July 09, 0546,
League army of 103 units opposed to Imperials army of 127 units
for a battle of complexity 0.95 at Regiment(III) level
on a 5 Km/Hex map
for 30 turns of Full Week each.
by Wayne Close submited on 20-03-2015
Rugged-Defense Playing Statistics
GERMANY 1546 - THE SCHMALKALDIC WAR
1. UNIT COLORS
In the summer of 1546, civil war erupted in the Holy Roman Empire between the Catholic Emperor Charles V and an alliance of Protestant territories known as the Schmalkaldic League. The League, which had existed since 1531, sought to establish a legal basis for Protestantism within the Empire and had resisted the emperor's attempts to enforce decrees outlawing Protestant worship. Until 1545, the emperor had little recourse against the League, since it included some of the most powerful noblemen in the Empire and Charles was involved in a series of wars with the French crown, the Ottoman Empire and even the Pope, that took him away from the Empire.
In 1545, however, Charles secured peace with his dynastic enemies and returned to settle the religious question. The Schmalkaldic War began in southern Germany with the Protestant armies initially winning the upper hand. They occupied large tracts of valuable farmland and closed strategic mountain passes from Italy to hinder the arrival of imperial forces. As a result, the two sides manuevered like chess players looking for an opening.
In late August, 1545, the adversaries met at the walled university city of Ingolstadt, with the emporer holed up inside. After a two day siege League leaders grew cautious and withdrew after bombarding the city with cannons.
From then on, the tide turned. The imperial army shadowed the movement of Protestant forces, slowly taking city after city and weakening the League's financial basis. Then, a surprise invasion in northern Germany by imperial ally Herzog (duke) Moritz of Saxony forced some of the League's leaders to withdraw from southern Germany to defend their home territories. It was Moritz's plan to overthrow the existing prince electors of the region so that he himself could fill the position. By New Years 1546, Charles had secured most of southern Germany and moved northward to meet the League's remaining forces. In April 1547, the two armies met at Mühlhausen in Thuringia, a battle that ended in an imperial victory and the capture of the League's leaders, Philip of Hesse and Johann Friedrich of Saxony. The League was disbanded and the emperor victorious, although his attempts to root out Protestant reform in the captured territories would ultimately prove largely unsuccessful. Tired of the struggle, several years later Charles abdicated in favor his brother, Ferdinand I.
The Negotiated Reformation by Christopher W. Close
4. Special Events
If Charles V is killed, he will be replaced by the crown prince. Some principalities could declare for either side, so watch out for the so-called neutrals.