Sunday, 22 November 2015

On the Loos

 This was a corps-level Great War game run by Martin using his modified Drumfire system.  Martin also provided most of the 15mm toys....
...though the 1/144 aircraft were supplied by me and (in the case of the DH2), John.
My division with added artillery awaiting to order to attack.  There were two British divisions in the attack.  The other one, under the command of Graham, had far more support!

After detonating two mines...
...the chaps surged over the top!
Quite a few perished in No-Man's Land as (astonishingly) not all the German defenders had been killed.
The DH2 raising the tone of the air war.

As the lead brigades fought for control of the German front line trenches enemy artillery arrived.  Meanwhile the DH2 has been replaced with my battered and much-repaired Re8.
Soon it was on to the German second line...
...while the remainder of the division advanced across NML.

The Germans launched several counter attacks from the town - all were beaten back.

Ultimately we secured all the German trenches and were poised to advance over 'The Green Fields Beyond...'.  Well the surviving half of the division was...

11 comments:

Don M said...

Well it went better than most WWI assaults!

Tim Gow said...

Don M
Well, yes and no. We got through the German trenches but the divisions are to sha**ed out to continue. No doubt by the time we'd brought up fresh divisions the Germans would have plugged the gap. The rotters.

Paul Foster said...

Good stuff. I knew the hun couldn't stand the cold steel. The planes look very cool.

Stephen Beat said...

Fantastic aircraft! Reall nice collection Mr. G.

Martin Rapier said...

Sadly our heroes didn't make it quite as far as their historical counterparts, only to the edge of Loos rather than taking the village. Hill 70 remains firmly in German hands too.

The use mines rather than gas helped the British into the German front line rather spectacularly however.

Never mind, those two reserve division who have spent the last 30 hours marching up to the front will no doubt break through tomorrow.

Tim Gow said...

Paul Foster
The Spads and Albatrii are F-Toys models - some of them feature in photos in the 2012 edition of Don Featherstone's Air War Games http://www.wargaming.co/recreation/details/dfairwargames.htm

Tim Gow said...

Stephen Beat
I don't think there aircraft will catch on in warfare...

Tim Gow said...

Martin Rapier
And once again I'm just an obscure footnote in history!

ian drury said...

These aeroplanes are all very well, but where are the cavalry, sir?

Tim Gow said...

Ian Drury
Strangely, neither divisional commander chose the optional cavalry brigade, favouring instead big explody mines and extra artillery. Still, I'm sure there'll be a breakthrough next year.....

Pete. said...

A fine looking game.

Have the Drumfire rules been in a Nugget ever?

Cheers,

Pete.