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Battle of Worcester - dawn attack
Map of the Batlle of Worceste
The rough position as the battle began
Follow the ebbs and flows of the Battle of Worcester as it developed on the 3rd of September 1651.
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Battle map
Battle timeline
Battle pictures
Charles' army
Cromwell's army
What happened afterwards
Charles II - TV series
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FACTS

The Battle of Worcester took place of September the 3rd 1651

It was between a largely Scottish army under Charles II and the Parliamentary forces under Oliver Cromwell

After losing the battle Charles was forced to flee for his life.

Many of the Scottish soldiers who survived the battle were transported to America

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PRE BATTLE
Blue = Royalist/Scottish forces. Strength around 16,000.
Red = Parliamentary forces. Strength around 30,000
1 = Oliver Cromwell.
2 = Charles II was to watch the battle unfolding from the top of the tower of Worcester cathedral.
3 = Fort Royal.
4 = Bridges of Boats over the Rivers Severn and Teme.
5 = Colonel Charles Fleetwood.
6 = General Richard Deane.
7 = Major General Montgomery.
8 = David Leslie and Scots cavalry.
9 = Major General John Lambert.
10 = Major General Harrison.
11 = Duke of Hamilton.
At dawn on September the 3rd the Parliamentary forces made their first attacking move.

As the Scots held the bridge across the River Teme at Powick they planned to use two pontoon bridges made of boats - one across the Severn and one across the Teme, where the two rivers met.

These boats had to be dragged across stream and once these were in place Fleetwood
began his attack against the Scots forces commanded by Montgomery.

Deane's attempts to cross the bridge at Powick were thwarted by troops under the command of Keith.

The fighting on the flat ground around the Powick meadows was very fierce, with musketmen and pikeman fighting at close quarters.

The Parliamentary forces were unable to break the Scottish lines.
   
 
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