The British begin with an advance in the centre, the gunners of both 6 Pounders toiling to drag their guns forwards supported by infantry. The French make an initial advance on their right, Indians moving into the heavy woods as a company of Regulars follows. The British Grenadiers lead the way in the centre supported by the Highlanders as the Light infantry move into musket range of one French gun and open an ineffective moving fire upon it. On the opposite side of the river Canadian Militia skirmish forward to the banks. A general advance in the British centre and left follows, the right remaining static for now. The bulk of the French infantry remain on the baseline, they have a useful 'Bayonet Charge' card in hand which will give five units a two hex move up to the riverbank (and battle in melee combat) but their advance is currently blocked by the Canadians so they hold position for the time being. One band of Indians on the French side has used it's canoe move and disembarked on the 'British' side of the river. close to dense woods. There has been an exchange of artillery fire, but ineffective in the wooded terrain at long range.
General Braddock's plan is to get his men into a strong forward position and to await the French advance across the river, but there will be plenty of action beforehand no doubt as both sides skirmish forward. Montcalm's plan is to soften up the British centre using the Canadians and Indians before sending his regulars forward into musketry range where he hopes the steady volleys from six companies side by side will be destructive.
|First to cross to the 'British' side of the River.|
|Two companies of Canadians flanked by French artillery.|
|British advance, keeping units mutually supported is a key part of the C&C game.|
|'Hatmen' of the 1st Foot awaiting orders.|
|"Load roundshot".. the British right hand gun.|
|The British left hand gun.|
|French infantry await the order to advance.|
|The French play an 'Elan' card, 5 dice are thrown and return 2 infantry and two artillery - perfect! Both guns open fire in support of the advancing Canadian Militia as they cross the river. Note: a 'flag allows a unit of choice to be ordered.|
|One unit crosses the ford and seizes one of the settler cabins, while the other wades across to engage the British Light Company in the woods.|
|Shrieks from the women as the log cabin is entered by the Canadian Militia.|
|The French Regulars now advance in force to the river.|
|An example of my unit stat sheets, in this case Canadian Militia.|
Part 2 will follow shortly.