Light tanks of 3RTR go train spotting.
This game was run by Martin a couple of weeks ago and used his (and some of John's) 15mm toys. Leaving aside the fact that this is a scale which will clearly never catch on for WW2 it was a very enjoyable game. The rules used were John's home-grown 'Battlegroup' and individual toys generally represented platoon-sized units. John commanded 3RTR and Steve led the German recce forces while our man in the sinister black panzer overalls was none other than your humble correspondent...
Martin very kindly sent me the briefings used - here are the essential points:
After crossing the Meuse on 13th May, three entire Panzer Corps drove westwards 100 miles towards the coast at
Boulogne and Calais, threatening to encircle all the Allied armies in Belgium and . Whatever slender Allied reserves were available were rushed to defend the Channel Ports, as the Panzer Divisions came ever closer. Holland
3RTR arrived in France on the 22nd May equipped with a mix of familiar Vickers light tanks and brand new A13 cruisers, expecting to work up to combat readiness at a nearby French tank training ground. On arrival the Germans were discovered to be closer than expected and the regiment was hastily formed up and dispatched with conflicting orders heading first south west from
then south responding to reports of German forces on the Calais St. Omer Road.
Engage and destroy the enemy forces on the
St Omer Road. If substantial German armoured forces are encountered, assume a delay/defensive posture and prevent German forces from advancing on from the south and south west Calais
3rd RTR (around 50 runners available)
Regimental HQ – one Vickers Light platoon, liaison troop in Dingos.
2 x Light squadrons with 2 x Vickers each (one troop with 15mm BESA)
2 x Cruiser squadrons with 2 x A13 each.
1st Panzer Div is approaching the coast, enemy forces are reported to occupy
to the north. Corps command is reluctant to assault the town with panzer formations although it seems likely that the town will at least be invested. Earlier in the day before the mist descended there were reports of an enemy tank column manoeuvring to the south of the town directly across your axis of advance. Calais
Continue to advance northwards. In the event of encountering enemy armour, destroy as many tanks as possible.
KG Kruger (1st Panzer Div),
1st Recce Abt
2 x Amd Car companies each: 2 x AC (one with auto cannon)
1 x M/cycle inf company: 3 x platoons plus CHQ
1 x Hvy Co: 1 x mot engineer platoon, 1 x mot 37mm AT gun
Deploy on the high ground to the south, one company must be in column on the road a maximum of 2 feet in.
2 x Light Tank C: 1 x Pz IIIe, 1 x Pz II, 1 x Pz I ea
1 x Med Tank Co: 2 x Pz IVd, 1 x Pz II
3 x Mot rifle Co: 3 x Inf, 1 x HQ, 1 x lorry each
3 x 105mm arty bty: 1 x 105mm howitzer plus tow ea
One coy/bty per turn may arrive on the southern road edge, roll 3+ for it to enter.
The Brits also had 'proper' tanks!
|The first Panzer Kp arrives to beef up the recce troops.|
Panzers (heavy ones by 1940 standards!) trundle forwards.
The two armoured car squadrons probe the right. The dodgy looking things which clearly aren't Sdkfz222s are in fact Spanish Civil War toys standing in for '221s.
Panzers pass the recce troops on the road.
Panzers swarm forward in true Blitzkrieg style! The DPM-clad British commander can be seen lurking at the far end of the table.
Bugger (in German). More British tanks.
Not to worry - we've got more of them - and all in a rather fetching shade of grey.
The second cruiser squadron as viewed from the Brit commander's very own windmill.
Lots of panzers - as viewed from the same vantage point!
Some British tanks try the devious ploy of sneaking round the flank. What could go wrong?
By now most of the German artillery battalion has arrived and is being offered plenty of work.
The panzers continue to swarm forward. They like swarming.
The cards represent the possible locations of yet more Brits.
The British flanking move (on the German right) is spotted!
Soon the German gunners join in!
It seems that the big tanks burn just as nicely as the little ones.
Meanwhile the panzers push on.
The sneaky British flanking force in in real bother now.
Overview - the panzers can be seen swarming forward while on the right the recce and the flanking squadron trade long range fire.
I seem to have taken several shots of the tommy cookers...
The panzers all nicely lined up for an assault on the British positions.
The nasty Brits blow up a Panzer III troop....
...but are soon made to suffer. More.
The Brits withdraw towards the illusory safety of Calais.