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Crispy™ Kodex Kriegsspiel Klub - Historical Wargames

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  1. Aqualung Dead duck Patron

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    Welcome to the Kodex Kriegsspiel Klub, a place to discuss everything wargames-related and to post your batreps. I would like to open this thread with a batrep of a very simple wargame to encourage people who might be considering getting started in the hobby. Today’s game is Lion Rampant, a quick-play set of skirmish rules that requires few miniatures and has a very fast setup and play time and is therefore perfect to get started, but we will be exploring different wargames over time.

    Today’s game will be a narrative skirmish played on a 6x4 table with the “A taxing afternoon” scenario from the base game to highlight the set of farm animals I painted a few weeks ago. The scenario involves two opposing forces rushing to seize a number of objectives (in this case, farm animals) worth a certain amount of points. There is one 3-point token, three 2-point tokens and two 1-point tokens for a total of 11 points, so whoever manages to take 6 and retreat off the table with them wins the game. To add uncertainty to the mix, the points are allotted randomly and players only learn how many points a counter is worth once they capture it. Counters can be taken by destroying the enemy unit carrying them, but to score points they must be taken back to the player’s table edge.

    The game will be played in a fantasy version of Burgundy in which a raiding party of Warriors of Diversity get ready to enrich the countryside and eat all the goats. They are led by Nabil Al-Djamil, also known as the handsome, a cloaked figure who stands out due to his strength (his unit can reroll one miss). Opposing him is Charles the Reckless, related to another bold Charles, at the head of his retinue; his recklessness gives his unit the Impetuous Charge rule, forcing him to attack any enemy unit in range if he can.

    The army lists were:

    Warriors of Diversity (24 points)

    2 x Mounted Sergeants with Crossbows (+0 pts): 8 pts

    2 x Mounted Yeomen: 8 pts

    2 x Fierce foot: 8 pts

    Due to the nature of this scenario, this army is focused on speed and mobility. All of my mounted forces have a 12” ranged attack to pursue or deter the enemy from pursuing, and fierce foot can traverse difficult terrain without penalties.

    The Burgundy Boys (24 points)

    2 x Mounted Sergeants: 8 pts

    2 x Mounted Yeomen with Javelins (-1 pts): 6 pts

    2 x Foot Yeomen with mixed weapons (+2 pts): 10 pts

    My opponent, the mysterious codexer, also chose a mobile force but chose to focus on shock cavalry and gave his infantry a 12” ranged attack to repel cavalry both at a range and in hand-to-hand combat.

    And here is the table setup:

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    The objectives are located in six settlements:

    Louis le Cannibale’s house. Louis le Cannibale is an apparently harmless man who lures travelers into his shack in the outskirts of Dijon and boils them into boeuf bourguignon when they’re off guard. His cover story is that he’s a sheep herder, and his herd of sheep is the first token.

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    Saint Gontran des Bourguignons parish. An isolated parish church outside Dijon, Saint Gontran is inhabited by gluttonous brewer monks who also raise goats. The wrath of God is near.

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    Jacques Bonhomme’s farm. Jacques Bonhomme is a grumpy farmer who only wants to raise his pigs and grow giant cabbages and be left alone. He has a mean streak and wields a wicked scythe.

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    The Trois Brasseurs Tavern. The last inn on the way to Dijon, this place serves a mean choucroute and beer on tap. They also raise chickens.

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    Fantasy Dijon. A wealthy Flemish cattle rancher from Upper Burgundy, mister Leuvaarden, has just brought his herd to the city in the hopes of turning a hefty profit, but the only thing that awaits him is udder ruin.

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    And finally, there is a village of inbred non-Burgundians who form a ghetto by a bend in the river outside the city. They are distrustful of foreigners and keep to themselves, but will surrender their goats in exchange for being left alone.

    Both sides rolled for deployment and the Warriors of Diversity deployed on the eastern edge and got first turn. Under the inspiring leadership of Nabil Al-Djamil, the warriors got a flawless first turn and pushed their cavalry towards the center while fierce foot on the wings rushed towards Louis le Cannibale’s cottage and the inbred village in the hopes of scoring some early points.
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    Meanwhile, under the bumbling leadership of self-styled military genius Charles the Reckless, the Christian army didn’t get the memo and Charles charged ahead, alone, raiding the chickens in the Trois Brasseurs inn for one measly point while his army remained behind in confusion in a disastrous first turn.

