Saturday, 30 October 2010

The Battle of Kirkhalle 1755

 The Eisenburg-Essling forces have retaken the village of Kirkhalle to the east of the region.Captain Kranze and his company of Jager above are part of the force commanded by Von Bruckenheim to crush the rebellion.
 The Essling Militia hold the village.
 Von Bruckenheim has a squadron of Blue Hussars.
 The rebels are commanded by Colonel Voss with half of his Ostburg Regiment, he is supported by a squadron of Uhlans.
 And a squadron of dragoons.
 Von Bruckenheim has two full infantry regiments, Hecksheim and Heydn Brucke.
 The Altsteiners surge forward in column.

 The light horse clash with indecisive results and both fall back.

 The Hecksheim regiment attacks the defended village.
 The Ostburgers give an effective volley at long range.
 The Uhlans rally.
 Undeterred the Heydn Brucke regiment closes with the enemy.
 Kranzes Jager are gaining the upper hand on the eastern flank.
 Round two for the light horse.
 The Heydn Brucke regiment fare better in the firefight.
 And the Hussars defeat the Uhlans.
 The Ostburg regiment (in white) has taken a lot of casualties.
The Hecksheim regiment forces its way into Kirkhalle despite being attacked by the Eisenburg Dragoons.

At this point the rebels fled the field, a somewhat inauspicious beginning for the rebellion.

Friday, 29 October 2010

The Essling Militia drill.

 The Essling Militia, some of whom were involved in ambushing the Altstein Jager at the Battle of Eisenburg-Essling five years previously, form up.
 A bit of a rabble but they're keen.
 The battalion is forming up in defiance of the ruling Altsteiners but are emboldened by the death of Ludwig and the calls of Prince Johan to rise up and regain independence.
These chaps were painted many years ago.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Rebellion !.

 The young and handsome Prince Johan Jorge arrives to lead the Eisenburg-Esslingers in their bid for independence from the County of Altstein since the death of Graf Ludwig in March 1755.

 The old Regimental colours are brought forth in a hasty ceremony of allegiance to their cause.
 The Colonels are unanimous in their support for Johan and are eager to throw off the Altstein yoke.
 What a dashing young man the Prince is.
After 5 long years under the heel of Ludwig there is much bitterness toward the Altsteiners and with the tyrant dead they must seize the chance to rebel.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

The War of 1750 ends.

Fritz von Essling (in the green coat) surrenders to Graf Ludwig von Altstein (in the dark blue coat) and General August von Bruckenheim after the battle.

With the surrender by Fritz von Essling at the battle of Eisenburg-Essling, the war of 1750 ended as a complete victory for the army of Ludwig von Altstein.

Erherzog Katherine ceded her lands to Ludwig and fled into exile in Normagnia rather than be wed to the vile Ludwig.

Ludwig, however had achieved his aim and set about assimilating his new territory oblivious to the resentment and bitterness of his newly acquired citizens.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

The Battle of Eisenburg-Essling.

The Altstein army has advanced to the outskirts of Eisenburg and Essling and is met by Von Esslings army.
Von Esslings left wing. He deploys along the Eisen Fluss which is very shallow in high summer.
Von Esslings centre and right.
The Altsteiners advance.
They advance with a weighted right flank.
Along Von Bruckenheims line.
Von Essling advances to meet the enemy.He awaits reinforcement from the Essling Fusiliers who are marching from the south.
A birdseye view of move two.
The Dragoons clash but the combat is indecisive and both sides fall back.
The Heydn Brucke regiment advances in the centre.
Weingartners Jager company take the centre hill.
The light horse clash and the Blau Husaren retire defeated by the Uhlans.
The artillery deploy on the hill while Weingartner rather recklessly skirmishes with the Ostburg Regiment. They are almost destroyed by the volleys though Weingartner escapes unharmed.
The Altstein Musketeers are smashed by musketry as they emerged from the defile on Von Esslings right.
A fierce firefight is underway between the Heydn Brucke and Ostburg Regiments.
The Meissen Dragoons charge Von Esslings guns.
Colonel Fandango's Grenadiers defeat the Eisenburg Grenadiers.

The Eisenburg Grenadiers salute Col. Fandango as they retire.
There aren't many left as they retreat towards the Eisen Fluss.
Kranze and his jager company meet resistance from the militia as they advance through Essling.
And eventually prevail by use of the bayonet.However Captain Kranze falls to a musket shot.
The gunners are sabred by the Meissen Dragoons and the Ostburg Regiment is almost annihilated.
The Altsteiners advance in force.In the foreground is the Hecksheim Regiment.

The Essling Fusiliers did not arrive in time to take part in the battle. Von Esslings army is falling apart now, to continue fighting would achieve nothing.
Feldgeneral Freiderich von Essling surrenders to Graf Ludwig von Altstein and General August von Bruckenheim.
The surrender is accepted and the sound of battle dies down on the field.