A view from above
As you have probably guessed, I have not done a lot of painting or gaming this quarter. I am the Security Manager for a hospital and we have been busy preparing for the Coronavirus outbreak. I usually do my blog entries 2 to 4 weeks in advance and with work that has been a challenge. (Don't you hate it when work interferes with your hobby?) As far as the Coronavirus - stay calm, wash your hands, if you have flu like symptoms get checked and STAY CALM!
Amazingly this post from 9/5/15 had 2290 views! I guess it just goes to show that Infantry is sexier than tanks! World War II as a gaming genre is as popular as ever and their is the mystique of the "clean war" that was fought in North Africa from 1941 to 1943. On with the blast from the past:
I'm a retired Infantry officer that has served in both light and heavy units. (Side
note, according to an acquaintance who is a C5 pilot in the Air Force:
"The Army does not have light divisions; they have heavy divisions and
heavier divisions") When I first saw the Flames of War rules I
thought to myself, "Self, this looks really cool." Being an army combat
kind of guy and military historian, it had appeal - lots of appeal.
As a longtime fan of Avalon Hill's classic board game Panzer Blitz, I
have always wanted to recreate warfare on the Eastern Front in
miniature. I had visions of T-34's and Panther tanks blasting away at
each other at Kursk. So when I approached my geeks in training (my 5
sons) about World War II gaming they said:
I said, "Cool! What armies do you want to do?"
They said, "Australians and British!"
"Hmmmmm. . .", I said.
careful research, I could find not references to the British
Expeditionary Force that assisted the Soviets, nor any mention of the
heroics of the ANZAC Corps during Operation Bagration in June of 1944.
As a result, my first Flames of War Army: The AfriKa Korps.
in an area with little terrain is like fighting in an area with little
terrain. Talk about your challenges! Do the terms maneuver, maneuver and
maneuver mean anything? No? Well plan on having your butt handed to you
in North Africa. And by the way, the Australian infantry is tough. In
North Africa, the great killer of tanks were anti-tank guns, and this
game accurately reflects that; I have my 88's and Honorable Son #2 has
his 17lb AT guns. But tanks are tanks and you can unhinge an open flank
if you move fast; but if you want to hold that objective, you better
have your infantry along for the ride! For my Panzergrenadier
infantry force I based it on the 4 Co., 2nd Battalion, 104th
Panzergrenadiers of the 21st Panzer Division.
(Side note: Later Honorable Son #3 went to the top of my list when he decided to do a Soviet Force - bless you Comrade!)
is the stand that represents me: The mighty Hauptmann (Captain - and note the
commanding pose) of 4.Kompanie, 2nd Bn, 104th Panzergrenadiers, 21st
Panzer Division. That's my snazzy car behind me, a Kfz field car.
platoon with Kfz 70 trucks for transportation. I currently have 2
Panzergrenadier platoons plus a machine gun platoon in my company.
Here are some captured British trucks being used. Note the over sized cross and flags for recognition to avoid friendly fire.
The 2nd Panzergrenadier platoon.
Part of the German Heavy Machinegun Platoon.
PaK36 3.7 cm light anti-tank gun platoon.
The mighty XO leads the rear platoon to support the contact to the front.
1st Platoon supported by tanks prepare to defend against the enemy.
All in all a good force to game with and game against.