FFT3 AAR: Battle of Klinkerhoff Gap, part 1.

This is a battle from my Alt-History set-up.

A Polish force is tasked with moving along a broad valley to initiate a breakthrough of the Austrian lines. Intelligence on the Austrian forces is, however, very sketchy as the situation has been fluid for a few days but it is believed that there are around 2 Btlns of infantry in the vicinity with maybe some armoured support. To facilitate this the Polish commander has the following forces: a Divisional Armoured Cavarly Regt, a Mechanised Infantry Regt (Wheeled) and an Armoured Btln from the Independent Armd Bgde supported by quite a fair bit of Artillery.

Here’s the terrain looking up the valley from the Austrian lines:

The Klinkerhoff Gap. Low wooded hills on the left and right overlooking farmland. Town of Klinkerhoff to the right.
The Klinkerhoff Gap. Low wooded hills on the left and right overlooking farmland. Town of Klinkerhoff to the right.
The Polish end of the valley. Klinkerhoff is on the right.
The Polish end of the valley. Klinkerhoff is on the right.
Austrian end of the valley.
Austrian end of the valley.

I took the Austrians with Jamie taking the Cavalry Regt and Terry the Mech Infantry. We are trying out my house rules for initiative and to activate units for a bit of friction, (I’ll put them in another post).

Jamie’s Cavalry Regt was first on the table and started off (unusually for him) cautiously moving along the road towards the crossroads with his lead company with the rest of the Regt spread out behind it. He did roll up a preliminary barrage from their Corp 203mm art btln which he chose to split into 3 battery strikes; he guessed correctly where my first line of defence was (along the hedges to the left of the crossroads), suppressing one of my one of my defending platoons but also his Fox scout pltn (he rolled a SNAFU for one of them).

The Cavalry moves up.
The Cavalry moves up.

Move 2 saw Terry start to bring on the Mech Infantry Regt through the hilly area to the right with the intention of developing an attack on Klinkerhoff. Over on the left Jamie had pushed the Cavalry forward after putting down smoke from their MRLS on the crossroads but was still moving cautiously. They didn’t have much luck with the rest of their Artillery though, failing to get any available batteries.

Move 3 saw the Poles gain another unit activation during the initiative phase which they gave to Terry’s infantry. They laid smoke across the front of the town and as Terry passed his activations, and so had a double move, he rushed up a couple of Companies towards Klinkerhoff under its cover. Over on the left my ‘forlorn hope’ defenders at the crossroads opened up on the cavalry with the platoon containing the Bill atgm firing on a AML-90 and missing.

Polish infantry rush towards Klinkerhoff under cover of smoke.
Polish infantry rush towards Klinkerhoff under cover of smoke.
Close up of the brave Mech Infantry charge.
Close up of the brave Mech Infantry charge.

Although the Poles won the initiative for the next move they had a nightmare with the dice, both failing to activate their units and failing miserably with their artillery requests too. Unfortunately I again failed to hit anything with my Bill atgm and I had equally rubbish artillery rolls but I did manage to let loose with my ATG that was located in the town once the smoke lifted, causing a quality check on one platoon before it was taken out by Terry’s supporting tanks.

Terry's tankers about to silence Austrian ATG.
Terry’s tankers about to silence Austrian ATG.

The next move everything got a lot more interesting with Jamie’s Fox Pltn laying down the hurt on my infantry and his AML-90’s taking out an APC, however the Austrian Bill chaps finally got their act together and brewed up an AML-90 in return whilst Terry started his initial assault on Klinkerhoff with an artillery barrage on the defended part of the town which only managed a suppression on one platoon. He debussed the infantry and came across the road and into a Close Assault on the right hand part of the town, unfortunately (and much to my surprise if I’m honest) the Landwehr company defending it managed to see them off without any loss to themselves at all. either destroying or QC’ing nearly a whole company of Poles and their APC’s – Miniman LAW’s are the way to go!

The Austrian ATGM finally get a hit on the Polish Cavalry!
The Austrian ATGM finally get a hit on the Polish Cavalry!

With the Poles still retaining initiative they ground forward, Jamie pushing his Cavalry up with more confidence but still not closing up too far, seeing the Cavalry’s Vickers mk.3 tanks come into view at last the Austrian Bill platoon fired and brewed one up before they and the remainder of the company decided to bug out (I did try to do this the previous move but failed my activation) embarking in their APC’s and legging it down the valley. Over at Klinkerhoff Terry prepared to assault the left hand part of town whilst pulling out the remainder of his first assault.

One of these Vickers is about to have a bad day!
One of these Vickers is about to have a bad day!

The next move was the last we had time for and was the bloodiest turn all night. Jamie finally got his mojo back (I think I had upset him by taking out a tank) and he pushed forward to take the crossroads whilst destroying all of my escaping APC’s – I had failed to scare up any artillery for a smoke barrage to cover this move. Bugger. Over at Klinkerhoff the plucky Poles piled forwards again and were bloodily repulsed once more – Terry having as much luck as me with his artillery.

Polish Cavalry in possession of the Crossroads
Polish Cavalry in possession of the Crossroads
The Polish Infantry Regt's reserve
The Polish Infantry Regt’s reserve
The situation at Klinkerhoff with the Poles in possession of one part.
The situation at Klinkerhoff with the Poles in possession of one part.

We have agreed to carry on the fight next week, we really didn’t get through as many turns as we expected as it has been a good few weeks since we had all played the rules so took a few turns to get into the groove again.

I was quietly pleased with how the scenario is going as it is the first time that I had put a game on at the club and the chaps seem to be enjoying it and they liked my Initiative and activation rules so looking forward to next week now to finish it off.

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2 thoughts on “FFT3 AAR: Battle of Klinkerhoff Gap, part 1.

  1. Great write up. I generally vacillate between FFT and other platoon rules but seem to gravitate back to FFT because of the amount of different types of kit they allow me to get on the table without causing my brain to melt. Would be interested in reading your initiative rules.

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    • Many thanks for the comment David, glad you are enjoying it.

      I agree about FFT, a cracking set of rules. I’ll bung the initiative rules on a new page today – they do seem to be working ok and are dead simple.

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