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Subject: AAR Bunker Hill "We'll give them some cold steel !" rss

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Balmer David
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17 Juin 1775, près de Charlestown


Thomas Gage:




« Rebels are entrenching themselves on Charlestown peninsula, they don't want a simple skirmish.
We are going to give them what they need...a battle !
They evaded battle until now, always retreating after a simple firefight or facing cold steel.
It's time to shatter them in a frontal assault. »










"They have upgraded an improvised redoubt of us on Breed's Hill, we had to abandon after our evacuation of Charlestown"

« We could make an amphibious operation with our Fleet and land troops near Charlestown Neck and bag all of them off, but it would take time, too much time.

So we'll land near Morton s hill which will hide our operation from their guns...
because these rabble have cannon...Jesus ! »




TOUR  1




« We landed one thousand men, with light infantry and grenadiers from many regiments to spearhead our attack.
We advance towards Breed 's Hill.
Their guns caused us some losses.


Battle has begun ... »

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Huzzah, you grenadiers! Huzzah!
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TURN 2




British troops avance in line towards the rebels ' positions.




Meanwhile the officers carry on  the landing from the ships near Morton s Hill .




The rebels , bewildered , see the Mighty forces of the King Georges III landing ...


TURN 3





The rebels behind the rail fence deliver a vicious volley fire which breaks the grenadiers and the Breed s hill cannons fire rough grape shot .
Our troops are broken before firing at all !




TURN 4





The broken grenadiers withdraw and line fusiliers take their position, new régiments envelopt Breed s Hill by the East and the South.




Turn 5  









They assault Breed s Hill in a magnificent style !
Walking in rythmn with the sound of drums and fifers
No firing , just cold steel ...





The rebels fire when we get at the thirty yards, dropping to the ground  officers and privates, the survivors push their charge with their leveled bayonets, revengeful...



The Minutemen can't reload and  they are no match  when we come to close combat...it becomes a Killing ground,
the west part of Breed s Hill is taken !

Some rebels flee away...the others  lie to the ground.
We need some rally , two thirds of our storming party are broken.






Because in front of our exhausted fusiliers,  rises the Breed s Hill redoubt, with cannon .
They are surprisingly very calm inspite of of our Copps Hill Battery and Fleet bombardment...
and ready to fight us, to the death...
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TURN 6



Clinton leads a landing party just east of Charlestown, 600 men, with 200 marine troops.
He wants to envelop Breed s hill by the South and southwest, instead of pursuing a costly frontal assault.
The small boats rescue the wounded back to Boston, the officers first , of course.











Howe and Abercronbie rally their troops meanwhile the régiments just north of them assault the breed s Hill redoubt.

The cannon s grape shots blow apart one third of our men, but the others charge the earthworks, enter the redoubt and melee the defenders, Killing many militias.

But a reserve gun fires point blank fire disrupting our red coated soldiers, the minutemen, lead by mad men leaders   fight like devils



Our soldiers try to flee this hellish ground but scaling up these earthworks to safety is too much for them, hunted by a mob in fury.
It s an ugly slaughter.




The Copp s Hill battery and the fleet bombard again the redoubt ...to no effect.








TURN 7








Breed s Hill is reinforced by some minutemen, Prescott, handsomely  dressed in a blue uniform, speaks to each man, the redoubt is the key point of the battle, Here , they can bleed the brits to death because in open terrain they could'nt stand the ground in front of the King s elite  infantrymen.
It s the battle of his life...and, may be... of his death.



TURN 8






Our troops assault by the  South ridge











they are received with grapeshot and point blank range musket fire, the rebels seems to fire as fast as they can, half of our veterans are casualties, the survivors fall back in a rout.

But Clinton assault by the southwest with 100 regulars and 200 marines.

The Prescott s men realise they are ammo low, few patriots dared came to the redoubt s rescue with ammo, and their continuous musket fire spent most of their remaining powder.












Clinton loses one third of his men but scales the earthworks facing low defensive fire, and  storms the redoubt with cold steel.





Prescott and a hundred survivors escape a certain death retreating by the small western redoubt open passage.






The second part of Clinton landing party take position on the South part of the redoubt.

The rebels have lost their strongpoint, and their morale is very low, but our troops have sustained too much casualties and are nearly exhausted.





"One more effort, gentlemen ! These battlefield is ours !"
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Magnificent. Keep it up.
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