Victory Results:
 45 %
Record a victory for BOTTOM ARMY  55 %
Total plays 11 - Last reported by miketodd on 2023-11-19 18:52:59

Castricum - 6 October 1799

Historical Background
The Battle of Castricum (or Egmont October 6, 1799) saw a Franco-Dutch force defeat an Anglo-Russian force near Castricum, Netherlands. The battle was fought during the War of the Second Coalition.
An Anglo-Russian force of 32,000 men landed in North Holland on August 27, 1799. Following a series of battles at Bergen on September 19 and Alkmaar on October 2, they faced the French and Dutch armies at Castricum on October 6, for the last battlefield act.
French General Brune had divided his left wing into three divisions: Gouvion near Wijk aan Zee in the dunes; to his right Boudet around Castricum; and the 2nd Batavian division, still commanded by Bonhomme, around Uitgeest.
On the morning of October 6 these were attacked by three columns: Abercromby along the beach, the Anglo-Russians of Essen in the middle and Dundas on the left.
The early success tempted the Anglo-Russians to attack Castricum in force and the village was tenaciously defended. The village changed hands several times that day as Brune had Boudet bring up reinforcements. The fighting attracted reinforcements from the columns of Dundas and Abercromby, the latter personally bringing up his reserve-brigade to attack Castricum late in the afternoon
All this time the French of general Gouvion and the British column of Abercromby had been fighting a separate battle near the beach and in the dunes.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?


Set-Up Order

Forest 11
River 7
RiverBend 1
RiverBendBridge 1
RiverBridge 1
RiverFord 3
SandQuarry 10
Town 4


Battle Notes

British Army
• Commander : Sir Ralph Abercromby
• 6 Command Cards
• Move First

Line Infantry Grenadier Infantry Guard Grenadier Infantry Light Cavalry Foot Artillery Horse Artillery Leader
6 1 1 3 2 1 3

French Army
• Commander : General Guillaume Brune
• 6 Command Cards

Line Infantry Light Cavalry Horse Artillery Leader   Line Infantry Light Cavalry Foot Artillery
5 2 1 3   2 2 2


6 Banners

Special Rules
• No artillery unit can fire beyond four hexes. So range is 1-4 hexes for full-blocks units. It is unchanged for oneblock artilleries.

• Dutch troops (orange) utilize the Portuguese units and rules.

• All Light Cavalry units have three blocks each.

• The French start with one flag for the seizing of Castricum village. This flag changes possession every time a player (his units) occupies the “flag” hex.

• The channel (Zee Kanaal) can be crossed only at fords or bridges.

• Dunes (sand quarries tiles) do not stop infantry movement (only cavalry). They are impassable for guns and horse artillery.


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miketodd replied the topic:
4 months 3 weeks ago
An odd map where nobody seemed to know where they were supposed to be going. Complicated terrain. British win 6-4.
oli70 replied the topic:
8 years 5 months ago
Thank you very much!
Mark-McG replied the topic:
8 years 5 months ago
MacDonald is a pretty common name, example the hamburger chain.

Colonel MacDonald was a commander of the reserve in Abercrombie's column in the Netherlands

Marshall MacDonald was a French born Scot emigre.

The MacDonald clan is one of the largest Highland clans, formerly Lords of the Isles ( the Scottish Hebrides and a separate kingdom in the Middle Ages).
oli70 replied the topic:
8 years 6 months ago
But MacDonald is a french Genral, or not ??
Why is in the Britain Team ?
alvinczy replied the topic:
12 years 11 months ago
Only the bottom hex with the flag
Bayernkini replied the topic:
13 years 2 weeks ago

The French start with one flag for the seizing of Castricum village. This flag changes possession every time a player (his units) occupies the “flag” hex.

Get the player the VP, if he occupy any of the 2 town hexes or only if he occupy
the bottom town hex with marker?