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The Baltic Crusades

A DBA Scenarios Event
at Fall In! 2005

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  WADBAG's David Schlanger and David Kuijt ran the Baltic Crusades DBA Scenarios event as part of the DBA at Fall In! 2005 program during Fall In! 2005 (November 11-13, 2005) at Gettysburg, PA.

16 total players were divided evenly into four groups - two Crusader groups and two Pagan groups. Each player competed against the others in his group and played through each of four historical scenarios against four different players from an opposing group.


Group Round - Scenario 1 - Battle of Siauliai (Saule)
Autumn 1236AD

Background: Persuaded against his will by visiting crusaders to launch a raid into Samogitia, Master Volquin Schenk led the Knights of the Sword into battle at Siauliai in Lithuania. After plundering for several days, the raiders found their way blocked by a small number of Samogitian and Semgallian tribesmen in a marshy place close by a river. Volquin's Knights advocated that they should attack the Samogitians straight away, despite the fact that evening was drawing in; the crusaders, however, afraid of losing their horses in the surrounding marshlands in the darkness, preferred to wait until morning, by which time the Samogitians' numbers had increased dramatically. Despite the unfavourable odds, Volquin had no choice but to fight since the enemy held the only known path through the swamp.

Pagan players Jack Sheriff (Left) and Roland Fricke (Right) on left side of table prepare to spring a Lithuanian ambush on their Crusader opponents.

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Teutonic players Jason Bostwick (Left) and Mark Pozniak (Right) survey the terrain searching for some clear ground for their knights to ride home.

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Crusading at the wrong time of year leaves the Brothers of the Sword (Left) lost amidst the marsh and woods.

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Dismounted Crusader knights (Right) have pushed into the swamp in an effort to clear enough space to escape with their booty!

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Ground level view of the Teutonic subject foot (Left) rushing to defend a flank. Dismounted crusaders fight in the distance.

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More Pagan players - John Manning (Left) and Larry Chaban (Right).

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Knight of the Sword, Ed Dillon (Left) and Pagan Larry (Right) roll off, while Steve Parillo (Center) crusades in the background.

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Another view of a different take on this battle - Crusaders (Left) and Lithuanians (Right). Each time this battle was played, the tactics employed were very different.

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Crusader Knights (Bottom) peel off to one flank in an effort to crush one part of the Lithuanian ambushing force.

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Yet another view - Lithuanians (Left) and Crusaders (Right). The troop formations are fragmented because of the terrain and impetuous troop types.

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Group Round - Scenario 2 - Winter in Prussia
January 1238AD

Background: The Teutonic Knights' real rise to fame, or infamy, began with the conquest of Prussia in a series of bloody campaigns between 1230 and 1283, fighting in the process some of the most unusual battles of this period in marshlands, deep forests, wildernesses of rivers, lakes and sand-dunes and vast frozen wastes. By these conquests they succeeded in carving out a sovereign state, the Ordenstaat, with the Hochmeister at its head, papal and Imperial bulls confirming their right to these Baltic lands.

Prussian players Ted Galacci (Left) and Rich Baier (Right) scan the scenario special rules for an "out" from this wintery crusader romp through the Prussian countryside.

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Teutonic players Ed Dillon (Left) and Steve Parillo (Right) prepare to convert some pagans, with as much force as necessary.

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The battle is set to unfold across this frozen river. The Prussian timber fort can be seen on the far right, while the Knights of Christ burst through a gap between two dense woods in the center.

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The battle rages as Prussian warband furiously attacks the crusader foot (center) as the Turkopolen look to outflank (bottom). Meanwhile, the crusader knights are closing in on their target!

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Teutonic player Mark Pozniak (Left) squares off against pagan Kevin Serafini (Right).

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Nine year old Peter "the Cleaver" Sheriff moves his crusader knights.

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Last Updated:  17 Nov. 2005

The author David Schlanger may be contacted at buckynduke@comcast.net

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