In giving my European 18th Century games some narrative context I have given some thought to a semi-fictional setting into which I can insert small clashes between French, Hessian and British forces without getting too hung-up on the history and absolute authenticity.
To this end I present the reader with a brief outline to the Trinket War and the opening clash.
The Trinket War is fought in and around the small state of Tattemberg which nestles in the south-west of Baden with the River Rhine forming the majority of its western border (with France) and its southern border (with Switzerland). The Tattembergers have two principal exports, the first being a particularly fine, pale amber beer "Quellebier" extracted from the Pilsner Springs that lie in the northern mountains and the second being a distinctive from of competitively-priced souvenir items crafted by artizans across the land. These "Trinkets" are named for Sir George Trinket who settled in Tattemberg after his exile following the English Civil War and founded the first company dedicated to export of noveltly items to the people of Europe and even further afield. Wherever gift shops exist, you will find Tattemberg-manufactured trinkets, which are somewhat uncharitably also known as "Tatt" after their state of origin.
As the 18th Century reaches the year 1780, political eyes are turned mostly towards the conflicts in Britain's colonies in America and India. Distraction creates opportunities however and the French government detects an opportunity to seize Tattemberg and control the trinket and spring beer trade, to the benefit of French brewers and crafters. This may not prove so easy as it may appear. Tattemberg has remain closely allied to the British, through its relationship with the Trinket family, since the Restoration. This in turn brings strong links to other states along the Rhine, in particular Hesse-Cassel and in common with these the armed forces of Tattemberg are modelled on the Prussian army.
While the French understand that their invasion will be no pushover, they take the gamble that both Britain and the hessian states are heavily committed elsewhere and on 1st June 1780 they begin to push out of Alsace and across the Rhine...
Clash at Kleinebrucke, 1st June 1780
This scenario was inspired by scenario #5 in "One-Hour Wargames" by Neil Thomas.
The Kleinebrucke is a crossing of the River Rhine that carries a minor road running between Blotzheim in Alsace and Haarket in Tattemberg. This is an area that is away from the main trade routes and there is no permanent garrison, just a small customs house. The forces available are given below.
The French advance-guard consists of six units under the command of the Duc de L'Orange (quality 3):
- 1st battalion, Regiment Royal Tourpont (20 figures, quality 3)
- 2nd battalion, Regiment Royal Tourpont (20 figures, quality 3)
- Grenadier and Chasseur companies, Regiment Royal Tourpont (16 figures, quality 4)
- 1st squadron, Hussar Regiment d'Etrangers (9 figures, quality 3)
- 2nd squadron, Hussar Regiment d'Etrangers (9 figures, quality 3)
- 1st battalion, Chasseurs d'Alsace (12 figures, quality 4)
- Fusilier Regiment von Kodenchypz (20 figures, quality 3)
- Fusilier Regiment von Schlangewurst (20 figures, quality 3)
- Grenadier Regiment Fleischkuchen (20 figures, quality 3)
- 1st section, Artillery battalion von Boomingen (1 light gun and crew)
- Chasseur battalion von Hahnchinabun (12 figures, quality 4)
- Bratensosse Jager (12 figures, quality 4)