After a long and difficult S-day the Wehrmacht having established a strong bridgehead are seeking to break out into the Kentish Countryside, blitzkrieg style. British forces have been busy over night and having advanced Northwest along the A20 the Germans have been halted. In this sector the German commander has swung the attack to the north to out flank the defended roadblock. His pioneer units have hastily constructed pontoon bridges across the streams which feed into the River Stour. In front of them the British have a thin defended line close to Lodge House. The Germans must break through to avoid further delays.
Tuesday, 15 June 2021
Tuesday, 8 June 2021
After what seems like ages I have finished the AWI Hessians I was working on. Not sure why they didn’t inspire me to paint them, something about the slightly angular/sharp nature of the sculpting perhaps ? But they are done and they look ok. They will play as two regiments for Rebels and Patriots or one larger regiment in other games. At some point I think I will need to get a unit of Hessian Regulars in Tricorn hats ? But I have already started preparing a small unit of jägers.
Sunday, 6 June 2021
With lockdown broadly coming to an end and the summer weather we have been able to plan some larger games in the garden gaming centre. The list of options for these games is getting longer and longer. They provide both a motivation to collect and paint and the opportunity to play the types of games we normally associate with shows. Anyway enough of this meandering….Martin has a good collection of Turks and with my growing collection of WW1 Russians this gave us the opportunity to game something different to our normal fair. I am not an expert on this period although putting on this game has improved that knowledge I will leave you to search the web for more info if you need it. Suffice to say the Caucasus Campaign saw Russia battling for several years against the Turks between about 1914 and the Revolution in 1917 when the Russians turned their attention to killing each other instead. The battle of Manzikert took place in 1915 in Armenia. The Russian forces had captured the Town of Manzikert north of Lake Van.
“On July 10, 1915, Russian General Oganovski launched an offensive to capture the hills just west of Malazgirt. He believed that the Turkish forces in the area were weak. However, the Turkish forces contained several divisions numbering upwards of 40,000 men. On July 16, the Ottoman Army counter-attacked under Abdul Kerim Pasha. They outnumbered the Russians by a factor of 3-1. Oganovski was forced to retreat back to Malazgirt, and in the process the Turks captured his baggage train”
In Hollywood style our battle would be ‘based’ on this History rather than a detailed reconstruction.