Wednesday, 22 March 2017

British Support for Syria

British support for Syria

As I continue to research and design scenarios for Syria I keep coming across interesting and odd bit and pieces. It also occurred that the Anglo-Australians needed more support and some "specials" featured in games I want to run!

This is about a weeks work,

Marmon Herrington with 20mm Breda 

Royal Scots Greys (2nd Dragoons)

SHQ kit with SHQ gunner and converted spotter


Chevy 30cwt with 20mm Breda AA 

2/3rd Lt. anti-aircraft Regt RAA

Raventhorpe truck and crew, Britannia Breda

Morris 15cwt with Bofors 37mm AT gun
2/2nd anti-tank Regt RAA

Raventhorpe truck, gun & crew

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Re-purposed Airfix trucks

Supply element for my desert Brits.

Both Airfix plastic kits acquired as part of a job lot of bits, broken models and stuff a few yrs back.

Bedford QL tanker 
Was from the RAF refueling set - now can be a standard fuel tanker or water truck
I removed the long pipe arms and repainted from its pretty RAF blue livery

Austin K3 (I think?) 
Based on an article I read as a boy in a modelling book, was the K6 fire truck from the RAF emergency set painted in a brilliant red :)

Cut down the chassis, added a rough plastic card body and a canopy pinched off a Opel blitz. and then repainted to suit.

Both together

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

British support for Syria

25lbr battery 

 Britannia guns and crews plus some Raventhorpe gunners
Some of these gunners are AT crews and will man different weapons when on the tabletop :)

Boys AT rifle team 

Thursday, 9 March 2017

French colonial army

Bits and pieces from Early War Miniatures filling out holes in my various Coloniale units. I`ve hada  bit of fun painting these, playing with the uniforms and colouring. 

Senegalese in Chechia fez
Our Christmas game high-lighted some obvious gaps in my orbat so I added - a LMG team and a couple of VB grenade launchers, plus a grenade thrower and a sous-officer

Moroccan 7th Division
Mle37 50mm mortar team with sous-officer/spotter 

Artillery observer with periscope binoculars

Tirailleur captain wearing his parade kepi

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Hunting Pancho Villa

Been so busy since the New year with a major refurbishment and redecoration of our hotel, I haven`t even picked up a brush until yesterday. So here we have the first pieces for 2017.

Scout section Provisional Motorcycle Company. Mexico 1916/17

The Provisional Motorcycle company was parceled to the various regiments of Pershing`s expedition, this section will be attached to 1st battalion 6th Infantry.

All figures and bikes from Early War Miniatures 

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Return to Villaines-la-Carelle

The second of our Christmas games unusually for us another WW2 game :)

Drive to Mortree, South of Falaise, August 1944

To the south of Falaise the US 15th Corps and the French 2nd Armoured (2Dble) were ordered north in the direction of Argentin in order to meet the Canadians and close the pocket. 2Dble had just cleared Alencon (with some losses), but were eager to press on. German forces in the area were elements of the battered but still effective - 9th Panzer Division; a Kampfgruppe from 6th Fallschirmjager Division plus other stragglers and odd`n sods (mostly from 708th Infantry Division).

2Dble split into three tactical groups (Groupement Tactique) composing roughly of a tank battalion and an armoured infantry battalion plus supporting elements. These groups advanced north, but acted independently - more like competing units than cooperating columns. Bad tactical coordination caused traffic problems and supply issues; the French at one point crossed the fronts and caused a huge tail-back with US forces at Sees.

Groupement Tactique Langlade is tasked to seize the river crossings and road net at  Villaines-la-Carelle which sits on the highway between Alencon and Sees.

Villaines is occupied by a ad hoc battalion group from 748th Infantry Regiment (708th ID), they hope reinforcements from 9th Panzer (and anyone else) will turn up soon.

Our tabletop

Groupement Tactique Langlade was made up of two Groupe Mobiles, each with a mixed tank unit (including  an M10 TD), an armd infantry company and a recce squadron

9th Panzer battlegroup (most of which never arrived)

3e Escadron RMSM (Regiment de Marche du Spahis Marocains) recce leads the way down both roads

Germans in the village

The German commander (me) had placed a couple of platoons well forward of the river these caused a little trouble before being destroyed or routed. I did bloody both recce units and delay the general advance.

My mainline of resistance was the river when the French reached the bridges they were fired on my a Pak97/38 and a Marder IIIM

The Marder creamed an M8 - hooray! :) but the Pak97/38 shell bounced off the lead Sherman which in return blew the gun and crew to bits :(

On the main highway the lead Sherman bulldozed the burning M8 out of the way, shrugged off a shot from the Marder and then brewed it up in return :(

Both roads were now choked with French columns (oh for some artillery or the Luftwaffe)

After knocking out the Marder the lead Sherman smashed through a low wall on its left to allow more tanks through, unfortunately a large calibre shell blew it to pieces almost instantly, where the hell did that come from!!!!

Beware the Tiger on the prowl...........

Then began a duel between every available French tank and this 2nd SS Tiger over several turns with the odd infantry Panzerfaust and Panzersheck rocket shot into the mix for added chaotic flavour :)

On the other side of the village 2 PzIVs along with various infantry elements fought a protracted battle against Groupe Mobile Christoph, knocking out several tanks before succumbing to the inevitable :(

This caused a bottleneck and forced this groupe to use its infantry alone to force the bridge

M32 tries to drag a damaged Sherman off the bridge whilst Regiment de Marche du Tchad infantry cross under fire

Chaos reigns in the town square, if you look carefully you`ll see no less than three burning Shermans! A M10 of  2e Escadron RBFM (Regiment blinde de Fusiliers-Marins) pushes its way through and engages the now blinded (smoked) Tiger.

Success :)

The town square is still the subject of bitter house to house fighting however, during which the M10 gunners are killed by a LMG team from an upper window!

US support weapons add their fire

At the other end of the village a recce element of 9th Panzer arrives and holds up Groupe Christoph again

But in the centre infantry breakout of the houses and storm towards the church 

At this point with pressure building and more French arriving the Germans reluctantly gave up and ran away :(

 A very different game, close contact, constricted lines of advance, limited direct lines of sight and communications made for a challenging game for the French players. With better luck the German player could well have stopped the attacks cold, of course the French could have called upon ample artillery and probable air-support if really stuck too.