Campaign 2017 … the Naseby display

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It’s a familair story but one we never tire of telling.   Here are some shots of the Naseby game from this year’s Campaign (public display, The Centre, Milton Keynes in May … ).

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(the armies arrayed on Broadmoor)

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Skippon anchors the Western end of the New Model line on the ridge a mile or so North of Naseby village.

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While Cromwell massed his cavalry on Parliament’s right, vastly outnumbering Langdale’s Northern Horse.

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In like fashion, the King’s best cavarly were stationed on their right wing, opposite Henry Ireton and hard against Sulby Hedge.

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The King’s infantry were arrayed in three large battaglia in the centre.

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The Royalists also employed a significant reserve, mixing Horse and Foot.

Apparently at Cromwell’s suggestion, Parliament had infiltrated Col. Okey’s regiment of dragoons into the closes along Sulby Hedge …

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… and the battle opened with the dragoons pouring fire into Maurice’s flank.

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As the King’s centre attacked, it encountered a Forlorn Hope stationed in to foot of the valley.

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And Cromwell’s cavalry poured over the crest of the old rabbit warren …

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As this ‘bird’s eye’ shot shows, Cromwell moving forward while the rest of the army held the ridge prevented Langdale from protecting the flank of the King’s infantry as it made the uphill attack.

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The battle, viewed from the South West.

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Battle is joined on Closter Hill … the King’s army driving forward.

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Meanwhile, Rupert and Maurice disperse Ireton’s cavalry and pursue into Parliament’s rear.

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Needing to be in overall command during the key phases of battle, Rupert is reported as being shot at by the artillery train Firelocks, out of contact with his senior officers …

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Langdale is driven from the field, and Cromwell’s rear lines turn in on the King’s centre ..

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The key moments viewed from Okey’s position in Sulby Closes.

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The King’s infantry are surrounded and surrender.

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Although Thomas Fairfax commanded the army, Cromwell’s name will always be foremost in the story of the victory at Naseby on the 14th June 1645.

Naseby battlefield is in the process of major Lottery Fund bid to build a Visitor Centre at All Saints church, in the village (and which was the scene of some of the events earlier in the day of battle) …

Any help you can give will be hugely valuable in achieving this vision.


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2 Comments on “Campaign 2017 … the Naseby display”

  1. Chris Kemp Says:

    Very nice indeed, Phil.

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