Bolt Action Leagues
Bolt Action 2018 LEAGUE RULES (Subject to change upon disaster)
This will be a League with an added "progressional" element to it with Officer "Career Mode" for flavour.
Start point: 1939-1941 - "Blitzkrieg!"
Points: 500 using Early War Forces
x1 battle fought = Service Medal
X3 battles fought = "Officer" Promotion & Campaign Medal
*First Rules Amendment: Due to the US Forces having no real Early War option we are giving Players in the League the option of:
Playing an alternative Army for the x3 Early War games
Playing their "Early War" games as ADDITIONAL Mid War Games, with their opponent ALSO Fielding Mid War choices (as it would not be fair to force a Player who has collected a US Force & not get to field it when they wanted to)
This also applies to any other Nation that dos not have an Early War footing.
Completion of the above gets you access to:
Mid War Equipment etc 1942-1943 - "The End Of The Beginning"
750 point battles
Another x2 battles fought = "Officer" Promotion
Completion of the above gets you access to:
Late War Equipment etc 1944-1945 - "Downfall"
1000 point battles
Every further x2 battles fought = "Officer" Promotion
X3 Wins gets a medal
x7 Wins = Special Medal (Iron Cross etc)
First time earned = Bronze; then Silver; then Gold
X3 Tanks Destroyed
X3 successful infantry Assaults
x1 Close Combat Tank kill
X1 Aircraft shot down
X10 kills with sniper
Wound Badge for Commander "killed"
PLEASE keep track of events during battle for the purpose of Medals (via Battle Reports or just notes) as the Medals should be great fun!
Battles are to be fought at the LOWEST preferred size of either Player (to allow for quick games if people are pressed for time)
A Player can use ANY War Period Equipment he has "Unlocked" in ANY battle (i.e. Late War CAN fight Early War)
*EDIT Games end in Wins, Losses & Draws - if the game ends drawn the Scenario usually gives a method to settle the result (This has been changed to keep with the spirit of Scenarios so that players actually have a mission to accomplish rather than just shoot each other for 6 Turns & hope for a "more points destroyed" win)
Scenarios are to be chosen randomly from the first 6 Scenarios in the Bolt Action V2 Rule book AFTER Forces are made out
The first x2 League Games were fought out last night, both in an Early War format!
Kev (Fallschirmjager) vs Aaron (Greek)
Chris (Chindits) vs Gareth (Imperial Japanese)
A small force of veteran German FJ with the support of a Panzer III were able to hold off a unit of Greek troops as they secured the flat are of an olive grove for the purposes of deploying further German Air Landing Forces. Even the arrival of late outflanking troops & persistent anti-tank rifle fire couldn't shift them from their objectives. (Victory Kev)
An unexpected meeting of Imperial Japanese troops & a unit of British Chindits turned into a fire fight in the fields & bushes of the forest outskirts of northeastern Burma. A spirited Japanese attack was driven off by veteran rifle fire & accurate 25-Pounder artillery support despite the return fire of a Japanese 20mm AA gun! (Victory Chris)
NOTE: First Medal Awarded: to Gareth's Japanese - a loan Japanese anti-tank trooper braves withering infantry, sniper & MG fire to charge home against a unit of Chindit veterans & detonate his explosive-charge-pole in close combat - he is soon cut down, but the memory of his actions live on!
AWARD: Order of the Golden Kite
2 battles were fought this week in the League, both in the Early War Format
Bruce (Waffen SS) vs Chris (Greeks)
Hugh (US) vs Desmond (Wehrmacht)
Meeting by chance across a small olive farm the Waffen SS & Greeks set about each other with fury! The Greeks moving easily through the olive groves early on established control of the eastern farm house with infantry whilst providing a fire-base in the west with their MMG, Anti-tank rifle & a second infantry squad whilst their Officer & sniper aided in the east. The SS Outflanked with one infantry squad whilst their MMG, Kubelwagon, Officer & another infantry team moved through the centre & their 75mm field gun provided fire from the west!
It was to be a close run thing with both sides exchanging casualties & pouring on the fire! The German Sniper lost a man to the Greek bugler, but he killed the Officer in return!
The battle turned in a few seconds as 2 major incidents played out: Greek infantry OUT IN THE OPEN were sighted down the barrel of the SS field gun & looked doomed, but a volley of their fire dropped 2 of the gunnery team & the rest fled! Then the outflanking SS unit arrived near the eastern far house & with little delay assaulted the x4 survivors of the Greek infantry squad within! Surely they were as good as dead? But no! 4 men v 9 & the Greeks, despite being outnumbered, would not consider laying down whilst one single olive was in Nazi hands! The Greeks rose up & destroyed the SS troops!
From then on the German commander reckoned the gig was up! The Greeks took one final scalp as the moved through the hedged olive grove in the centre & gunned down the SS officer! Victory to Chris & his Greeks!
The second battle had a platoon of US troops on a secret mission in the early stages of the war infiltrating into northern Europe to capture a German officer out for a stroll! trying to defeat them were a patrol of Wehrmacht troops accompanied by a captured French Armoured car!
With heroic lunacy the first US infantry squad moved forward & engaged the Germans to their front - so deadly was their fire that a full 50% of the squad was wiped out & the rest turned & fled! They then called in airstrikes on the Armoured Car; the first doing little but scratch the paint work... The Germans launched a counter attack that all but wiped out the first US squad, with only the lone BAR gunner left alive... but he would not abandon his post & held firm to the captured German Officer that was his objective! The US Officer moved up & took control of the Objective & moved back, just as the Germans moved in! They shot down the US Officer's runner & he himself leapt for a ditch & would not come out! As the Germans moved in they were met by MMG & Mortar fire & suddenly their support was gone as another aircraft arrived & set fire to the Armoured Car - it's crew bailing out & running for the hills! Seizing the moment the US Air Observer team grabbed the captured German Officer & made a dash for safety but the German troops following gunned one of them down! Would the other man panic & leave his Objective behind? No, he stuck to his task & dragged him off the battlefield & away to the waiting transport! Mission Accomplished! Victory to Hugh!
NOTE: Second act of conspicuous bravery of the League - a lone US BAR gunner amongst all his fallen comrades holds his position to allow his platoon to recover their Objective.
AWARD: Distinguished Service Cross
2 more battles were fought this week in the League, both in the Early War Format
Des (Wermacht) vs Chris (British Home Guard)
Hugh (US) vs Andru (Polish)
German forces landed in the Channel Islands in an attempt to increase the size of the Third Reich by a tiny amount... Early progress was good with the British Command section wiped out by a Wehrmacht assault! However, no-one really listened to Captain Mainwaring anyway & the rank & file got down to the job by themselves & held on to x2 Objectives to win the battles! Another Victory for Chris!
On the other side of Europe an interesting clash occurred between the US & Polish forces - geography never being a strong point for the Yanks, they clearly believed they were fighting the Hun... they were talking funny at them after all...
The confusion carried on into the battle with the US failing to organise their Preparatory Bombardment, whilst the Poles wasted no time messing about & dropped a load of ordnance on the US forces & Pinned x3 US Squads! The Polish then engage the US M3 Scout Car & knock it out, leaving the US forces with no anti-armour equipment (the Poles only had cavalry after all...), they then wipe out a whole US Infantry squad except it's BAR gunner (a familiar Hero from previous adventures!). The US BAR gunner returns fire & kills the Polish LMG gunner!
Things don't get any better for the US troops as the Polish pour on the fire - even the Polish Anti-Tank Rifle fires on the Infantry units (the lone BAR Gunner!) but misses! The rest of the Polish forces take out the majority of the remaining US troops (except the lone BAR gunner!) & the only pay back the US get is when their Air-Strike hits the Polish 7TP tank & sets it on fire! The crew however hold their nerve to put out the blaze & deny the US even that minor victory. Victory to Andru & the Polish!
