Another rainy day in the Hurtgen Forest

Living at Aachen I have ready access to some of the most famous battle grounds of WW2. One is the Hürtgen Forest only 45 minutes from here by car. Thus BFP’s publication  OBJECTIVE: SCHMIDT is a must for the ASL gamer in me. Here I will start off with a solo-play of the first scenario, a small all infantry scenario that will introduce me to the SSR and the terrain.

CONSCRIPT COUNTER [OS-1]

 

G.I.s of Coy L / 112th Inf Rgt attack demorilised Russian volunteers of Gren Rgt 1055. Its interesting to play a scenario where all units have morale of 6 and low ELR. I just recently read the excellent article on how to use conscripts in ASL in the VFTT#6 issue. This article I  heartily recommend to all that play with or against conscripts.

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SINGLING HASL

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.

  

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S15 HAMMER TO THE TEETH

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This ASLSK scenario plays during the first day of the Battle of the Bulge. This specific action took place in Bleialf, a town located in the German Schnee-Eifel region. The 18th Volksgrenadier Division was one of the first German formations to infiltrate the American Defences. There is a very detailed account of the action of the 106th US Infantry Division in Bleialf at the C.R.I.B.A. site that I can very much recommend to read.

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DEVIL’S HILL [T10]

Again here I present you a game from the ongoing themed MARKET – GARDEN campaign that Uffe and I have been playing for a while. The unit I am playing tonight is A Company 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment / 82nd Airborne. DEVILL’S HILL is set near Nijmegen, Holland, 19 September 1944 on the third day of the Allied operation. The ROAR – the automated record of played ASL games – shows 30 German to 18 American wins. So I reccon this will be a tough one for the paratroopers.

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D-Day Landing Zone

Some years ago I went on holiday to Normandy. Of course I took the opportunity to visit the museums and to move around the various historic sites of the D Day landings. Our location was Chateau Bellenau which gave me daily access to the area where 101st AbnDiv was assigned its combat missions.

101a (2) 101a (7)

I followed a historical trail in and around Saint-Côme-Du-Mont / Carentan that guides visitors to various sites that saw combat during and shortly after D Day.

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EASY’S BRIDGE [SP104]

One of the scenarios we play in an ongoing themed MARKET – GARDEN campaign is about a feat that was accomplished by E Company 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. The taking of the bridge over the Maas river near Grave in September 17 on the first day of the airlanding. As I write this down we have played 4 full turns of the 8½ turns total and the outcome is still uncertain…

   

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