November saw Chas, myself and Andy B put on a scenario from Operation Barbarossa, using "Flames of War" rules. Jason joined in because no one else wanted him.
It was a 3000 point a side game, with the Soviets fielding a battalion of tanks (including 5 monster T 35's and 11 T 28's) and a battalion of infantry, all with attendant supporting arms.
The German force was more modest, with a tank company, supported by a company of panzer grenadiers and attendant supporting forces (including priority air support - Stuka schwerpunkte).
The scenario was an "encounter" battle, so half the platoons on both sides were deployed on the table, with the rest being delayed and scattered reserves (roll for entry from turn 3 and dice for where each platoon arrives).
Initial deployment saw 33 Soviet tanks facing 6 panzer III's and 3 armoured cars. The Soviets raced forward and the German pioneers raced onto the central hill objective and did what pioneers do best, dig in !
The German armoured cars were wiped out by a company of T 28's. The German motorcycle recce on the other side of the table saw two companies of Soviet light tanks and decided discretion was the better part of valour.
The German tanks went firm and shot it out with the T 26's and BT 5's, inflicting serious loses and sending a company of T 26's and one of BT 5's packing. The wave attack rule came into play and the BT 5's reappeared, at full strength, as if by magic !
A platoon of T 35's and a horde of infantry joined the Soviets and a platoon of Stugs bolstered the Germans facing the T 28's (much to Chas's relief).
The shooting contest started again and the new BT 5 and T 35 companies suffered the same fate.
The above picture shows the point when the Soviets conceded. Chas can be seen leaving the scene, suppressing his laughter.
Quality beat the quantity this time, but it might have been a different story if the Soviets had refused to engaged in a long range shooting contest and had just rushed the German positions.
Just to show there were no hard feelings the Soviet players posed for a picture with "Chuckling Chas".
Sunday, 11 November 2012
On the other table this month we had a beautiful collection of early Russian Front Flames of War action going on. The models and terrain capturing the feel of Russia 1941. Enjoy some wargamers porn, including Jason
|Masses of Russian Light Armour|
|German units looking on in awe|
|Masses of Russian Heavy Armour. You've got to love those multiple turrets!|
|German Infantry preparing to see off the Russian Horde|
Following on from last month's naval theme, this month's game was a re-run of the Battle of the River Plate, using the Shipbase III computer rules.
|The Scenario and set up|
This famous action has always been an interesting battle for me as it pitches the much more heavily armed "Pocket Battleship" KMS Graf Spee with her 11inch main guns against the more lightly armed HMS Ajax, HMNZS Achilles and HMS Exeter armed with 6inch and 8inch guns respectively.
|The starting positions|
The set up recreates the movie of the battle with the Royal Navy units sighting smoke on the horizon and closing on the Graf Spee at battle stations. With the tactics agreed amongst the RN players both sides opened fire and started to take evasive action as they did. The early success went to the Kiwis with Achilles getting in some 6" strikes on Graf Spee's armoured belt causing minor damage.
|First hits on the Graf Spee caused by HMNZS Achilles|
Thus a balance of objectives were constantly on each sides minds as the engagement progressed.
|Commodore Harwood's Ajax (out of picture), Achilles and Exeter close on Graf Spee.|
HMS Exeter sustaining hits early on
|HMS Exeter under fire and taking hits|
|Ajax and Achilles seek to draw attention away from Exeter under fire in the background|
|Graf Spee takes hits from all the RN ships, knocking out guns and reducing her speed|
|HMS Exeter takes an 11inch hit from Graf Spee|
Honours then to the Commonwealth and Commodore Harwood. It seemed a fitting game to play this close to Remembrance Sunday and with HMS Exeter representing a brave ship that has carried the name of our local city and had as part of her crew on that day one of our junior club members Grand Dad aboard.
Thanks to all involved in a fun days wargaming.