NOTE: Another act of conspicuous bravery of the League - Hugh's SAME lone US BAR gunner yet again amongst all his fallen comrades holds his position & provides covering fire for his mangled force...before tragically falling in battle at the last gasp...
AWARD: Medal of Honour (Posthumous)
NOTE: With x3 Battles under his belt Lt. Christoper Robinson is hereby promoted to the rank of Captain & is awarded the War Medal 1929-45, & for x3 Victories he receives the Defence Medal!
3 more battles were fought this week in the League, x2 in the Early War Format & x1 with Mid-War involvement
Simon (US "Big Red 1") vs Chris (British)
Hugh (US) vs Kev (Fallschirmjager Kampfgruppe Kirchenfeld)
Gareth (Japan) vs Rory (Bulgarian)
American forces landed in Southwestern Scotland as part of exercises for a hitherto undisclosed future beach landing mission... The "Big Red 1" troops had been tasked with destroying an HQ defended by British forces consisting of regular Cameron Highlanders & irregular Territorial Guard forces. The Yanks moved up & were met with concerted light artillery, mortar MMG & sniper fire. Reverting to their standard play-book the US troops went to ground & called in the air support! Down came an on-loan Hurricane who targeted the British 25-Ponder artillery piece, but with the crew going to ground he only succeeded in taking out one of them. A viscous fire fight broke out & infantry losses on both sides mounted. A second air strike zoomed in looking for the pesky artillery piece but the over eager noob pilot over-shot the target & shot up an advancing US infantry squad, damaging them heavily & sending them scampering for the hills! This broke the back of the US assault & as they fell back the the 25-pounder & mortar team launched speculative shots that both hit! The US forces were either wiped or put to flight the US HQ was left unguarded & captured. Victory to Chris!
With reports coming in from special undercover operatives that filthy US troops were being trained up on British soil a daring raid bu a dashing young Fallschirmjager officer & his men was launched upon the East cost of England. Dropped by night & tasked with engaging the US troops to gauge their strength & motivation they moved out...
As both units identified each other in the dawn light amongst heavy woodland & a small village the US troops called in a Preparatory Bombardment pinning the x2 FJ Infantry teams & Sniper team they had seen; The FJ replied by calling in their own Bombardment from a flight of Stukas who had accompanied them across the Channel. US Bazooka team in a watch tower avoided damaged but the US infantry squad got pinned & the US commander lost his aide, blown to bits, & turned & fled the battle!
The US bazooka team was targetted by the FJ sniper & bugged out to shelter behind some heavy woods out of sight, soon to be joined by a second US infantry team. The first US infantry team got shot up by x2 FJ MG42s & further sniper fire (losing their Sergeant), leaving them at half strength & in no fit state to fight (they would spend most of the battle failing to Rally). The US brought up an M8 armoured car & shot up the central FJ squad, hiding in a hut, with it's HMG, causing them to go to ground. The M8 was then shocked to be fired upon by an appearing PzIII (clearly smuggled into the country by brave agents) which stunned it with it's light anti-tank gun. The advancing PzIII's second shot punched clean through the M8's side armour & knocked it out! It then turned it's MGs on the US infantry...
The second US infantry squad advanced through the woods & engaged the FJ in the huts, but the veterans ducked down & let the Yanks blaze away ineffectually, whilst the bazooka team crashed a shot off the PzIII's front armour stunning the crew! The late appearance of the FJ officer (finally... clearly off enjoying to some local Tommy warm beer) spurred on the PZIII to shoot up the bazooka team & the sniper & infantry teams poured fire on the US infantry squads! With their officer, bazooka & armoured car gone & both infantry teams heavily shot up they US forces pulled out. Victory to Kev!
Further east there was a small spat upon an island in the Pacific. With the Dutch pulling out of the region the Bulgarians decided to chance their luck & "expand" their mighty colonial empire! However the local Japanese commander declined to acquiesce to their request...
In a race to claim as many sectors of the island a possible both forces advanced with the Japanese 20mm cannon engaging early with a Bulgarian light tank - Škoda LT vz.35 - knocking off one of it's tracks & immobilising it! The Skoda hung in there though, & functioned as a multi-MMG pillbox near the centre of the battlefield! Elsewhere the Japanese force (despite heavy casualties) continued to advance into Bulgarian fire & capture region after region of the island. Soon, with little more than an immobilised tank, a mortar team & a very annoyed officer remaining, the Bulgarians were forced to admit defeat & the (very...) short lived Bulgarian Eastern Empire had fallen! Victory to Gareth!
NOTE: With x3 Battles under his belt Lt. Hugh Heffernan is hereby promoted to the rank of Captain & is awarded the American Defence Service Medal!
2 more battles were fought this week in the League, both in the Early War Format
Kev (Fallschirmjager) vs Bruce (Waffen SS)
Hugh (US) vs Aaron (Greek)
TRAINING MISSION: Andre (US) vs Simon (US)
German Forces engaged in a training exercise with FJ taking on Waffen SS in a Search & Destroy style engagement that saw Veterans of the Para troops taking on regulars of the SS Grenadiers. They engaged over a rocky ridge that dominated most of the centre of the battlefield meaning that both sides had to manoeuvre to engage the "enemy". The early arrival from reserve of the FJ support Panzer III along with MG fire from a small squad in a hut to the west allowed for their domination of firepower concentrating down that flank. A second squad advanced to the ridge line & engaged an SS squad in an opposing field. The FJ sniper sent the SS commander scurrying out of sight after a close shave whilst the FJ squad MG took out the SS sniper. The FJ Panzer then cut down the SS Commander as he moved to support his Infantry in the field. All goes well early for the FJ!
The SS then got their Panzer III on from the rear & along with the rallied Infantry in the field engaged the FJ infantry & Sniper on the ridge, forcing them to keep their heads down! An ineffectual Panzer dual was interrupted as a second SS infantry team entered the fray from the east along the ridge line - displacing & eventually neutralising the FJ Sniper. Taking fire but undeterred they moved along the ridge, & aided by fire from the rear, forced the the FJ infantry on the ridge to surrender!
With the battlefield now turned East vs West, having started North vs South, & both sides having tested each others metal, a draw is declared as night falls.
Meanwhile in the safety of England some GIs practice fire & manoeuvre across a little farmstead, readying themselves for the battles ahead...
Unknown to their training countrymen (who put their trust in their High Command) the US powers-that-be have decided to launch an aerial assault by Airborne Veterans against... Greece?... Surely not another geographical gaff by the US Generals?...
A small elite force of US Paras move cautiously through a dense woodland in southwestern Greece; their mission: Top Secret; the Target a Greek command base in some ancient ruins... Their force moves out supported by a Sherman Tank & leaving their Greyhound Armoured Car in the rear as a Command centre.
First to suffer the ire of the Greeks is the Sherman as it is slammed int by an AT shell from the Greek light Anti-Tank gun, stunning the crew & jamming the turret sideways! Fire pours on the accompanying infantry as the Greeks MMG, infantry & Renault FT tank open up! A brutal fire-fight starts up, with the poor Sherman hit time & again,, catching fire & retreating! Both sides infantry tear each other up & fight each other to a standstill!
A last gasp rush down the west flank by Greek infantry & the FT is halted by the Sherman's MGs & the surviving US Paras. The Greeks go to ground & an unusual encounter ends in a drawn stalemate with neither side achieving their objective... History never learns of this bizarre disaster as both sides hush-hush the affair for the better of their Nations.
