anna, lays siege on Kirkuk with a large army. The Byzantines have numerical superiority. The Turks have also gathered a large force inside and have placed some of their best troops on the ramparts. Opposite the Varangian guard, the Turks have placed Janissary infantry. The outcome of the battle could be swayed one way or another by the outcome of the contest between the Varangian guard and the Janissary infantry. Fortunately for the old general, he had a tramp card up his sleeve, the secret Byzantine weapon: Greek fire. It had to be used at the right moment, in the right place and safely for the firers and for the other Byzantine troops.

    Overall, it was not an easy day for Botaneiates who had to join in the fighting in the main avenue to the central plaza to help his men with his bodyguard. He slew the Turkish general himself. After a while he was left with only a few of his companions about him and had no option but to withdraw from the melee. But he fought long enough and gave precious time to his men elsewhere to settle the local disputes and converge from all sides onto the Turkish forces putting up a strong fight at the city centre.

    The last of the Janissaries routed from the walls, then rallied themselves and attempted to fight their way through the Byzantine troops to join the defence of the city centre but evaporated on their way, amid the packed crowds of the Byzantine soldiers on the main avenue. The video llustrates the critical battles at the wall ramparts and in the central plaza.



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    Last edited by Geoffrey of Villehardouin; May 18, 2011 at 11:17 PM.

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    Default Re: Campaign battle screenshots and videos

    I can't get FRAPS to take any pics, which is kind of annoying cause I wanna take pictures without having to use Print Screen. I press the hotkey but no pictures appear in the designated folder.
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    Default Re: Campaign battle screenshots and videos

    Quote Originally Posted by Gen. Chris View Post
    I can't get FRAPS to take any pics, which is kind of annoying cause I wanna take pictures without having to use Print Screen. I press the hotkey but no pictures appear in the designated folder.
    I had some problems with FRAPS when logged into Steam. For a recent discussion on alternatives to FRAPS see:
    Last edited by Geoffrey of Villehardouin; May 18, 2011 at 11:21 PM.

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    Default Re: Campaign battle screenshots and videos

    Here are some suggestions about what would make a good FRAPS video of a battle.

    To begin with,the battle itself. It should be a hard won battle, with an idea about the orders of battle of the two sides, the troop movements and the stages of the battle. In addition, it would be useful to have some close-ups, because they add drama.

    The battle should illustrate some interesting tactic. For example it could show how some unusual units can be used in an effective way. Prime candidates are the Greek firethrower and the Naffatun. The early gunners who make more noise than actually being effective in killing anyone is another potential example, as is using a ballista in sieges or in open field battles. There may have been successful tactics in fighting off an army with superior cavalry, fighting the Mongols, or unusual ways to defending against a besieging army.

    FRAPS often allows space for subtitles, where you can comment on the progress of the battle.

    Most important, FRAPS preserves the battle sounds and voice commentaries. The sound of a battle horn blown used to rally the troops, the gallopping of horses, gunfire, screams and cursing, the moment a general dies, the moment the walls are taken during a siege and other commentaries such as "My Lord, only half of our force remains!" may be captured, with a bit of luck and make for the best possible soundtrack. It would take extremely hard work to achieve that with Cinematic Editor and is a big advantage of capturing the video live with for example FRAPS.

    There are also things to avoid. The sideways arrows when a unit is selected and the green bases underneath the soldiers being the most obvious ones.
    Last edited by Geoffrey of Villehardouin; May 27, 2011 at 02:20 PM.

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    Gloucestershire, July 1642. English Civil War.

    Here is another battle video. It comes from the For King or Country mod of the English Civil War. The battle is on the hard level.

    It is July 1642. A Parliamentarian army under the Earl of Stamford is heading towards Warwick, hoping to unite with Baron Brooke and his army coming from the Midlands. Prince Rupert is in the area with a larger Royalist force. He launches a preemptive attack on Stamford, who has no cavalry. Rupert has a sizeable cavalry, in addition to having a similar infantry force, and Rupert himself is one of the most fearsome enemy generals.

    Stamford has no chance unless he can survive the onslaught of the Royalist cavalry with minimal casualties.He places his infantry in a tercio formation, pikes overlapping with muskets. He then arranges his army in a square formation and places the square on the top of a slight slope and in a wood, to minimise the impact of enemy cavalry charges.

    As it happened, a lucky cannon shot landed early on in the middle of the square killing the Earl of Stamford. That would have been a quick battle not worth showing. I reloaded the start of the battle and this time it was going to be fought in the middle of a terrific storm, which made it very evocative. This time Stamford stayed outside the square. The battle was difficult to control as the two sides fought inside the wood and the rainstorm further limited visibility. It could have become quite chaotic if the Parliamentarian infantry was not placed "ön guard". Even then, it was not always possible to get a decent idea of what was going on in different parts of the battlefield. At least, the tactic of arranging the infantry in a square tercio formation worked out. The Royalist cavalry attacked but could not find a way in. They also made the mistake to attack before the infantry had arrived. Prince Rupert fought in the first line and was killed by a musket shot. The Royalists regrouped several times and the battle went on for quite a while. There were 4 stages

    A Royalist advance force of cavalry made initial contact and fired some shots. They managed to rout temporarily the Parliamentarian dragoon company.

    They were seen off but soon a much larger cavalry force turned up with Prince Rupert at its head. They exhausted themselves in attacks on the Parliamentarian infantry.

    Then the main infantry battle began, until units from both sides started to rout. This led to a temporary disengagement of the two sides as on every section of the line either a Royalist or a Parliamentarian company of pikemen withdrew from the battle. The two sides then regrouped and engaged each other in the fourth and final stage.

    Although it was a hard won fight, the Royalists certainly did not recover from the loss of their cavalry or of their general. The battle was so long and hard-fought and the rain so heavy that near the end you can see the horses plodding through the rain-sodden ground unable to gallop and looking at times totally exhausted. Fifteen minutes was what one can fit in in YouTube but these are the best scenes I had managed to capture.

    Last edited by Geoffrey of Villehardouin; June 26, 2011 at 03:08 PM.

