Six months ago(!) I played one of the best and most photogenic games of my life [link here]- a nod to the Battle of Hamburg against the entirely excellent Jon.
What I never got around for was the third installment: when Jon and I played the scenario from a few days later in April '45 as the Germans tried a desperate, last-ditch attempt to retake the city against a hasty British defence.
Obviously after half a year I won't remember the details, but it was a cracking match and I always fully intended to post the pretty pictures at least, so here goes!
|A gorgeous table again, as before. This time it was the|
Brits who had the completely hidden (mapped) setup in
the town's outskirts - the Germans were attacking from
the green belt on the right of this pic.
|My opening gambit: put a unit on 'Ambush'. |
Jon's Opening gambit: send the Puma into the town...
|...but we'd rolled to see whether the Puma had seen that|
6pdr barrel sticking out of a window, and it hadn't...
|..."Puma in open - 100 yards. Down safety...FIRE!"|
|The Puma was immobilised, and an understandably frustrated Jon|
moved all of his troops into a solid thrust toward the town.
|Sadly, my artillery FOO had called in some defensive fire,|
and at the start of turn two, a barrage pinned 'em all!
MEANWHILE, in the middle...
|....the Hetzer had moved up to very close range. Now,|
this wasn't a concern for me - until I realised that it was
a sodding Flammpanzer!
|"AAAaaaargh!" - fwoooOOOOSH!|
|The view from my back row (6pdr in that building, left)|
|Luckily for me, my PIAT survived the conflagration.|
Unluckily for me, they only immobilised and pinned it.
|Not wanting to just sit and shoot, I scooted some Toms|
out to bring the fight to the Germans...
|...sadly, neither flank could destroy the Hetzer, and|
both were left quite vulnerable.
|Jon realised this, and his centre - having rallied well - surged |
forward to invest both the building and the ruin. Damn.
|Luckily, my brave boys were able to fight their way in to|
the building and put pressure on the enemy in the open.
|To add insult to injury, and having finished off the Puma, |
my 6pdr popped off a long-odds shot at the retreating
halftrack and blew it sky-high too.
|Endgame. We had to call it: with no vehicles left, no|
officer and mostly only inexperienced Volkssturm left,
Jon's attack had fatally stalled. A British victory.
The game was great, and poor Jon was superbly resilient, given his daunting task and terrible luck.
These games really were amazing: proof (if t'were needed!) of just how very awesome home-brew narrative scenarios can really be!