05/12/2017 at 02:36 #77861
It’s 0715 on 15 May 1940, and KG Klink, attached to the 7th Panzer Division, is on the move. The 7th Panzer Division has broken through the French front line and is on the road to Flavion, with reconnaissance elements pushing both north and south of the city in search of a way to by-pass the city, or at least find an undefended back door. North of Flavion, recce elements of KG Klink have discovered a ford over the River Moiste near a small farming hamlet; led by KG Klink’s Reconnaissance Company Commander, 1st Lieutenant Wehner, the Germans quickly push across the river and secure a small bridgehead on the western bank, before sending for reinforcements. Colonel Klink, the Kampfgruppe Commander, immediately broke off a detachment of infantry and armor to reinforce Lt Wehner at the ford. But time is of the essence; French forces under Captain Cognac have spied the German bridgehead and are already forming up for a counterattack.
Overview, north is up, with the German baseline at right (east) and the French at left (west). The River Moiste is at center, running north to south, and the key ford is at center right, where the dirt road intersects with the river. The ground is flat, rolling fields, with heavy stands of trees at far right, bottom center, left, top left, and far left. Cabbage fields abound, providing no significant cover or concealment nor real impediment to movement, but there is a stone wall (the sideways ‘V’ at center left/bottom) that halts movement and is only barely passable to tracked vehicles; similarly, there is a wooden fence running along the northern side of the main, east-west running road. The fence itself is not the problem, it’s the drainage ditch running just below, invisible to the naked eye 😉 , the fence. At top left is The Farm, consisting of a residence, an outbuilding, and a barn. At center is the tollkeeper’s house, and at top center right is Mademoiselle Chevelle’s home.
The objective of the game is possession of the ford, with possession being defined as having troops on the enemy’s side of the river at the conclusion of the fight. The Germans start the game in defensive positions, with guidance being to set up a significant amount of their forces on the western (French) side of the river. The French begin the game at The Farm, in the northwest (top left), which is their marshalling area for the counterattack.
Sgt Graebner’s Pz IVC, sheltering behind Mademoiselle Chevelle’s home, fires on a Somua S35. To see how the fight turned out, please check the blog at:
Anyway, hopefully we’ve given you an entertaining battle report to enjoy, some food for thought regarding the rules, and some food for thought regarding the future of KG Klink (and go ahead and toss your thoughts my way, please). Thanks for reading, hope you liked it.
Jack05/12/2017 at 04:06 #77862
The Boy should have won. The card blinds work so I’m ok with them. After France send them to the Balkans and Greece then Russia!05/12/2017 at 17:09 #77918
Yeah man, that close combat was epic, I still can’t believe how it shook out. The cards are ugly, but they work great and are practical (inexpensive), so while I’d like to do something different, I’m not sure what.
I can’t see doing Yugoslavia, but Greece is a real possibility; I just don’t much about the campaign in Greece. And I will definitely get to Russia, I just don’t want to be stuck there the whole war! No one does 😉
Jack05/12/2017 at 17:19 #77920
Regarding the tea break, there’s the “double tea break” option (use two cards, end turn on the second) but do also remember that you get to fire on the tea break card (at least you did in TW&T, I assume its the same in IABSM).
The flow is remarkably like Crossfire or FiveCore actually: Try to hustle your guys into positions so even if they can’t activate, they can still influence the battle 🙂
Nordic Weasel Games
https://sites.google.com/site/nordicweaselgames/05/12/2017 at 20:40 #77943
Send them to Russia then pull them out for Italy.06/12/2017 at 14:16 #78020
Ivan – Yeah, the rules as written allow units that didn’t activate to fire, but we’re not, for the same reason we’re not using the double Tea Break: I like the friction 😉
John – Yeah, maybe. I’m not sure why (I think it’s my buddy Steve over at the “Sound Officer’s Call” blog), but I kind of really want to get to the Eastern Front, ASAP. But I also want to fight tank battles in the desert, hence the idea of splitting the KG and bringing it back together later. We’ll see, I’ve got time. Just for you, I haven’t posted anything, but I’ve been playing and working behind the scenes on the US Marines in the Dutch East Indies.
Tim – Yeah buddy, 233 photos. And yeah, it took 4 1/2 hours to play, another 5 hours for the batrep. I’m remembering why I like skirmish games so much 😉 I’m glad you liked it, and appreciate the kind words. The little puffs of cotton is me trying to show the mortar/cannon impacts; sorry they’re ugly, but I’m a simple man 😉
Jack06/12/2017 at 17:31 #78034
Marines would be great!
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