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by ocollens
Sun Mar 08, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: Mortar minimum ranges....not saying we should change the rules
Replies: 20
Views: 3048

Re: Mortar minimum ranges....not saying we should change the rules

Anyone seen the latest Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy? CoC scenario by Nick Skinner there has an on-table 3in mortar as a British support option. No rules for using it though.

Just sayin.
by ocollens
Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: Russian Mortars Support
Replies: 7
Views: 1324

Re: Russian Mortars Support

Hi George,

Sorry this does not really answer your question but do you know there is a memoir by a member of an 82mm mortar company cheaply available in Kindle format?
Red Road to Stalingrad by Mansur Abdulin. Despite being the unit's political officer he is fairly open about the chaos.
by ocollens
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: US Parachute platoon.
Replies: 10
Views: 2726

Re: US Parachute platoon.

US Paratroop units had extra 'command' provided quite deliberately to cover for the effects of scatter and landing casualties.

Personally I do assign the historical sergeant to the 60mm as a JL. It makes the platoon cost more but gives the flexibility which the unit had.
by ocollens
Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: To the Viktor Line - Campaign
Replies: 46
Views: 8846

Re: To the Viktor Line - Campaign

Bon chance Capitaine, I like the look of the the Viktor Line PSC. There are, as you deduce, some questions about the support levels. I'm assuming you have allowed for the difference in Force Strength ratings already, although you don't actually say so. Had you thought about putting in an option for ...
by ocollens
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: infantry AT weapons against buildings
Replies: 8
Views: 2527

infantry AT weapons against buildings

This is not a new topic but in the spirit of playing the period not the rules I offer a new scrap of evidence. This is from Lt John Stevenson's diary. He was in the Recce Squadron of 1st Airborne at Arnhem. 'as the building dominated our other positions we thought it best to knock it down completely...
by ocollens
Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: Pioneers in Combat
Replies: 20
Views: 4872

Re: Pioneers in Combat

My impression is that quite frequently in urban fighting the assault engineers were the core troops and infantry, guns and tanks supported them . Russian storm groups varied widely in size and so are perhaps not the best models for CoC platoons but here is an example from the battle for Posen 1945: ...
by ocollens
Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: Corporal Burgess and his Ox-drawn six- pounder, an AAR
Replies: 10
Views: 2706

Re: Corporal Burgess and his Ox-drawn six- pounder, an AAR

Thanks for all comments.

Underlines problems of wargaming anti-partisan warfare, I think.
by ocollens
Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: Corporal Burgess and his Ox-drawn six- pounder, an AAR
Replies: 10
Views: 2706

Re: Corporal Burgess and his Ox-drawn six- pounder, an AAR

Agree mortars were probably 50mm as there there must have been stacks of these in store. A fair number of Poles changed sides during Houndsworth and they were simply incorporated into the Maquis units but these may actually have been Germans. In war-game terms of course the Germans 'won', the allies...
by ocollens
Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: Corporal Burgess and his Ox-drawn six- pounder, an AAR
Replies: 10
Views: 2706

Corporal Burgess and his Ox-drawn six- pounder, an AAR

I thought I would try and leven this forum with a bit from the war diary of Squadron A Ist SAS during Operation Houndsworth. It is probably too big and certainly too idiosyncratic to easily be reproduced in COC but it seems to fall into the category of playing the period not the rules. Here goes: Re...
by ocollens
Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: General scenario / campaign / list questions
Replies: 13
Views: 5989

Re: General scenario / campaign / list questions

4) 'Bloody Bucket' a) The way I read it, you get what is available at the end of the battle you have just won. So troops 'killed' are not available because you have not diced for them. You also get what is left of your support. What is more problematic is what happens to damaged things. I don't see...