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Bosworth, men of iron volume 3 by GMT games



Accompanied by red wine and some Jordi Saval, Eels and other assorted music
what follows is a solitaire playthrough of the Battle of Bosworth that took place on August 22nd 1485


Activation 1 Norfolk (York)
The MM and one inf moved to cover the right flank
moved some LB’s up and fired at the LB’s in the centre of Oxford’s Battle largely ineffective disordered a LB return fire was ineffective
Tried to fire one of the Artillery it exploded the other just missed
On the left flank the handgunners and infantry up towards Oxford’s battle to fire next turn send one MM to guard the flank and threaten to outflank any units attacking the handgunners
Failed continuation roll for Richard III
Activation 2 Oxford (Lancaster)
Moved some infantry on the left flank up the Norman archers disrupted one LB then an LB shot it into retirement
One LB unhorsed the Norfolk MM that was on their right flank
On the Oxford side one arty also blew up (another unmodified 0) the other helped disorder some handgunners
Two infantry engaged the handgunners on the right flank one got disordered by reaction fire

attack on the handgunners
Three more infantry moved up to cover their rear
Oxford himself stayed with some levies in the centre of the line to keep everything under command
Failed continuation for Henry Tudor
Activation 3 Norfolk (York)
On the left flank the MM and one inf engaged the disordered Breton inf the HG disengaged and the gap was taken by an inf.
The Arty forced the disordered Welsh LB to retire and the LB fire from the centre forced one more Welsh LB to retreat one hex.
The other Arty in the centre didn’t do anything LB fire on the right flank was ineffective as well and the unhorsed men at Arms and one inf closed the right flank.
The MM and Inf on the left flank rolled up the two inf with the help of a third inf that became disordered in the melee.
Activation 4 King Richard III successfully continues the activation and his battle will enter the fray

The King!
Richard and three of his MM move to reinforce the right flank, the fourth moves to the left while the inf bolsters the left and centre. No missile fire and shock combat
Activation 5 Northumberland fails his activation roll (it was 0-2 so a bit of a gamble)
Activation 6 Oxford presses the attack
The Inf on the right flank move up to the stream to guard the flank
Arty takes out the horses from the rampaging MM on the right flank
One lvy reinforces the right flank
The others move up to cover the LBs in the centre who fire at the opposing LB they disorganise one LB but counterfire forces one of the LB to retire
Archer fire against the unhorsed MM does nothing the INF move up to engagement range but as there is a numerical advantage for York do not press the attack hoping for the activation of Henry Tudor and his MM to bolster this flank.
Activation 7: Richmond (Henry Tudor) the activation gets seized by the King but that is negated by the seizure negation of Lancaster as Henry Tudor needs to become active in the fight.
Richmond and his MM move up to reinforce the left flank where there’s plenty of room for them to charge when the opportunity presents itself. The INF moves to the right flank
Activation 8: Oxford then presses the attack (successful continuation)
The left flank moves in to shock the UH and Inf while the centre bowmen have no effect on their opponents except for one HG that has to retreat on the right flank the two INF guard the bridge over the brook.
The Shock attacks against the York western flank successfully disorder the defenders
Activation 9: Richmond (Henry Tudor) (successful continuation)
The MM move up the left flank to prepare for the attack shielded by the Oxford INF and some levy troops
Oxford fails to continue
Activation 10: King Richard III gets a free activation
One MM charges the INF that forced the INF to retire, another MM moves up and charges the Levy next to the INF; one INF attacks the outmost Levy
The Charging MM disorder the INF and Levy, and the INF gets retired in the continued combat. The Levy at the end of the line gets disordered by the INF, The MM that forced the INF to retire then takes on the disordered Levy. and forces them to retire too.

