The Battle of Coldstream Bridge May 29th 1895, Part One

The forces of Britain and Russia clashed in their first major battle on May 29th 1895. As outlined in an earlier post the Russian force had been attempting to cross the River Tweed at  Coldstream. A small British brigade was despatched to prevent the enemy crossing by delaying them long enough to allow engineers to blow the bridge. The British arrived only an hour before the Tsarists and managed to deploy 2 battalions and some skirmishers north of the bridge while the sappers quickly went about their work.

Overhead view of the battlefield

The Battle

The British commander – Sir William Hullough-Carsting – deployed the Green Howards and the Coldstream Guards behind the hedge line on the Northern bank of the river. A company of the Rifle Brigade was sent to provide enfilade fire against any units assaulting the regular battalions.

The Russian hordes began to come into view advancing fearlessly towards the British line

The Royal Horse Artillery arrive and commence firing on the Russian line while the Rifle Brigade pepper their right flank

Undeterred, the Tsarist infantry – reinforced by the Guards regiments – plough forward, now supported by Cossack cavalry emerge on the field from plundering Coldstream village to the west

As the Russian columns close on the British line the Guards and the Green Howards unleash a withering volley, devastating their ranks. The 43rd Regt. falter and then flee despite the exhorations of Count Soldatik


Undeterred the Russian Commander rides to lead the 2nd Guards Regiment into the gap to continue the assault

The training and accuracy of the British line gives them hope, but still the bridge is undamaged and there seems no end to the lines of Russian soldiers emerging over the horizon.

Part 2 coming soon…….

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  1. January 9, 2018

    Great report! I love the map at the start.

  2. World2Dave
    January 9, 2018

    Very tasty! Well done for getting these done and onto the table. Love the old OS map, I used to work with those in a previous life.

  3. September 4, 2020

    Great show! What are the coins for? Are you still using OHW?

    • September 11, 2020

      Thanks Alex! I’m now using A Gentleman’s War rules by Howard Whitehouse which a great set of rules for playing toy soldier battles – highly recommended! The coins are activation markers (to show which unit has moved)

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