John has gone to India for work for three weeks, so before he went we quickly organised a game at his place. It turned out to be only myself, John and Terry in the end, with 3000 points a side on an 8′ x 4′ table. the plan was to have Chris there as well, and everyone would bring a 1500 point force – John and Chris would provide the allies and Terry and I the Germans. Then we would randomly draw for which army we played with. But Chris had the flu, so we ended up with John and I taking the allies against Terry with all of the Germans.
The scenario saw a British armoured regiment coming to the relief of a Para company, and was the first time I have ever played bocage. If I had known at the start of the game what I know now, I would have deployed a lot differently.
Lines up in the bocage – I should have massed the armour nearer to the camera if I had known that there would be no way to fire from one hedge to the next…
I had two platoons in the centre of the table – John’s paras are in the town.
The Paras deployed with the German assault massing on the far side of the river.
The German Panthers advance –
– and set about wiping out the Shermans in the centre.
Terry attempts to get his forces across the bridge, but only succeeds in getting his trucks set alight (along with most of their passengers)
While John blows up his support on the far side of the river.
My tanks resemble the parking lot that so many purists insist Flames of War becomes. But it is because of the Mexican stand-off at the bocage (were the Mexicans in World War Two?). Who will blink first?
Me of course! After all, I have numerical superiority – I should be able to get at least half my tanks across and that will be enough… D’OH!
John’s paras launch counterattack and whack the remaining Germans pretty convincingly.
With nothing left to lose (actually, pretty much just nothing left) I launch a desperate infantry attack on the advancing Panthers. My infantry didn’t even manage to make a decent speed bump. Sigh. This is Terry’s revenge for the walloping my Russians have given him the last couple of times. Set me up in the bocage and watch me flounder around!
At least I have the satisfaction of knowing I’d designed a pretty solid 1500 point army list…
This was the situation before my infantry did their death or glory charge. It was a very short trip to the objective for the Panthers once they were disposed of.
So, a lot of fun (especially for Terry), but it was quite a slow game without Chris there as well, as terry had to effectively fight two opponents. Next games night we might try this switcheroo again.