Marignano 1515

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Marignano 1515

Post by fogman » Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:00 am

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a stream protects the french first line, poor mixed heavy weapon/crossbow, light artillery, gendarmes and chevaux-legers. The second line some distance behind includes the black band (superior pikes, in brown), more heavy cavalry and landskechte (average pikes, superior front rank, in green) and heavy artillery.

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Re: Marignano 1515

Post by fogman » Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:11 am

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the swiss advanced in three pikes columns, preceded by the 'forlorn hope' advance guard. pikes columns (superior pikes, elite front ranks) have 2 support units (mixed firearms, heavy weapons, mf)

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Re: Marignano 1515

Post by fogman » Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:15 am

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turn 5: the swiss' left column crossed the stream relatively unimpeded. the french will contest the crossing of the other two columns with heavy cavalry.

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Re: Marignano 1515

Post by fogman » Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:20 am

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the french retreat on the left. the centre and right pikes columns are being hit as they cross the stream.

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Re: Marignano 1515

Post by fogman » Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:24 am

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after 7 turns, the swiss have paid a dear price so far.

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Re: Marignano 1515

Post by fogman » Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:28 am

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king francois I (inspired leader) and the gendarmerie's repeated charges maul the leading ranks of swiss columns as the cross the stream.

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Re: Marignano 1515

Post by fogman » Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:54 pm

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French heavy cavalry withdrew and reformed on the flanks of the landsknechte who had deployed within range of the heavy artillery. The swiss tidied up their columns and advanced.

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Re: Marignano 1515

Post by fogman » Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:57 pm

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the two pike lines clashed in a thunderous roar. french heavy artillery added to the high swiss toll.

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after 5 turns of heavy pike on pike fighting, the swiss emerged victorious. french heavy cavalry was too decimated to contribute at this later stage. numerous swiss units were near auto-rout.
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Re: Marignano 1515

Post by fogman » Wed May 01, 2013 12:00 am

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The Swiss had won but their losses were crippling. swiss courage was costly in the face of artillery, gendarmes' charges and the black band's tough fighting.

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