Battle of Bantry Bay a winner

Battle of Bantry Bay: Oldmeldrum Wargames Group came away with third prize for their display of the battle
Battle of Bantry Bay: Oldmeldrum Wargames Group came away with third prize for their display of the battle

Oldmeldrum Wargames Group returned triumphant recently from a miniatue wargames exhibition at Kirriemuir.

The group won third prize for their demonstration of the Battle of Bantry Bay, 1796. The object of the game for the British was to try to prevent the invasion of Ireland by sinking or capturing the French transport ships anchored in the bay.

At the end of play the outcome was drawn, because the French transports were still in danger of being sunk or captured. The British first rate ‘King George’ managed to break the French line, losing two of her masts, but succeeded in boarding the French ship and captured her as a prize vessel!

The Battle of Bantry Bay was selected as an ‘alternative history’ scenario. A real invasion attempt did happen at this time but the French were scattered by the worst winter storms in living memory and as a result of additional losses inflicted by the British navy, had to abandon plans to invade Ireland.

The club played the situation that might have occurred had the weather been more favourable.

The club, open to those over 16, meets in the Royal British Legion on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 10.30pm on the last Sunday of a month from 10am to 5.30pm. Find out more on the club website: or telephone the club secretary, Alistair Massey at (01651) 873056. Our AGM is at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 4th December at the Royal British Legion at Oldmeldrum.

All are welcome to attend.