|An A10 Cruiser Tank takes up position|
The last time we tried the game it was a great success with a close run finish, the British (with some South African help) won the day.
The basic scenario is a small Italian Force holding a defensive position being attacked by a larger British and Empire Force with a German Force racing to the rescue of their Italian Allies.
|British Air Power swoops in rather low|
We had some slight variations in orbats, the Italians started with two AB41 armoured cars rather than one and an AS43. The British had three players again each with a Company of Infantry (33 figs) a Sqn of tanks (3 Models) and two recce vehicles.
|That flank looks secure|
|A13 with South African Infantry support|
|I can smell burning, did you leave the cooker on ?|
You can catch his stuff on his blog GA - PA, here http://gapagnw.blogspot.co.uk/
On the second day one of Andys friends from that London joined us for some Yarkshire Hospitality, how cosmopolitan are we ! Still not drinking coffee though, "tha's in't Yarkshire, tha bloody well sups tea, reet"
|Italian Forces await the onslaught|
On the Italian right, Rob had decided not to occupy the hill on the edge of the table, in the last game this had left him a bit stretched and the British were able to break through a gap in the line and flank the fort. So this time he concentrated his units on the flank of the fort to face Roger and then Ian on the second day, who had the Matildas.
|An Italian LMG Co takes cover behind a wall, it didn't work|
|South African Infantry advance|
It wasn't long before Rogers 2 Marmon Herringtons were knocked out, but so to were the Italian AB41s, one rather embarrassingly to a light mortar round. But in their defence they had managed to rather fortunately take out the Honey, the Italians would take that as fair exchange.
|Join the Recon, they said. Drive the fastest vehicles; they said|
Even the German Recon units which arrived as reinforcements didn't last long. But it was the Matildas that caused the problem, Fat Badger and Tubby Toad creeped slowly forward, shells bouncing off that thick armour.
|Badger and Toad|
|I can see my house from here|
|"Drive down that road until you get blo......., hello are you there ?"|
|"That way to the doughnuts"|
Things didn't help when armour reinforcements arrived for both sides on the same flank again cancelling each other out. A brave Company of British Infantry managed to sneak up on the tanks and attempt a number of close assaults but alas, for them they kept getting beaten back.
So there we have it a bloody draw but another good enjoyable Desert game. The Germans are getting a rest for a while as I have some Op Compass games lined up, some fairly short, so I'm hoping to rattle through a couple of those before Xmas.
Next up is ACW and the Battle of Champion Hill.