Friday, 29 January 2010
Corinth Canal again
Operation Hannibal - Corinth Canal Bridge, April 1941
Isthmus Force HQ - HQ with lorry - deploys anywhere on table
Composite Greek Battalion - 3 Inf Co - Corinth
Composite ANZAC Btl - 3 Inf Co & HW Co - N of canal, 4+ hexes from bridge
2 AA Batteries - Bofors 40mm AA - anywhere on table
Combined Carrier Plts - Carrier - enter on S road turn 1
C Sqn NZ Div Cav - Mk VI light tank - enter on N road turn 3
26 NZ Btl - 2 Inf Co (mot) - enter on S road turn 5
Set up after the Germans have plotted their drop zones. On board forces may be dug in. The Bofors guns are emplaced any do not have any transport. Only the Bofors may fire on turn 1.
Reinforcements are placed on the first hex in on the turn they arrive.
Allied forces must control or failing that, destroy the bridge. Surviving forces must attempt to escape to the south.
German Orbat and Briefing
Fallschirmjager Regiment 2
Regt HQ - HQ - arrives by para anywhere, turn 3
I/FJR Rgt 2 - 1 Para Co - arrives N by para, turn 1
2 Para Co - arrive N by para, turn 2
HW Co - arrives N by para, turn 3
II/FJR Rgt 2 - 1 Para Co - arrives S by para, turn 1
2 Para Co - arrive S by para, turn 2
HW Co arrives - S by para, turn 3
FJR Assault Engineers - 2 Glider Co - 1 in place at either end of bridge
4 on-call Ju-87B sorties, max of 2 per turn.
The Germans win if they achieve 2 out of three of the following:
1. Control both ends of the intact bridge.
2. Eliminate both AA batteries.
3. Eliminate all Allied forces.
If the Germans fail to achieve any of their victory conditions the Allies win. A draw occurs if neither side can achieve their victory conditions.
Below - the situation at the end of turn 1. The first paras have arrived safely and while the carriers trundle along the road the ANZACs dither. Corinth is just off to the top left (south west) corner of the photo.
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Again we had 3 divisions - from left to right British (me), British (Jerry Elsmore) and French (John Armatys). My photos concentrate on my division (which was the most successful...)
Below we see my troops (accompanied by some of those new-fangled tank things) overrunning the German front line. Before anyone asks, the tank is indeed the old Airfix faithful (I have three of them).
Next we see my follow-up brigades about to brave no-mans land (and the German barrage). Nice to see another appearance from my 'Harry Tate' (RE-8) on the look-out for Jerry guns.
Sunday, 10 January 2010
My Kingdom for a halftrack
Below: Not a German Sdkfz-251 but an ex-Czech Army OT-810 APC. This still bears the markings it wore in the film.
The only purchase I recall making at this event was an unissued East German steel helmet - the first, as it turned out, of many military silly hats.
Monday, 4 January 2010
Happy New Year - more snow and new Airfix!
I justify the inclusion of this photo as it was taken from the window of my wargames room!
Over the weekend I did some work on a silly game involving motorised 20mm scale tanks. Not for the first time the acquisition of some silly new toys is driving (literally) the development of a game. I'll post some pics when we've had a proper playtest.
I think the big news so far this year is the list of new (and re-)releases from Airfix: www.airfix.com/new-for-2010/
These include 2 versions of the Bedford QL (QLD & QLT) which appear to be developments of the QL in the Refuelling Set - finally Airfix makes the conversion the rest of us have been knocking out for 30+ years! Very welcome though. Nice to see that the prices of some kits includes a donation to 'Help for Heroes'.