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From The City From The Plough... To Normandy.

Posted by Harry Faversham on 23 Mar 2021, 16:24

Yesteryear: I seem to be spending more time there than in the real world these days. Saturday night's swirling mist of Tetley's Best Bitter fumes revealed a vision, that takes me back again, maybe never to return!
Neil Thomas is a ruleriter who I believe was cloned from the DNA of Donald Featherstone and Charles Grant so his 'One Hour Wargames' rules are nailed on, for mi' next braynwave.
Using the book's unit stats, two units will be created, one British the other German. The units will all be Airfix models from the dawn of time, painted as we did in the sixties...

British

One Infantry Company (British Infantry Combat Group)

Two anti-tank guns (6pdr. and carrier)

One Artillery Battery of two guns (25pdr. and Quad)

Tank Troop (Churchill and Sherman)

German

One Infantry Company (*)

Two anti-tank guns (Stug 111 and SDKFz.234)

One Artillery Battery of two guns (88mm Gun and Tractor)

Tank Troop (Tiger and Panther)

(*) Them vintage Airfix Germans with the drainpipe bazooka thingy and that little anti-tank cannon?

That should make a nice collection of the crappest looking figures and vehicles still in existence. When they're done we'll fight all 30 OHW scenarios in order and find out who really did win WW2 in yesteryear!

D+1

British


3 Infantry Platoons

2 25pdr guns

1 Churchill tank

Germans

3 Infantry Platoons

1 88mm gun

2 Anti/tank guns

The opening moves saw the British Infantry probing forward to locate the Germans' positions, supported by both their FOO and armour. The gunners ready themselves...

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The advancing British are engaged by dug in German Infantry, these too are supported by a forward observer for their 88mm gun. Two anti-tank teams begin to stalk the British armour...
A devastating barrage from the 88 drives the right flanking British Infantry to ground, killing their Company Commander. Equally accurate fire from the Panzerschreck teams put paid to the Churchill!

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Heavy return fire from the quick firing 25pdrs kills one German anti-tank crew and force the other one to fall back, quickly switching fire the gunners target the supporting German Infantry with equally potent effect.

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Driven to ground by accurate artillery fire, both sides lay low, digging in and exchanging sporadic small arms fire as dusk falls on D+1.

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Posted by Harry Faversham on 02 Apr 2021, 10:21

D+2

British

3 Infantry Platoons
2 25pdr guns
1 Sherman tank

Germans
4 Infantry Platoons
1 88mm gun
1 Anti/tank gun

During the night the Germans pull back and dig in around Hill 99. Looking through his glasses in the dawn's early light the German Commander realises his men have pulled back a tad too far, leaving a road junction dangerously exposed. Looking through his glasses in the dawn's early light the British Commander realises his men are now being overlooked from Hill 99. This must be taken quickly before the Germans have time to fortify it too strongly. Leaving a small force to hold the nearby road junction, the advance begins...

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The Germans make a determined push to retake the crossroads. Inflicting heavy casualties on the defending Tommies.

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An East Riding Yeomanry Sherman moves up to give support, but is spotted by a cunningly concealed Stug, hit through the turret the Sherman does a 'Ronson'!

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Once again very heavy Allied artillery support, directed by a FOO from the cover of a ruined building, blunts the German advance.

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The Rifle Brigade come on in their Regiments finest tradition, routing the enemy gunners from their positions on Hill 99.

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The two Platoons then execute a telling counter attack into the flank of the Germans assaulting the crossroads.

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Pinned down by accurate artillery, and under increasingly telling small arms fire the Germans are thrown back to and beyond their start lines.

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Dusk falls on another hard fought success for the Rifle Brigade.

:-D
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Posted by Peter on 02 Apr 2021, 16:49

It all looks wonderfull! The gaming table, the figures, the tanks and buildings! Thanks for sharing! :thumbup:
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Posted by Harry Faversham on 02 Apr 2021, 19:06

Thanks Peter. I'm finding that using 'One Hour Wargames' rules, along with the 'chance' cards included, are giving me some exciting solo games. Had it not been for the splendid work of the Royal Artillery the Rifle Brigade would have been in trouble... pretty much mirrors history so far!

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Posted by Harry Faversham on 07 Apr 2021, 07:36

D+3

British


4 Infantry Platoons (A Company 8th Rifle Brigade)

1 25pdr guns (A Battery 'Chestnut Troop' RHA)

1 6pdr anti-tank gun (Northumberland Hussars Anti-tank Regiment RA)

Germans

3 Infantry Platoons

1 Tiger Tank

1 Panther Tank

1 Stug 111

D+3 finds the Germans reinforced with heavy armour and sitting on an excellent defensive line covering two small river crossings.
A Tiger tank leads a strong force of Jerry Infantry over the bridge and into the flank of the advancing Rifle Brigade. The Hussars try desperately to bring their anti-tank gun into action, the Tiger wrecks it before it can deploy!

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On the right flank the rifles assault the bridge with great dash, running slap bang into camouflaged German armour. Tank hunting teams let fly with a volley of PIAT bombs, but it's a very one sided, but grimly contested fight...

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Two Rifle Brigade Platoons, sorely needed at the bridge fight, are redeployed to shore up the threatened left flank.

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The fight to take the bridge is relegated to a holding action, the Rifles only staying north of the river thanks to sterling work from the RHA. The aggressive Panzer Grenadiers, with heavy tank support, break through on the left. The one sided fight north of the bridge comes to an end as the Rifle Brigade Platoon exhausts their supply of PIAT bombs.

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Ordering smoke from the Gunners the Rifles Company CO falls back, leaving both bridges firmly in German hands!

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"Red Leader, Red Two, target spotted!

"Red Leader, got 'em Red Two!

"OK Red Section follow me. Here we go!"


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Posted by Minuteman on 09 Apr 2021, 05:16

Dramatic stuff !! The Rifles are in a tight corner here, with heavy (Airfix) armour about to roll over them. But somehow I had a feeling that a Hawker Typhoon might appear to fly to the rescue.....I guess the Germans are now wishing that Airfix had made a light Flak model to help combat this new Allied menace. Just think how good a 20mm with a light truck to pull it and, say, an Sdkfz 250 as well would have been in a single boxed set.
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Posted by Harry Faversham on 09 Apr 2021, 09:22

Next mission for the Rifle Brigade will be galloping to the rescue of the Paras fighting in the Orne Bridgehead, let's hope the Cavalry arrive in the nick of time!

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Posted by Minuteman on 09 Apr 2021, 09:59

Sounds like a great scenario Harry!

Let's hope The Rifles have some extra reinforcement and beefed up anti-tank support to take on those formidable Airfix Germans.

It's not Airfix, but maybe the Matchbox 17pdr and tractor...a nice kit, small and very fiddly, but still of the 'yesteryear' period. That should give the Airfix Tiger and Panther something to think about...
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Posted by Harry Faversham on 10 Apr 2021, 00:27

Good thinking there old bean. Trouble is, anti-tank guns don't seem to last very long in our games...

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Posted by MABO on 10 Apr 2021, 07:53

A pure tragedy
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Posted by Minuteman on 10 Apr 2021, 08:14

MABO wrote:A pure tragedy


Yes, clearly being an anti-tank gunner is a dangerous occupation. Give those Riflemen some extra PIATs and plenty of ammunition.....and hope!!
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Posted by Peter on 10 Apr 2021, 12:49

Minuteman wrote:
Yes, clearly being an anti-tank gunner is a dangerous occupation. Give those Riflemen some extra PIATs and plenty of ammunition.....and hope!!

And he has to paint more soldiers! :mrgreen:
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