Monday, 4 January 2016

"What's that behind the hedges mate?" - 1944 Big Chain of Command continues...

The game is afoot!  Umpire Stan looks on as the German High Command confer on the balcony and the Allied
Commanders work out their allocation of supports and plan of attack.


So the big morning arrived.  With the stealth of a herd of marauding buffaloes the eight players converged upon the upstairs wargames room and we all laid down the scenario.  Stan stated that the allies were fighting their way through several days after the landings.  A conglomerate US-Anglo force had been thrown into this small area to capture a local enemy command bunker as well as the village church providing an ideal reconnaissance point as well as one of a series of bridges which may be useful in further logistical movements in coming weeks.


The Allies can thrown two platoons of US 101st Airborne, one platoon of Canadian Infantry, another British Rifle Platoon and a platoon of Churchill tanks.  In addition the allies have 34 support points which have been divided between the platoons to provide some additional support.


The German local forces have three platoons of Panzer Grenadiers and a support platoon of Stugs


On the far western flank a small farm house complete with inhabitants awaits the morning calmly.



Early days as a 60mm Mortar team takes up residence in the nearest field



Alex quickly leads his first section forward through the fields and deploys the LMG



Those dastardly Germans watch on...well most of them anyway!  Chris the Stug Platoon Commander seems to
suspect that, like always, the infantry will leave him with a mess to clean-up!  Only time will tell.



In the centre Mike leads his Canucks through the dry river beds and surrounding woods


Canadians on the move - "What's all the fuss about 'ay chaps"



Martins Tommies moving a bit more cautiously on the allied left flank



Especially since he suspects the Berenstein Bears in the woods! - surely with a name like those dudes were German!



Panzer Grenadier section advances upon the woods in the centre


Reinforcements  start to move rapidly to the front lines in anticipation of a push



Another German section in the wood line covering the bunker



The section continues their advance in the centre sensing an opportunity to catch the Canadians on the flank




US Airborne meet to confer about the best path forward now that preliminary scouting reports have
come in.  Looks like a fair bit of blood to be paid today it would seem. 
So the first turn is well under way.

The US Airborne have advanced aggressively on their right flank and have just started to take some preliminary fire.

In the centre the Canadians have advanced rapidly and are in for a bit of a surprise.

On the allied left the British are moving conservatively knowing that this is the area where we have allocated the armour to.

The Germans are sitting back in their positions both confident and calm.  Surprisingly they have decided to not occupy the bunker which could prove fatal as the battle progresses.

More to follow. 

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