For my regular Monday night game I put on another game of Kampfgruppe Normandy. Bill (UFM) and I took the British side against Evan’s Germans. I’m not so keen on points based games (and I’m the only one with a copy of the rule book) so I created a scenario- it was fictional but hopefully representative. The British had to break into a fortified village controlled by the Germans which was protected by a stream. The River was impassable to all troops and as the bridge was barricaded only infantry could use it. As I had planned for 2 players on the British side in a platoon level game- 1 armour (Bill), 1 infantry (me) rather than have D6 command points split between the two forces I decided to try D3 each.

The full briefings for each side are below.

British Briefing.

Date: June 1944.
Location: Normandy.
Situation: The Germans have fortified a village blocking the line of advance in this sector. They need to be pushed back and cleared from the buildings.
Victory Conditions: Clear the village.
Initial deployment: Up to 8” in on your two board edges.
Special Rules: The two bridges have been barricaded and are therefore impassable to vehicles but not to infantry.

Forces:

Armour Command: D3+2 command points. MV 12.

Battlegroup HQ (supreme command)
1 command Churchill VII
2 Churchill VIIs
1 Churchill IV
1 Churchill Ark

Infantry Command: D3+1 command points, MV 12.

Platoon HQ.
3 infantry squads.
PIAT team.
HMG
3” Mortar.
Forward Artillery Observer.

Shared Assets:

Forward Air observer.
3 25pdrs (off table).

German briefing.

Date: June 1944.
Location: Normandy.
Situation: The tactic of fortifying villages to hold up the allied is working well. Defend this village to slow their advance.
Victory Conditions: Hold the village.
Initial deployment: Set up anywhere behind the river.
Special Rules: The 2 bridges have been barricaded to stop all vehicle traffic but not infantry. Nominate one building to provide reinforced cover. Crew served weapons may be dug in. Reinforcements arrive on turn 3- place them on your board edge.

Forces:

Command points D6+2. MV 21.

Platoon HQ
3 Infantry Squads with 2 PzFs per squad.
3 MMG teams.
HMG.
20mm flak and crew
50mm ATG and crew.
Forward Artillery observer.

Reinforcements:

1 STUGIII F command.
2 STUGIII Fs
1Infantry squad.
1 MMG team.
(Both infantry units arrive in 1 truck).

The game started with a rush of the British infantry to clear on bridge whilst the armour stayed back. The MG42s did their job of suppressing the infantry well, given the low number of command points I had I struggled to make much headway only reaching the foot of the bridge. When my Vickers mounted on a Bren shot away a couple of teams it made things easier. Again the lack of points I had meant I made little use of any off table assets – that and my Platoon HQ spending most of the game stuck in a wood. Bill’s Churchills spent most of the game battling the PAK 38- it had little chance to brew them up but remained a threat all game till dispatched on the last turn with a well aimed shot. The STUGIII came on but fell quickly to the 6pdr armed Churchill. Ultimately the Brits pushed the Germans beyond their breaking point with a slow attrition rather than with an fast advances. Not the most rewarding of wins to be fair- especially as Bill’s new Ark didn’t get to deploy

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Changes for next time: Swap STUGIIIF for G as the F wasn’t in Normandy. Go back to D6 for the British command roll and let the players fight it out amongst themselves. Add more fortified buildings for the German player which should increase the length of the game.

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  1. Been looked nag at some of your old post here. This looks great man. Nice to see British Vs. German my club only seems to play 20mm 15mm WW2 USSR vs Russians middle to late year. Can’t do that anymore 😦 nice to see England 🙂 I’m going to ( if I live long enough) do Oppression SeaLion( I think it’s called )in 20mm or 15mm but looked the other day it’s hard now to find English Home Guard Vehicles in 15mm Or 20mm 😦 Was hoping to find at least few things like the Armadillo And the Beaverettes for Home Guard:( Oh well I’ll keep looking. Take care Dave in USA

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Yeah all of my gaming group has got Brits in one form or another… always support the home team I guess. Evan and I have Americans, Bill and I have some Germans and Poles (all this in 20mm) and I’ve got all the Soviets.