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    On the other side, the Warriors of Diversity continued to make steady gains, strong-arming Louis le Cannibale into surrendering his sheep at spear-point, while the left wing stormed into the inbred village to the consternation of the many cousins who lived there. Nabil felt that Allah was smiling upon him – he had four points in the bag already. Two more and the game was his.
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    Meanwhile, the Burgundy Boys slowly started to get their act together, as mounted yeomen got ready to wade across the river into Jacques’ farm and another unit galloped towards Dijon. The infantry, however, remained put and failed to make any progress.

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    Meanwhile, the Warriors of Diversity decided to make away with the sheep and goats on the wings and press on Saint Gontran church with the cavalry to practice inner jihad. Would the infidel priests have what they needed to carry the day? If they did, all they would have to do is wage a fighting retreat and escape back to their HLM in northern Paris.

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    On the Burgundian side, the yeomen also reached the gates of Dijon, but Charles’ stellar leadership shone bright once again and the rest of the army stalled indecisively, failing to cross the river towards the crucial pigs. The scoreboard was 0-4 for the wineboys.

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    The Warriors of Diversity, however, were plotting vile actions against the monks of Saint Gontran as they rode up to the church, and Allah would punish them for their pride and iniquity.

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    The Christians recovered the initiative and extorted the cattle from Leuvaarden, arguing that the future of Burgundy was at steak, and they made off with warlike veal. The cattle baron’s prize was indeed a rich one – it was the three-pointer, giving the Burgundy Boys four points in hand. It all boiled down to the pigs and the goats – whoever got the one-pointer would have to pursue if he wanted a chance at victory.

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    And then it happened. The Warriors of Diversity did a most heinous act, slaying the monks and fighting over a most beautiful goat Nabil had set his eyes upon and wished to take as his bride. This would prove to be their undoing as it was grumpy Jacques’ absolutely haram pigs that were the real prize, as the Burgundian yeomen found out against a lightning raid against the poor man’s farm.

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    “Follow those pigs!” Yelled Waqas, Nabil’s lieutenant, as the yeomen waded back across the river at the head of the swine, with an angry Jacques in hot pursuit.

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    Nabil charged across the bridge to the beating of the waaaaar drums. There was still hope if he could nab the halal chickens!

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    However, it was not to be. Christian mounted sergeants charged across the bridge, sending Nabil and his bodyguard reeling back across it. It’s OVER! xDD yelled Nabil as the infidels made away with their prize. The Burgundy Boys had snatched a narrow victory from the jaws of defeat, scoring 6 points to their 5.

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    Welcome back to the KKK! In this episode we will be seeing the second battle in our three-episode narrative mini-campaign on the bitter feud between the lords of the HLM, the Warriors of Diversity, and their nemesis, the Burgundy Boys. In the previous episode the Burgundy Boys managed to foil their foes by making off with the livestock, but will their joy be long-lived? Stay tuned for episode 2: The Convoy.

    After their successful raid near Dijon, Charles the Reckless entrusted Jacques “Deus Vult” de Molaire, a veteran of the crusades, to escort his prize back to Château de Couches, which he brought back from Austria on a whim after a trip to Niederfalkenstein. Unbeknownst to Jacques, however, the wily Waqas, Nabil al-Djamil’s lieutenant, lay in ambush around the castle to spring a trap as they approached…

    Here are the army comps:

    Burgundy Boys (24 pts)

    2 x Foot Men-at-Arms: 12 pts

    2 x Foot Serjeants: 8 pts

    2 x Bidowers: 4 pts

    Due to the slow nature of the convoy, which limits the units escorting it to a maximum movement of 6” per turn, master Jacques de Molaire has chosen to deploy a solid infantry force with two units of military order knights, two units of serjeants and some bidowers to screen against archers.

    Warriors of Diversity (24 pts)

    2 x Archers + Expert (+2 pts): 12 pts

    2 x Mounted serjeants: 8 pts

    1 x Mounted yeomen: 4 pts

    Waqas has chosen to focus on bringing powerful eastern archers with composite bows to pick off the slow-moving force while the fast-moving cavalry blocks their path to the castle. As long as he can keep the enemy at bay he can be sure to wear them out and strike the killing blow once they have been softened up.

