On the British right with most of Maxwell's advance guard scattered, the path to Chadd's Ford is virtually wide open. The only American resistance on the west bank of the Brandywine are two battered light infantry battalions. On the British left, action is heating up between the British column under Grant and the American right under Sullivan.
After battering the advance elements of Grant's column at Brinton's Ford on Turn 5, Washington seizes the initiative and instructs Sullivan to continue thwarting Grant's planned attacks on the crossing.
Sullivan activates Smallwood whose 1st Maryland continues pouring fire into the 10th Foot before the 10th has a chance to regroup and recover from its earlier pounding. In punishing volleys, the 10th suffers heavy casualties and falls back from the creek, exhausted. Adding to the carnage, Smallwood's guns inflict additional casualties on the retiring 10th.
|1st MD fires into 10th Foot|
|Casualties mount in the 10th|
|and then the 10th withdraws, exhausted|
|27th volleys across the Brandywine|
With the 5th protected by the 27th, Grant rides over to rally the wavering Brits. Expending one CP, the 5th rallies back to good order. Wanting the 5th to recover stragglers and the lightly wounded, Grant attempts a second rally. The troops refuse to return to the ranks.
Having weakened the British front at Brinton's Ford with Smallwood's brigade, Sullivan orders De Borre's command to maintain the pressure. The 4th Maryland advances back to the creek bank, reloads and fires into the 27th. Two hits! Reloading, a second volley crashes into the 27th. A punishing volley smashes into the leading British foot.
With so much destruction in so short a time, the 27th reels back under the hail of lead. Shaken, the 27th withdraws back through the 5th and then passes through both the 40th and 55th. All are disordered as the 27th penetrates their ranks in its race to the rear.
Back on the American side of the ford, the 2/7 Maryland advances at the double up though the 4th MD. Once along the creek bank, the 2/7 Maryland brings its muskets to bear against the exhausted 5th Foot. Two volleys, with artillery in support, scatter the remnants of the regiment.
De Borre joins the German Battalion to rally it. After two attempts, the Germans fail to rally.
|Grant attempts to rally the 5th|
|Devastating volley fire from Marylanders|
|27th retreats back through the British ranks|
|Destruction of the 5th|
On the British right, Knyphausen presses on with his advance guard. Queen's Rangers wheel and fire into the remaining light infantry from Greene's command, scattering them. Vaughn pushes his command cautiously towards the creek.
|British lights scatter the American lights|
|British position at Chadd's Ford|
As seen, a lot of action can be packed into one turn of Land of the Free. With multiple activations, holes can be opened up in the opposition's line. Of course, these holes can be filled and counterattacks developed when the enemy activates.
No victor declared just yet...