Thursday, October 9, 2014

'Remagen Me Crazy

In honor of the newly acquired Flames of War book on the bridge at Remagen (and related actions) the Fox Valley Rangers pulled out all the stops for a mega, 6500 point battle.  Seeing an opportunity to use lots of rarely seen minis, Ranger Dan set the point total for the Germans and the Ranger Paul had no trouble matching it.  I pushed lead/pewter/plastic around.

At the newly renamed and moved Adventure Games (formerly Fire for Effect Games) in Oshkosh, WI we put two of their 4x6' tables together and laid out the forces.  The Americans could start with everything or they could hold some in reserve.  No American bombardment or air power on turn one.  The Germans started dug in and gone to ground, but with only half their force.  In hindsight we should have gone higher on the starting totals.  With so many reserves to bring on the Germans started rolling with an extra dice on Turn Two.  The majority of the on-table Germans were Fearless/Trained, while all the Americans were Confident/Veteran.  Click to enlarge photos.

Looking down the length of the German side of the table.

An American tank company with a "Super Pershing"

American armored infantry with supports, the tray holds reserves, dice, etc.

With little action the first turn, the American guns and planes began to warm up the field. Taking advantage of some of the later war American rules to swiftly advance and bring stinging fire down on the Germans. Though dug in and gone to ground, little was accomplished.
"Gotcha Mr. Jadgtiger!"  "Nein, I shrug off your rockets."
Onlookers were invited to take one of our cards for the Ranger group to see about more games.

The American armored infantry began to surge across the table.  76mm gunned Shermans and Pershing in support.  The Jadgtigers claims some kills on double sixes.

On the left the Americans "only" face a pair of Sturmtigers, Pak40s and Pak43s.  Lousy shooting lets us off easy.

We close to mix it up.  With no immediate infantry support the German guns are in a difficult position.

48" range on these bad boys, always hitting top armor

German view (through some smoke) looking at the onslaught.
One tank platoon will be destroyed, but others await.

As the Jadgtiger turns to face some flanking Chaffees, the reserve platoon comes on table and lights him up. 
Said flanking Chaffees, who think they will have an easy time against the 105s

Getting thin in the middle and only a trio of Pumas has come to the German aid

Now the rolls seem to come and lots of veteran armor is pulled out (not yet deployed in the pic)

But deadly artillery and airpower eliminate most, no final photo available
 So what did we learn?  We learned that late-war Americans have a ton of inexpensive options to improve their chances.  Although the German dice were mostly rotten, I'm not sure how you beat these 1945 Americans.  Especially with the typical 1945 Trained German.  I guess more playtests are in order!  Aw.... you mean we have to play and have fun?  Can't I go mow the lawn instead?

Perhaps next time I'll pull out 6500 points of Germans and have a go.

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