|Brinton's Ford and Brandywine Creek from the NE|
Brandywine Creek looking north
This exercise will explore the results of Knyphasuen attacking rebel positions on the east bank of the Brandywine straight away. The scenario begins with the initial skirmishes between Maxwell and Knyphausen on the British approach to Chadd's Ford. Departing from history, Knyphausen, instead of taking up positions on the west bank of the Brandywine and awaiting Howe's flank attack, will press on across the creek and escalate the probe into a multi-brigade engagement. Maxwell's light infantry will deploy on the west bank of the Brandywine with Greene and Sullivan's divisions drawn up on the east bank in favorable ground. Maxwell will act as a speed bump to Knyphausen's juggernaut. Greene deploys covering Chadd's Ford while Sullivan defends Brinton's Ford to the north.
As Maxwell is pushed back to the creek, Knyphausen presses on to engage the defenders lining the creek rather than awaiting Howe's flanking maneuver to strike home. By having Knyphausen attack early, the British have a chance to catch the Americans in a pincer while Knyphausen drives on the colonials' line of communications. As Howe advances from the north, the Americans may be trapped if Knyphausen can cut their retreat.
Terrain for the battle only uses 6 feet by 6 feet of the game table. Brandywine Creek runs generally in a north/south direction with Washington's colonials on the east bank and Knyphausen on the west bank of the creek. Sullivan defends Brinton's Ford while Greene defends Chadd's Ford.
|The Battle for Chadd's Ford|
- Small - Under 150
- Medium - 150 - 350
- Large - 350+
These details provide both a starting place for scenario development and a useful exercise to occupy my mind while confined to a hotel this week. Of course, the above is all preliminary and may change before troops are actually set out on the tabletop.
With Kevin cancelling the scheduled colonial game on the 22nd, perhaps, my AWI troops can see action this weekend? If not this weekend then certainly time should be available over the long Thanksgiving holiday.
The stage is set.