Starting up our new Scanian War Project I and Søren decided to go for some Low intense warfar in the nothern part of Scania i.e. Guerilla warfare by the Danish Freeshooter or as they was called in Sweden Snapphanar.
The main reasons was to be able to start it all up as small skirmish games using the exellent Muskets and Tomahawks rules. Love them but as usual I always try to find the Swedish angle;)
Rules of choice:)
A short Snapphane background
A snapphane was a member of a 17th-century pro-Danish guerrilla organization that fought against the occupying Swedes in the Second Northern and Scanian Wars, primarily in the former eastern Danish provinces that had been Danish for the last 500 years, which in the course of these wars became southern Sweden.
The term snapphane, which was used as a derogative term by the Swedes to describe the pro-Danish rebels, was originally a word for gangs of bandits that lived in the woods. When Scanian exiled peasants were organized by the Danish king into bands that fought the Swedes with guerrilla methods, they were called Snapphane too.
Due to the movement's support of the Danish invasion during the Scanian War, Swedish authorities fought the snapphanes brutally, and if one was captured, he was usually executed and the corpse was impaled and shown where the locals could see it and be intimidated to obedience. Another common method was execution by having them broken on the wheel. The Snapphanes were initially rather successful, but as the war turned against Denmark the Snapphane war became more devastating.
A ruthless Swedification policy was reportedly so effective that when a Danish invasion army landed in 1709, in the wake of the Battle of Poltava, the local population was raised in a militia to fight against them. The last suspected snapphane, Nils Tuasen‚ was executed in 1700 for slaying a Swedish soldier in 1677. He had allegedly spent 22 years in exile in Denmark but ultimately returned, upon which he was arrested and put to death.
Next up, what minis will I use...