For those that need reminding this is based on the proposed invasion of England by the French in order to put the Young Pretender on the throne.
As a recap prior to sailing the decision was made that Charles would sail to Scotland in order to raise the Highland clans, he took with him a squadron of dragoons and two battalions of foot.
Marshall Saxe sailed from France without issue and chose to land at Sittingbourne, British dragoons were patrolling al roads from London and the British CinC Ligonier had called up the Southern Militia and what regulars he had were marching on London.
The disembarkation of the French took time and for some unknown reason the unloading of the artillery was left until last, in the meantime Saxe had dispatched some French dragoons and the German brigade to scout towards Maidstone. The French scouts encountered British dragoons and were roughly handled, likewise the Germans encountered a brigade of British Infantry and dragoons. Their lack of artillery support told in the following engagement when they were forced to retreat after effectively losing one battalion of infantry and two squadrons of Dragoons.
So after much reorganisation Saxe at the head of 11 Battalions of infantry, a regiment and half of cavalry and the Fusiliers de Morliere advanced on Maidstone, Saxe was pleased that he had crossed the River Medway without opposition but as his army approached the town it was to see the small British army deployed behind a stream and along a low ridge to the east of the town. There was only one option - attack.
The rules used were Honours of War - whilst not my rules of choice ( that being The Wargame by Charles Grant) they were the rules used by the English commander and being host I went with that :)
The first trauma that the French were to suffer was that with the exception of the commander of the French Brigade all the other infantry commanders were dithering!! This did not bode well
Ligonier and Saxe were rated as 'Dashing'!
The French infantry on the left of the line were ordered to advance on the village and to eject the dragoons occupying the area.
The weekend German brigade and the lights were instructed to attack the farm and force the dragoons out, the Irish Brigade and the Swiss Brigade were ordered to cross the stream and force the British left.
The Germans in the centre and the light Infantry were getting roughly handled by the dragoons who were being supported by two British guns on the ridge.
:Likewise the French brigade made slow progress to the village where a second unit of dragoons had now arrived and dismounted to occupy the buildings.
Around lunch time a regiment of Guard infantry, a Militia regiment and a regiment of Household cavalry ( sub'd by my Scots greys) arrived in the British Centre.
As the Household cavalry advanced down the lane their CO saw to their right the French infantry withdrawing from the village - he ordered his men to deploy and prepare to charge.
The French dragoons had advanced and then failed a command move to move forward and threaten the British cavalry.
On the French right the Swiss and Irish had positioned themselves ready to charge the British line they had sustained some casualties but there was a good chance if they could charge home at least one British unit would break, both brigade commanders faltered and refused to move, the British facing the Irish regiments poured everything the had into them and broke both Irish regiments, likewise the lead Swiss regiment also broke.
French bad luck didn't stop there, Marshall Saxe had moved to the centre to push the Germans forward only to be struck by British shot and wounded - falling from his horse Saxe would play no further part in the battle.
Little more can be said after that, the French infantry on the left managed to break the Household cavalry but only after they had ridden down a battery of guns, the Italians in the centre were forced to retreat after three British batteries were targeted upon them.
As Saxe was escorted from the field and his commanders sought to cover their retreat little were they to know that off the port of Sittingbourne British ships and transports had been spotted.