Monday, 1 November 2010
Operazione C3 / Herkules - The invasion of Malta 1942
You may recall from previous postings on the subject that this was a 30-ish player map-based game dealing with the (fictional) Italian-led invasion of Malta and played at The Imperial War Museum Duxford on Saturday 16 October. The game was originally to have been designed and presented by the late Paddy Griffith, but a team of us took the project over following his death in June.
With the aid of Paddy's notes, much of the initial planning (starting in early July) was done by Jerry Elsmore and myself with most of the subsequent work being Jerry's. Jim Wallman and Chris Hall were essential to the finished product and we were ably assisted by Chris Kemp,Richard Clarke and Adam Poole. John Drewienkiewicz was also part of the team and as Generalissimo designed and wrote the Italian plan.
The facilities at Duxford enabled us to locate the teams in various rooms. The Axis players - mostly Italians - were in the largest room with team tables for Regia Aeronautica, Regia Marina, Luftwaffe, High Command, Airborne troops, two Italian corps etc. The Allied players were in the room furthest away and the umpire team in the middle. I do not propose to offer a full report of the course of the game, partly as this has already been done by Bob Cordery ( http://wargamingmiscellany.blogspot.com/2010/10/operazione-c3hercules.html) and Phil Steele (http://pbeyecandy.wordpress.com/2010/10/20/op-herkules-wwii-invasion-of-malta-megagame/) and partly that as Liason Umpire to Regia Aeronautica I only really saw the air and air landing side of the campaign. I offer instead the following photos and will follow this with a report from the Royal Navy team's point of view - written by Paul Elton who has kindly offered to allow me to post it.
The umpire master map early in the game.
The British command map - Chris Hall is feeding back information to the players.
The umpire master map. Althought the British units (dark green) seem numerous, many of them are coastal forts and AA units. The bright green are Italians, pale blue Germans.