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048.The Battle of Helsingborg (Alt - No fixed units) - WDS The Great Northern War

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048.The Battle of Helsingborg (Alt - No fixed units)

By A. Jenssen
Kingdom of Sweden (GNW) 1 - 0 - 0 Northern Alliance (GNW)
Rating: 5.9 (1)
Games Played: 1
SM: 2
Turns: 21
Type: Stock
First Side: Kingdom of Sweden (GNW)
Second Side: Northern Alliance (GNW)
Date: March 10, 1710 - Size: Medium - Location Helsingborg, Sweden

Scenario Briefing: The Battle of Helsingborg (Alternative - no fixed units)

Denmark-Norway had been forced out of the Great Northern War by the Treaty of Traventhal in 1700, but had long planned on reopening hostilities with the goal of reconquering the lost provinces Scania, Halland and Blekinge in Sweden. After the Swedish defeat at Poltava in 1709, the Danes saw an opportunity and declared war on Sweden the same year.

In late fall 1709, an enormous Danish fleet gathered in Øresund. The Danish invasion force was led by General Christian Ditlev Reventlow and consisted of 15,000 men divided into six cavalry regiments, four dragoon regiments, eight infantry regiments and six artillery companies. It was met with virtually no resistance from the Swedes. The Swedish army was in terrible shape after the Battle of Poltava.

In the beginning of December 1709, the Danes controlled almost all of central Scania. The Swedish General Stenbock had frantically tried to assemble a new army and several fresh regiments had begun to assemble in Växjö, from where Stenbock had planned to march. By February 16 1710, Stenbock had moved his force to Osby where additional regiments joined them. By now, about 14,000 men were part of the Swedish army.

The city of Helsingborg was the key to Scania and Stenbock intended on marching through Rönneå to Kävlingeån, in doing so cutting off the Danish supply lines. The Danish commander, Reventlow, saw the threat and turned immediately to meet the Swedes, but when they reached Ringsjön in central Scania, Reventlow was suddenly struck down with illness and had to yield command of his army to Lieutenant General Jørgen Rantzau. Rantzau feared being wedged between the main Swedish army and the Swedish garrison in Malmö and therefore moved towards Helsingborg. Once in the city, Rantzau could be reinforced. Stenbock received the news of the Danish march and raced towards Helsingborg. On the night of March 9, he camped northeast of the city. The Swedish army was at the time roughly as large as the Danish army. On the morning of March 10 Stenbock marched south towards Helsingborg. When he approached the Danish position he ordered his army to assume battle formations.

Recommended Rules: [Default]

Note: Sweden - Human, Northern Alliance - A/I, or Head-to-Head
Player Voting Stats
Member Balance Enjoyment
JulesVerne's ProfileJulesVerne Moderately Pro Kingdom of Sweden (GNW) 8
Gaming Records
1st Side Player 2nd Side Player Result Score
Northern Alliance (GNW) JulesVerne's Profile JulesVerne vs. panther421 panther421's Profile Kingdom of Sweden (GNW) Northern Alliance (GNW) Major Loss 4 28
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JulesVerne Wed Feb 07, 2024 9:30 pm
Got crushed playing this, but there are many ways to approach the scenario from either side.