      Sealion would make for a great game. As for the Beaverette look here: http://www.sgtsmess.co.uk/bv6-beaverette-mk2-with-2-crew.html they do some of the odd home guard guns too that would be ideal for a Home Guard force.

      Cheers,

      Pete.

      • Hey I’ll look there. Thanks my friend! I’m hoping to get some of the Foundry Dads Army miniatures and do a Funny nobody gets killed Game. Have funny cards like ( YOU CAN’T GET A CALL TO THE BANK BUT THE PHONE BOX IS ALMOST IN SIGHT OF THE BANK SO YOU LIGHT THE PHONE BOX UP AND DO SMOKE SINGLES! LoL And the GM would run the Germans who maybe crash thier plane in the Water Res. And then in the game the players get a card saying. You get the Great idea to drain the water. German In Plane Surrender! Or (Poor Mr Godfrey must Go Right Away Capt. says Dammit All Man can’t you hold it! Sdq Loose half move! LoL )

      • Pete S/ SP says:

        That would be great- Dad’s Army was a classic back in the day. Lots of potential for Home Guard games. I’ve just ordered some original WW2 maps of my home town that were overprinted by the Germans with intel for when they invaded. Chilling stuff in its own way but I know I’ll make a game out of it too.

        Cheers,

        Pete.

      • Hey Love those SGT Mess never saw the sight before. Thanks my friend! Would really like to do an Op. SeaLion now! Would be really cool to have a lot of those odd HomeGuard weapons.WHAT IF;) You fellows in England have lost some part of England do to the size of the First attacks But ( don’t get mad here 😉 Was kidding this is a Game A Crazy What if? Royal Navy, Air Corp and What was left of the BEF Army and Dads Army on the Beach’s would have stopped it cold!in the Channel But it’s fun game idea! You fellows would have pushed them back in to see Sea if they did get a toe hold:) Nobody could take and hold Old England it really only happened in Days of the Roman Empire ( and They paid dearly to hold it and most left! and The Norman’s 1066 and they payed Dearly to hold it! 🙂 But for fun game idea what if Germans by some Crazy thing happing like Royal Navy got in bad Storm and get pushed far in to North Sea and somehow right after the German got on land with fun stuff like the Seal Snorkel tank and other Boats Barges and floating lids lol and Lots Of Paratroopers got a Toe hold in old England then it would be fun to see how long they could stay like some kind of Campaign game they very quickly would be running out of Ships boats trying to supply the Troops ( Picture a Very Angry Roval Navy 🙂 and they may do bit better bringing in Air Supplys till the RAF really start taking Big Toll on the Supply planes. For the Garman it would get Very Bad Fast I believe. And for the British they are trying everything to get them out! Would be a lot of fun I think. Lot of Odd weapons for fun. Maybe like 12 game nights of Points whoever has the most wins but that said if done even close to right the Germans could not hold less they had a lot great Rolls;) Sorry so long here. Very Grateful for the site of SGT Mess. Hey if you hear of anybody making 15mm Home Guard stuff let me know good sir. You are Bless to live in Miniature Central there.
        Thanks

      • Pete S/ SP says:

        Thanks Dave. Us UK wargamers do have it lucky with so many miniature companies located here in the UK.

        OP Sealion is a fascinating what if? So much you can do with it. Inspired some pretty decent books, TV and films. Did you manage to catch the BBC adaptation of Len Deighton’s SSGB?

        I think that you are right about the Royal Navy- they would be steaming in gloriously if they thought Britain would be invaded. A game needs some sort of reason for them to be ineffective.

        I was lucky enough to play in a multiplayer (40 I think) game based around Sealion. https://spprojectblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/25/dont-panic-too-an-operation-sealion-megagame/ Due to poor decisions by the Brits we got into Dover more or less unopposed. Was a great day.

