Winter War battle 2

The Soviet spearhead advanced into Finland. The Finns torched any buildings that could offer shelter the invaders, blew up all the bridges and felled trees to slow down the Soviets.  The first phase of the battle was a cavalry advance by the Russians. This forced the Finns to deploy most of their troops on the table. The cavalry then retreated and the main battle started. Lieutenant Sasha Fermentov, a collective farm supervisor managed to liberate a double portion of vodka to his tired platoon, and ordered his men to join hands and march in formation, singing revolutionary songs. This raised the spirits of the men new heights as they tramped towards the Finnish lines (the Soviet player used a campaign card “Parade march into Finland” and used his support points to buy vodka to raise his force morale). Their objective was a hill with a Finnish bunker the cavalry had identified earlier. The Soviet advanced with their tanks in the lead. The Finns ambushed the first tank with satchel charge but the Soviets played a campaign card “Frosty fingers” which caused the charge to misfire. The Soviet infantry started fanning out and engaging the Finns. The gutsy defenders tried ambushing the tank again, and managed to blow one of it’s tracks.  The tanks was still engaging the Finns and they tried to finally blow it up with satchel charges. The team was interrupted by a bayonet charge, led by sergeant Roman Gurkin, a veteran of the Polish campaign. He was wounded, but still managed to drive the Finns away and save the tank. The rest of the Finns soon decided to retire from the field, leaving behind a wounded sergeant and some men. The Soviets were happy they did not have to charge the entrenched Finns, being tired and drunk. The Soviet officers  decided to stop and rest for the night. The following dispaych was sent from divisional headquarters to the Press officers: Tonight our troops continued their liberation of the hard working proletariate of the beautiful country of Finland from the vile clutch of Tannerite warmongers and Western mercenaries and their capitalist puppetmasters. In valiant disregard of the deadly traps laid by the white bandits, and in high spirits, our men brushed away the puny opposition of the spineless enemy. The local inhabitants greeted our men with tears of joy streaming, and heartily joining our brave lads in singing the... read more

Playing a bit of CoC and Longstreet

Heikki organised a CoC game based on a historical WW2 battle with a long range Finnish patrol fighting NKVD troops. History was reversed, the Finns launched furious charges and decimated the Soviets with their SMG fire. Heavy casualties all round. On another table Petri’s confederates trashed Eero’s Union army in a 1861 Longstreet game. As... read more

CoC Nijmegen taking the rail bridge

The weakened paratroopers advanced swiftly towards the Northern side of the rail bridge. Aksu advanced along the rail line  in a small wooded area. Eero’s line of advance was more open and led him into a suburb. True to form Aksu advanced cautiously, using his scouts to flush out the jerries. Eero was more aggressive, charging the Germans in some bungalows through a hail of fire from a quad 20 mm flak vehicle. While this carnage was going on Aksu managed to advance onto the rail track and take the bridge. Eero reveived some last ditch reserves from company HQ and was able to push forward as well. The Germans retreated towards the road bridge. Another costly American victory.                                           ... read more

CoC Nijmegen, across the river

The American paratroopers managed to cross the river Waal with 30 percent losses, and in this game they were tasked with spearheading the advance towards the bridges. Eero was charging towards the old fort and Aksu was to advance under the railroad, into the town and onto the road bridge. Eero ran into stiff opposition and suffered severe losses before breaking the German opposition. Aksu advanced cautiously and took only light casualties before the Germans ran. As soon as his scouts tried to enter the anorthern suburbs across the railroad they came under heavy fire and the paratroopers decided to race towards rhe rail road bridge instead.                               ... read more

CoC Nijmegen,  crossing the Waal

The third battle in our Chain of Command Nijmegen campaign saw Aksu and Eero as the paratroopers of the 504th cross the Waal river. The actual crossing and the losses we suffered depended on pure luck. Both platoons lost a third of their strength to German fire.  The tabletop game depicted the last 150 yards the paras had to cross to reach the flood walls and the entrenched Germans. Ville played the small German force. His deployment was hampered by the continous Alied off-board bombardment. He was able to bring one squad to face Eero, but on the other flank the Germans refused to get up and fight before Aksu’s paras overran their position. Eero lost several men, Aksu’s on table losses were all recovered after the battle.  The surviving American paratroopers dashed off towards the next battle, trying to reach the Northern end of the two bridges.                ... read more

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