Club Night 12/10/15: France 1940

So I’ve finally shrugged off the bastard chest infection that I have had for the past few weeks, (which was probably not helped by going out to the club a couple of times when I should’ve been staying in bed!) so time to catch up on what I’ve been doing game-wise. As this happened a couple of weeks ago and I was quite fuzzy headed at the time I’ll just give a quick description of the game.

We were using Blitzkreig Commander rules with Philips lovely 10mm kit, I was French and he was German.

Scenario was simple he had to secure the road exits off of my table edge and I had to do the same on his, so a typical meeting engagement. We both had a tank Btln and infantry Btln supported by some air support and artillery (me) and engineers (Philip)with which to do this.

The Battlefield - French table edge nearest the camera. The woods would see much fighting.
The Battlefield – French table edge nearest the camera. The woods would see much fighting.
My armour - 'les Caramacs' - lovely Somua's.
My armour – ‘les Caramacs’ – lovely Somua’s.
Poilu's ready for action.
Poilu’s ready for action.
Artillery support
Artillery support
Air Support - lovely model of a Potez.
Air Support – lovely model of a Potez.

I won the initiative on the first go and decided to put my Infantry Btln into the wood on the left to try and control the road. My tanks would move to the wood on the right and await developments before I committed them. Philip came on table in a mirror image of me, his infantry went for the wood on his left, his tanks on his right.

Infantry heads for the woods.
Infantry heads for the woods.
En Avant les Caramacs!!
En Avant les Caramacs!!
Dastardly Bosche appear.
Dastardly Bosche appear

I did manage to get my infantry debussed and in position in the wood before Phillip’s panzers got close but it was to no avail as he attacked me with an attached engineer company supported by his Pz I’s and Pz II’s which went through my defence like merde through a goose and pushed me all the way back to the base of the wood by the buildings.

German assault through the wood on the left grinds on.
German assault through the wood on the left grinds on.

Over on the right Phillip quickly took possession of the wood as I didn’t have anything on that side to counter him – I definitely wasn’t going to trundle my tanks in there – so had to rely on bringing in artillery or getting the air support to help, unfortunately my first attempts failed and the nasty Bosche even made a foray out of the wood with some engineers to take out a tank, as well as taking one out with their AT gun.

The main Panzer force had moved to the crossroads and a tank battle broke out between the Pz III & IV’s and the Somua’s which went very well for ‘les Caramacs’ – I went on a great run of keeping rolling well on my command rolls and started chalking up kills on the German armour and at one time I won initiative back so got a ‘second go’. My gunners finally finished their afternoon vin and started firing on the German infantry and the Potez got involved too which kept the bulk of them suppressed for the remainder of the game and nullified their threat.

Somuas hold on whilst the artillery mullers the Germans in the wood.
Somuas hold on whilst the artillery mullers the Germans in the wood.
Panzers taking hits.
Panzers taking hits.
Germans clear the wood on the left.
Germans clear the wood on the left.

At the end of the game we decided on a draw as neither of us had achieved our objectives and although my infantry and taken a right kicking I had crippled the German tank force so about evens on the KO score too.

All in all a cracking game – at one time I really did think of chucking in the towel as my Poilus had been beaten, I’d lost a couple of tanks and my gunners seemed to be on strike (and to add insult to injury Philip had chucked a couple of double 1’s which had allowed him to get double moves in) but the dice gods switched sides and I started to chew up his panzers and completely smothered his infantry with some hard hitting artillery strikes.

Looking forward to the next one and might be investing in a force myself, thinking either Poles or maybe going left-field and making a Czech force for some what-iffery fun.

Some gratuitous pretty model shots.

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