    Here is the table we played on:

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    The refugees from the previous game have reluctantly moved to a small hamlet outside the castle, fearing for their safety after having seen their belongings plundered. Even the grumpy Jacques has grown a new cabbage patch there, and Louis le Cannibale hungrily eyes his new neighbors with bad intent.

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    The Château de Couches, so near and yet so far, loomed ominously on the horizon as the Burgundians thought they had reached safety.

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    Here are the convoys: a flock of sheep, a flock of cattle and a herd of pigs

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    The Burgundians deployed along the road with a skirmisher screen followed by knights and, finally, the two units of serjeants escorting the convoy.

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    The Warriors of Diversity, on the other hand, deployed a troop of archers far on each flank while the cavalry lay in wait near the castle.

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    The Burgundian first turn took place uneventfully, with two screens of bidowers fanning out to the flanks followed by foot knights to allow the convoy safe passage along the road.

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    Waqas, feeling that the Burgundians had sensed the trap, sent his loyal squire and best friend Mudasir to give orders to the archers to advance; Mudasir’s horse, however, tripped and fell along the way, and the orders never arrived.

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    The Christians, however, continued to advance slowly and steadily, securing the flanks along the road.

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    Waqas, meanwhile, pulled at his beard in rage when he realized the archers had not received their orders. “Friendship broken with Mudasir!” he roared, as he appointed Salman as his new seneschal. This time, the archers were roused into action and they took up positions in the village to snipe at the Burgundian flank and bully the locals a second time.

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    The Muslim cavalry, meanwhile, galloped forward to cut off the road. The trap was almost set!

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    Realizing he was being surrounded, Jacques de Molaire gritted his teeth; this was a tough bullet to chew for him. For a moment, the Burgundian advance stalled.

    Pressing their advantage, the archers loosed their arrows on the bidower screen ahead of them, killing two and sending the rest packing

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    while the cavalry took up positions along the road

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    and the unit of archers on the right climbed up a wooded hill to shoot at the convoy from this vantage point.

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    As the bidowers failed to rally, the archers moved further into the village, forcing Jacques to consider his options. He would attempt to move left to avoid being caught in overlapping fields of fire, but to do so he would have to assault the hill.

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    Meanwhile, the archers unleashed a volley against the serjeants escorting the flock of sheep, killing one and shaking their resolve as they fell back out of range.

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    De Molaire, meanwhile, led a gutsy charge up the hill after having lost one knight to a volley of arrows, killing four archers. The bowmen, however, displayed admirable resolve and fell back in good order.

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    The archers retaliated, loosing another volley into de Molaire’s unit, bringing it down to half strength and forcing him to reluctantly renounce the assault on the hill.

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    As the WoD shot volley after volley at them, his unit ultimately dissolved under the shower of arrows, but de Molaire managed to escape to fight again another day. “Maudits!” he cried, cursing Waqas and his men up to the seventh generation. His retinue displayed admirable resolve and quickly overcame the shock of their leader being routed.

    The second unit of knights, under heavy fire, had almost reached the enemy cavalry along the road and decided to force the issue

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    while the convoys moved leftwards in an attempt to move out of range of the archers in the village.

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    The crucial moment had come; the four surviving knights would charge the unit of mounted Serjeants who blocked their path but, at the last moment, their resolve failed them. Taking advantage of the situation, the WoD loosed another volley, bringing them to half strength, and charged home. It seemed as if God was a Muslim (!) as the serjeants charged home, overrunning the knights and slaying them to a man.

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    The convoy was surrounded on three sides and the end seemed near. Unable to attack, the spearmen formed a schiltron to meet the advancing cavalry. Waqas gloated as he saw their pitiful efforts. Why charge when he could simply shoot the schiltrons to pieces?

    That took place, but not before the bidowers on the right, having found their courage, returned to the fight and loosed a well-placed volley on the archers in the village. Seized by a sudden panic, the enrichers fled, wading across the pond and ultimately routing, but not before having improved the local gene pool. The first schiltron, meanwhile, collapsed under the weight of fire from the warriors of diversity.

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    The pigs and the cattle were lost, and only one schiltron remained guarding the sheep. As they made a last stand for the sake of honor, the Warriors of Diversity softened them with arrows and delivered a devastating charge, routing them and slaying them as they fled.

