Monday, June 29, 2009

Wings of War AAR

Last Thursday (25th) we began the 1918 German Offensive campaign. Kevin had a great scenario idea with three (?) troop concentrations and a bridge. All were protected by a barrage balloon and two AA guns. Needless to say a target rich environment! Now if only we can get through the fighter cover to hit them.
I flew a Gotha bomber to hit the bridge and a Ufag for escort. Kevin managed to get his ace between the Gotha and the escort and shot it down with little effort. His third Gotha kill, Kevin claims. Many hits on the balloon, but I can't remember if we shot it down or not. On the other side of the table, Darryl disrupted all of the infantry targets, hit the balloon and took out one of the AA guns. For his heroic actions, he was awarded an Iron Cross, First Class.

Russian Front, 1941 AAR

Well, Stephen and I finally got a chance to finish up the battle the other day, and it was every bit the free-wheeler I expected. The lead armoured cars (6xBA10's) split left and right. The right platoon over-watched the eventual destruction of the attacking T-26 company. The only firing chance they had was when a morale test forced a halt. The left hand BA-10 platoon returned in time to inform the next company of BT-7's the farm house to the left was un-occupied. Surely the attached T-34 platoon would force the Fascists back!
The BT-7's began crossing the field and took fire immediately, losing one to an AT rifle shot from the copse of trees to their right. As they turned to the right, two pesky Stug III's and two 37mm AT guns in the village were able to halt them. The really big surprise was when the T-34 platoon's advance was slowed by poor morale.
The German's were able to fight off this attack...will they be able to continue along the "Roads to Moscow"? Apologies to Al Stewart.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Russian Front Action,1941

I just had to share some of the intro shots of a game my son Stephen and I are playing. The game is set near Senno, NW of Orsha. The 1st Mot. Rifle Div. is attacking the 17 Pz Div. on its way to Smolensk. The Russians are attacking from the north as the Germans drive east. I hope to have a free-wheeling game here. UUURRRRAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Wargamer's Weekend!

WOW! Three games in three days! First game was with The Dragon's Lair group. I ran a German KG trying to escape encirclement in Lithuania in 10/44. Marty was able to make it, so it was good to see him again. The Germans didn't make it this time, because of a bold Soviet tank charge that caught them in the flank in the opening stages of the game. Next time I will be more clear about entry locations.
The next game was with David Glenn's group. We had a Seminole Indian Skirmish game. My Seminoles ambushed the American column pretty well, but was unable to prevent the escape of the escorted artillery piece. Nice terrain from Dave, as usual.
Last night the Dave Sharp group played a Normandy 'what-if" game. How appropriate for June 6. The 21 Panzer struck against the Americans instead of the British this time. All those nice French tanks made good targets. The Americans stopped the counter-attack, no thanks to the air support or the naval gunfire!
All were fun games and illustrate the variety to be had in this hobby.