Recovered & uncensored Greek Battle Report : "Vernandos Kostopoulos, Commander of the Kostopoulos Legion, heard that American Airborne forces where in the area planning on liberating Greek artefacts. He set up his command post next to where two small streams meet with a large dense forest next to it. Here he set up a Light anti tank gun and his 1st Regular squad. With them he had the inexperienced training squad. Next to the Bridge on the left of the position he had his 2nd Regular squad with the pride of the Greek Tank Corp (a Renault FT tank from WWI).
The Americans set up there Veteran Infantry Squads in the Forest with the Sherman next to it. Their Command post was behind the forest. The Americans first Squad began an advance through the forest with the Sherman turning into it to get cover. They bothfired off a withering hail of bullets and shells killing a few infantrymen from the Training Squad and 1st Regular Squad. With great coolness under fire the Light Anti-tank gun fired and hit the Sherman and locking the turret. The 2nd Regulars and FT tank also opened fire pinning the advancing Veteran American unit.
The Greeks kept pouring fire on the Americans with the Light Anti-tank gun scoring multiple hits on the Sherman setting it temporarily on fire and panicking the crew enough that they twice retreat from the Greeks. The advance unit of Americans was also heavily battered forcing the second squad to advance to support them. At this point, with the FT tank covering them the 2nd Regulars broke across the bridge to try and outflank the American’s and capture there command post. The American 2nd squad were paralysed by fear from the covering fire, and with the Sherman rattled it was up to the commander and the shattered remains of the 1st squad to stop the Greeks. They fired on the 2nd Regulars, who drop to the deck believing there were more Americans than what there was. This saves the Command post as night falls before the Greeks can move on.
With both Command Posts safe, both sides have failed in taking their objectives. The Greeks are still in place blocking the Americans, but they have not forced them away meaning the Americans can build up for a future attack."
NOTE: With x3 Battles under his belt Lt. Kevin Stronach is hereby promoted to the rank of Hauptmann & is awarded the Wehrmacht Long Service Award!
3 more battles were fought this week in the League: One in the Early War Format & x2 in the Mid-War Format
Kev (Fallschirmjager) vs Hugh (US)
Gareth (Japan) vs Des (Wehrmacht)
Chris (British) vs Anthony (Irish Free State)
Confusion reigns in the Far East as forces of the Imperial Japanese Army clashed with Wehrmacht "Military Advisors" in Chinese employ as the Japanese venture south form Manchuria. A detailed explanation of these chaotic events between erstwhile allies has been promised to the OKW!
Field Report: Commander - German Forces in China:
A chance meeting on an a flat open battlefield with only soft cover on two sides and a small crop of forest providing limited dense cover.
The Japanese to the south started off with the terrain in their favour. Taking up firing positions on the hills and in the forest. An anti-aircraft 20mm cannon peered down from the hills along with 4 infantry squads.
The Germans to the north found themselves in the open. Flat ground, their enemies towering above them! One German infantry squad managed to get into a small building and the mortar team set up behind, out of sight with their spotter located far to the other flank. The remaining German infantry squad, an MMG team and a Hanomag desperately searched for cover and spread out on the flat. At least the mortar's Spotter had good lines of sight...
The Japanese instantly saw the Germans weakness and charged forward across the north-south range of hills towards the small hut containing a German infantry squad. They opened fire; the German squad were unable to return fire from within so they bailed out to fight back. The German LMG was instantly wounded while stepping outside.
The spotter sent co-ordinates to the mortar of the Japanese anti-aircraft cannon. The team quickly dialled in and let a round loose. Direct hit! Fire for effect! The 20mm cannon is no more!
Another Japanese squad opened fire on the German infantry lying in the open. Shots landing all round. Two found their mark. The Germans returned fire but weren't so lucky. The Hanomag and MMG managed to suppress the incoming fire momentarily. After the initial success the fanatic Japanese infantry charged forward hoping for further victories.
The German mortar opened fire again on the Japanese pushing the German squad on the hill. Another direct hit! - 4 or 5 casualties, taking the pressure off the pinned squad outside the house.
The MMG team opened fire again claiming another 2 or 3 advancing Japanese soldiers. The Hanomag pushed forward opening fire with the pintle mounted MMG, but hit a divet in the ground and every shot missed as the halftrack bumped up and down. The Germans in the open fired again at the advancing enemy squad, further reducing their numbers.
Down to the last 4 troops, the Japanese wildly charged at the Hanomag, only to find the gunner wasn't inaccurate this time; they all fell.
The mortar fired again on the remainder of the troops on the hill, another direct hit. The squad is gone.
The Germans on the hill focused their fire on the remainder of a squad in the open who are being followed courageously by their sword wielding commander. The lack of LMG isn't noticed with the accurate rifle fire.
The remaining Japanese infantry squad pushed out of the forest as their commander fell. They were on the receiving end of multiple MG and rifle fire from many angles. The Germans couldn't believe their luck. Victory to the German Advisory Expedition of China! (otherwise known as Des)
In northern Germany an American Airborne force is inserted with the aid of the Royal Navy's domination of the North Sea. They run across a platoon of Kampfgruppe Kirchenfeld Fallschirmjager who immediately attempt to encircle them to cut them off from their sea-borne egress, whilst the US Paras also try to cut off the FJ to destroy them! Having no armoured support & having traded their anti-tank grenades in for new Panzerfausts that had not arrived yet, the FJ were unimpressed as the US force rolled out an M8 armoured car that immediately poured fire on the FJ sniper & mortar teams in the east forcing them to go to ground. A US sniper in a nearby farmhouse repeatedly snapped off rounds at the FJ 105 Recoilless Rifle team also forcing them in to inaction & eventually killing a crew man!
With the M8 driving into the FJ deployment area & almost into the rear the FJ are unable to react with their main infantry force still in reserve & their support weapons in hiding - a shot from the 105 RR sailed hopelessly wide of the M8 & attracted more sniper fire!
The US Airborne bring up x2 squads of infantry & their command team to pour more fire on the hapless FJ support teams, but to no effect. The FJ mortar team lands a round plumb in the midst of one of the bunched up US squads, but many of the Yanks are miraculously saved as the mortar round isn't as effective as it should have been - they get off lightly with only x3 casualties! Eventually the FJ infantry teams & their commander enter the fray - concentrating in the east & firing their small arms upon the M8...
Seizing the initiative the FJ Lt. orders covering fire on the M8 & an infantry team charges through the M8's MMG & heavy MG defensive fire to engage it at close quarters! x2 FJ are cut down but x4 make it to contact! With no anti-tank weapons at hand the FJ clamber onto the vehicle in an attempt to eliminate the crew instead & pouring fire into the open-topped M8's cupola they take the M8 out! Gott in Himmel!
Things are looking up for the FJ, but almost immediately x2 of the surviving FJ sheltering by the destroyed M8 are cut down by an advancing US squad toting multiple BARs! Next the other FJ in cover by a nearby fence-line are forced down by a similar torrent of fire from the US Paras! The FJ counter-attack stalls...
The US sniper takes another shot at the 105 RR team causing them more consternation - they hit nothing for the whole battle, shook by the loss of their crew man clearly! But the US marksman shows himself for too long at the window & is taken out by his opposite number sheltering behind a large rock! A second mortar round hits the same US squad even though their officer had got them moving, leaving them with only 2 men remaining & under fire from the 105 RR & the advancing FJ officer they are wiped out!