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    Default Byzantine Crusaders mod campaign, Siege of Acre

    In this Byzantine campaign from Kingdoms Crusaders, the Byzantines and their allies, Antioch, have defeated the Turks and control between them Asia Minor.While most Byzantine generals were fighting the Turks in the region of the Caucasus mountains, the Kingdom of Jerusalem went rebel.

    The only Byzantine general available, general Mavros was at that time in Smyrna. He gathered what men could be spared from the different garissons and put them on ships, picked up more men from Cyprus and landed in the Holy Lands. A small advance guard had already captured Tripoli and there was a local base to produce some more militia to boost the force Mavros was bringing with him to the Holy Lands.

    General Mavros quickly captured Acre. Egypt did not like that and declared war and so Mavros went on the offensive and took Jerusalem from the Egyptians.

    While away on this campaign an Egyptian army surprised the Byzantine units refitting in Acre. They laid siege on Acre while Mavros was engaged with Egyptian armies south of Jerusalem. Then the Egyptians attacked the city.

    Most of the Byzantine units inside were understrength due to casualties from previous battles. So although the number of units was high, they were not the best match for the Egyptians. Attempting to hold the walls proved futile and the Byzantines fell back to the central plaza, where in fact most of the army had gathered. With the boost in morale they had there, they proved a tough nut for the Egyptians. The key was a good defense by militia spearmen in the plaza, coupled by a devastating use of Greek fire and a catapult. Archers and mounted archers behind the Byzantine spearmen completed what proved to be a very deadly defense.

    Last edited by Geoffrey of Villehardouin; June 26, 2011 at 11:27 AM.

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    Cool vids

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    Default Siege of Amorium

    Siege of Amorium

    This was not actually a campaign battle. It was a study on Greek firethrowers, an alternative take on the previous battle, with more firethrower units. The Turks have an army of much higher florin value (16,000 florins vs 9,000 florins for the Byzantines) and the battle is on very hard difficulty.

    The Turks are besieging a Muslim city held by the Byzantines - Amorium sounded like a possibility. The Byzantines have a mainly melee infantry army with relatively light troops from the early period but have four units of firethrowers (historical for this period).

    Two of these units were set on the wall ramparts near some Pronoia infantry and some light archers. The Turks sent in heavy assault troops up ladders onto the wall ramparts. The first such unit was fired at by flaming arrrows on one side and by Greek fire on the other and were wiped out. In the meantime, other Turkish heavy infantry were fighting with the Pronoia infantry on the battlements on either side of the main gate. The Pronoia infantry died a glorious death. As soon as the Pronoia infantry died, the Greek firethrowers who had moved close by opened fire (literally). The heavy enemy infantry was once again sent straight to hell.

    Unfortunately more heavy Turkish troops climbed up the ladders and somehow they managed to get to these two Greek firethrower units and killed them off. For some reason, the Greek firethrowers were hesitating to fire at these heavy troops, and opted instead to get into a sword fight with them. It might have been a mistake to give them swords, which I did when custom setting the battle. I have no other explanation for that behaviour, as they clearly had ammunition left. Perhaps a wiser move would have been to make the Greek firethrowers retreat along the walls, let them have a break and see them fight a battle of cat and mouse with any units attempting to come close to them.

    Another unit of Greek firethrowers was by the main gate. The gate was rushed by cavalry who overwhelmed the militia spearmen quickly and then overrun this unit. In an earlier version of the battle, different from the one shown here, these Greek fire troops had managed to fire once from below at the Turks on the ramparts, normally not possible as the Greek firethrowers seem to fire mostly at troops on the same level.

    The most successful for the Byzantines part of the battle followed. The Byzantines had stationed militia spearmen along the main avenue to the central plaza. These fought giving time to routed units to retreat safely to the plaza. Eventually these rear guard units would break one by one - but each time they fell behind other units that had taken a rear guard position behind them. In this way the maximum number of routed militia reached safely the central plaza.

    There, as in the previous battle, the Byzantines had set up a defensive line in a crescent that seemed to have a devastating effect on the morale of the attackers because once inside the crescent, it felt as if they were surrounded. By contrast, the Byzantines gained an improved morale by fighting in the central plaza, their rally zone.

    Another key element in the final successful outcome of the battle was the use of the last unit of Greek firethrowers. They were given a gap through the spear line, from where they could fire at the oncomers. Coupled with cover from a unit of catapults, this style of Byzantine defense proved once again devastating.

    Last edited by Geoffrey of Villehardouin; June 27, 2011 at 07:19 PM.

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    Default Captain Sifridus and his Teutonic Knights

    A battle between the Mongols and the Teutonic knights.

    The Mongols in one of their historical incursions into Europe reached as far as Bohemia and fought battles against the European kingdoms. In this hypothetical custom battle, the Mongols are attacking a city held by the Teutonic knights.

    The Mongols had two forces and were attacking the city from two opposite points. The main force under their general Menglai attacked with siege engines, hoping to distract the knights as another largely infantry force led by Kuyuk was to scale the walls of the opposite side with ladders. The setup pretends that the Teutonic knights were indeed somewhat surprised by the force attacking in the rear, having concentrated their army to face the siege engines.

    The battle demonstrates three tactics:

    1. The Teutonic knights sallied out with their own siege engines. The move confused the Mongols who moved off in haste. In the chaos that ensued, their siege engines were one by one destroyed by fire from the Teutonic side. The Teutonic knights did not lose a single siege engine of their own. The sally force was supported by strong missile units firing from the walls, that included some early arquebusiers. The chaos turned into total panic early on, when the Mongol leader’s bodyguard counterattacked the sally force. Menglai’s bodyguard was destroyed in battle and the Mongol general fled, probably causing some morale loss for the Mongols. This proved the perfect remedy against a besieging force heavy on siege engines and artillery.

    2. On the other side of the walls, just two heavy Teutonic melee units had the unenviable task of holding up against nine enemy infantry units. They achieved that by allowing the Mongols to come onto the battlements. There they attacked them from both sides, achieving local numerical and tactical superiority. Unit after unit were wiped out. As Mongol units were routing, there was a huge jam in the ladders. Crossbowmen fired at the Mongol throng gathered below, inflicting enormous casualties. The Mongols were completely thrashed.