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    The Warriors of Diversity had scored a total victory and would feast richly on their prize that night, even on the haram pigs as long as no one noticed!

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  3. Aqualung Dead duck Patron

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    A call to arms!

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    Officers and other ranks wanted – enlist today!

    The Kodex Kriegsspiel Klub is on hiatus due to the school year and will be back for the holidays. To celebrate the resumption of the Klub, we will inaugurate the new season with the wonderful Chain of Command set of rules in a narrative campaign in early WWII. If you have always wanted to be a Nazi officer, now is your chance! Remember, the real Reich was the friends you made along the way. The campaign has a narrative system in which characters may progress in their careers, be affected psychologically by events and, of course, be maimed for life or even killed!

    If you want to enlist, please apply for one of the positions below and provide a brief biography for your character. If there are no vacancies left, don’t worry – junior leaders will be required for support elements from outside the core platoons, and you may even be called up to cover a fallen comrade’s position!


    French

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    3e Division d’Infanterie Motorisée

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    110e Régiment d’Infanterie

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    Section de Fusiliers-Voltigeurs

    Lieutenant :

    Sergent-chef :

    V-B launcher team

    Caporal « V-B » :

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    Sergent :

    2e Groupe de Fusiliers-Voltigeurs

    Sergent :

    3e Groupe de Fusiliers-Voltigeurs

    Sergent :

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    Germans

    3rd Panzer Division

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    3rd Schützen Regiment

    Platoon Headquarters

    Leutnant:

    Feldwebel:

    Squad 1

    Obergefreiter:

    Squad 2

    Obergefreiter:

    Squad 3

    Obergefreiter:


    This is your chance to achieve immortality in the annals of the Kodex Kriegsspiel Klub and to lead an exciting parallel life as a leader of men (this is your only chance, trust me!).
     
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  4. Ali Assa Seen Educated

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    Beautiful terrain Aqualung where did you get the town gates? By the way, have you had any success converting 40Kiddies to historicals with Lion Rampant? I've debated basing some stuff up on Impetus/HOTT/DBA stands (I assume the stands would also work with the Rampant engine) and trying my luck at slowly introducing the idea of ancients rules to them under the guise of low fantasy.
     
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    Thank you for visiting the Kodex Kriegsspiel Klub! The town gates are HO scale railway scenery by Kibri; I think railway modelling is an underrated goldmine when it comes to buildings and accessories. We enjoy taking our time creating terrain layouts not only for immersion but also to have a real effect on deployment and tactics, and it will be especially important in our upcoming WWII campaign.

    I haven't officially converted any 40kiddies yet but I've encouraged many people who had only played GW games to try out historicals; the notion of being able to play a game without its own official product line is alien but appealing to them. They also tend to believe they can only paint with Citadel products, and I have shown them that you can achieve good results using much cheaper alternatives.

    I single-base all my figures and deploy them on movement trays but playing Lion Rampant with multi-based stands is certainly possible. Just ignore the unit cohesion rule and individual movement and use micro dice or casualty rings to represent losses to a stand until it is removed.
     
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  6. Ali Assa Seen Educated

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    Ah, HO is going to be my 15mm/18mm go to - especially for modern/near future rules since some stuff can be had fairly cheap, plus bucketloads of trees at that size are fairly cheap.

    I know what you mean about folks being used to official models, describing the Ral Partha Chaos Wars* rules to people and explaining that they can handle almost anything on the market despite having an official line (albeit split between two companies) usually catches them by surprise. I'm hoping that plopping down my hodgepodge mass of Ral Partha, Perry, Gripping Beast, and Foundry stuff can inspire some down at the shop to look further afield than just GW and Warlord.

    *The Chaos Wars rules are a free fantasy rule set with a nice unit building system, but I feel the old Grenadier Fantasy Warriors rules (also free) have more gameplay depth to them thanks to the scouting, time of day, and command systems.
     
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    Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen, to the Kodex Kriegsspiel Klub. As promised, today we will be playing the first game in a WW2 narrative campaign set in the invasion of Belgium by Germany, specifically focusing on the events of 15 May 1940 in the battle of Gembloux. The campaign will last ten games on a ladder of six maps by the end of which the German player must have capture the Dyle crossings by the end of turn 10. The first scenario begins at 0930 hours as the 2nd Battalion of 3 Schutzen attacks the village of Perbais in an attempt to secure a breakthrough for the panzers to exploit.

