I thought I’d had a conversation with Whirlwind about this somewhere, but I can’t find it. Best I can see is a comment on the Nantwich refight – that led me to search his blog. That has an explanation of what he was doing at one time to turn it into a solo friendly mechanism.
Whether this is still his preferred method – looks as if it would work (I haven’t tried it yet) – I don’t know.
With any luck he’ll be along shortly with the answer himself.
(If not, as I say, his blog may hold the key!)
Thanks for the write up Whirlwind – excellent as always.
Accounts of Cropredy are confused at best.
I think you may have been a bit mean with the cavalry figures for the Royalists – total cavalry with Charles numbered c4,000-5,000 in 4 brigades – so probably nearer 2,000 in Cleveland and Northampton’s brigades? And at some stage (maybe later than the time frame your action covered – although Brooks* reckons it had an effect on the outcome) the King’s lifeguard made an appearance as well, coming back from Hay’s bridge and checking Middleton’s horse.
Your Royalists may have had a better chance of following their forbears victory in those cirumstances!
Lovely write up – just the right level for me – thanks.
*Richard Brooks, Cassell’s Battlefields of Britain & Ireland (London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 2005) p.447