Wednesday, February 4, 2009


For the last seven summers I have taught a class in my hometown using my miniatures. I have been very pleasantly surprised at how well these young people have picked up the rules and enjoyed the gaming experience. One of the best games during this run was a recreation of the battle of Germantown fromm the American Revolution. The rules we used were an adaptation of the Johnny Reb rules known as Johnny Tremaine. I like the regimental feel of them. The picture below captures the scene before any action takes place. The British and Hessians are to the right and the Americans will be launching their attack from the right and top of the picture.
The American strategy was to pin the two flanks with cautious attacks and to make their main effort on the town of Germantown itself. Below is a picture of the elite British units that held the right flank.
The action began with the Continentals attacking the town in force.
Within two turns, the men in blue were involved in a vicious mele at a stone wall to the south of the town. The action swayed back and forth and casulaties mounted.
To relieve pressure on the center, the Americans launched a secondary assault on the British right. The grenadiers couner-attacked and were routed in a truly stunning outcome.
The photo below shows the action on the British right, just prior to the rout of the grenadiers.
On the British left, a large force of colonial militia attempted to hold down the Hessian contingent. While they were successful in tying down a large portion of the allied force, they were eventually overwhelmed and driven from the field. This was the one bright spot for the men in red.

The Americans won the day, contrary to the historical result. The turning point was a very poor results roll for the British grenadiers. Once they routed, the right flank crumbled like a stale cookie.

1 comment:

  1. I've never seen what Germantown looks like on the table before - wonderful stuff! I look forward to seeing more AWI reports (and Nap ones!).

    Best wishes