    3. Captain Sifridus with his Teutonic knights waited to commit himself until little of the enemy infantry remained as a fighting force. He first scattered some Mongol units attempting to put ladders on the walls by galloping along the walls and routing each unit, one by one. Then he charged the first group of Mongol cavalry he encountered. Crucially, before doing so, he patiently waited for pikemen and spearmen to come out of the city. Some of these units were on reserve in the central plaza and others had to come over from elsewhere when the battles there were finished. On this instance, he attacked two Mongol cavalry companies while supported by a company of Teutonic pikemen. As soon as the Mongol cavalry were in melee, the pikemen charged them in the flank. The numerically superior Mongol cavalry routed.

    Not everything went according to plan. During the early part of the battle, with the siege engines mixed up with friendly infantry, in the chaos of the battle, a ballista arrow hit some friendly infantry that got in the way.

    On another occasion later on, as infantry was gathering to help the general’s bodyguard fight the more numerous Mongol cavalry on the far side of the city, the second enemy general, named Kuyuk, charged the remnants of the dismounted Teutonic knights who had defended the walls. They had climbed down the ladders to help Sifridus finish off the Mongols. The two sides charged each other but the fresh Mongol general wiped out the remnants of the entire company of the heroic but tired dismounted knights. A second charge against an undestrength unit of Teutonic spearmen was less successful but routed the spearmen. However, by then the Mongol general’s bodyguard’s numbers were on the low side and the Mongol general, charged by the Teutonic knights and with the pikemen again at the ready to flank the melee, decided to call it a day and abandoned the battle. Interestingly, mechanistically speaking he left the battle without actually routing - i.e. he did not become white flagged while leaving the battle.

    This really was a victory of heroic proportions. The Teutons were the underdogs, their army worth 13000 florins, against the Mongols’ 20000 florins worth. Defences were on level 1 and the battle difficulty was hard. It was surprising how the Teutonic knights managed to put the enemy into such confusion. Of course the battle somewhat depended on a choke point on the other side of the walls, for which reason I gave the Mongols on that side just a single set of ladders and no siege engines. If there were lots of ladders and siege engines on both sides and maybe with a few more infantry, the Mongols could have won.

    One thing I noticed in this battle was that battle replays seem to ignore level 2 or 3 defences. So replays of earlier versions, when I used level 2 or 3 defences and an even smaller defending force, failed. The replays were all messed up because there were no casualties inflicted by the ballista towers or the cannon towers. So, enemy siege engines that had been destroyed in battle would actually reach the walls in the replays. Instead of victory, the replay would end up in a defeat or would stop with the battle unresolved. For this reason, I opted not to use level 2 or 3 defences but to have ballistae as actual battle units, so that I could record the battle correctly. There may be some kind of bug in the battle replays for higher level defences, possibly related to other problems with battle replays. It is characteristic that in many systems, campaign battle replays always crash at the end of the deployment phase. It may be that the computer is missing some information, for example on parameters such as wall defences - even though this problem is not limited to sieges. It is just possible that some parameter may be missing from the code so that in custom battles the replay just ignores that but in campaign battles the replay for some reason crashes instead.

    By the way, you may post your own battle videos under this topic, I did not intend this as a personal gallery.


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    Last edited by Geoffrey of Villehardouin; June 28, 2011 at 05:02 AM.

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    Default Battle of Mohi - Sajo bridge

    Battle of Mohi - Sajo bridge

    In a departure from the stated theme, I have made a couple of videos about some of the episodes from the historical battle of Mohi between a Hungarian led coalition and the Mongols.

    In the actual battle, the Mongols were thought to have had as many as 50,000 men in total, all of them horsemen. The Hungarians had a less professional army, of perhaps as many as 60,000-70,000 men based on claims on the number slaughtered after the battle. The Hungarians were aided by the Templar and possibly also the Hospitallier knights. Duke Frederick of Austria (Holy Roman Empire) had also come to their aid, although he appears not to have taken part in the battle and his role seems to have been unhelpful in that he might have caused through his quarrel with the Kuman king a rebellion of the Kumans inside the kingdom of Hungary.

    Even with 70,000 men, the upper estimate, the Hungarian army would have been of lesser florin-worth than the Mongols, who were all horsemen (though sometimes they fought on foot) and lived as soldiers their entire life. Consequently, the battles were at hard difficulty with a bonus in florins for the Mongols. I.e., the Mongols got an extra 25-30% in cash, in addition to the morale boost they would get from the hard-level. So the Mongols were in these custom battles the stronger side.

    The first battle deals with an incident when the Mongols attempted to cross the river Sajo at night.

    On the 10th of April 1241, the Mongols were preparing to cross the Sajo river to attack the Hungarian army under Bela IV. A small force of Templar knights and Hungarian soldiers was sent after sunset to take control of the bridge. When the Mongols arrived at the bridge, they were surprised to find an army there. This is a historical recreation of the start of that battle.

    The Mongols were defeated at first and retired. It appears that the Hungarians left a small force on the bridge and also retired, believing that they had only encountered a Mongol raiding party. They were apparently unaware that a vast Mongol army under generals Batu and Subutai were across the river. In the early hours of the morning, the Mongols brought siege engines to bombard the bridge's defenders and force a crossing.


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    Last edited by Geoffrey of Villehardouin; June 26, 2011 at 03:19 PM.

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    Default Battle of Mohi - Death of the king

    Batle of Mohi - Death of the king

    On the 11th of April 1241, a Mongol army under Batu crossed the Sajo river in Hungary. A Hungarian army aided by knights from the Templar and possibly also the Hospitallier orders counter attacked. A battle ensued for about three hours, during which the Mongol horsemen became hard pressed with their backs against the river, which limited their mobility. The battle was in the balance, when the Mongol general Subutai, having crossed the river at a different point appeared shortly after sunrise at the right flank and rear of the Hungarian army. Much of the army retreated in panic towards the Hungarian camp. Others, including the knights' orders stayed in their place and fought to death. When all seemed but lost, the king's bodyguard rode into battle.

