|Huron harass defenders at 3rd Battle of Ft William-Henry|
(from Grid based wargaming - but not always)
Rather than launch another counterattack against Fort William-Henry, the British prioritize pushing Braddock toward the lightly defended Fort Duquesne. The British roll on the Command Table. They receive two CPs. Braddock and one Regular reach the fort as does a second regiment of Regulars trailing Braddock. Fort Duquesne falls with no loss to Braddock. The Political Track shifts one space in the British favor.
Needing to get more than one task accomplished, the French, too, roll on the Command Table. The French receive three Command Points. With these commands, the militia at William-Henry returns to Fort Carillon, one Regular stationed at Oswegatchie travels to Fort Frontenac. No losses from attrition although the British Regular in the mountains north of Fort Cumberland had to rely on foraging to sustain itself. With winter approaching, the Huron, Cayuga, and Illini return home.
Winter 1 1756In Montcalm & Wolfe, there are two turns of winter between September and May. Winter turns see more harsh attrition and Native and militia demobilization. Tough to accomplish an extended campaign in these conditions. Still, fighting over a supply source makes good sense if the supply source can be captured. Anyway, on to the Winter Turn bringing 1756 to a close.
Pressured by the French, the British roll on the Command Table to get more than one activation. The result? One activation for the French! With that activation, Drucour, one Regular, and one militia take bateaux from Fort Frontenac and come ashore to the east of Fort Oswego. Drucour has stolen a march on the British! Perhaps not in sufficient force to pull off a successful attack against Oswego but the ungarrisoned Fort Stanwix is within a march of Drucour's raiding party.
The French, likewise, take no risk on the Command Table making one automatic activation. With that activation, Drucour and his force attack the recently garrisoned Fort Stanwix.
Attack on Fort StanwixOB:
British: 1 x 5-6 Regular
French: Drucour (A0D1), 1 x 5-6 Regular, 1 x 3-5 Militia
Fort Stanwix is situated at a key carrying place between the Mohawk River and Wood Creek. By portaging from the Mohawk River to Wood Creek via Fort Stanwix, a water-borne journey to Lake Ontario is possible. If Fort Stanwix falls to the French, the French receive a favorable Political Track shift. The loser of this action will be without supply during winter. Attrition may be harsh and the loser may perish in the wilderness before reaching safety.
Peter, over to you for resolution.