Somme 1918

With Russia out of the war, Germany’s Oberste Heeresleitung  OHL saw the chance for a last destruction blow on the crumbling Western Allies before the new American divisions  could make a numerical impact. Operation Michael was the code name of this last major German offensive. It was aimed at the joint of the British Expeditionary Forces and the French in order to seperate them from each other. The preliminary objectives were Arras and Amiens to be taken as a requirement to push the BEF into the sea.

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Galicia: The Forgotten Couldron

Entering the twenties of our 21st century the Great War is long ago and nearly forgotten. But our contemporary conflicts are more often then not a consequence of the results of this war. Many issues between nations remain unsolved. In the wake of the downfall of old empires national borders prove to having been drawn arbitrarily and thus get contested, especially in eastern Europe, the western Mediterranian,  and in the middle East.  Therefore to deal with the campaigns of the Great War in reading and wargaming to me means also learning about the basics of todays international relations.

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NLG Ligny Mini Campaign 1815

Having played the new Last Eagles: Ligny 1815 I wanted to compare how the battle plays with Napoleon’s Last Gamble my first game from the The Library of Napoleonic Battles series. The game has been dwelling in my shelf for some time and now its about time to give it a go.

As for rules I am quite comfortable with the OSG Version 7.33 rules by Kevin Zucker. But I wanted to find out how the alternative Last Battles of Napoleon by Markus Stumptner work. So I use the structure of the original rules with the movement rates, the command rules, the combat, and the morale blended in.

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Last Eagles: Ligny 1815 II

As I mentioned I want to see the counters on this beautiful map of the Ligny battlefield. So there it is in its full splendor. The red cubes show the 7 Objective Flags each worth 10 VP at the end of each turn. Losses and the exits to the lines of communication of each army are taken into account via VP as well.  Killed and captured leaders count too, and should Napoleon get himself killed, well this war wouldn’t be Napoleonic any longer no matter how the outcome of this battle might otherwise be.

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LoB: To Take Washington

Fully in flamed with the American Civil War or Second War of Indipendance as the Confederates referred to it, I have taken to approach  the topic from different angles. The GCACW Series is one of my favoreds as one can estimate from my recent posts on this blog.

A different level of detail brings me to the Line of Battle series published by MMP. I got hold of the latest title To Take Washington that covers Jubal Early’s advance on Washington in September 1864. As the GBACW: Road to Gettysburg II also contains Rebells in the White House I now can play the campaing as well as the Battle of Monocacy itself.

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Aachen 1944 – Stolberg Sector Scenario

Having played the first introductory scenario I wanted to find out how the game plays solo. Would it be interesting and tense? How much would the game support solo-play? Would the result be a forgone conclusion with the Germans standing no chance to fend of the mighty US forces?

Planning for the Battle of Aachen

With the preset VPs it is quite obvious that the Americans need to attack with their point of  main effort south of the Aachen Forest. The 3rd Armored Division is to attack on an axis from RAEREN towards KORNELIMÜNSTER. 1st Infantry Division will support this attack by covering the left flank of the 3rd Armored by attacking the enemy in the Westwall positions south-west of AACHEN. 9th will support the attack by advancing towards Vennwegen to cover the right flank of the 3rd Armored.

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OZEREKYA BREAKOUT TM-3

The Marine Brigade is somewhat short of its objectives. Over night an additional Naval Infantry Company and one depleted Machine Gun Company move from the landing site to reinforce the attack. The scene is TM-3 set in the morning of February 5 1943.

The Soviets call up 3rd Naval Rifle and 1st Machine Gun Campanies, prepare a 130mm Naval OBA preplanned fire mission, dedicate a 100mm Naval OBA, call in Combat Air Patrol and Close Air Support, increase their Sniper density, and dig some entrechments.

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OZEREKYA BREAKOUT TM-2

With fresh Naval Infantry Companies moving up from the landing site the Marine Brigade will now renew its attack towards GLEBOVKA. This brings us to TM-2 set in the afternoon of February 4 1943.

The Mission

Soviet 255th Marine Brigade is to clear the road along the Ozerekya Valley as far as the southern outskirts of GLEBOVKA as a prerequesite to the actual Assault of the town itself..

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