The remaining x2 men in the initial FJ infantry team get up & sprint past the remaing US Paras in an attempt to reach fellow Germans to the rear of the US position as per their mission & survive volleys of fire form the US command team to reach safety, whilst the second squad opens fire the charging last unit of US Paras! An MG 42, MP 40, FG 42 & several rifles fire at the US Paras, but only x2 go down! the rest make contact & with fury take out x5 of the 6 FJ behind the fence-line for the loss of only one more of their own! The Last FJ surrenders in shock!
But as silence settles on the area it is clear the FJ have won: having eliminated x3 US teams for the loss of one; & got a unit to the rear of the US position: Victory Kampfgruppe Kirchenfeld!
To the far west in southern Ireland the British launch a preemtive attack on Ireland in an attempt to secure it from any German incursion! However the Free State forces have other ideas!
Both sides engaged across a landscape of hedge lines, narrow bohreens & scattered woodland. Both sides take advantage of their long range artillery & plaster each other pre-battle! The Irish recover faster & pour fire on the British support weapons - nullifying them for large parts of the battle as they struggle to regain their composure! Both sides keep their distance & a mid-range fire-fire develops - with the Irish having he upper had in effective fire-power!
Things swing further the Irish way when a high-explosive round takes out several teams in the centre leaving a whole in their lines & enabling the Irish to concentrate fire on both British flanks from the middle as well as opposite them. The British artillery strike goes awry & threatens it's own side & suddenly all that remains is for the Free State troops to mop up! Their MMG takes out the British sniper & 25-Pounder, whilst infantry & a Bren Carrier wipe out the British MMG team & last infantry men - no survivors... Victory to the Free State!
NOTE: With x5 Battles under their belts Capt. Christopher Robinson & Capt. Hugh Heffernan are hereby promoted to the rank of Major!
& for showing courage above & beyond the call of duty the troops of Kampfgruppe Kirchenfeld are awarded the Order of the Iron Cross (2nd Class) for the destruction in close combat of an enemy armoured vehicle!
& to Gareth's Japanese - x4 Japanese troopers brave MG fire in an attempt to charge a German half-track - they are slaughtered!
AWARD: Order of the Golden Kite (posthumously once more...)
2 more battles were fought this week in the League: One in the Early War Format &the other in the Mid-War Format
Bruce (Waffen SS) vs Aaron (Greek)
Chris (British) vs Hugh (US)
Battle report of The Kostopoulos Legion v Waffen SS:
The Germans had joined the Italians with the invasion of Greece, and the British had sent reinforcements to aid us. One day while in camp we saw a RAF fighter shot down and the pilot bail out. With Germans in the area we set off to rescue the downed pilot.
He had set up camp on a raised area of ground near a farmhouse. As we approached we saw a Waffen SS patrol coming from the other side. The 1st Regular Infantry Squad moved into the woods on the right-hand side with the Light Anti-tank gun, sniper and Kostopoulos, while the FT tank and the 2nd Regular infantry advanced to the pilot with the 3rd Regular infantry squad advancing behind.
The Germans then advanced from the other side with their sniper setting up behind a fence on the Greek left and a light howitzer on the Greek right This would fire all game and not hit anything). The infantry advanced from behind the raised ground, although two squads were delayed in their deployment. The Kubelwagon advanced up the road firing its MMG killing two Greeks from the second squad and further pinning fire from the sniper.
The Greek Sniper however saw moment in the Farmhouse and open fire killing the MMG gunner. The MMG fell out the window and the rest of the crew fled. The Greek Light Anti-Tank gun seeing some movement behind a fence open fire killing three from one of the German infantry squads. By this time the advancing forces of both sides reach the base of the hill. The Greek infantry are order to charge up the hill, but they hesitate and the German’s are the first to charge up. The Greek 1st Regular Infantry Squad and Sniper open up from the wood, where they have been waiting in Ambush, the combine power kills three and the other two flee. The pilot is safe for the mean time.
The Greek 2nd Regular infantry are order again to go up the hill, but again hesitate. By this time the FT tank has crested the hill. Even with this tank covering the Pilot, the Germans try again, this time the Tank guns them down, protecting the pilot. The 1stRegular Infantry Squad now advances towards the hill.
The Greek 2nd Regular infantry are again ordered up the hill after Kostopoulos runs over shouting at them, and they finally obey. When they crest the hill, the Germans open fire. Six of the eight are cut down, leaving the NCO and Light Machine Gunner. But they hold their nerve and do not panic. This then allows the 1stRegular Infantry Squad to reach the pilot, although the NCO is cut down by a LMG. They don’t panic and are able to spirit the pilot away handing him to the 3rd Regular infantry squad who then are able to get him away.
Battle Report: Americans vs The Brits:
An agent, carrying information vital to the war effort, was downed in hostile territory, near what was once a peaceful farmstead. Both British and American troops were deployed to capture this target but due to a catastrophic communications blunder both sides engaged in combat.
Both platoons deployed into the territory rather quietly, the first shot fired was the British sniper, in an attempt to neutralise the American sniper. It would take both snipers several minutes to realise that they sat just out of one another’s range. The American Sherman entered via a southern road and immediately opened fire on the British Light Howitzer resulting in the death of the entire unit and the first casualty of the fight!
From the north the British Heavy Armoured Car sped into position beside the Objective, in plain sight of the Sherman, while the British infantry struggled to catch up. It loosed a shot at the Sherman, but missed. The Sherman took aim and fired at the enemy Armoured Car but also missed. Snipers traded potshots that amounted to little more that a few bruised egos (this stalemate would continue for the remainder of the spat).
Infantry engaged in firefights across the western fields and the British called in an artillery strike. Before the shell landed outside a wooden house the American lieutenant dived for covered in nearby trees. The shell hit the target directly causing mass pins for the slow moving veteran troops, the sniper and even the Sherman. Though the tank crew wiped the sweat from their brows and fired again upon the British tank, destroying the vehicle!
Under the cover of the fiery wreck the British lieutenant sprang to action and captured the objective - a bemused looking Staff Officer who was busy tying his shoe laces, while the remaining British troops made their way south through the western field and opened fire on a unit of Americans, pinning them and effectively halting their advance.
Meanwhile a small unit of American infantry made their way across a wooded area west of the firefight, and engaged and destroyed the British flamethrower unit. The British infantry ignored the newcomers and proceeded to shred through six Americans with the help of their reliable LMG.
Before the British Lt could make a run for it the Sherman opened fire with it's multiple MMGs, despite the clear line of sight he managed to survive, unscathed. But before he could take a single step the Sherman immediately opened fire again with all three guns. The second time around he did not fare so well.
With all the American troops pinned, taking cover or engaged in combat, a troop of six brave Brits jumped over the soup that was their superior, grabbed the target and turned heel. The Sherman had preempted this move and opened fire, killing the squad of five.
Taking advantage of the surrounding chaos, the target fled... Neither side recovered the Objective: Draw!
3 more battles were fought this week in the League: All in the Mid-War Format:
Des (Wehrmacht) vs Aaron (Greek)
Chris (British) vs Simon (US)
Hugh (US Airborne) vs Gareth (Japanese)
Wehrmacht & US forces clashed over a small farmstead in northern France. Both sides inflicted early damage as the German Armoured Car’s 20mm cannon took out the US Sniper Team in the Farmhouse with highly accurate HE fire! Whilst the advancing Sherman tank dropped an HE round plumb onto the MG42 team setting up in the western corner - x2 casualties with a lucky gunner surviving!
The Wehrmacht were first t the hedge-line & had a squad moving down the lane to the east, & despite losing their Armoured Car to the Sherman’s fire they had a nice kill box set up to their front into which the US forces had to advance or sit on the exposed ridgeline to the North. Then the x2 Airstrikes came in…
x2 Ground Attack aircraft screamed in (likely P-47s but no-one all German’s were head-down in the dirt!) across the the line of the German defensive position & wiped out half of one Infantry Squad & left it & the other to the East heavily pinned! Taking full advantage of the this the US forces streamed down the hills into the Farmstead & drove the Wehrmacht out! Victory to Aaron’s US!