    In a previous post we gave you a chance to enlist in these armies, but you have been too cowardly to heed the call of duty. Fortunately, when volunteers are lacking, the state has a way of drafting soldiers at bayonet point if need be, and all positions have been covered. Any resemblance with Codex members is pure coincidence and the product of your overactive imaginations.

    The French

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    3e Division d’Infanterie Motorisée

    110e Régiment d’Infanterie


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    Lieutenant : René Dride

    Outlook: Thoughtful

    Background: The scion of a military family descending from Foulques de Ride, a squire to the duke of Lorraine who died defending Nancy from Charles the Bold in 1477, René Dride is a tall and gaunt career soldier with a knack for encouraging the men with positive feedback. When war broke out he was about to get married with his fiancée, Ophélie, with whom he hoped to move to a house in Lunéville along with his mother in law. Now, however, he ponders whether he will join the ranks of his ancestors who died a glorious but premature death on the field of honor.


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    Sergent-chef : Émilien Robespierre

    Background: This frail, lanky left-wing intellectual dropped out of his PhD in Romance Languages to join the international brigades. He was repatriated in 1938 due to persistent fevers, but when war broke out he was among the first to enlist in the French army.

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    Caporal « V-B » : Louis Fouquet “la sangsue”

    Background: When this former tax collector from Lille received his call-up papers, he considered deserting but ultimately decided that the army was an excellent opportunity to escape from his oppressive family and neighbors who hated him. He initially hoped to get a cushy job as a quartermaster to sell army surplus on the side, but his commanding officer had been a victim of his oppressive taxation and made him a corporal instead.

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    Sergent : Todor Hristov

    Background: This jovial man of Bulgarian descent claims to be related to Tsar Boris III, but in fact drove a taxicab in Paris before being enlisted. He is an excellent cook and his banitsa is a mess-hall favorite.

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    Sergent : Gaston Trudeau

    Background: This French Canadian joined the army in an attempt to emulate Charles Péguy. He is constantly banging on about religion and has been sent to the front in the hopes that he will meet the same fate as Péguy in the Marne.

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    Sergent : Jacques Bonhomme

    Background: A passionate horticulturist, Jacques Bonhomme comes from a long line of peasants who have always suffered from war. His headstrong nature has earned him a promotion as a sergeant, but his only concern is to write letters home to his wife asking if anybody has stolen their pigs or stepped on their cabbages.

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    The Germans


    3rd Panzer Division

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    Leutnant: Paul Erich von Bennigsen “Fräulein Fehler”

    Outlook: Relaxed

    Background: This Hannoverian aristocrat from a Russo-German family has been a faithful nazi party member since the beer hall putsch and has embraced the Führer’s doctrine so fervently that he is said to be literally Hitler. His effeminate air and blunders during the Polish campaign earned him the nickname “Fräulein Fehler”, but he has good-naturedly accepted the moniker and hopes to distinguish himself in the coming invasion of France.


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    Feldwebel: Maksim Goldstein

    Background: Maksim Goldstein, a 100% Prussian Pole, collaborated with and enthusiastically joined the Wehrmacht in September 1939. He was rewarded for his loyalty with quick advancement in the ranks, and he is currently Fräulein Fehler’s loyal mariachi.

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    Obergefreiter: Andreas Kriegsschwein

    Background: Known as the Butcher of Bzura for his cruelty towards Polish prisoners after said battle, Andreas is a bitter, cruel man with a taste for violence. His men both respect and fear him, and he hopes to sniff some cute French girls during the invasion.

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    Obergefreiter: Tonino Bertorelli

    Background: This Italian blackshirt, fascinated by esoteric Nazism and the works of Otto Rahn, was given permission by the Duce to volunteer in the German forces as part of a military exchange program. He is more interested in learning about the Grail than small unit tactics and he hopes to get noticed enough to be sent to Himmler’s staff.

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    Obergefreiter: Kristian Pedersen

    Background: This older soldier has been a part of the peacetime army since Weimar and fancies himself the sheriff of the platoon. The soldiers humor him, but lack faith in his abilities in combat.


    Neither side was especially enthusiastic at coming to grips with the enemy, with a mere 8 morale points per side.

