This year about 30 players will attend to the Grenadier 2018 ASL tournament at Hergarten in the Eifel. Day one and two are mostly dedicated to friendly gaming and the mini tournament. My first game was RPT 105 FLAMING STAR, an eastern front scenario set in the last days of the Reich.
The Germans are quite outnumbered and outgunned. So it is a matter of converging on the isolated outposts rather quickly to meet the victory conditions. As it turned out the game was decided on the end of the last German turn, as they were so heavily decimated as to offer no further resistance. A clear Sovjet victory!
In the themed mini tournament I played Free French in British service. My first game was FT 213 UP THE LIRI VALLEY. This scenario, one of the newest from FROM THE CELLAR PACK 8 is set in Italy in May 1944.
The vitory in round one brought me into round two. Again I sticked with the Free French this time in France in September 1944. In this scenario OB 12 BLOCK AT VILLE-SUR-ILLON the Free French 2nd Armored Division fights the German 112th Panzer Brigade.
This last game was one of the most furious ASL games I have ever played. Sadly I underestimated the effectiveness of the German 75mm gun carriers. Also I sent my precious reserves on a flanking mission. I should have rather used them to bolster the defense inside the town and around the Free French HQ. Another lesson learned the hard way.