|Gerbirgsjägers at Narvik|
Last Saturday I travelled out to Concord, MA to have an Early War Norwegian Front CoC game with Greg. Greg is an aficionado of the Early War especially the border confrontations that took place in 1939-40. He has quite a terrific collection of EW troops in 28mm many of which I have yet to see on the gaming table. Greg had travelled to Salem about 6 weeks ago and we had a great Winter War game.
The scenario was centred around the land battle that took place during the Battle of Narvik. I know almost nothing about the Norwegian Campaign so this was a nice introduction. What is especially fascinating is the different forces that were involved as you can see in the OB below. The scenario was number 5 from the CoC rulebook, The Flank Attack. This is a bit of a challenging scenario which I had not often played. We tossed for sides and I ended up as the Defender.
Allied Attacker (starting FM 11, CD 5+1):
2 Senior Leaders
2 squads of Elite French Foreign Legion
1 squad of Norwegian Regulars
1 squad Polish Regulars
1 VB Launcher Team with Junior Leader
1 Hotchkiss H35 Tank
German Defender (starting FM 8, CD 5+1):
2 Senior Leaders
2 squads of Elite Gerbirgsjägers
1 squad of Regular Kriegsmarine
1 5cm Mortar
As usual, I forgot to take many photos but I have a few which will help tell the story.
|I put my Gerbirgsjägers to defend the long axis with my Kreigsmarine defending the short axis of my ground.. You can see the Norwegians advancing in the right farground.|
|The Norwegians continue their advance towards the Kreigsmarine but it ended up being a feint!|
|The Foreign Legion advance behind the smoke throwing grenades as they go.|
|The Norwegians race to capture one of my JOP's, I am able to send in my Kreigsmarine , a major combat takes place, which I lose but both our Force Morale drops as a consequence.|
I really quite enjoyed the game but I have to say losing 3 JOP's at one time was a novel situation even for me! It was a lot of fun to play these different forces. I did not play my best game and Greg played well. Greg also makes great use of grenades as well as Covering Fire, tactics that I have not used much in my previous games. Interestingly enough there was no double phases in the game. I felt the dice throws were pretty equal.
We are planning to meet again for another Winter War game at the end of August, which should be interesting as I am planning a Soviet Armour vs Finnish Infantry game, but more on that later. Otherwise on the CoC front, I am hoping to start the Von Luck campaign with my friend Mike, although I am having some problem tracking him down. I am also hoping to restart my Thursday evening gaming with Adam in the next week or two.