Battle Report: “Kelly’s Heros” vs Wehrmacht
It had been reported that there was German forces in the area, so Lt Kelly lead a force to a farmstead near a T Junction. The Sniper team and Forward observer went ahead of the main force. The Sniper set up in the farmstead, while the Forward observer set up behind a hedgerow. First to appear was a German MMG team, then the American Sherman appear and from behind a rise of ground was able to hit the MMG team with an HE round. German infantry appeared next with the sniper shooting one. The German armoured car came on and missed the Sherman. Finally the American infantry and MMG team appeared. The observer then called in an air attack.
The air attack was delayed and the observer was frantically trying to call it in and a second one as the American infantry was out in the open. The German armoured car however fired on the Sniper team in the building killing them all while the American MMG team was hit and routed. To top things off the Sherman missed the Armoured Car as well. Meanwhile the German infantry advance to the Hedgerow and behind a barn.
Then the American Air Force appeared with both airstrikes happening. One Veteran German squad suffered 50% casualties, but did not run; the Mountain unit also suffered casualties. But importantly, both units dived for cover, which meant one unit of American infantry made it to a hedgerow for cover. The other unit was able to engage the regular German unit. The Sherman also hit the armoured car, but did not destroy it, although the Armoured Car did retreat.
The Veteran German unit behind the barn now advanced to the hedgerow opposite the American unit. But in the firefight they were slaughter, as the Sherman had advance and started to gun them down as well. The Sherman was also able to finally hit the Armoured Car and destroy it. The German Regular infantry was slowly wittled down as the Americans on the high ground could see most of the unit that was not in cover. Eventually the Germans broke and ran. The Veteran Mountain unit and commander decided on one last charge. The Mountain men charged and were gunned down by the Sherman tank. The Commander then jumped out with his aide and killed an American soldier. Lt Kelly then jumped out from behind the Sherman, but his shots missed.
But the battle was won and the Germans destroyed. Victory to Lt Kelly!
Back in England British Commandos & Paras got stuck into US “Big Red 1” forces in training for the liberation of mainland Europe! The first “kill” went to the US Sherman who took out the British Armoured car as it sped towards them on a central road, while their Sniper took out the British Flamethrower team, before it in turn was taken out of action by the British Sniper Team. The British Artillery Observer then “fluffed” his called in Arty Stonk, but due to his charmed nature the Strike moved away from the US infantry it was supposed to target & dropped, instead, on the OTHER US infantry Squad & the Sherman… Jammy… The Infantry Squad were half wiped out & ran from the field, while the Sherman took so many Pins it spent the next while reversing & it’s Commander trying to calm down the rest of the crew, not helped by taking a 25-Pounder hit to the face a turn later!
With the US forces reeling & their air support obviously busy on the other side of the Channel, the Brits piled forward in the West & centre, whilst their Eastern flank sat in ambush opposite the surviving US infantry. Things were looking bleak for the US but they got stuck in: the Sherman regained composure & poured fire on the advancing Brits & the MMG Team & 25-Ponder to good effect; the US infantry crested the hill to their front with their Officer & weathered the ambushed that awaited them, before destroying the Commando Team who had attacked them! They the swung West & shot up the Brit Artillery Observer & another Commando Team, whilst the Sherman backed up from the Para Squad creeping up on it from the West & hosed them with MG fire. Them the x2 Airstrikes dropped in…
Both strikes caused casualties to the MMG Team & 25 Pounder leaving them heavily pinned & realistically useless, though the British Officer strolled from the carnage miraculously unharmed… but it was only borrowed time as the US Infantry & Sherman moped up the rest of the resistance! Victory to Simon’s US!
Further East on the Islands North of Japan a raiding force of US Airborne & Buffalo Soldiers engaged the Imperial Japanese defenders. The Japanese tried to outflank the US troops to cut them off from the beaches, whilst the US forces attempted to encircle the Japanese to destroy them!
The Americans moved through a picturesque Japanese village with their Airborne Pathfinders moving ahead as scouts; the Japanese came from the South & moved from the tree-line towards the swampy ground by the wandering stream that ran past the village mill.
The US Sherman took out the lighter Japanese tank to the West with it’s first shot (a good night for the old Shermans!) & their heavier fire power took a toll on the lighter armed Japanese infantry, however the Japanese replied with their 20mm cannon & took out numerous US Veterans with it’s HE shells!
A US para squad to the West was pinned down by accurate mortar fire before being eventually overrun in bloody hand-to-hand combat by a Japanese squad who had sheltered behind their burning tank! They then moved up into the US deployment zone & took out the US mortar team on the same flank! In the East the US forces moved up & the Sherman & Buffalo Soldiers acquitted themselves well - taking down many Japanese troops. They engagement ended in a DRAW - the US had inflicted more casualties, but the Japanese has threatened the Western flank enough to ensure no victory for the US!
3 more battles were fought this week in the League: All in the Mid-War Format:
Des (Wehrmacht) vs Hugh (US Airborne)
Chris (British) vs Kev (Fallschirmjager)
Simon (US “Big Red 1") vs Gareth (Japanese)
US Army "Big Red One" engaged the Imperial Japanese army in the islands off the north coast of Japan itself. The Japanese dug in as the US forces launched a fierce attack with the aim of enveloping the Japanese defenders & destroying them before reinforcements could deploy on the island: as reported by the US Platoon commander on the scene:
My memory is terrible of Wednesday's events,
The preparatory bombardment took out one of the Japanese anti-tank units whilst x2 US Airstrikes went in. The Sherman was on top form.
My two 10 man Regular Squads drew a lot of fire, took a lot of punishment and casualties but managed to hold out. While the Command Squad, Medic, Air Observer and Sherman legged it just into the finishing line "the Defenders Set-up zone" at a "hairs breadth"…The Japanese killed the US Sniper unit, while the US took out x6 Japanese units & 4 US units made it to the Defenders Set-up zone.
Victory points: USA (14) vs Japan (2) - Victory to the US
A late training exercise was also reported by the same Platoon commander (shoddy paper-work ethics!) as the US “Big Red 1 engaged British Homeguard in Training Exercises. Victory went to the Homeguard, with their local knowledge of the landscape clearly paying off!
Moving south down the west coast of France US Airborne forces engaged with the Wehrmacht as both tried to regain an important cache of information left near an old farm house by the Resistance. Multiple Airstrikes & an on-form Mortar Team made life incredibly difficult for the Wehrmacht troops & their accompanying Armoured Car (which died to a direct hit/first time shot from said mortar!), whilst the US troops advancing up the lane towards their objective took heavy casualties from intense German MG fire. In the end both side ground each other to a halt, & any unit getting close to the objective was either destroyed or driven off! The US forces were in possession of the cache at the end of the conflict, but could not get it safely to the rear before the wear & tear of the battle destroyed it beyond use. Draw!
Further east British Commandos & Paratroopers engaged with German Fallschirmjager near a small north-south road at an unremarkable little road junction & farmstead, with both sides intent on merely destroying the other - no other strategy was indulged. Both sides called in artillery to soften up the spotted enemy prior to engagement, however the German barrage failed to materialise… The FJ took a battering from the British Preliminary Bombardment, & shortly there afterwards by another stonk from the British Artillery Observer on scene!
