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 Post subject: Holding back the tide, early hours of D-day
PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 11:32 pm 
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Jack and Steve heading over to Warwick club tomorrow night for a bit of Bolt Action fun.
Model, pics and report won't be of the Rayner, Gazza standard but will try.
Jack and Steve bringing some Heer to play a combined Brit/US para force commanded by myself and Doc. The Brits clearly lost their mates in the chaos of the crossing and landed in with the yanks!

The paras have secured their objectives overnight, taking key objectives around Les Forges, and cutting lines of communication between the reserve Heer elements and the forces manning the defence of Utah beach. This should buy the army time to establish the beach-head free from counter-attack. A trickle of stragglers and equipment bolster the allied paras, and the sound of naval shelling to the north and west indicates the landings are underway. With the morning sun burning through the mist and no sign of the vanguard of the beach landers word comes of the first organised German counter-attack incoming. The cross-roads must be held to shield the beaches.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 11:34 pm 
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Small formations of elite Fallschirmjager bulked up by freshly trained Grenadiers have been spotted digging in the the surrounding area.

This is going to be a tough one...

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 11:55 pm 
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Looking forward to seeing some reports of this, nice. Good luck all especially steve!

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Time to show those Axis types that the flow of the war has changed. Don't stop til you reach Berlin!


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Have to confess am really looking forward to reading the battle report for this.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 9:12 pm 
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This might end up being in quite a few parts, but to set the scene.
Jack and Steve ventured over to the Warwick Dungeon via some choice rural dogging spots apparently. The plan was Jack to bring 2x750point forces and they'd be the attackers in Scenario 3 against myself and Doc 2x750 points of allies, which through limited choice would be paras.
I fielded 4 very understrength squads - essentially half squads, supported by a sniper team, bazooka, 57mm ATG and a jeep.
Doc was very similar in also going for 4 very small squads, again 3 with lmg and one as an 'assault' section with multiple smgs and in his case anti-tank grenades. Support in the form of mmg, piat, art obs, sniper (from turn 3 on when I remembered the model...) and a medic.
I'll let the germans fill in their oob, but there was fallschirmjager, heer, brumbar, some sort of flame thrower thing in a half track and a mortar (which was awesome...)

The table set-up:
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A bit blurry as I hadn't set up the small second sun by the table at this point. The allies would be defending the table edge on the right, and the 3 objectives were the hill nearest the camera, the T junction and the damaged farmhouse.

The intermittent creaks of armoured vehicles approaching sent the paras scrambling for cover as the first artillery rounds began to fall.


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Pre-turn 1. Unfortunately Doc had to bail with a chest infection (that's what happens working with ill people...) but very kindly brought his figures along anyway, and Phil took over command, well, he did for the first half, then Frank took over; all very revolving door management. Myself threw about half our force on, per scenario limits. The US sniper sneaked forward to cover the road covering, backed by a brit section and a US section against the stone wall nearer the junction. At the junction itself the 57mm and brit mmg covered both approaches. The farmhouse then housed the artillery observer, bazooka, US section and should have been brit sniper but I forgot to take him out the case... in my defence it wasn't my force.. oops. All of those on board were subject to a preliminary bombardment - this was largely woeful, singularly missing 3 units, a smattering of pins and the sole success being the jeep, which we'd just decided was probably unnecessary in this set-up - now we'd never know.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2014 1:34 am 
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The germans brought the following.

Me

Hq
Two squads of fully loaded paratroopers.

Mortar

Halftrack

Engineers with flame thrower.

Steve

2 squads of regular grenadiers

Sniper

Brumbar

Mmg team

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