A few Saturdays back, we all got a "hankerin'" for some early World War II gaming. Out came the early War Germans, British, and French. Andy and I sat out as referees (more or less) while Bear, Stu, and Derek ran the Germans, opposed by Martin, Kevin, and Rob with the Allied forces. Early World War II stuff is interesting. There's less technology and what is there is not what you'd expect. When the big gun on the board is a 47mm anti-tank gun, the game goes differently.
|Behind the large paper-mache house, the French forces gather.|
|The French Panhard Armoured Car... which later proved to be a mechanised hero!|
|Rob and Kevin's British and French advance to the hedges and the walls. The boggy area in the foreground always seems to attract troops. We refer to it as the "rubber vomit."|
|Stu's mighty Pz 38t commanded the centre of the table until...|
Wait for it!
The Panhard knocked it out! Zut alors!
|Bear's Wehrmacht troops take a house at the far left of the German lines.|
|Derek's troops lay down heavy fire from the safety of the woods.|
|The British end of the Allied line tries to use cover to their best advantage. Unfortunately the Allied left was rather barren of cover and Derek's fire took a high toll.|
|A French tank-like object gets belligerent. I can't remember its designation, but I remember its armoured with crepe paper and carries a pea-shooter. At least it's not pedal powered!|
|Smoke and Dr. Pepper... must be a wargame. The blue chips on the house in the foreground show that it has been his and damaged by mortar bombs.|
Now it's in writing, guys. It must be true!