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LATER THIRTY YEARS WAR SWEDISH AND WEIMARIAN

Later Thirty Years War Swedish and Weimarian

Overview

In the mess that was the Thirty Years War Gustavus Adolphus probably joined in to provide aid to the German Lutherans, to forestall Catholic aggression against Sweden and to obtain economic influence in the German states around the Baltic Sea. In addition, Gustavus was concerned about the growing power of the Holy Roman Empire.

Gustavus Adolphus was subsidized by Cardinal Richelieu, the Chief Minister of Louis XIII of France, and by the Dutch. From 1630 to 1634, Swedish-led armies drove the Catholic forces back, regaining much of the lost Protestant territory. During his campaign he managed to conquer half of the Imperial kingdoms.

Swedish forces entered the Holy Roman Empire via the Duchy of Pomerania, which served as the Swedish bridgehead since the Treaty of Stettin (1630). After dismissing Wallenstein in 1630, Ferdinand II became dependent on the Catholic League. Gustavus Adolphus allied with France in the Treaty of B�rwalde (January 1631). France and Bavaria signed the secret Treaty of Fontainebleau (1631), but this was rendered irrelevant by Swedish attacks against Bavaria. At the Battle of Breitenfeld (1631), Gustavus Adolphus's forces defeated the Catholic League led by General Tilly. A year later they met again in another Protestant victory, this time accompanied by the death of Tilly.

The upper hand had now switched from the league to the union, led by Sweden. In 1630, Sweden had paid at least 2,368,022 daler for its army of 42,000 men. In 1632, it contributed only one-fifth of that (476,439 daler) towards the cost of an army more than three times as large (149,000 men). This was possible due to subsidies from France, and the recruitment of prisoners (most of them taken at the Battle of Breitenfeld) into the Swedish army. The majority of mercenaries recruited by Gustavus II Adolphus were German but Scottish mercenaries were also common.

With Tilly dead, Ferdinand II returned to the aid of Wallenstein and his large army. Wallenstein marched up to the south, threatening Gustavus Adolphus's supply chain. Gustavus Adolphus knew that Wallenstein was waiting for the attack and was prepared, but found no other option. Wallenstein and Gustavus Adolphus clashed in the Battle of L�tzen (1632), where the Swedes prevailed, but Gustavus Adolphus was killed.

Manufacturers

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The best one for this army is probably Testudo..

Lists

700AP used at Roll Call 2014
  • 1 Dragoons Dragoon Unarmoured Average Musket 3
  • 2 German/Swedish regts MF Unarmoured Average Musket 4
  • 2 German/Swedish regts HF Unarmoured Average Pike Pike 2
  • 2 German/Swedish regts Reg Gun Average 1
  • 3 German/Swedish regts MF Unarmoured Superior Musket 4
  • 3 German/Swedish regts HF Unarmoured Superior Pike Pike 2
  • 3 German/Swedish regts Reg Gun Superior 1
  • 4 German/Swedish regts MF Unarmoured Superior Musket 4
  • 4 German/Swedish regts HF Unarmoured Superior Pike Pike 2
  • 4 German/Swedish regts Reg Gun Superior 1
  • 5 French infantry regts MF Unarmoured Average Musket'* Impact Ft. 4
  • 5 French infantry regts HF Unarmoured Average Pike Pike 2
  • 5 French infantry regts Reg Gun Average 1
  • 6 German/Swedish regts MF Unarmoured Superior Musket 6
  • 7 German/Swedish demi-cuirassiers Dt Horse Armoured Superior Pistol Pistol 4
  • 8 German/Swedish regts MF Unarmoured Average Musket 4
  • 8 German/Swedish regts HF Unarmoured Average Pike Pike 2
  • 9 Artillery Artillery Average Med Art 2
  • 10 German/Swedish demi-cuirassiers Dt Horse Armoured Superior Pistol Pistol 4
  • FC & 2 TCs

650 point list used by Pete Dalby in 25mm
  • 4 Lata Rytare Armoured Horse, Average, Pi/Pi
  • Average Swedish Thingy and a gun
  • Superior Swedish Thingy and a gun
  • 4 Unarmoured Carbine/Pistol Horse
  • Superior Swedish Commanded Shotte and a gun
  • Superior Swedish Commanded Shotte and a gun
  • 2 Gunnes
  • Superior Swedish Thingy and a gun
  • 4 Dragoons



Tactics
  • Probably best to charge in with the infantry, as they will win. Everything else is a support mechanism for them
  • The German Cuirassiers are good value as the main Swedish horse is sometimes a bit lightweight
  • Commanded shotte witha gun are fearsome - 2 dice at long and short range, and a decisive edge for your horse in melee and especially at impact. They can even make Average Carbine horse pretty tough
  • A Swedish Brigade with a gun can outshoot any normal infantry unit (even with a gun) at long range, so no hurry to charge home if you don't need to.
  • Avoid the temptation to take decent Horse - you can't afford it, and it means less Foote, which are the best thing in the game

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Created by admin. Last Modification: Friday 12 of September, 2014 19:53:40 BST by admin. (Version 15)

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