The big day is here. In the red corner is Big Rich, tall debonair, ruggedly handsome. In the blue corner is Fat Nick, a grotesque approximation of humanity, with a face like a squished tomato. Today Richard will be commanding the German forces, Nicholas the British. The general background is that the British seized a small French village on the northern outskirts of Caen yesterday and this morning they are due to press on southwards. However, the Germans, desperate to restore their defensive ring of fortified villages around the city, are launching a localised counter attack.
Let’s take a look at the battlefield.
This is an overview of the table from the British base edge. Here’s a shot of the German end of the table.
The German entry point for their Patrol Markers is the road to the left which comes out at the T-junction by the church.
No here is the British half of the table. Their Patrol Markers enter on the road in the village.
But what of forces? Well, Rich has a full platoon of German infantry, so that’s three squads of ten men which include one MG42. They also have a Panzerschreck team of two men and are led by a Feldwebel. To support these the Germans have one StuG IIIG and one SdKfz 234 “Puma” armoured car.
Nick’s British have one complete platoon of infantry, three ten man rifle sections, each including one Bren, one PIAT team and one 2″ mortar team. To command this force he has one Platoon Sergeant and one Lieutenant. In support is a full Troop of Shermans, three with the 75mm low velocity gun, one being the Sherman Firefly.
Recognising that today is going to be somewhat frantic we played through the Patrol Phase of the game yesterday while setting up. You can see the results below.
Here you can see that the British have two of their jump off points near the T-Junction in the centre of the table, whilst the third is just out of shot in the outskirts of the village. A bit of a photographic error there, and I am sure there will be more today.
The Germans are more concentrated, with the Church forming the centre of their positions, with a second jump off point on the graveyard and the third on the road just the other side of the road junction. So, with that phase complete we’re all ready to get cracking.
So, what’s the plan today? Well, Nick and I are going to be “Hot bedding” on the computer here, putting in our thoughts and photos as the game progresses. We won’t have time to pose all the pictures beautifully, but hopefully what we can do is give you a taste for the way the game plays out. What we can also do is answer any of your questions as we play through the game. So feel free to shout if you want to ask anything.
Right. Time for a fry up before the carnage commences!
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