On Thursday evening it was time for some Chain of Command WWI action again at the White Hart. I would use the Germans assisted by James W and James M would use his French assisted by Matt M. For a change the French would attack and the Germans would be the defenders.
We decided on the 'Attack on an Objective' scenario with the French fielding a 'Reduced Strength Platoon' rated as Regular while the Germans would field an 'Infantry Zug; also rated as regular.
Rolling for supports, James added an Adjutant and two off-table machine-guns to the French while I added a MG/08 on-table machine-gun and a sniper to the Germans, really to use the new figures I had painted.
We set out the table as shown in the photo and the jump-off points are as marked, The stars show the aiming points for the French off-table machine-gun teams.
The objective was the 'Bois' atop the low hill near the German base-line.
We both rolled very poorly for Force Morale, each force would start on an eight!
As you can see, it would be difficult for the Germans to grab the trenches as one had no jump-off near it at all, and the other two with suitable jump-off points were both covered by the supporting machine-guns,
The French started well with a 'triple six' in the first phase, two Grenadier-Voltigeur sections were deployed and in the next phase were running to the trench lines in my centre and on my left.
|The French capture the first German trench unopposed|
The first German phase was also a 'triple six' three phases into the game and we were on Turn 3! The MG08 deployed in the Bois on the hill and started firing into the central Grenadier-Voltigeur section to great effect while a Light machine-gun Gruppe made it's way towards the central bunker under intense fire from the off-table machine-gun. Eventually six men made it into the redoubt beating the French to that position.
|The Germans make the central redoubt just before the French but under intense fire|
|The German CO falls victim to the off-table machine-guns|
|Scrivs and James W wonder if their tactics are right?|
|The Germans clear out the last of the French|
This was probably the closest game we have ran so far and think if it had not been for the poor Force Support roll by the French it could have easily gone the other way.
More images from the game.