    This is a re-enactement of that episode of the battle. It was a tense battle and for a while it seemed as if the Hungarians were actually going to score a heroic victory. Unfortunately, the Hungarian catapults were getting low on ammunition and the archers had fired most of their arrows. So, after a successful cavalry attack that sent the Mongol foot archers running, orders were given for the entire army to march off. The infantry had not broken their lines and had only just began to move forward. All infantry units had remained in good order throughout the battle, despite heavy losses from the Mongols' arrow fire. But they remained cohesive and marched off in an orderly fashion without breaking ranks or breaking the line. Victory seemed possible.

    Unfortunately, in the din of the battle it was not possible to estimate the strength and morale of the enemy cavalry but Mongol losses were past 75% of their initial strength while the Hungarians had about 10% fewer losses. Subutai's bodyguard was intact, true, but so was king Bela's bodyguard. It seemed that victory was within the Hungarians' reach. Amazingly, perhaps by chance, the AI seemed as if it actually snatched the moment to attack the infantry as they were on the march. As it turned out, despite their heavy losses, the Mongols were able to launch a very successful and surprisingly well coordinated cavalry attack at that very moment, that within a flash had sent the Hungarian infantry into disarray. The unexpected, sudden and complete chaos and panic almost hurt.

    This turned out a very immersive simulation of the actual episode in the historical battle when, as all seemed but lost, the king's bodyguard rode into battle.


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    Last edited by Geoffrey of Villehardouin; July 14, 2011 at 03:13 PM.

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    Battle of Mohi – Day of Victory

    In the early morning of the 11th of April, 1241, even before daybreak, the Mongol army of general Batu began to cross the flooded river Sajo through the Mohi bridge. Bela IV of Hungary hesitated to attack, giving the Mongols valuable time to bring their army across and to fan out in the plains.

    In this retake of the original battle things happened differently. To begin with, Frederick, Duke of Austria stayed to fight at the battle. Moreover, the Teutonic knights also sent a contingent that arrived in time to take part in the fight.

    Battle level is on hard difficulty. Each side has 4 “armies”, each worth 10,000 florins. The Europeans have the Teutonic knights on the left, the HRE contingent under Frederick next, then a mainly infantry Hungarian army and another Hungarian army with cavalry and the Templar and Hospitallier knights on the far right.

    On the Mongol side, there are also 4 armies. On the right is a pure cavalry army worth 10,000 florins opposing the Teutonic knights. In the centre there are two mixed armies with infantry, cavalry and siege engines. On the far left the Mongols have a cavalry force under Subutai on its way from the south. The battle is enacted on the Visby Cliffs battle map and the force under Subutai is somewhat cut off and cannot at first directly attack the Hungarians. As in actual history, he arrives late in the battle. In this case, as it turned out, a little too late.

    The Teutonic knights start the battle attacking the Mongol right wing and rearguard who are the last units to cross the river. The Mongols do not skirmish very efficiently. They stay and fight, perhaps to protect the river crossing, and suffer casualties. Other Mongol units retreat. But with the bottleneck at the bridge, they have nowhere else to run off but towards the main force under Batu now engaged with the Duke of Austria and the king of Hungary.

    The Teutonic knights annihilate unit after unit among those that hesitate to run off towards Batu. Then they ride to the main battle pushing the Mongol horsemen up against the Holy Roman Empire army. The lighter Mongol horsemen escape in the direction of the river but Batu’s bodyguard gets trapped between the Teutonic knights and the HRE army and is destroyed. The Mongol general is killed.

    Next the Teutonic knights ride towards the river and overrun the Mongol siege engines. The light Mongol cavalry that had escaped in their direction tries to save the engines but are no match for the Teutonic knights and are annihilated. The remaining Mongols are now mostly on foot with their backs against the flooded river. The Hungarian cavalry is almost upon their siege engines and so the Mongol dismounted lancers and archers attempt to counterattack. Just as they move off from the shore, the first companies of Teutonic knights ride along the shoreline and line up to charge them from behind. With perfect timing, Subutai arrives with a strong cavalry force (standard pale Mongol flags) and attacks with part of that force the Hungarians and with the heavy cavalry the Teutonic knights. However, by now two of the Mongol armies have practically been destroyed. The rest are in disarray, attacked from three sides. Subutai just rides into a trap in a very un-Mongol fashion, obviously in a vain attempt to save Batu’s army from complete destruction. He becomes surrounded himself and his bodyguard fights to death. Bizarrely, Bela IV of Hungary makes his appearance with only two of his bodyguards among the Teutonic knights. The rest of his bodyguard has probably been wasted in the fighting. The two commanders fight a duel. Subutai runs off and is instantly killed. It is not clear if he died from Bela’s hand or from the hand of a nearby Teutonic knight but seeing the two generals engaged in a duel was priceless.

    With Subutai’s death, what resistance there was collapses completely. The Mongols abandon the battle and run back to the steppes as fast as they can.

    Thanks to Medieval II Total War, Bela IV of Hungary got finally some 8 centuries later his revenge on the Mongols!

    Last edited by Geoffrey of Villehardouin; July 14, 2011 at 03:00 PM.

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    Default Baghdad siege 1280 AD

    Baghdad siege

    Having vanquished the Turks in Asia Minor, Antioch has turned its attention eastwards. The Antioch armies have thrust themselves into the heart of the Seljuk Sultanate. In the year 1280 AD, Philip, the king of France, and the other Antioch generals have defeated the Turks and scattered their army in a battle outside Baghdad.

    Now the walls of Baghdad rise mightily against the bright desert skies before the Antioch armies. Arthur is in overall command of four armies tasked with the siege of Baghdad. One army is under his direct leadership and the other three under captains Estienne, Raymond and Evrart.

