|The lead German battalion columns: 2nd Panzergrenadier|
leading 3rd Panzer
Last Sunday (28 March) Paul ('Jacko') and I played a Command Decision World War Two game - the first either of us have played since early in the 2000s. Probably its the first CD game we've played together for nigh-on thirty years (where do they all go?!). We both just wanted a blow out with something a little different from what we have been doing recently on the war games front.
|The table map taken from the Bastogne |
campaign booklet (GDW)
|Weather conditions cards for use with this|
Situation: Team Desobry of CCB/ 10th Armoured Division, is to hold the road junction at Noville, guarding the northern flank of the Bastogne perimeter. 2nd Panzer Division must break through as quickly as possible, securing the town to protect its supply lines, and press on to the west.
The battle starts at 0500 hours.
Off-Board Support, US: 420th Armoured Field Artillery Battalion (3 M7 SP howitzers)
Off-Board Support, German: None.
Weather: Intermittent Fog.
Ground Condition: Heavy Mud
|US positions, early morning darkness, 19 December.|
|View looking east. Of course, it's being night,|
this pic ought to be all-over black.
We had to call the action at this point. For the first time in a good while this was played at the club, and the set-up, action (some 12 turns) and a humungous lunch took us from 11am to a little after 4, when it was time to pack up and go home. This was probably too ambitious a project for the time available (and an 8ft by 6ft table would have been preferable to the 8ft by 4ft we had to make do with), but this was not possible to play at home.
The kit was mine (German) and 'Jacko's' (American); the terrain mostly mine, and thanks to the Woolston Club for the fine 'heavy mud' table mat!
Could the Germans have cleared Noville, and possibly Cobry, before the 506th Parachute battalion arrived to spoil the party? I think so. IInd PzGr Bn and the Panzer battalion was just about set to sweep the wooded hill along the Bourcy road; I PzGr Bn was still a force to be reckoned with in the north, and half the Panther battalion remained a presence in the centre. Some useful support weapons and combat engineers were also arriving. Having said that, though, the loss of three panther platoons was not to be sneezed at...