Allies


1st Division (Cook) 2 x 50 Brit Gaurds
24 Skirmishers
1 x 3 gun... RHA 9pdr Horse arty
3rd Division (Alten) 12 Rifled Skirmishers
2nd Dutch Belgian Divn 1 x 48 Nassau Line
12 Skirmishers
2nd Division (Clinton) 1 x 30 KGL Line
1 x 32 Han. Landwher
Brunswick Corp 1 x 32 Leib Guard
(Olfermann) 1 x 32 Light
6 Rifled Skirmishers
Corp Artillery (Fraeser) 1 x 3 gun... RHA How Horse artyFrench
2nd Corp Reille 1 x 3 gun... Line 6pdr Horse arty
1 x 4 gun... Line 6pdr Foot arty
5th Division (Bachelu) 1 x 36 Light 1st Battalions
1 x 36 Light 2nd Battalions
1 x 36 Line 1st Battalions
2 x 36 Line 2nd Battalions
12 skirmishers
6th Division 1 x 36 Light 1st Battalions
(Pr. Jerome) 1 x 36 Light 2nd Battalions
3 x 36 Line 1st Battalions
3 x 36 Line 2nd Battalions
18 skirmishers
9th Division (Foy) 1 x 36 Light 1st Battalions
1 x 36 Light 2nd Battalions
2 x 36 Line 1st Battalions
2 x 36 Line 2nd Battalions
12 skirmishers
2nd Cavalry Division 1 x 24 Line Chassuers
(Pire) 1 x 24 Line Lancers
1 x 3 gun... Line 6pdr Horse artyHougoumont


Battle for the Chateau 1815


A display game from ‘Sherwood Wargames’ group.
Most of us are familiar with the outcome of the Battle of Waterloo, when The Duke of Wellingtons Allied army defeated the French army of Napoleon. Less well known is the key role in the battle that the Chateau of Hougoumont played, and this is the purpose of our game today.
The Chateau, which occupied the extreme British right flank at the battle, was a substantial group of building in a walled enclosure. An orchard, and the wood of Hougoumont, lies to the south of the Chateau.
Three nationalities of troops occupied the Chateau, orchard, and wood at the opening of hostilities at 11.30am; British Guards, Dutch Nassauers and Hanoverians.
The French launched a number of attacks during the day, aimed at weakening the centre of the Allied line. Although they drew additional Allied forces to the defence, they had to use much larger French forces to do it. In effect the opposite of what Napoleon had intended.
The “high tide” of their attacks succeeded in taking the woods, which were only recaptured at the end of the day, and a temporary incursion at the North gate of the Chateau.
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The ‘Sherwood Wargames’ group is a group of hobbyists based in Mansfield . We appreciate the help that many people have given us in putting on this game. We would like to thank Pete Morbey, of Elite Miniatures who supplied the figures, and Carol and Dennis from Hovels, who supplied advice, support & most of the buildings. www.eliteminiatures.co.uk www.hovelsltd.co.uk

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