Monday, 28 May 2012

Operation Sealion AAR #2

The sun was just coming up over the Wiltshire countryside as elements of the SS-Freiwilligen panzer grenadier kompanie finally were given the ok to put down their shovels and take a rest. The following day their over zealous CO marched them north well beyond the rest of the Axis advance leaving them well behind British lines... More specifically right in British lines. The only up side to their predicament was that they were able to take control of several British defensive strong points and then dig in around them during the night. The SS was tired and isolated but they had concrete walls, deep entrenchments and obstacles to give them some hope of holding out until the rest of the German forces caught up.

  Click here to see the SS Company List compliments of Easy Army

 Several miles away to both the North and the South, British Armored Recce was closing in. Cromwells from the Guards Armored division charged across fields and pastures. A flight of precious Typhoon fighter bombers screamed over head. The Germans had over extended and HQ had released the fast moving company to isolate and cut them off. Speed was of the essence.

  Click here to see the British list Compliments of Easy Army

The Mission:  Surrounded
The Setup
British Sexton SP guns set up behind the hill in the far North East corner. With the 2IC leading a Rifle platoon through the woods in his Cromwell.
On the south side the Company Commander with 2 Cromwell platoons and armored car platoon press forward!
But the Germans are well prepared having spend the night digging in and turning the British fortifications against their creators!  Three strong points with plenty of Pak 40s and Fausts....   Bring on Tommy!
The British CO cant turn back now his orders were clear.  Take back the village and eliminate the SS unit there!  Tally ho!  Typhoons swoop in taking their chances with the flak nests.  Its imperative that airsupport get in as many runs as possible before friendly forces get too close.
The Germans in the trenches hunker down as 2 Typhoons swoop down rockets primed and ready.
The British recce and Armor presses forward over the fields closing on the Germans from both sides.
Shots are fired but to the British commanders dismay none find their mark.  They are too late and the Germans are well fortified.  The Flak Nest opens up with its Quads and tears the Typhoons apart!
The advance must continue.  Cromwells and Infantry push forward.  The 2IC trying to encourage his Rifle platoon to take out a pill box on a hill surrounded by Barbed wire!
The Germans hold their breath as their CO lowers his arm and gives the command to fire.   Pak 40s score some long range hits on the Cromwells.
The Germans take a heavy toll on the advancing armor before a brave Corporal in a Dingo pops up and opens fire with his AA MG to take out a Pak 40!
The efforts of an SS mortar platoon are able to hold back the British advance in the South keeping the Brit tanks in AT sights for longer than they would have liked.  Iron Cross to them!

With concentrated fire from the Daimler's Dingos and Cromwells in the south as well as SP arty support the Brits are able to weaken and pin the West Strongpoint.  The CO orders all platoons to Assault!  They would hopefully link up with the 2IC and his Riflemen coming from the north if they survived their assault on the hilltop pill box.

The first assault by the Rifles is pushed back by the defensive fire from the Pillbox.  And heavy casualties are taken.  But the Guards are unflappable and throw themselves right back at it!  A well placed satchel charge finishes it off.  As the Rifle men climb past the Pillbox they see the carnage below...
Although the SS holding the position are wiped out to a man they gutted the Brits Armor.  The CO perished along with both platoons of Cromwells.  Their burning hulks littering the area.  Through all the smoke and fire a pair of Daimlers manages to get to the objective!

The German CO charges forward Panzerfaust in hand leaping atop a bogged down Challenger, opens the hatch and fires it down inside before leaping off amidst a fiery explosion!
Seeing the objective in the hands of the Brits the other fortified platoons rally and start charging down the communications trenches to contest it!
The Daimlers along with the remnants of the arriving Rifle Platoon manage to hold of a wave of German MG teams.  On the North side the SP arty decides its time to join the fight and rolls forward.
The SS keep coming.  Determined to hold the village they ignore casualties.  They know the Brits are on the verge of collapse and press home their attack!

The Daimlers miraculously beat back another wave oblivious to the fact that their Rifle MG reinforcements have been cut down around them.  The smoke swirls around them and the 2IC realizes hes in charge and very much isolated.  Watching from his vantage point he realizes they cannot hold and orders the withdrawal.
SS Major Victory 5-2

Great game that started out real bad for the Brits but with some luck turned out to be a really close game!  Props to my opponent  Daniel for a fun time.  Neither of us knew what the other was bringing for lists and it was a real good challenging match.

And we had to do it!!!

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Operation Sealion The rumble of German steel could once again be heard in the rolling farmlands of Wiltshire. A Panzer Kompanie had managed to find a break in the determined British lines and surged forward attempting to make a breakthrough! But the fields and farms of this peacefull countryside are not as empty as they appear... Mission rolled for was Breakthrough

  • HQ 2X StuG IV (Confident Vet)
  • 3X Stug G
  • 4X Panzer IV H
  • 3X Puma
  • Gepanzerte PGrens with Faust and 3.7cm 251
  • 15cm Nebs with 4 launchers and PaK 38
  • Sporadic Air Ju 87G
  • 1490 points
British Rifle Company
  • HQ Rifle teams (Confident Trained)
  • Rifle/MG platoon #1 PIAT/LT Mortar
  • Rifle/MG platoon #2 PIAT/LT Mortar
  • Rifle/MG platoon #3 PIAT/LT Mortar
  • Carrier Patrol
  • Anti-Tank Platoon 3X 6pounders
  • HMG Platoon
  • Heavy Mortar Platoon
  • CHurchill Croc platoon with 3 Crocs
  • AT Platoon SP with 2 M10s
  • 1490 points


The Panzers are preparing to push towards the objectives while the Brits swarm in from either side attempting to seal the gap.

