As I said, Nathan and I put on a Chain of Command 1940 game, with two platoons of German infantry attacking some entrenched British and French troops. Each German platoon was at full strength (4 squads of 10 men plus 5cm mortar and 2 senior leaders) with attached support. The German's were played by "Demon Dice" Geoff and Nick. Geoff's support was a pair of Panzer 38t's and a sIG33 auf PzI SPG. Nick had a Pz I, BefPzI with senior leader and another squad in a Sd251. The British had an understrength platoon with 2 squads of 8, a 2" mortar, Boys ATR, 2pdr ATG and Vickers MG. The French were also at reduced strength with 2 squads of 11, a VB squad of 3 launchers, a 25mm ATG and a Hotchkiss MG. Ian and Simon took command of the Allies, with support enroute.
The game went quite badly for the German's as they both went their separate ways and didn't work together. Geoff's demon dice rolling kept him in the game while Nick advanced through the woods towards the village. The Panzer38t proved to be exceptionally tough, with the 2pdr banging away at it without being able to actually kill it. The return MG fire did eventually kill the 2pdrs crew off, mostly down to one burst that killed 4 of the 5 crewmen in one shot. Demon dice indeed. Geoff's advance was halted when he stumbled onto a dug in French squad and assaulted them. His entire squad was wiped out except for a wounded junior leader, who was then executed by the French with a declaration that "We don't care about any war crimes!" The other flank say a similar event when Nick's advance squad found the dug-in Highlanders, who opened fire as they crossed the field and killed them off too. Before the German's could gather themselves for another go the Allied reinforcements arrived. The French got a Char B1bis, which promptly got immobilised by a Pz38 shot. The British got an 18/25pdr which replaced their 2pdr and was able to keep the German armour at bay. As lunch time arrived the German's called it quits as their force morale fell due to losses.
Thanks to Geoff, Nick, Ian and Simon for playing the game in the Lardy spirit. I hope you enjoyed it, I know I did.
|The finger of Geoff points the way on the left!|
|There are Germans in the woods!|
|British 2" mortar hides in the back garden|
|Germans push on again|
|The town is full of French and British troops|
|Geoff's demon dice rolling ability strikes again|
|The fusiliers advance up the centre|
|The British sentry legs it from the Voltigeurs|
|British Light Infantry firing at the French right flank|
|The sentry tragically falls on a bayonet as the Voltigeurs catch him.|
|The main assault gathers as the Brits fire desperately|
|The Grenadiers clear the building of red-coated vermin|
|The Lights are forced out of the supply dump by weight of fire|
|The French move in a "liberate" the supplies|
Well, that's that done. I am off to the hospital in a bit to see if they can fit the tube again. Wish me luck and I will catch you all later.