    Arthur’s army has the main task of breaching the high walls of the city with its siege engines, catapults, trebuchets and mangonels. The other three armies have a mainly diversionary role, to attack the other sides of the city with siege rams and siege towers. Much depends on coordinating the timing of the attacks on every side, so that initially the defenders are drawn towards the side of Arthur while the bombardment of the walls takes place, to allow the other three armies to approach the walls unhindered. When the defenders feel that the threat against the city from the other sides of the walls has become serious enough, they will necessarily withdraw forces. Then the timing will be perfect for Arthur’s army to storm the walls and enter the city through the breached defenses. The aim was to minimise casualties by fighting the Turks as much as possible away from the ramparts and the central plaza.

    The defenders have only four companies of melee infantry. Obviously they feel that the great walls are impregnable. The garrison instead consists mainly of missile infantry, missile cavalry and siege engines. If the Antioch plan succeeds and Arthur’s army takes the walls, the city is doomed.

    Once the bombardment of the walls begins, the defenders are indeed drawn to the side of the city walls where Arthur’s own force and the siege engines are arrayed. The bombardment takes its toll and the walls begin to crumble. One section of the walls becomes badly damaged and as it is about to come down the other Antioch armies are ordered forward. As the siege towers and rams come close to the defenses on the other sides, panic spreads among the defenders. Many of the Turkish archer companies head off to the other sides of the city. But it is too late. The distance to cover is too great and there is no chance that they will arrive there before the walls have been taken. Only some catapults, a company of Janissary archers and two companies of Janissary infantry stay on to stem the onslaught of Arthur’s army.

    Of all the towers of Baghdad only the gate towers on the south side fire ballista arrows and these briefly and with little effect. Greek firethrowers approach the breach of the walls, covered by missile infantry and flanked by a company of Hospitaller spearmen on the left and a company of Canons of the Holy Sepulchre on the right. The Janissaries sally out and are charged in the rear by the Hospitaller spearmen as the firethrowers fire Greek fire. The Janissaries break and the Antioch cavalry charges into the city. The Turks respond by sending their cavalry to stop the Antioch attack while siege engines are pulled from various parts of the city towards the south side where the walls have been breached. It is an ill-advised move. The siege engines and light Turkish cavalry are annihilated in the long avenue that leads from the southern gates to the central plaza. The Antioch horsemen gallop with Arthur’s bodyguard at their head past the abandoned Turkish siege engines, chasing the Turkish horsemen. The remnants of the Turkish cavalry companies run towards a company of militia spearmen in the east side of the city, seeking safety there. The Antioch cavalry stops and dismounted knights take over, smashing into the Turkish spearmen. Soon the Turkish infantry and cavalry on that side, the east side of the city, is also in disarray. Arthur and the Antioch and Crusader knights finish them off.

    On the other two sides the Turks are falling back towards the central plaza. The Antioch infantry is also converging from all sides but Arthur’s Canons of the Holy Sepulchre and the Hospitaller spearmen are among the first to reach the city centre. With the help of Greek firethrowers they overcome the resistance of the Hashashim making a stand in the central plaza. The remaining Turkish infantry, remnants of Janissary missile units and catapult crews, are overwhelmed easily.

    Arthur conquers one of the greatest prizes to be had, the pride of the Seljuk Sultanate, the great city of Baghdad.


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    Last edited by Geoffrey of Villehardouin; August 07, 2011 at 08:59 PM.

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    Default Mongol siege of Mosul, 1300 AD, part I

    Mongol siege of Mosul, part I
    Night march to Mosul

    As an Antioch army is laying siege on Baghdad, the Mongols make their appearance near Mosul. Diplomats are sent with presents to appease them. Both Antioch and the Mongols have the same enemy, the Turks. An alliance seems a natural course. The Mongols accept the presents but merely canter from north to south and back north without making counter proposals. The Antioch armies take Baghdad and march towards Mosul. A screen of horsemen is sent to the desert north west of Mosul and the Antioch armies camp around Mosul and behind the mounted sentries.

    Antioch has 7 full armies: the Mosul garrison of mainly dismounted Hospitaller, Antioch and Edessan knights under Heliot Magliorie; a cavalry army under Philip, king of France, and Gerard, the Marshall of the Hospitallers; three mainly infantry armies under Robin, Christofle de Montfort and Emery de Champagne; an army of light cavalry and mounted archers under Richart, used partly as a screen of scouts and patrols in the desert; and finally Arthur’s full army outside Kirkuk, carrying many siege engines, on its way back from the successful siege of Kermanshan. In addition there is a smaller army under faction heir Charles the Mad guarding the passes across the Euphrates west of Mosul and another small army garrisoning Diyabakir under the governor of Edessa Gerbert le Maingre. Finally there are reinforcements on their way under Robin de Toulouse. In total Antioch has amassed some 180 companies (some understrength). Experience rating ranges from novice to gold (for some of the cavalry under the command of the king of France).

    The Mongols have five three-quarter armies under Khan Joshi, Hulegu, Kitbuqa, Abaqha and Kuo Kan and two half armies under Khanzada Berkei, Yesugatai and Mengadai of Rus, a total of some 90 companies, all full strength with triple silver chevrons of experience rating. The two sides are approximately matched in florin value. The Mongols have 5 generals superior to any of the Antioch generals, but Antioch has the advantage that it holds the river passes and the mighty fortress of Mosul. Although the two sides are roughly matched in quality, the Mongol Horde looks lost in the sea of Antioch armies.

    The human flood of Antioch soldiers does not seem to intimidate the Mongols. Indeed, despite continuing presents from the Antioch side, the Mongols begin to attack the Antioch horsemen, who have orders to fall back but return to reform the cavalry screen when the Mongols retreat. Finally, instead of heading off to chase the Turks who are in their last legs, the Mongols decide to make an enemy out of Antioch. They march at night towards Mosul. The Antioch armies are arrayed in front of the city. Khan Joshi, backed by Hulegu, Kitbuga and Kuo Kan attacks the army of Philip, the King of France. In Philip’s army is also Gerard, the Master of the Hospitallers. Philip at first retreats towards the monastery of St John the Baptist, local headquarters of the Hospitalliers, where Robin is camped. The Mongols fail once again to get the cue, that Antioch is itself at war with the Turks and means no harm. Moreover, they seem to perceive Philip’s retreat as a weakness and march on.

