he scenario Richard had chosen was The Battle of Gette. This was elements (well, most) of German 1st Army advancing from Liege to Antwerp. The Belgian forces consisted of 1 and 3 Divisions, with 2 Div rushing to reinforce while a cavalry division formed an advanced screen. This may not sound much but this paltry force amounts to half of the Belgian Army!
Photo - the Germans unsportingly use infernal machines to spot for their guns.
The Germans (3x Corps of the buggers!) were commanded by Bob Bowman, John Curry and Bob Cordery. Known throughout the game as 'Two and a half Bob'. Ian Drury appeared as von Kluck but disappeared at half time to visit his Kaiser/mistress/bookie. The plucky Belgians were commanded by King Graham Evans (1st Div) with Gavin Parnaby (Cav Div), me (2 Div) and, er someone else (3 Div).
Photo: The Belgian 2 Div advances to contact. In contrast to my use of 6mm toys and hexes (see my previous Op14 posts), Richard used 15mm toys and squares. Here we see a division of 3 4-figure brigades, a 2-figure HQ stand and a (weak) artillery brigade.
The cavalry div managed to delay 2 German Corps for nearly half a day. Here they are about to be pushed back by some Germans who were temporarily unable to find any babies to bayonet or libraries to burn.
The cavalry fall back as 2 Div rushes forward.
2 Div's situation deteriorates just before night (thankfully) fell.
While all the real action was going on, the King came under pressure from a third German corps. Clearly, this was a great Belgian victory, as we were able to skulk off to Antwerp overnight.
During the morning tea break I was able to look in on Wayne Thomas's 'Contact Tanks East' game which used his 'Externals' game system set in 1991. The game saw the (6mm) French Daguet Division getting stuck into the Iraquis. Wayne's games are always worth a look and I try to play if possible. Sadly COW always involves clashes where I want to play in at least 2 sessions as a time! Bloody Conference Organiser! Oh hang on, that's me....
Wayne's terrain features are always an inspiration!
French Division(?) HQ with AA and AT assets.
The game featured an inflatable Avro Vulcan with a crew of three. Matthey Hartley acted as pilot, with gun-toting Chris James as bomb-aimer and Peter Grizzel as flight engineer. 10 other volunteers acted as tankers. All aircraft were equipped with a 'fuel tank' - a plastic pint beaker with a hole drilled in the bottom. The 'fuel' thus drained away in about 15 seconds, so the players needed to devise a refuelling plan.
My thanks to Judith Rawle and Matthew Hartley for the photos of this game.
The Victor tankers take to the skies...
The moment of crisis! The flight engineer is jettisoned to save weight. Well OK, he fell over.