The FJ pulled themselves together in time to see the British Heavy Armoured Car race down the road & batter the flank of their supporting Panzer III sheltering in a small wood - fortune favoured the Panzer crew & they survived. They combined fire with a nearby MG42 Team to destroy the British Vickers Team deployed opposite them, whilst the FJ Sniper revenged himself on the Artillery Observer, taking him out of the fight slightly too late… The British moved x2 small Commando squads down through the forest on the right flank & inflicted casualties on the FJ squad deployed there to protect the 105 Recoiless Rifle & Mortar Team. The British then sent their Para squad & Flamethrower Team down the left flank behind a small farmhouse from which their Sniper was taking pot shots!
Their officer tried to join them but an expert burst from the MG42 cut him down, whilst the FJ Sniper took out the British Sniper with his second shot of the day! The Panzer III took round in the other flank from the British 25 Pounder which shook up the crew. This was then followed by another round in the other flank from the Armoured Car - again survived! The 105 Recoiless Rifle put a shot plumb centre of one of the advancing Commando squads (&clipped the other squad also!) - wiping them out! Fire from the FJ infantry drove off the other Commando squad - sending them scurrying back to their jump-off point. The FJ Mortar Team tried repeatedly (& failing)to zero in on the 25 Pounder.
As the British Flamethrower Team closed in o the Panzer III & the FJ HQ squad nearby it was jumped by an outflanking FJ squad on the left - they opened up at pointblank range with all weapons but only succeeded in killing the Team mate of the Flamethrower operator… not good…whilst one of the unit too a cheeky flank shot at the Armoured car with a Panzerfaust - immobilising it & jamming the turret, but not destroying it. The Flamethrower turned on the FJ squad… but missed! Clearly shook by the loss of his team-mate! However the following British Para squad opened fire & dropped x4 of the FJ, the courage of the surviving 2 FJ failed them, Stubborn or not, & they fled!
The Armoured Car, with it’s jammed turret, fired at the FJ MG42 squad conveniently in front of it’s firing Arc, & destroyed them! This did, however also free up line-of-sight for the FJ Sniper, who promptly shot the British Flamethrower gunner! Another round from the 25 Pounder set the Panzer III on fire this time! However the Crew acquitted themselves & put out the blaze to fight on! The FJ on the right took out the remaining Commandos at range A shell from the 105 blew up a good chunk of the British Para squad & sent them running back down the road whilst the FJ Mortar finally landed a shot on the 25 Pounder - killing most of the crew, with the rest fleeing along with their Spotter! The Mortar team then turned their attention to the retreating last 2 British Paras & landed a first time effort right on them & took them out! With only the immobilised Armoured Car remaining in the field for the Brits it was Victory to the Fallschirmjager!
Mentioned in dispatches: For gallantry in combat (if not competence..) the crew of the Panzer III supporting the Fallschirmjager against the British attack are decorated with the Panzer Assault Badge (Bronze)!
2 more battles were fought this week in the League: All in the Mid-War Format:
Kev (Fallschirmjager) vs Gareth (Japanese)
Chris (British) vs Aaron (Kelly's Heroes)
With the victorious “Kelly’s Heroes” moving eastward they ran into the recently repulsed Commando formation of “Robbo’s Raiders” & the unthinkable happened between these two elite Allied fighting formations: a “friendly fire” incident of epicly carnage-full proportion!
Moving East along a French country road “Kelly’s Heroes” spotted movement to the South - an unidentified unit was moving along a spur of high ground. The US forces turned South & set up along the road’s fence-line & called in artillery support. Unfortunately the unit they had targeted was a British Commando force who had also returned the favour by calling in their own artillery!
The British took a couple of near misses & whilst pinned took no casualties, whilst the Americans (due to the superior British Artillery) suffered heavy fire & more importantly lost their Air Force Observer to a direct hit to the farm house he was “sheltering” in…
As the Americans opened fire from their fence-line the Brits moved along the rough spur to the East & opened up with their support weapons, however lost their Artillery Observer before he could call anything in!
Kelly called in his Sherman from reserve & it started shooting up Brits all round & took out the British Armoured Car opposite it. With the British 25-Pounder heavily pinned & refusing to go into action it looked like the Yanks shad the upper hand! The a British Commando tem turned up on the western flank & shot up a whole squad of US Infantry, forcing the few survivors to flee. They then moved on & took out the US Sniper Team in Close Combat! The Yanks fearing the same thing repeated to the North moved their remaining forces centrally, just before another Commando Tea appeared there!
The fighting got close-up & personal & both sides cut each to ribbons with the buttoned-up Sherman holding the centre & pouring lead out all round! The result, however, was a bloody DRAW! With neither side gaining a clear advantage… A sorry affair…
Battle Report: Commanding Officer US Forces: Lt. Kelly - Kelly v the British.
Kelly’s men were involved in wargames with the British this week. The Air Observer was hiding in a farmhouse with the sniper hiding behind it. Two units of regular infantry with a Regular MMG were set up behind a fence in the middle. The British set up a 25 pounder and sniper unit on a hill with Para’s in a wood to their right. On a hill to the left set up the British MMG and Flame thrower. An Armoured car set up in the area between the hills.
In the Bombardment, the Forward air observer was ‘killed’ otherwise the Americans only took some Pinning. On the British side the 25 pounder took a crew as a casualty and the armoured car was heavily pinned.
The British Flamethrower advanced, but it was gunned downed by the Infantry on that side, the British MMG was knocked out by the Sniper. The American MMG, after gunning down a 25 pounder crewman was then hit by the British sniper and knocked out. Then the American Sherman came on, it’s first shot missed, but it’s second didn’t, destroying the armoured car. The 25 pounder then shot at the Sherman, knocking off a track and immobilising it. But the Sherman carried on firing its machine guns and main gun. The British Artillery observer was then gunned down by an infantry squad while the other infantry squad engaged the Para’s in a firefight.
Then the first British Commando unit, charged on from the American right flank. Their precision gunfire routing the Infantry squad, and then they would assault the sniper team ‘killing’ them. The Infantry squad on the left then moved to the centre, just before the 2nd Commando unit came on. With the Sherman, they would devastate the 1st Commando unit, but not destroy them. The Sherman’s writhing fire also put an end to the 25 pounder and sniper team, but not before the Sniper would shoot Kelly. The 2nd Commando unit and last remaining man in the 1st Commando unit then wiped out the other American infantry unit.
The Paras worked their way up to the Sherman while all this was happening, and charged the Sherman with anti-tank grenades, but failed to damage the tank. The commander of the tank was then able to unleash the HMG on the Sherman and gun the Para’s down.
This was how the battle ended with the damaged Sherman holding the middle of the field and the British having one effective unit left. Therefore the battle was declared a draw.
“War Games” indeed - a likely story… I smell a cover-up…
Far to the East another strange engagement took place. The German Fallschirmjager of Kampfgruppe Kirchenfeld had been driven far South by the advancing Soviet hordes. They found themselves fight their way to, of all places, Manchuria!? There they were engaged by a backwater Japanese Garrison of the lowest order, who had clearly mistaken the German uniforms for those of European advised Chinese forces.
The Fallschirmjager continued their push south whilst the Japanese tried to get around them to cut off any possible retreat. The battle took place around an off-kilter cross-roads with a scattering of farmhouses, barns & sheds, with the open centre dominated by a stone-walled field - which was eagerly claimed as “home” by the veteran FJ Sniper Team. The other FJ set up their support Teams of an MG42, 105mm Recoiless Rifle & Mortar Team in the area & shelter of a small hedged enclosure in the Northwest. Their main force was still to the rear in reserve.