    Kahn Joshi, the Mongol faction leader, stumbles upon Philip south of the monastery of St John the Baptist, while Hulegu, Kitbuga and Kuo Kan are some distance away. Philip’s light cavalry launches diversionary attacks against the Khan's flanks, drawing the heavy Mongol cavalry to the sides. The Khan is obviously idiotic enough to march on into the thick of the night while his army has gone this or that way. Philip blows his trumpet and the heavy cavalry launch a lightning strike at the Khan’s bodyguard. Within moments the Khan is surrounded and soon enough is also dead. His army flies off in disarray. Rather than chase them and risk an engagement with the entire Mongol horde, Philip’s force takes the opportunity to vanish into the night.

    The same night Mongol faction heir Berkei, launches an attack on Robin, whose army is camped outside the monastery of St John near Mosul. The fighting between the king of France and the Mongol Khan has alerted the general and his men have deployed outside the monastery, ready for battle. Richart's scouts have been reporting on the movements of the Mongols and Richart himself rushes up with a reinforcement of mainly light cavalry. Berkei is followed by Kitbuga the Wrathful and Kuo Kan but attacks on his own, before the other two generals have arrived. Robin has placed mangonels and catapults on the hill in front of the monastery and bombards the Mongol archers when they attempt to come close to the monastery, while the Antioch sodeer archers rain fire arrows on them. The Mongol archers waver but Berkei himself rushes ahead and charges up the hillside with the heavy Mongol cavalry in a very un-Mongol fashion. The Mongol cavalry breaks against the spears of the massed Hospitaller spearmen. Rather than run off or wait for Kitbuga and Kuo Kan, Berkei notices some stray Antioch infantry at the bottom of the hill and attacks them with his bodyguard. Instead of using the night to spin a trap around Robin, Berkei is walking into a trap himself. Richart’s light cavalry pounce on Berkei’s bodyguard from behind the monastery. Berkei meets the same end as Khan Joshi earlier the same night. Robin and Richart keep their ground and brace for the attack of Kitbuga and Kuo Kan. But the two Mongol generals think better of it and never attack.

    The Mongols will never again launch a night attack on Antioch forces. They have learnt a bitter lesson.


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    Default Mongol siege of Mosul, 1300 AD, part II

    Mongol siege of Mosul, part II
    The Mongols lose in their own game

    The Mongols are stunned. Their plan for a night assault on the Antioch armies has backfired. Their uncoordinated actions have ended up in a blunder. Khan Joshi and Khanzada Berkei are dead. Nonetheless their war council elects a new general in overall command, Kuo Kan, with Abaqha as a vice-commander. They resolve to stay to fight the Antioch armies assembled in front of the fortress of Mosul.

    The previous battles were a demonstration by the Antioch generals about how to fight against numerically and qualitatively superior armies. From now on the Antioch side has clear numerical superiority to put into effect in beating the Mongols in their own turf: out in the open country. Soon enough comes the first such opportunity.

    Missing from the war council was Mongol Captain Temudur who has retreated towards Kirkuk with remnants of Berkei's army. The sensible thing would have been for the entire Horde to make contact with Temudur. The Mongols commit an error in splitting their forces. Kitbuqa the Wrathful goes in search of Temudur, leaving the Horde. Philip grasps the chance to attack Kitbuqa in the desert. Robin de Toulouse arrives with cavalry reinforcements to strengthen the king’s army, that had suffered many casualties in the battle near Mosul. Arthur the Wrathful and Christofle de Montfort also come in aid with their own armies. They spin a trap on Kitbuqa. Arthur the Wrathful has located Temudur and Philip and Christofle are following on the trail of Kitbuqa. It is only a matter of time before Kitbuqa in his search for Temudur ends up surrounded between Arthur on one side and Philip and Christofle de Montfort on the other.

    When Kitbuqa realizes he has marched into a trap it is too late. Temudur only has a few men left with him and can be of no help whatsoever. Kitbuqa has walked into a confrontation with three Antioch armies. He is outnumbered by nearly 4:1.

    Philip has to engage Kitbuqa and pin his army down before he evades the less mobile armies of Arthur and Christofle de Montfort. Philip sends his light cavalry into diversionary attacks as he concentrates his knights for an attack on Kitbuqa’s bodyguard. Though the Antioch light cavalry pin down Kitbuqa’s lighter troops, this time the plan does not work out quite as well. When the king of France sounds the trumpet for the attack on Kitbuqa's bodyguard, some Mongol heavy cavalry has stayed close to the Mongol general. The Mongols are nevertheless stunned by the attack of the heavy Antioch cavalry and are scattered. By the time Christofle de Motfort and Arthur have arrived, the battle is practically over. Kitbuqa is taken prisoner and is ransomed for 1140 florins.

    The other 4 Mongol generals have remained outside Mosul. Assassins have been called in and have gathered like the bees around the Mongol Horde, mixing it up obviously with the traders and camp followers in the Mongols’ retinue. There are many unsuccessful assassination attempts against the Mongol generals until one assassin, Francois Sorel, sneaks into Hulegu's tent and kills him.

    A bit later Richart’s mounted scouts locate a small Mongol army south of Mosul. It is the remnants of Khan Joshi’s army under Bayan. They seem to be looking for a way to cross the Euphrates. Richart holds the passes with enough of a force to be a deterrent. Unbeknown to Bayan, Arthur is marching to meet him in battle. Bayan finds himself trapped between the river with Richart’s men across the other bank on one side and Arthur’s larger army on the other side. Arthur’s attack pushes Bayan against Richart. Bayan’s army has to take the full blast of Arthur’s siege engines. Shaken and outnumbered, Bayan’s army is attacked from both sides and utterly destroyed.

