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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Guest AAR: Battle of Arnhem

By Kevin Kubecka

Battle of Arnhem-A Bridge Too Far!
GameMaster: Stephen Wilcox, Lone Star Historical-Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter, Texas, USA
Location: Texas Toy Soldier
Date: Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of Lone Star Historical Miniatures hosted a massive 15,000 point Flames of War brawl reconstructing the Arnhem Bridge engagement of September 17-26, 1944. Nine lucky players commanded their troops on a colossal six (6) by sixteen (16) foot board modeled on period  reconnaissance photographs. Who says, everything isn’t bigger in Texas!



All the usual characters made this fight:

BRITISH TROOPS                                                             GERMAN TROOPS

Colonel Frost’s Perimeter Force                                         Spindler’s Blocking Force
   -2 players, 1,250 points each                                             -3 players, 1,250 points each
General Urquhart’s Parachute and Airlanding Forces        Gräbner’s Reconnaissance Force
   -2 players, 1,250 points each                                              -1 player, 1,250 points
XXX Corps Armor-British Armored Force                           Hummel Armor Force-Tigers!!
   -1 player, 1,250 points                                                        -1 player, 1,250 points
                                                                                            Knaust Reserve Force
                                                                                               -1 player, 1,250 points

11 players listed with forces, however only nine actually participated.

ALLIES
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE:          Frost must hold out until XXX Corps arrives on Turn 6;
SECONDARY OBJECTIVE:    Urquhart’s forces must push through the town and link up with Frost.

AXIS
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE:          Reclaim bridge head from Frost’s Forces;

SECONDARY OBJECTIVE:    Prevent Urquhart’s forces from linking up with Frost.




  

Frost establishes command post on bridge head and digs in those pesky six-pounders.




Urquhart’s Airlanding Forces arrive on Western edge of town preparing to work their way to reinforce Frost at the bridge.






A platoon of fearless infantry from Frost’s Company prepare to assault a German Flak position along the Rhine resulting in one sad German player and one smoking ruin of a Flak gun!


Meanwhile, a mortar from “you guessed it” Frost’s Company takes out a second Flak position. This one covered the main road through town. Well, it did…but not anymore!




Recce jeeps from Urquhart’s Airlanding Company begin their push down the road nestled against the industrial area and the Rhine. Only to be sidetracked by a German Sniper position. Top of an oil tank is not a good place to hide for snipers. Burn baby…Burn!

(Yep, I know the sniper was a proxied mortar team-what’re ya going to do..)



Frost shifts infantry into a row of houses along East side of bridge in preparation for German armor reinforcements.



German positions consisted mainly of infantry taking up residence in the town buildings and trading pot shots with Frost and Urquhart’s forces until their respective armor reserves arrived.



Oh drat! The German Strumhaubitze 42s have arrived… Three platoons of these monsters arrived from reserves in turn 2 and turn 3. 




One platoon of Strumhaubitze 42s push on Frost’s western perimeter and meet with heavy resistance. Dug in 6 pounders make quick work of these nefarious metal monsters!







Another platoon of StuH 42s works its way around the flank of Frost’s western perimeter hunting those pesky 6 pounders!



In the East, freshly minted Tigers arrive to place Frost in a vise. All seems lost now!




And if Tigers were not enough, Gräbner’s Recce Force arrives on the Bridge, but wait, is that a minefield up ahead? And what are those whistling noises overhead?





Hummel arrives with his Tigers on the Northern side of Arnhem and pushes aggressively into Frost’s eastern perimeter.



Hummel is beaten back by lowly infantry and 6 pdrs


A lone German heavy machine gun position serves overwatch.


Time ran out on our game with a full 5 turns being completed. XXX Corps had not arrived yet. The bulk of General Urquhart’s forces were beginning to taste action in turn 5. However, with a second platoon of Tigers approaching Frost’s Eastern perimeter , it was doubtful he could hold out.


All had a great time and the majority concurred that a full day of gameplay was needed to adequately play the Arnhem Bridge scenario out to conclusion.

8 comments:

Steven Williams said...

I had dreams of doing something like this more than 15 years ago... Amazing set up! It looks like heaps of fun.

Service Ration Distribution (Hobby) said...

Nice AAR. Really like your scenery. Hope you get to do the 'all day' game. Rapid Fire do the Arnhem scenario for 20mm. You've whetted my appetite, so when I'm done with Stalingrad I may do Arnhem. By the way my table is 24 feet with two tons of sand in it. Everything's bigger in...Scotland

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Unknown said...

I was in the email chain on this and wanted to do it but didnt have the models for any of the list. I'm fairly new player and come upto Texas Toy Soldier every month. What is this Lone Star Historical-Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter? Is there a website/club I can join?
Regards
Ben

CrackedCubes said...

Ben,

We meet first Sunday of every month at Area 51 to enjoy some "rolling of the bones" and "semi-recreation" of battles. The historical re-creations fall under the Lone Star Historical club, not sure I've ever seen a formal meeting. There is a yahoo group you can check out at LSHM_DFW@yahoogroups.com as well.

CrackedCubes said...

Very Nice SRD! Love to see some pics of that board! Cheers.

Service Ration Distribution (Hobby) said...
Nice AAR. Really like your scenery. Hope you get to do the 'all day' game. Rapid Fire do the Arnhem scenario for 20mm. You've whetted my appetite, so when I'm done with Stalingrad I may do Arnhem. By the way my table is 24 feet with two tons of sand in it. Everything's bigger in...Scotland

Unknown said...

Awesome game,fantastic terrain.!

Service Ration Distribution (Hobby) said...

You're welcome to have a look at the Stalingrad scenario we've got going on the blog at servicerationdistribution(hobby)blogspot

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