The Japanese garrison deployed it’s 20mm AA Canon & Mortar team directly opposite in the Southwest, but with a North-South line of building between the Line-Of-Site was limited. They also threw on x3 Squads of Infantry who barrelled forward!
The initial phase of the fight consisted of the FJ Mortar Team destroying their Japanese counterpart with a lucky early shot & the Recoiless rifle massacring the Eastern Japanese Infantry squad as they crossed a road, leaving only their Sergeant alive (who heroically hung in there!). The MG42 also fired at this squad but found it was out of range & settled in for a long period of over-watch down a road that no-one was foolish enough to traverse… The Japanese for their part moved x2 Infantry Squads North toward the FJ support teams, using the buildings in the way as cover. They, along with the 20mm AA Canon poured fire upon the FJ sniper Team, & despite one close call, they remained unscathed! This was to be repeated for x3 Turns with the Sniper returning fire & killing one of he Squads’ MG gunners as he got to close to outflanking them.
The Japanese tank turned up whilst the FJ Panzer III got delayed… The FJ brought on their Command Team & an Infantry Team to shore up their Western flank, & another Squad to advance down the Eastern flank against the lone Japanese Sergeant. The Japanese brought on their pole-bomb armed anti-tank teams, Officer & another Infantry Squad - ALL down the Western flank! The FJ here were in A LOT of trouble!
The FJ on the other side fared no better as the lone Japanese opponent there blasted away with his Arisaka rifle - killing one Veteran FJ& then forcing the unit to ground! The Japanese on the Western flank poured fire on the FJ from their Infantry & Tank - reducing the Infantry Squad to just 2 men! The FJ Pz III eventually turned up & advanced down the road to engage the Japanese sheltering out of site near all the sheds, & cutting down one anti-tank trooper who broke out of cover. FJ infantry fire had little effect on the advancing Japanese waves, with surviving infantry, Command Team & MG42 facing them down ineffectually. The Panzer III opened up again on the Japanese Infantry & other anti-tank trooper, but the hit the dirt & took little damage, leaving the other squads free to continue on.
Things soon went down hill for the Japanese however, as the FJ Mortar took out a chunk of an Infantry Squad who’s survivor turned & fled! The Japanese tank, despite several “easy” shots continually missed the open flank of the Panzer III; the Eastern FJ squad pulled themselves together & charge their lone opponent & easily took him & then continued (Under fire from the 20mm Canon) to advance into Japanese territory to the rear; the handful of FJ hedge defenders fairly shot up the nearest enemy squad; whilst the Panzer III killed the last anti-tank trooper & force another Japanese squad to ground at point-blank range; the FJ Sniper took the opportunity to scamper South & out of the danger zone.
With their losses mounting & Fallschirmjager units to their rear the Japanese garrison commander called it a day & his force fell back. Victory to the Fallschirmjager of Kampfgruppe Kirchenfeld!
Mentioned in Dispatches:
Capt. Christopher Robinson has been promoted to the rank of Major due to his exemplary long service record!
The Sniper Team of Kampfgruppe Kirchenfeld have reached a total of x10 kills & are 50% of the way to receiving the “Sniper’s Badge”
1 more battle fought this week in the League: Late-War Format:
Hugh (US Airborne) vs Aaron (Kelly's Heroes)
Battle Report: Withdrawn after the debacle with the British Commandos of Robbo’s Raiders the troops of Kelly’s Heroes were given some (clearly!) much needed war-games to show them the difference between the Good Guys & the Bad Guys…
Kelly v Rangers
The wargames continued this week with Kelly going up against an American force lead by Rangers. The mission was that each force had to try and envelope each other.
On the Left near a heavy wood which lay in no man’s land with a road to the left of the wood and a river flowing passed in their deployment area, two Regular Infantry squads and an inexperienced 2nd Lieutenant set up. On the Right near a hill and behind a fence were the 3rd Regular Infantry squad and the Air Force Observer.
The Rangers set up with a Sherman on the road that went passed the Heavy Wood and the 1st Rangers squad next to it, Buffalo Soldiers on the other side of the wood and a Greyhound Armoured Car to come up the Central road with the 2nd Ranger squad to come up by the road near the hill on Kelly’s right.
The Ranger units then swept ahead with the Sherman and Greyhound Armoured Car following. The 1st Regular unit was wiped out by their combined fire power. Kelly’s men then hit back. Their Sherman 76mm arrived and knocked out the Rangers Sherman, while their 75mm Sherman arrived and missed the Greyhound. The 4th Regular Infantry and Kelly turned up to aid the 3rd Squad on the right against the 2nd Ranger squad. The rest of the Rangers force would turn up, which included a Sniper team, a Howitzer, a Medic team and a 2nd Lieutenant.
The battle would turn almost in to two battles. On the Right, the 3rd and 4th Infantry squads would ‘kill’ to a man the Ranger squad. While this was going on the Air Force Observer with them called down airstrikes on the Buffalo soldiers. After two air strikes on them the survivors broke and ran. Then with Kelly leading them and the Air Force Observer joining them, the Infantry Squads would complete the envelopment mission. On the other side the Sherman and 2nd Regular Infantry Squad would temporarily halt the 1st Ranger Squad. While the Greyhound hit the 75mm Sherman in the front knocking off a track. This would then allow it to get on the Sherman’s flank and hit it again knocking it out. With this happening the 2nd Regular Infantry Squad had to assault the Greyhound. The first assault didn’t work, but they would follow up and destroy the Greyhound. Then they doubled back as the 76mm Sherman had been hit by the Howitzer and temporarily caught on fire. The Infantry got over there in time to rout the Rangers and wipe out the Command team. Unfortunately they then got hit by the Howitzer and the survivor’s fled. The Sherman was still their but the crew quite rattled.
At the end of the exercise, Kelly’s men had 4 units successfully complete the envelopment mission; the Rangers had two units partially complete it. Therefore Kelly’s men were considered the victors.
(It can also be noted: that four armoured vehicles were fielded and three were destroyed and one had been hit multiple times, had caught on fire and the crew had a few pin markers on it meaning they were not doing much.)
Mentioned in Dispatches:
Lt. Aaron Leslie has been promoted to the rank of Captain due to his exemplary long service record! His men were also recognised for their exemplary bravery in taking on an enemy Armour Car not once, but twice in close quarters combat (even if it was in training…)
1 more battle fought this week in the League: Late-War Format:
Aaron (Kelly's Heroes) vs Gareth (Japanese)
Kelly v the Japanese. After Action Report by (used to be a Lt.) Kelly:
Kelly and his men have been redeployed to the Pacific. While on duty during the invasion of a Japanese island, a truck with secret plans for the battle crashed near a small village. As the closest unit Kelly's was sent to retrieve the plans before the local Japanese forces got there.
The American forces consisted of four Regular infantry units, a M4A1 Sherman, a M3A1 Stuart, an Air Force Forward Observer, Kelly and another 2nd Lieutenant. They moved up to the village in a line, with the Sherman firing a HE round at a unit of Green Japanese Milita unit which hit the ground. The Stuart fired at a Veteran Japanese unit pinning it. Only part of the Japanese force had turned up compared to all the American force. The Americans pushed up to the fence line while one unit got to the truck and found the plans. The American tanks then engaged the Japanese Chi in a tank duel, while also trying to Machine gun each other’s infantry. The Chi stunned the Sherman, while the Stuart stunned the Chi. However, Japanese Infantry were out in the open and a Veteran unit was wiped out by concentrated fire from the tanks and infantry. The Japanese Mortar now managed a direct strike on the American infantry with the plans. Therefore the American infantry on the far right advance into the village and fired on the mortar at long rate with the BAR’s killing a crew man. They then had to retire as a second Veteran Japanese unit appeared next to the mortar.