    In the meantime, Philip has returned to Mosul with Robin de Toulouse and Gerard, the Master of the Hospitallers. The mounted scouts have come with news that Abaqha’s army has strayed off the rest of the Horde. Abaqha is currently second in command in the Mongol Horde. Philip suspects this was an indication of dissent – as it turned out it was another Mongol plan doomed to backfire. The Mongols were probably hoping to draw the Antioch army away from Mosul so that the rest of the Horde could attack the fortress or pick out one of the other armies. Philip and Christofle de Montfort march off indeed to attack Abaqha. But Robin and Emery de Champagne stay on guard in front of Mosul. Together with the Mosul garrison they have some 60 companies, against the 45 companies under Kuo Kan, Yesugatai and Abashan. Kuo Kan does not attempt an attack on the Mosul fortress. In the meantime, Abaqha is left stranded. Kuo Kan decides to march to his aid but the decision comes too late. Precious time has been lost and great risks have been taken for no gain.

    With the help of the army of Christofle de Montfort, the king of France encircles Abaqha out in the desert northeast of Mosul. Abaqha's army comes under a hail of fire from de Montfort's siege engines. Philip's light cavalry once again attacks the Mongol flanks. Then Philip's heavy cavalry, with Robin de Toulouse and the Marshall of the Hospitallers in their midst, charges the Mongols as Philip sounds his infamous trumpet. The Mongols are scattered and Abaqha runs, escaping with his life – but not with his army.

    Another Mongol plan has gone awry. The Mongol Horde has been reduced to half its original strength. The Mongols’ options seem to be running out.


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    Default Mongol siege of Mosul part III

    Mongol siege of Mosul part III
    Defeat of Kuo Kan

    The Mongols have been fighting this campaign like a game of chess. Unfortunately for them, they opted for a game in which their opponent has twice as many pawns and in Mosul a tower the like of which no chess game has seen.

    Philip and Christofle de Monrtfort, having crashed Abaqha, head for the Monastery of St John the Baptist, local headquarters of the Knights Hospitaller to leave their wounded. Philip presses into his army what patrols they find along their way. Now is the chance to crush the Mongols once and for all.

    Scouts alert Philip that Kuo Kan instead of attacking Mosul is marching to intercept his army in the desert. Philip and Christofle de Montfort march out and deploy to meet the Mongols. Kuo Kan takes a strong position on a hill near the monastery and deploys his rocket launchers and trebuchets. He is planning to hold this relatively strong defensive position for as long as it would take for the other two generals to arrive

    Christofle and Philip move their main force to the side of the hill where the hillside is not too steep. Then they send the light cavalry to ride around the Mongols as the heavy troops march to just outside the range of the trebuchets. As soon as the Mongols turn their rocket launchers and trebuchets to fire at the light cavalry, Philip sounds his trumpet. Christofle de Montfort attacks Kuo Kan from the rear as Philip leads a frontal charge of the knights. Some of the Mongol heavy cavalry rides towards Christofle de Montfort to hold up his army. Two companies stay by Kuo Kan. The knights smash into the heavy Mongol archers, push them aside and charge the Mongol general. An epic fight ensues. Despite being outnumbered, the heavy Mongol cavalry puts up a good fight. The Mongols are completely surrounded. Kuo Kan escapes temporarily from the melee having sacrificed every man in his bodyguard only to realise he is completely surrounded and his army is on the verge of collapse. His gamble has not paid back. Like Abaqha he also runs but he has nowhere to run to other than straight into the Antioch knights. His horse is killed and he is taken prisoner.

    It is, however, a sour victory for Antioch. Philip’s bodyguards are nearly all killed or wounded. Robin de Toulouse has been killed in the fighting. Chrstofle de Montfort deploys his army at the top of the hill and prepares to meet Abashan's attack. Philip gathers the heavy cavalry and deploys in reserve behind Montfort's infantry. But Abashan does not attack. Instead he opts to enter into negotiations for the release of the prisoners. Kuo Kan and a few of his companions are ransomed for 10770 florins.

    Philip expects the Mongols now to move off and seek plunder in the Turkish Sultanate. Abaqha has left in the direction of Tabriz, still held by the Turks. Abashan and Kuo Kan stay near Mosul. When Philip moves towards Kuo Kan, instead of withdrawing in the direction of Tabriz, Kuo Kan moves west as if he is looking for a way to cross the Euphrates. Philip follows on his trail. Kuo Kan only has some of his bodyguards, a couple of mounted archers and two understrength light missile companies with him. He also has two of his rocket launchers. Having found no way to cross the Euphrates he was moving back towards Mosul under the cover of night when Philip’s patrols stumble across him. There is some exchange of arrows but he marches on regardless. Philip’s cavalry has been severely depleted so that he has now with him a strong infantry force. Kuo Kan rides into the dark of the night straight into Philip’s infantry and heavy cavalry. Worse still, the crews of the rocket launchers decide to open fire. Blinded by the lights of the rockets, they fire randomly into the darkness in fact straight at the back of Kuo Kan’s bodyguard. The rockets land in their midst and Kuo Kan is instantly killed. An ironic if fitting end to Kuo Kan’s suicidal plan to conquer Mosul. His death practically ended any hope of taking Mosul, without the Mongols’ having fired so much as an arrow at the mighty fortress.


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    Default Mongol siege of Mosul, part IV

    Mongol siege of Mosul, part IV
    Nemesis of the Mongol army

    The Mongols should be looking for plunder elsewhere, in Tabriz, Kufa or the other regions under the waning Turkish control. Seeking plunder in Mosul, the strongest fortress in the region, with an army that has been suffering one reverse after another and is now in shreds is beyond foolhardy.

    The Antioch assassins have another success, they kill Abashan. Captain Chagdu takes over the command of Hulegu’s army. He is attacked near Mosul by Emery de Champagne and Christofle de Montfort, with their two armies stengthened with siege engines. Cristofle de Montfort is in overall command. The Mongols are about to witness their nemesis. They are about to be outranged in their own game: raining death from a distance. Chagdu’s army comes under a hail of catapult fire and Chagdu is killed in the bombardment. As the Mongols begin to waver they are charged by the Antioch cavalry. The Mongols are scattered. Emery and Christofle score a heroic victory, utterly destroying Chagdu’s Mongol army.

