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Winter War begins

We fought the first battle in our Winter of No Surrender campaign. The Red Army crossed the border at Rajajoki with two sections of border guards and a section of engineers. The battle ended in a major Finnish victory.

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Winter War Campaign

Winter of No Surrender Winter of No Surrender (WoNS) is part of our official WWII CoC Grande Campaign. Players on both sides will have their own player characters leading platoons (on the Finnish side) and companies (Soviet side) / other forces and engage in historical scenarios over 105 days of fighting on the Karelian Isthmus. Any characters surviving the Winter War can then be used in the Continuation War (1941-1944). Currently we have a full complement of Soviet players (two companies) and one Finnish player. Additional players are welcome as regulars or occasional participants. The campaign features… * Updated character generation and national characteristics for both sides * Updated support options and non-player hero characters for both sides * Revised arsenal tables for both sides * A lavish complement of Campaign Cards with that special Winter War flavor * Updated rules including night fighting, artillery and air bombardments, anti-aircraft fire, captured equipment, Commissars, surprise, fatigue, Finnish radio broadcasting company interviews, skis, regimental bands, shrapnel and the Ukranian Wickerwork Factory Number 18… * Full campaign ladder with historical timeline set on the Taipale sector of the Karelian Isthmus * Complex historical situations and battles drawn from dozens of books and period documents * A few surprises * An already exhausted campaign GM… The campaign is set to start on Monday, November 28th at 1730 hours at the Club with an initial scenario and will be continued as figure etc. requirements are fulfilled. Intro to the Winter War campaign:   Rajajoki border crossing, November 30, 1939, 06.40 am. Here Rajajoki (literally ”Border River”) forms the border between Finland and the Soviet Union. For weeks the men have stared at each other over the bridge spanning the river… the Russian border guards at one end of the bridge, the Finnish ones at the other. Not a word has been said.  It is of course all the fault of Adolf Hitler and Iosif Stalin. These leaders of the world’s two most criminal regimes have also spent ages watching the other’s every move. To many an independent observer it has been clear that sooner or later the two will turn on each other and when they do the world will be engulfed in fire. The dictators themselves also seem to believe this. When in 1938 Nazi Germany annexed Austria and parts of Czechoslovakia the Soviet Union begun top secret security negotiations with Finland. The Soviets were worried that despite a 1932 non-aggression treaty Finland might... 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

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