Then the American forward observer called in an airstrike on the Japanese tank, but in the confusion of battle, the pilot bombed the Sherman, causing no real damage, but the Sherman crew need some time to get the tank moving again. By this time the Infantry unit was running back with the plans, but was gunned down by the Japanese Anti-Aircraft auto cannon. Lucky the American unit that had retired from the Village was able to pick it up. The Forward Observer then called an Airstrike on the Autocannon. The Autocannon was not able to shoot the plane down it was hit by it, with the crew nearly all killed, but it survived, although had to spend time getting everything back together. With this time the American infantry squad in the centre left moved to get the plans off the unit from the village as they had been shot at. This left one American unit on the far left. The Japanese bamboo spearmen had advanced across the field taking some casualties, they now charged the American Infantry and a bloody melee broke out. At the end of it the American unit had won, but had suffered serious losses including the NCO.
With the Autocannon ready to fire and the Chi advancing, the Americans managed to get the plans away and win the battle.
Victory to Kelly's US forces!
ONE more Wednesday night to go before the War is OVER!
2 more battle fought this week in the League: both in the Late-War Format:
Aaron (Kelly's Heroes) vs Simon (Big Red 1)
Gareth (Japanese) vs Chris (British)
Kelly v The Big Red 1: After Action Report by (used to be a Lt.) Kelly:
Kelly’s unit was now pulled from the Pacific and sent to train units in the US. Their training mission was to be against the Big Red 1 (BR1) unit. It was to be a meeting engagement. Kelly set up next to a building in the middle with a Regular Infantry section. On the left was another infantry section and on the far right in a small wood was a .30 calibre Machinegun team. The Forward Observer (FO) and 76mm M4A1 were in reserve as a Bombardment was to ‘occur’. The BR 1 had all their units on with an infantry unit, Medic and M4A1 Sherman on his right, another Infantry unit and commander in the middle. The Sniper hid in a building at the back and the Forward Observer (FO) stood at the back.
The Bombardment cause a lot of pinning, but only one casualty, an aid to the Lieutenant of the BR1. It was also near dawn so vision was limited at the start. The BR 1 Sherman, Medic and infantry advanced at speed on to Kelly’s Infantry on Kelly’s left. The other unit and the Lieutenant moved into a barn. Kelly’s men in the middle moved into a building while the other unit creeped over a road towards the enemy Sherman.
With the sun up, Kelly’s infantry on the left charged the Sherman from point blank range with only rifles and grenades. The crew was stunned by this and cowered in the tank. The 76mm M4A1 then moved on and fired at the Sherman, which bounced off the tanks armour. Its Machinegun fire did little damage on the Infantry as they dived to the ground. There was ineffective fire from the rest of the men on both sides, but Kelly’s FO moved up behind the building the 2nd infantry unit was in, but in a position to see the Barn. The Big Red 1’s FO called in an Airstrike at the Sherman, but the pilot came in wrong and bombed the barn. This caused some casualties.
Kelly’s left flank kept up the pressure. The BR1 M4A1 panicked and retreated, leaving the Infantry unsupported. They wisely stayed down while the infantry and Sherman sprayed them with bullets. Yet again Kelly’s Sherman hit the BR1 M4A1 to again have it bounce off. Then the BR1’s second airstrike came in and hit the 2nd infantry unit in the building causing some casualties. Meanwhile Kelly’s first airstrike came in at the Barn, but the BR1 M4A1 was able to shoot it down with AA fire. The BR1 M4A1 then panicking because of Kelly’s Sherman retreated again. The BR1 infantry, under heavy fire for the last few turns, decided to go down fighting and charged Kelly’s infantry. With great valour, they routed the larger unit, and then regrouped behind a building. Kelly’s Sherman moved around and caused a casualty with its Machinegun fire. It also hit the BR1 M4A1 with a glancing shot and caused it to go on fire. This was the last straw for the crew, who abandoned the tank.
After rallying Kelly’s infantry in the building came out and gunned the last of that unit down. The sniper who had been shooting at them all battle, now finally hit and killed the NCO. This did not stop them as they advanced on the barn with the Sherman swinging around a building on the left to gun down the FO and then hit the sniper with an HE round. An airstrike hit the barn, but as it was a fighter, none of the unit was injured. However they were on the verge of panic. Kelly’s men and Sherman then poured fire on the barn with the .30 machinegun to rout the infantry in the barn. The battle was then called to a halt with Kelly victorious.
Japanese vs British:
A British SAS Commando raiding force engaged the Imperial Japanese army in French Indo-China requiring to secure & hold several Objectives on the battlefield to secure victory. The Japanese troops were attempting the same to deny the invaders!
The SAS force consisted of many small mobile units, including a multi-machine gun toting jeep! They aggressively moved after the Japanese troops & caused heavy casualties with their heavier fire-power, but the Japanese clung onto their Objectives & refused to give way. Eventually the British were obliged to fall back & leave the Japanese in control of the battlefield! Victory to the Japanese!
NOTE: This leave Gareth on x2 Wins in the League table & Chris gains another Loss, in addition to what is shown on the Table below.
As it stands at the moment that the cease-fire was declared the Finalists are:
Chris vs Aaron
To be fought next Wednesday - 1000 points & Late War!
The War is almost over!
The Final: Battle Report.
Chris (British Commandos & Co) vs Aaron (US “Kelly’s Heroes”)
Kelly v the British: After Action Report from (former Lt. Kelly)
After the training with the Americans, Kelly and his unit have been transferred back to Britain to train with their Special Forces. The Mission: to do an Envelopment on each others forces.
The British start with their support teams set up mostly behind a creek and a light wood. This goes across two thirds of the British line. A MMG is set up in a light forest covering the only road that goes across from the British to American side.
The Americans start with their Forward Air Observer (FAO) in a building, two regular infantry units on the left, & a Stuart light Tank in the middle.
The attack begins with both sides staying still and waiting for reinforcements. The American FAO does call in an Airstrike, and is then shot by the British Sniper. The reinforcements then begin to arrive as the British Commandos, Paras and SAS turn up and advance. On the American side a wholesale advance begins as the Sherman turns up and suppresses the British MMG team. The British Armoured Car now drives up the road, hitting the Stuart, but the shell bounces off!
The Airstrike then comes in on top of the 25-Pounder Artillery obliterating the crew. The Sherman finishes off the MMG but fails to hit the Armoured Car. The American Infantry squad attempt to charge the Armoured Car but are overcome with fear. In the end the Stuart hits the Armoured Car and immobilises it. The Stuart then goes around behind the Armoured Car and finishes it off - the road across is open.
The Sherman, the Stuart, Kelly and an Infantry Squad push up on this side and complete the Envelopment while the other flank holds off the British. The British desperately call in an Artillery Strike, which never turns up... Meanwhile the British infantry attack the American left flank. The American infantry is slowly wiped out, but holds out long enough to stop the British getting through, although the SAS do get into the American deployment area.
Victory to Kelly!
& Victory to Aaron who is the League 2018 Winner!
Bolt Action 2016 LEAGUE RULES
Each player must play each other player twice using random maps generated from the Age of Reason Rule book & using randomly generated scenarios from the Bolt Action 2 Rule Book.
1000 point Armies
Army Lists to be taken from: The Rule Book; Armies of... Books (Theatre Selectors are not be used)
Victory Condition by the specific Scenario Rules decide the outcome of a match: win, lose or draw
The League scoring works with:
5 points for a WIN
3 points for a DRAW
1 Point for a LOSS
The Gathering can provide Pre-Generated Armies to use for those wishing to join the League but without enough models of their own to field a full force.