Monday 15 April 2024

Sicily 1943 : 15mm

For our weekend game we wanted a full day battle and I was keen to get the recently completed Mediterranean terrain on the table. Although not historically based the battle sees the Americans seek to force their way inland, Capturing small Sicilian villages located on difficult to access mountain tops the terrain is difficult and the Germans dug in.

Then Americans will enter from the left (south) the air support is controlled by a special die being pulled from the bag. The Germans are already occupying the three main villages and the church on the craggy hill. All the rest of the German force will arrive controlled by a random die pulled from the bag. I took far too many photos but I will keep the captions short πŸ‘
The troops do fit inside the buildings but with this size of battle it would be a bit of a pain so we placed them on the roofs. 
The Americans head towards the iron girder bridge. 
Preparing to assault the first village supported by an aerial bombardment
More Sherman’s head to the left of the village
American artillery sets up while Paratroopers head towards the bridge
Americans capture the farm buildings
Tanks lead the way but the first one is knocked out
The Sherman’s use their firepower to attack the far village in an attempt to knock out a covering 88 in the village
More Sherman’s move to cross the bridge
At the start of the day the American commander mistakenly gave the Germans a new toy so this arrived immediately as a reserve. Rather than hold back the Hummel advances to take on the American Sherman’s directly
The Germans then bring on another ‘big gun’ a solitary Tiger
The Americans can really only take the villages with infantry, so they assault head on, after loosing at least two units of infantry they finally take the village

Now they need to push on to the second village which will be tougher 
The American tanks now push over the bridge but again come under fire and the lead tank is knocked out
Another attempt to cross the girder bridge stalls.
The Germans in the Eastern village have little or nothing to do the whole battle
To the west a fierce battle for control, the Germans bring up a machine gun platoon
And then antitank guns
The tanks start to fan out 
The Hummel is attacked from the side and bursts into flames
The Tiger is immobilised and struggles to knock out any of the Sherman’s
The lead Sherman breaks through but can’t be supported by infantry who are held back.
The lead tank on the bridge is immobilised blocking the road
The Germans are under huge pressure in the village and bring their final reserves to boost their defence
Another Sherman is knocked out and although the American infantry is advancing they haven’t managed to capture the second village, at this point the battle ended and we declared it a draw. With the Americans really needing to capture another village for the win.

A very fun game played in fine spirits. Great to get the collection on the table πŸ‘ next up will be some painting and more games to come

Thanks for checking in

Matt


32 comments:

  1. A great looking game Matt, and having recently finished a book on Monte Cassino and the battle for Rome, the result seems pretty realistic for the war in Italy

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    1. Thanks Keith the hard slog seemed about right for the yanks

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  2. Great looking game, Matt - terrain, vehicles, and troops top-notch. Although I don't have 15mm stuff, I can see how they work well with WW2.

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    1. Thanks Dean , 15mm does allow you to field a good mixed force and allows more tanks which is of course fun

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  3. Nice to see those Mediterranean buildings getting some table time, along with the rest of the collection. Lovely stuff Matt.

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    1. Thanks Lawrence having painted them I was keen to get them set up at least once this year πŸ‘

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  4. A splendid table and toys Matt and a very fine game and report.

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  5. I don't do WW2 but always enjoy seeing others who do. That is a very impressive looking game, great table and loads of lovely miniatures, great stuff!

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    1. Many thanks Donnie hard to imagine not doing WW2 so much wargaming fun to be had πŸ€”

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  6. Very nice, love the vineyard following the contour of the hill. There is a new Rapid Fire Reloaded booklet due out in may (£10) covering four scenarios involving the Sherman Rangers Yeomanry (1944) which might take your interest, but they also do Crete in the same series that definitely will tickle your fancy.

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    1. Thanks Norm I’ll try and look those scenario book out sometime ?

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  7. That's a grest looking tabletop. There's so much to look at.

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    1. Thanks Ray…I guess I was trying to make the battlefield packed with stuff as the general sense of Sicily was difficult ground to attack and it felt like that at least πŸ‘

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  8. Great looking game Matt and nice to be able to get a BIG game in too:).

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    1. Thanks Steve I certainly seem to be leaning towards bigger games at the moment ? Perhaps I should make sure we get/some skirmishes in as well ?

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  9. Nice take on visually producing a Sicily table. An interesting game that is showing the difficulty of advancing against adequate defense in such terrain.

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    1. Thanks Joe given that most of my terrain is flexible for multiple theatres I’m glad you thought it worked for Sicily. I can be too critical sometimes πŸ€”

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  10. A fine table to play over and a grand AAR too.

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    1. Thanks David ………I know 15mm not your thing πŸ˜€

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  11. Top stuff Matt…
    Fighting for hilltop villages certainly fits my image of the war in Italy…

    All the best. Aly

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    1. Thanks Aly all the books etc I have read seem to emphasise the challenge of high mountain villages well defended by the Germans. The only historical difference which doesnt make a very fun wargame was the allies bombed the hell out of most of the villages rather than assault them !

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  12. How did I miss this splendid post? Table and troops look fab as always especially your boxful of new buildings and olive groves. Are you playing Sicily in both 15mm and 25mm?

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    1. Thanks Jon…….and yes not sure how that happened I wasn’t planning on the 15mm buildings but when I got a boxful I didn’t really have a choice did I !

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  13. The village looks great Matt, nice to see it in action.
    Cheers
    Stu

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