        Will keep an eye out for any 15mm stuff: off the top of my head Peter Pig does some: http://www.peterpig.co.uk/ww2british.html

        Cheers,

        Pete.

      • Hi hope I did not talk to much? Sorry I’m an old soldier that was in a Chemical accident in the army. I have very few folks to talk to about gaming:( Take care then.
        Dave

      • Pete S/ SP says:

        Not at all Dave, apologies for neglecting to reply. I’ve been working on a 50 player game so all my hobby time has been eaten up with that. Am always happy to talk gaming. I’ll go through your replies now.

        Cheers,

        Pete.

      • Hey thanks for the Peter Pig they have some great Early war stuff. Just need to ad few odd things like home made armor like Jones Meat truck and some HG and could have a great Op. Sealion:) hoping some companies will start making more Home Guard stuff.
        Thank you sir for the Great Info.
        Dave in US

      • Pete S/ SP says:

        Happy to help Dave. I did a quick google and found this too: https://www.flamesofwar.com/Default.aspx?tabid=107&art_id=345

        I look forward to seeing you do the project- hopefully you can find the other stuff you need.

        Cheers,

        Pete.

  2. One last thing here sorry so long. Know anywhere to get Armoadillo in 20mm Thanks or 15mm 🙂

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Sadly no- might not be too hard to sdcratch build if you can find a suitable lorry and box to go on the back of it.

      Cheers,

      Pete.

      • Hey you spoke of the Shapeways can they make stuff for folks? Might have them do that. I have yet to buy anything from them.
        Thanks my friend.
        Dave

      • Pete S/ SP says:

        I’m not sure they offera design service- I guess you could message one of the designers on there whoe’s stuff you like and see what they say. Had no trouble when I ordered from them- pretty fast delivery too.

        Cheers,

        Pete.

      • Hey that game sounded fun! Looks like the Germans would have won. I wonder why did the main British forces not move much? Did they think your attacks were decoys or smaller attacks not the main ones? Sounds like it was fun doing propaganda lol. They really sound like they set up a great game with Command chains and all:) would love to play in a campaign like that use the big map as a placing of attacks and then do a miniature battle at each meeting point. But sounds like the counters worked great too:)
        Take care my friend.
        Dave

      • Pete S/ SP says:

        No idea why the Brits didn’t move, they started towards the end but it was too little too late. I think that they weren’t expecting us to land at Dover as Brighton beach provides the shortest route to the capital. You really get a feel for a big operation playing in a game like that, makes me look at history books in a different light. All the problems of ‘friction’ come into a game when you add so many players.

        Running a campaign like you say sounds great- would take some setting up but would be worth it. It would probably take some time to play through. I guess if you started small to test the principle then build up from there.

        There are a few similar games run in the US too.

        Cheers,

        Pete.

  3. Sadly never saw any of those Shows about Op Sealion I’ll look for them on DVD or Blue Ray. Thanks for the info. My friend:)
    Dave

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Another favourite of mine is ‘Secret Army’ about the Dutch resistance- well worth looking up too. Its aclassic of British TV.

      Cheers,

      Pete.

      • That sounds good you guys get better History then we do Sadly the History and others are throwing out Garbage history of late. And shows showing Blacks in rolls like Troy! Sad sad junk. I hope one day to do a SeaLion like that sadly I’m the only one in my club that would do all the work:( take care my Friend! Ps We want to try one of those Escape rooms they sound fun:)

      • Pete S/ SP says:

        Good luck with the Sealion stuff- if you make the game I’m sure people will play it.

        Escape rooms are good fun for an hour or so. Not sure how popular they are in the States atm.

        Cheers,

        Pete.

      • Thank for the Flames Of War Dads army that was Great work that guy did!
        Take care my friend
        Dave

      • Pete S/ SP says:

        Yeah it was a pretty impressive army build. There are some lovely themed Flames of War armies out there.

        Cheers,

        Pete.

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