We set the table out as seen in the aerial photographs, a fairly open plane was dominated by a substantial villa with walled gardens that stood on a road junction. In the centre of the table was a small hillock. The Republicans elected to defend in the area of the house and threw up a line of entrenchments north of the road.
We both rolled for Force Morale and both ended up with a value of 9 so set to with the Patrol Phase which ended up as per the photograph on the right with the Anarchist jump-off points shown in black and the Regulares shown in blue.
|Durruti pisses up the wall!|
The Moroccans took first turn and soon a Pelotones of Regulares was deployed on each of my outer jump-off points. James replied deploying the Asaltos in the building and a large section of 20 Milicianos behind the wood nearest my jump-offs. Teniente Arrojo joined the Pelotones of Sergento Hassan in the walled enclosure towards the top of the table while Sergento Primero al-Makudi joined that of Sergento Masfiwi.
|al-Makudi and his men suffer the effects of tear gas|
Teniente Arrojo made a similar move on his flank, deploying the LMG Escuadras in the cover of the walled enclosure and advancing with both Escuadras of riflemen. To counter this Durrutti ordered his squad behind the woods to move to cover the area that the Republicans were advancing into at the same time staying out of sight from their covering LMG.
FahnenJunker Schmid committed the Panzer I and was soon in the open ground between the field and the Republican barricades threatening any troops that rushed to support either flank.
|Arrojo urges his men to advance from the cover of the stone walls|
|Asaltos in the villa|
This was most likely the correct decision, if he had chosen to stay and fight he would still have been unable to prevent me exiting a team and would have lost many more men in the process - how playing in the context of a campaign changes your outlook on a game.
|Situation at the end|
During the end of the campaign turn phase we rolled to see what had happened. The Communists at HQ were soon printing leaflets decrying the cowardly Durutti for giving up the ground so easily (Commanding Officers opinion of Durrutti goes down by 1 to -3) , while his men, thankful for not being wasted in a pointless sacrifice toasted his health (Mens opinion of Durutti goes up by 1 to +3)
On the Nationalist side it was good cheer all around. The Commanding Officers opinion of Arrojo went up 2 to +2 while the light casualties meant that his mens opinion of him went up by 1 to +1.
After doing all this we then played on in our 'normal' non-campaign manner, after another couple of phases James had lost a dozen figures and I had still managed to get my team off the edge of the board :)
The photos are a bit dark, the lighting is nowhere near as good at the White Hart as in the Polly!
|Regulares deploy from their truck|
|FahnenJunker Schmidt dominates in the centre|
|Sergento Primero al-Makudi urges the men on|
|The Anarchist try to cut al-Makudi off in vain|