Holding the Wolfheze farm.

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Holding the Wolfheze farm.

Postby FredericktheGreat » Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:33 pm

Just had a game of Bolt Action between the German Wehrmacht and the British Paratroopers. It was a small action involving 2 under strength Rifle Squads of British Paras an MMG and a HQ and 3 full strength German Rifle Squads and a HQ. The German squads were loaded with an LMG's, an Assault rifle and 2 SMG's as well as 4 rifles. The Germans had to clear the farm and surrounding region of British paras defending an isolated farm 2 miles from Wolfheze during the big push into Arnhem, 1944, by the German division Von Tettau. This meant that if any paras were still on thee table after turn 6 the British would win, having delayed the German advance. For the Germans to win they had to eliminate all the British paras. The German commander sent a Squad around the flank and pinned the British right flank with a German squad defending a farm house. The first couple of turns went really fast as the Germans danced around, not getting heavily engaged in action. The amount of fire they could bring to bare began to tell and the British squad on the right flank lost 3 men in one round of fire, while the Germans flanking British position lost a rifleman to MMG fire as the dashed across open ground to the cover of the woods. The British player was not rolling really well to kill. By the same token the German player was not too good at passing command checks either. On turn three he sent the third squad over the top and straight at the British center. The MMG and a British rifle squad on ambush opened up and 4 Germans fell stalling the attack. For the next three turns they failed a command check to move each turn, even with the Platoon commander right behind them. The German squad on the British right flank and British left flank did much better. On Turn 4 the German overran the weakened paras squad and consolidated into the center of the British defense. On turn 5 the German squad on the left flank overran the MMG battery, losing a another rifleman as they charged the Granary where the MMG was. It was at this time that the other British counter attacked the Germans amongst their defenses driving them off. If the German squad in the center had passed even one test,t he British would have collapsed under the weight. As it was, the Medic and the 2nd British squad defending held their ground. The cost was high as in the final turn the German quad that had assaulted the Granary now assaulted the Paras Platoon Co who died under a barrage of grenades and bayonets, but not before having killed the German LMG team first. Battered and very bloodied the British paras held the ground and maybe may even have changed the course of Market Garden, had we been paying a campaign. :D I took some pictures but as yet have not had a chance to look at them. If they are any good will post them :)
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Re: Holding the Wolfheze farm.

Postby FredericktheGreat » Sat Feb 23, 2013 6:31 pm

Sadly not many of the photos turned out for the Bolt Action game. Only two in fact :(

Here is a squad of Werhmacht sneaking around a hill, trying to flank the position.

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Here is Bromley-Smythe, the British Platoon commander, tasked with defending the farm and its environs. Which he dutifully did, but at the ultimate cost!

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