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08 Mar 2017 4:13 p.m. PST
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Tango0108 Mar 2017 4:08 p.m. PST

"After a very pleasant tour around Edgehill it was a short drive down the Banbury Road to get to Cropredy Bridge.

By the time of the Battle of Cropredy Bridge in the summer of 1644, the war was into its second year and was still finely balanced with the King still occupying Oxford like a dagger at the throat of the city that mattered most to both parties, London.

The war was dragging in all the home nations with a Scottish army operating over the border against the Marquis of Newcastle's Royalist forces in the north and with troops expected from Ireland to reinforce them.

In the south Sir William Waller had finally got the better of his friend Sir Ralph Hopton at the Battle of Cheriton on the 29th March 1644, effectively throwing King Charles on to the defensive, leaving the forces of Essex and Waller able, should they choose, to concentrate against the King and his capital of Oxford…"


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Timbo W08 Mar 2017 4:18 p.m. PST

Lovely map!

I remember playing this one out some years ago by telling the Royalist commander to write down his line of march as he was expecting a meeting engagement and forces should come on to the board in order of march. Then did the 'reveal' which resulted in incredible confusion trying to turn the artillery train around at Hays bridge.

Royalists still won – lots of veteran cavalry!

Green Tiger Supporting Member of TMP09 Mar 2017 2:05 a.m. PST

Walked the field once – had a great day…

RudyNelson09 Mar 2017 7:57 a.m. PST

I still have the old Strategy and Tactics magazine and game.

Tango0109 Mar 2017 10:57 a.m. PST

Glad you like it my friend!. (smile)


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