CHARGE!
Activation 11: Norfolk(York)
All the Archers in the centre shoot and the disrupt the levy that accompanies Oxford.
The Arty misses.
On the east flank the UH and INF engage the two INF guarding the bridge
The two disordered HG get back in order.
the defenders of the bridge get disordered. Richard III doesn’t continue
Activation 12: Lancaster tries to activate the Stanleys (equal or less than 4) no succes
Activation 13: Norfolk (York) moves one INF to the east flank. The recovered HG takes the ARTY under fire hoping to kill the gunners and succeed in taking the cannon out. The other HG takes Oxford under fire LB in the centre shoot at the levys in the centre as well they miss oxford but succeed in taking out the levys accompanying him. The disordered units rest and recover the remaining LB shoots at a levy but misses. Shock combat retires the two disordered INF defending the bridge and open that flank up for York to press their advantage. King Richard III failed to continue.
Activation 14: Richmond (Henry Tudor) has to save the day
The MM in the centre attacks the sole INF that has crossed the brook. On the western flank Henry Tudor and his MM attack the opposing MM’s one counter charges the other is caught by surprise.
The INF attacks the HG in hope to get rid of them; the HG retreat from combat.
The MM in the centre forces the INF back.
Henry Tudor uses “ Into the Breach” but the ensuing cluster of horses and armor causes both attackers and defenders to be disordered.
The MM next to him got counter-charged but managed to win the combat
The MM on the extreme western end disorders the INF.

Into the Breach
Oxford doesn’t manage to seize his opportunity to advance.
Activation 15: King Richard III
Sensing that the heart of the fight lies on the western flank the INF in the centre moves back and to the west. Leaving the remaining enemy units to Norfolks’ missile troops
The disordered MM’s retreat from combat and the INF moves up to cover them
King Richard III uses “Into the Breach and charges the disordered MM that accompany Henry Tudor

Duel of Kings
The MM gets eliminated and Henry barely survives and moves to the INF to the south RIchard III continues his attack against these INF and disorganises them almost killing Henry Tudor.
The INF attacking the MM next to the King fails the attack and gets disorganised
The pounding that the King gave Henry Tudor causes the Lancastrian troops to call it a day and they are defeated. (failed the Loss for Lancaster check as the death of the MM moved the flight point track up to 12)


End of the battle

A clear win for the house of York and so history has changed.

I have no idea what the original tactics of Lancaster and York were and how the battle played out except for the fact that King Richard III was killed and thus Henry Tudor took the crown.
It was a fun battle to game and I’m sure I made plenty of tactical errors on both sides.
The system is fun and easy enough to remember. The player aid is really all that is needed for most of the combat.
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The couple of times Ive played this battle King Richard has won, a result that most historians agree today would have been more ‘just’, if that rationale can be applied at all. Richard III was not the deformed monster portrayed by late-15th and 16th century chroniclers, climaxing In Shakespeare’s portrayal. During his short reign, Richard was noted for his focus on justice for all ranks, not just the nobility, and had a genuinely spiritual side. Oh yes, and may not have had anything to do with the disappearance of the princes in the Tower. He was also a proven military leader and warrior, and had a better claim to the throne than Henry Tudor. He died doing what, had he been successful (and had the Stanleys not betrayed him), would have enshrined his reputation and his right to reign:leading a heroic cavalry charge directly at his enemy and dispatching him.
Interestingly, the battle probably took place some eight miles west of where most people think it did (and it may be that the reason Richard’s reserve failed to activate is that they had the morning sun in their eyes and couldn’t see how the battle was developing).
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Berg mentions this in the battlebook as well. Another example of how history is written by the victorious.
 
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cstimpson wrote:
The couple of times Ive played this battle King Richard has won, a result that most historians agree today would have been more ‘just’, if that rationale can be applied at all. Richard III was not the deformed monster portrayed by late-15th and 16th century chroniclers, climaxing In Shakespeare’s portrayal. During his short reign, Richard was noted for his focus on justice for all ranks, not just the nobility, and had a genuinely spiritual side. Oh yes, and may not have had anything to do with the disappearance of the princes in the Tower. He was also a proven military leader and warrior, and had a better claim to the throne than Henry Tudor. He died doing what, had he been successful (and had the Stanleys not betrayed him), would have enshrined his reputation and his right to reign:leading a heroic cavalry charge directly at his enemy and dispatching him.
Interestingly, the battle probably took place some eight miles west of where most people think it did (and it may be that the reason Richard’s reserve failed to activate is that they had the morning sun in their eyes and couldn’t see how the battle was developing).


Recommend Michael K. Jones's book on this battle for the revisionist history details mentioned here: https://www.amazon.com/Bosworth-1485-Battle-Transformed-Engl...

Very compelling and causes one to widen their understanding of both the king and the battle.

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Thanks Eric.
another one for the list. (If I can get it here)
 
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