  • Panzer IV Platoon
British Rifle Company
  • Rifle Platoon
  • Crocodile platoon
  • M10s

PanzerKompanie: The Germans attack with everything but one platoon. Hoping to make use of a Recce move and gain an early advantage with a Blitzkrieg attack.
British Rifle Company: Rifles, 6 pounders, Heavy mortars and HMGs in prepared positions with commanding fields of fire on the German advance.


Pumas get ontop of the objective!

Pumas Burn

    British Rifle Company

      PanzerKompanie: Puma's get Recce move followed by normal move and make it to the objective. Rockets fire a salvo at British Rifles missing. Air Support comes into the area and strafes the same platoon managing to pin them. Panzer Grens move towards the now pinned Brits in their Halftracks. StuGs push towards the center objectives hoping to reinforce the Pumas.
      British Rifle Company: Brits get reserves. Crocs lumber into the fray! Rifles stay dug in hoping to weather the next bombardment and air attack again. Knowing that if they do not knock out the Pumas the fight is lost the Brits order a Heavy mortar bombardment and succeed in knocking out the one Puma contesting!! The newly arrived Crocs score a long range hit on another Puma forcing a morale check which is failed! Seeing off the immediate threat of a German early win.

      TURN 2

      Pumas Burn!

      • 1 MG team
      British Rifle Company
      • 1 Croc

      PanzerKompanie: StuGs race forward trying to contest the objective lost by the Pumas but cannot quite reach. Panzer Grens advance and then dismount using Stormtrooper to line up for an attack on the dug in Brit Rifles. Air support screams in again this time taking out a Croc! Rockets manage to range in and pin the rifles and HMG platoon causing several casualties. Company CMD and 2IC head to take on the British Heavy mortars on the right flank.
      British Rifle Company: Crocs advance firing MGs at the Panzer Grens as they pass. Scoring a hit! Heavy Mortars drop a bombardment on the StuGs but dont manage any hits. Brit rifles on the right flank move into a forest to defend the 6 pounders from the advancing German CO and 2IC. 6 Pounders open up on the other StuGs advancing on the objectives but score no hits.

      TURN 3

      Here they come lads!

      • 3 MG Teams
      British Rifle Company
      • 2 Heavy Mortar teams
      • 3 Rifle MG Team

      PanzerKompanie: StuGs again move forward, one bogs trying to take a short cut over a hedge. Reserves arrive and double time up the left flank to prepare to get side shots on the approaching Crocs. PGrens Launch assault under cover of smoke against pinned rifles but are forced back in defensive fire after pulling in a Brit HMG! CO and 2IC open up on the Heavy Mortars managing to take 2 out.
      British Rifle Company: Its Do or die and the Brits push hard with everything. Crocs keep heading towards the objectives taking shots at the StuGs but none find their mark.

      TURN 4

      Brit fury takes its toll

      • 3 MG Teams
      • Puma Platoon
      British Rifle Company
      • 2 Heavy Mortar teams
      • 1 Rifle MG Team
      • 1 Croc

      PanzerKompanie: StuGs park on the objective and turn to face the charging Crocs (For whatever good it does!) Panzer IVs take shots at Crocs managing to Bail one. No Air Support Rockets drop a bombardment on the Crocs and HMGs but to no avail
      British Rifle Company: With no teams close enough to contest the objective the Brits fire everything they have at the StuGs. The Heavy mortars reduced to just two tubes range in but cant bring the pain. Knowing they cant win the battle they turn to doing as much damage as possible. Newly arrived M10s from reserve chew up the Panzer IVs leaving 2 burning in the fields.
      German foces manage to seize and hold the objective utilizing their highly mobile forces. (5-2 Axis Victory)

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      Sunday, 6 May 2012

      May the 4th be with you!

      Well as the name of the blog suggests I am also a Rabid starwars geek :)  This past weekend was full of opportunities to get out and have some fun!  May the 4th being Star Wars Day and May the 5th being Free Comic book day .  My wife and I belong to the International Star Wars costuming group known as the 501st Legion and there are I think 90 Garrisons now all over the world with almost 6000 active members.
      For Free Comic book day we take part in an annual event at our local Comic shop to promote reading and to raise money for a local childrens charity.  This was our 3rd year taking part.
       Heres a shot of our whole group.  The costumes cannot be store bought and are all custom made to meet strict criteria for membership with the Legion.
       Note to self:  Never tell a Wookie you ate the last cookie....

      According to the store owner over a 1000 people came through during the day.  And Im pretty sure we posed for about that many pictures lol.  Young and old everyone lights up when they see their movie Villians and heroes come to life.  Its always a ton of fun.
      And in the process of making everyone including ourselves smile we also raised over $600 for the local childrens charity!

      Thanks for looking and May the Force be with you! :P