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Battle of Worcester - Charles intervenes
Map of the Batlle of Worceste
The rough position in the afternoon
Follow the ebbs and flows of the Battle of Worcester as it developed on the 3rd of September 1651.
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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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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.
From his vantage point at the top of the Cathedral Charles was able to see to see that Cromwell has weakened his strength on the east bank of the river to help out in the fighting on the Powick meadows.

He now took the chance to mount a two-pronged attack against the weakened Parliamentarian troops.

The Royalists attacked Red Hill and Perry Wood from the Sidbury gate in the city walls.

The battle hung in the balance as the parliamentary foot solders began to give ground.

The Scottish cavalry were gathered on Pitchcroft on the other side of the city, and had so far played no part in the battle.

One of the great "what-ifs" of the battle concerns whether if they had intervened at this point the Parliamentarian right wing might have given way and the result of the battle would have been different.

As it was David Leslie, commanding the Scottish cavalry, stayed put, and it was up to Cromwell to make the decisive intervention.

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