A short vacation on Walcheren island has brought me into contact with a countryside similar to the polder land we encounter in the ASLSK historical module Decision at Elst. This low-lying land is comparable to the area south of Arnhem that was fought over during the Market-Garden opertion in Sept 1944. When you travel between towns the first you get to know about the settlement ahead is its church. The towers are clearly visible from kilometres away and its easy to understand their importance as observation posts.
Stonewall Jacksons Way published in 1992 by The Avalon HIll Game Company I aquired some 15 year ago from a wargames buddy. The game spent all the years in a dark shelf as I never found the time to occupy myself more closely with it. I allways admired the maps but never came round to actually read the rules.
After some years of abstinence I have resumed painting som miniatures. I got stimulated by the excellent videos by Little Wars TV. I got especially captivated by their videos on the ACW battles of Antitam and Gettysburg. These the club played out with Altar of Freedom Rules that I once bought and used to play quick battles. I played with bases that I pasted pictures of ACW regiment on. I also bought a pack of 6mm Adler Miniatures, but only few of them ever saw my painting table.
When I got notice of this game I ordered it right away. Why, you ask? Well, first its one of the first wargames from a German publisher. I was curious to learn what design idea the developers might follow. Second Aachen 1944 offers an interesting subject seldom treated in wargames. The only other campaign game that I know of addressing the Stolberg Sector comes with the Command Decision miniature rules. Last and by no means least I live in Aachen.
Historical wargames on historical maps are much of my liking. Therefore I always am interested to obtain a copy when a new HASL gets published. One exception might be the HASLs that feature on island hopping in the Pacific. European, Russian, and North African fronts oriented HASL in contrast will most likely make it into my ASL collection.
So finally here comes Forgotten War Korea: 1950 – 1953, the newest ASL core module. I was somewhat uncertain whether to obtain a copy. But I like playing ASL and I dislike not having the boards to play with. What to expect from the scenarios and the period specific rules I do not know.
Latest arrival in my ASL arsenal is Objective: Schmidt published by Bounding Fire. After the parcel passed customs clearence I finally hold the package in my hands. So what does it contain? This blog post will try to provide you with an answer. Myself I am very interested to learn about the scenarios and the maps. I live a mere 40 km from the small towns of Schmidt, Kommerscheid and Vossenack and I am keen to find out more about the fighting that took place in November 1944 during the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest. Those of you who are historically interested will find many eye-witness accounts on the fighting that took place in this westernmost region of Germany. Link to veteran stories and pictures now and then.
The Library of Napoleonic Battles Volume IV or Napoleon’s Last Gamble is mainly about Hundred Days Campaign of 1815. And indeed I am looking forward to playing the campaign some time in the near future. Also included is the battle of La Souffel that offers a manageable small campaign. I played this solo to get a first impression of the rules.
This battle was fought on the 28 June 1815 between the French V Corps under General Count Jean Rapp and the Austrian III Corps of the Upper Rhine Army under the command of the Crown Prince of Württemberg. This last French victory would off course not alter the final outcome of the war. Napoleon had alredy abdicted on 22 June 1815.
Looking for a manageable campaign game we came along this mini HASL published by MMP in Operations Special Issue #1. It looks interesting and has a fine map to play over, a single large play area of 31 hexes width (west – east) and 18 hexes depth (north – south). As the opposing forces are elements of two armored divisions the game offers a fair amount of AFV to work with on both sides.
OUT OF THE ATTIC Issue #2 contains three consecutive scenarios of the engagement at Montcorvino Airfield south of Salerno in September 1943 during Operation AVALANCE. British and American troops had just landed at the Salerno beachhead. The British 169th (London) Brigade was to secure the Airfield some 2 miles from the beach.