Now, as you'll see we've had to "adjust" the forces slightly from exactly those that would have been there on the day - this is simply due to the fact that these are the figures we have available ;o)
Troops of the 3rd infantry division took this route inland towards Caen. I can’t find any info about exactly which units took the village, so Steve’s chaps will be 2nd Btn Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
How to fit in my Paras though? Well, 7th Btn Parachute Regiment was originally intended for Operation Tonga (capturing the bridges on the Allies eastern flank) but Pine-Coffin’s men were very badly scattered. In fact many of these chaps helped reinforce the 2 Btn Ox & Bucks at the bridges during D-Day. So they’ll be helping the Warwicks take the village.
Mike kindly hosted the game at his house - many thanks for the tea and biscuits too!
As it was such a fun and absorbing game, the photos are not quite turn by turn but hopefully you'll get a flavour of the action with the key events.
|The sleepy village of Hermanville, Normandy, June 1944|
|The Allies begin their advance on the village|
My force was basically a reinforced platoon of three sections, a mortar, a Vickers, sniper, flame-thrower and an armoured car for that extra bit of punch.
|My Paras supported by an armoured car|
|Steve's British Regulars along with their armour!|
Whilst much of Mike's force weren't the finest the Wermacht could offer, he used his few elite troops to excellent effect, pouring shots in to the oncoming British Paras and forcing them to halt their advance and use a turn to rally off a heap of shock.
|Mike's troops prepare a warm welcome! But come under heavy fire too.|
|The Paras move up to begin clearing the house and church|
|Steve's chaps rush the flank whilst his centre pours fire into the buildings|
|The German centre. Note the marker on the road for the Allied artillery barrage!|
|F-U-B-A-R... Look out, Sir!!|
|Mike's right flank comes under increasing pressure ...|
|... and his left too!|
|A little bit of "cinema"|
|Get that flame-thrower up front! (in front of the wood)|
|Bring up the rest of the lads too!|
|Steve rushes the buildings|
|Paras use the house as fire base to batter the Germans in the graveyard|
With time pressing we wound up after 8 excellent turns of play. A clear victory for the Allies but Mike and his Germans had put up a very tough fight indeed!
An enormously enjoyable game with two splendid chums! It was a highly entertaining and enthralling game. The Allied win was a bonus. Our plan of giving the attackers an advantage (20% here) seemed to work but perhaps next time we'll consider reducing it to 15% or even 10%. The buildings held by Mike turned out to be something of a double-edged sword for his men. Superb cover against small arms fire but with both Steve and I packing some HE they could just as easily be death-traps as the shells blasted holes in the walls.