Charlie's Year Redux is a remake of Red Sash Games™ very first published game. It is a two player operational study and is the second of a set of four games covering the War of the Austrian Succession. From 1741 to 1748 this relatively unknown conflict raged on the continent of Europe. The primary land actions took place in three theatres: the Low Countries, Germany, and Italy. Each of the other games covers one of these theatres. Charlie's Year covers the famous Jacobite Rising of 1745-46, which was instigated by the French, partly as a plot to topple the Georgian regime and partly as a ploy to divert the British Army from its operations in Flanders.
From 1743 on, Britain and France were formally at war. In late August of 1745, Charles Edward Stuart, better known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, landed at Loch nam Uamh with seven men, raised the Standard of the outcast Stuart kings at Glenfinnan, and gathered to himself an army to challenge the might of King George II's realm. Composed of wild Highlanders, Lowland peasants, discontented gentlemen and diehard Jacobite nobles, the Pretender's army defeated the local garrison forces and laid all Scotland at his feet. A descent on England should now have given the Prince's reluctant French allies the diversion they needed to invade. Marching on London however, the Jacobites lost their nerve after reaching Derby and retreated, pursued now by the best regiments of the British Army. The French, working with information a couple of weeks out of date, were still not ready to aid them.
Confronting each other at the battle of Falkirk in the winter of 1745, neither side appeared to prevail, and both withdrew to lick their wounds. However the tide of war was now firmly against the Jacks, and they withdrew again into the mountain fastnesses of Scotland, hoping to wage a guerrilla war and so encourage the French. The idea proved impractical, especially in mid-winter, and in the wet spring of 1746, the British Army under the Duke of Cumberland met the remaining Jacobite forces under Charlie himself at the battle of Culloden and crushed them. While Scotland suffered the fire and sword of the conqueror, the Prince flitted through the heather, and after many romantic adventures escaped to France, never to return. His allies the French were unconcerned, as the withdrawal of the British Army from Flanders allowed them to seize the vital port of Antwerp and a number of key fortifications necessary for taking the war to the Dutch. At war's end, the price for surrendering these gains would be the return of the fortress of Louisburg, Nova Scotia, and the temporary restoration of French colonial dominance in North America.
The supporters of the victorious Georgian dynasty later claimed that the Rising was doomed from the start, but, like all coups, it had the potential for success. Can YOU do better than the young Bonnie Prince Charlie?
1) One 24x18 inch map representing Scotland, England, and Wales, derived from a mix of modern cartography and period maps dating from 1715 to 1750. Scale is 8.5 miles per hex (roughly 4 leagues per hex).
2) 840 die cut counters representing every battalion that fought or that could have fought: most of the British Army, its Hessian and Dutch allies, Jacobites from all over Britain, including the ferocious Highlanders, and a French expeditionary corps.
3) Rules, charts, tables, and display cards.
4) An historical commentary.
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CYR has two expansions: The Highland Quorum examines the Jacobite Rising of 1715, which had a much better chance of success.
Perdition to King George! examines two 'what if' scenarios, a proposed Swedish invasion in 1718 under the Mad King of the
North, Charles XII, and a Spanish invasion which actually set out in 1719, only to be wrecked by bad weather. A small party of
Spaniards did land in Scotland and fought a battle with local forces before surrendering.