    Next, Philip, the Marshall of the Hospitallers and Arthur the Wrathful lead a massive force against the last remaining Mongol army. Philip is at the head of the cavalry and Arthur is at the head of the infantry. Two dozen siege engines are also brought along under captain Christophle (a different person than Christofle de Montfort). The Mongols, are under the leadership of general Yesugatai, while a much better general, Mengadai of Rus, is second in command. They are not fighting to win, defeat is inevitable.

    The Mongols have positioned themselves on the side of a small hill. They stay their ground and suffer the full weight of the massed catapult fire. Shaken, they retreat higher up the hill and attempt to make another stand. The Antioch battle engines are moved forward again and the Mongols come under a second wave of long range fire. Mengadai of Rus is killed by a catapult shot. Instead of pulling off, Yesugatai leads the heavy Mongol cavalry into a vain charge against the Antioch infantry. Philip instantly sounds his trumpet and his cavalry counterattacks. The Mongols are overturned like a wave hitting the promenade. Their horsemen die at the points of the Antioch spears and the archers are trumpled under the hooves of Philip’s cavalry. Yesugatai runs for his life but is stopped by light Antioch horsemen who had taken positions at the rear of the Mongol army and is taken prisoner. He will later be ransomed for 11400 florins.

    By now the Mongols are a faint shadow of their former selves. The ruins of their armies are scattered around Mosul. All their 8 and 9 star generals are dead. Yesugatai himself, now the Mongol faction leader, was easily the worst of the Mongol generals. He is allowed to live for his ransom potential, leading a pitiful shadow of an army through the deserts north of Mosul. The Mongols had come from Central Asia looking for plunder but they lie dead and their pockets have been filled only with sand.


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    Default Siege of Mosul

    Siege of Mosul

    The Mongols never made it to the walls of Mosul during this Antioch campaign. This custom battle was set up to see what could have happened had they eventually attacked Mosul. In this battle the Mongols are favoured with numbers, relatively speaking, considering they had only half as many companies near Mosul compared to the Antioch side. The battle is on the very hard level, to account for the Mongols’ triple silver chevrons of experience and for their very able commanders. Unfortunately in custom battles it is not possible to give the commanders stars or other traits as in the campaign battles.

    Three of the four Antioch armies were AI controlled. They were set as “player-controlled”, which placed them inside the fortress. Commanding them, however, was a different business and an extremely touchy affair. The AI-controlled armies had a mind of their own. In fact, one company exited the west gate and attacked the Mongols who were bringing up a siege ram. Immediately the Mongol army on that side rushed the opened gate. The AI also placed spearmen on the ramparts presumably to defend the walls against horsemen on flying carpets. Despite of all that, the Mongols were crushed.

    It is not clear why the campaign AI thought that attacking a fortress belonging to a neutral faction that was guarded by armies twice the size of the Mongol Horde was a good idea. Especially considering that both sides were fighting the Turks and the Mongols were being showered with presents from the Antioch diplomats. Perhaps it was intended as a joint miliatry exercise to help the Antioch companies improve their experience rating. At least, it made for an interesting change to the Antioch campaign, considering the Turks could no longer mount a real challenge on Antioch.


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    Default Battle of Chewton Mendip, 12th June 1643

    Battle of Chewton Mendip, 12th June 1643

    A historical re-enactment of the battle between the Parliament force under Alexander Popham and the cavalry regiments of the Earl of Carnarvon and Prince Maurice in June 1643, at Chewton Mendip, during the English Civil War, using the For King or Country Mod.

    The battlefield (Le village) is remarkably like the actual battlefield. There is a slight rise west of the village similar to the actual escarpment and a large church reminiscent of Chewton's church of St Mary Magdalene, built in the 16th C. The A39 was then a lane that went towards Bath. It left the village and went up the escarpment just like the lane in this battle map. It is almost as if the Le Village map was modelled on Chewton itself. The village looks very English and in fact the only things that are not quite right is that the church of St Mary Magdalene is on the wrong side of the road, above the village and has two bell towers.

    The battle involved around 1000 horse in total on the Royalist side and up to 1400 horse and 1000 dragoons on the Parliament side, a rare case of numbers compatible with fighting a battle in Medieval II Total War. The dragoons probably only had an involvement when the Earl of Carnarvon was chasing after Alexander Popham's regiment. The battle had a see-saw character but despite their numerical superiority and practically ambushing the Earl of Carnarvon, Parliament lost.

    On the other hand, Prince Maurice narrowly escaped being killed or captured when he fell off his horse in the heat of the final part of the battle. He was rescued by the timely arrival of the Earl of Carnarvon's cavalry.

    The battle had three parts and indeed to make this video I had to make three separate custom battles. At first, the Earl of Carnarvon attacked the rearguard of the Parliamentarian regiment of Horse of Alexander Popham, outside the village of Chewton Mendip. The rearguard was routed and the entire regiment run through the village and up the escarpment towards Bath, chased by the Earl of Carnarvon’s regiment. In the second part of the battle, Parliamentarian reinforcements of two regiments of Horse and a regiment of dragoons surprised the Earl of Carnarvon. Alexander's Popham's regiment joined the battle and the Earl of Carnarvon was faced with overwhelming odds. He run off “in as good an order as he could”. He sent a warning to Prince Maurice, who was following close behind, about the danger. In the third part of the battle, I changed sides, because the timing of the actions of the Royalists were now to have a decisive outcome. On seeing the regiment of Prince Maurice ready for battle, the Parliament cavalry who were chasing the Earl of Carnarvon paused and begun to deploy for battle. Before they had fully drawn up their line, however, it appears that Prince Maurice attacked with his regiment. He routed the part of the Parliament Horse that received the charge but the rest of the Parliament cavalry “wheeled about” and surrounded Prince Maurice’s cavalry regiment. With perfect timing, the Earl of Carnarvon, having rallied his regiment and with the help of some reinforcements, charged the Parliament Horse. The way the battle went, the Parliament cavalry that remained in good order now found themselves attacked from two sides and at a disadvantage. Perhaps more by accident than by design, the Royalists had an advantage and won the battle.

    The battle is described in Edward Hyde’s History of the Great Rebellion, from where the commentary is taken.

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