Sometime during the War of the Western League, some years before the outbreak of the Not Quite Seven Years War, a League army advanced down the Spaetzelthal. Falling back before them Colonel Adelmann, of Schoeffen-Buschhagen, was determined to stand at the Spaetleseberg, a position which dominated the valley, hoping that reinforcements would arrive before he was overwhelmed. He had sent word to General Schwarzadler, his immediate superior and commander of the combined Wachovia/Schoeffen-Buschhagen Coalition force, to hasten forward with all possible speed to reinforce his position.
|The Spaetzelthal, Adelmann Regiment deployed on the slopes of the Spaetleseberg (view to the south)|
Anticipating a difficult fight, Colonel Adelmann ordered his troops to erect hasty breastworks to fortify their position. A single battery of guns was sited near the center of the Spaetleseberg, and a squadron of cavalry placed in a reserve as the southern end of the ridge. It was none too soon. In the distance could be heard the fifes and drums of the approaching League army. Scouts quickly reported that the defenders were outnumbered by almost four to one.
|Situation near the start; the cavalry battle begins|
|The initial clash of cavalry|
After some preliminary maneuvering, the Adelmann detachment was faced by two regiments of League troops; the Hesse-Hattemstadt regiment at the north, and the Schluesselbrett regiment to their south. A regiment of Hesse-Hattemstadt cavalry, somewhat reduced by the previous days’ marching and skirmishing, swept around the south end of the Spaetleseberg, to be met by the depleted Schoeffen-Buschhagen dragoons. An extended cavalry battle of charge and countercharge soon developed, and the S-B dragoons had never had a finer day. More than holding their own against the League horse, they drew back the Leaguers with terrible losses. They were sustained in their fight by the timely arrival of the lead element of the hoped for reinforcements of General Schwarzadler, a unit of Wachovia curiassiers. Eventually, the survivors of the beaten Hess-Hattemstadt horse retired from the field, while the Coalition cavalry rallied in open ground between two small woods.
|Schlüsselbrett infantry attack in the center|
|Reinforcements rush toward the fight|
Help was near to hand, though. A column of troops, led by the remaining detachment of the Adelmann regiment, hastened toward the fight.
|The last detachment of the Adelmann regiment charges the Schlueselbrett troops|
|Map of our theater of conflict|
via The Sharp End of the Brush http://sharpbrush.blogspot.com/2017/06/western-league-defeat-in-spaetzelthal.html
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