    As support choices, the Germans chose a 7.5 cm infantry gun, a tripod-mounted MG34, a pre-game artillery barrage and an adjutant. The French chose a 75mm field gun, a sniper team and an adjutant.

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    In the early hours of the 15th, German patrols set out, probing the French defenses around the village of Perbais, and they encountered resistance near the railway line and the wheat field, to the north, and the hedgerows to the south.

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    As soon as lieutenant Dride received news that German patrols had been spotted, he ordered sergeant Hristof and the snipers to take up positions in the southern approaches of the village; the Germans, however, had launched such a fierce artillery barrage that the troops were too disrupted to advance.

    Paul-Erich von Bennigsen smiled as the Andreas Kriegsschwein’s squad of infantry took up positions by the hedgerows near a small cottage and the MMG team set up by the railway embankment to enfilade any defenders. The French did not seem to be out in force.

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    This was about to change, however, as sergeant Hristov, having made it through the barrage, found himself unable to reach the forward hedgerow in the plowed field but took up positions slightly further back, ready to meet any advancing Germans.
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    Andreas dashed across the open ground and made it to the second hedgerow, but was met by withering fire from the French infantry ahead.

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    Moreover, a flash of fire emerged from the chateau, revealing the presence of another Gaston Trudeau and his squad in the building.

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    The Germans retaliated, causing some disorder among Hristov’s men, but seeing that the men were beginning to waver, lieutenant Dride himself moved to the front and rallied them, turning the firefight in their favor.

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    Things were looking very bad for Andreas and his men, as casualties began to mount in the face of superior enemy firepower.

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    Leutnant von Bennigsen decided to survey the operations up close, directing the fire of the 7.5 cm infantry gun against the chateau, which was proving a hard nut to crack.

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    Meanwhile, the hail of lead continued to pour down among the hedgerows, and sergeant Kriegsschwein was severely wounded. “It’s OVER!” he cried as he keeled over, causing much consternation among the German ranks. German force morale dropped to 7.

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    Meanwhile, lieutenant Dride was concerned about the infantry gun that was pounding the chateau and ordered his sniper team to the rooftop to harass the gun.

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    While the quagmire on the left flank went from bad to worse, Fräulein Fehler decided to envelop the enemy, and sergeant Bertorelli and his men deployed across the railway embankment by the wheat field in an attempt to outflank the chateau.

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    In the hedgerows, things went from bad to worse. The men were pinned, and the entire rifle team of Kriegsschwein’s section was wiped out, further knocking down German force morale to 6. Something had to be done.

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    In the chateau, however, things were not looking up, as the constant shelling from the field gun was sapping the defenders’ nerve.

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    At this point both sides were exhausted, and there was a lull in the fighting. Kriegsschwein’s men slithered away, abandoning their wounded sergeant and further bringing German force morale down to 4, and the artillery barrage ended. Dride would now be able to deploy his forces without restrictions.

    Fräulein Fehler appreciated how risky the situation was and sent Feldwebel Golstein to coordinate the attack on the right flank, ensuring that the tripod-mounted machinegun suppressed the troops in the chateau while Bertorelli’s men closed the distance to the grounds of the chateau.

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    Things began to look up for the Germans as sergeant Trudeau and his squad broke and abandoned the building under the fire of the infantry gun and the medium machinegun, fleeing towards the train station. It seemed as if the chateau was ripe for the picking.

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    Sensing that the time had come to turn the tables on the French, Fräulein Fehler deployed his last reserves, sergeant Pedersen’s squad, on his left flank to man the position abandoned by Kriegsschwein’s squad.

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    Unfortunately, to Bertorelli’s men’s surprise, as they approached the castle grounds they noticed a French 75mm field gun in the courtyard and a the grenade-launcher team on the rooftop, led by corporal Fouquet! The ground floor also turned out to be garrisoned by Jacques Bonhomme’s squad who, at the sergeant’s cry of “Jarnigué!” opened fire.

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    The field gun roared and the rifle grenades fell upon Bertorelli’s men, but the German infantry gun and medium machinegun immediately retaliated, first wounding corporal Fouquet and finally killing him with a bullet to where his heart would have been, if he had one. The battered VB squad ran off, the loss of the leader and rout knocking French morale down to 4.

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    At this moment Sergeant-Chef Robespierre, overcoming his migraine, finally made it onto the field, directing the fire of the field gun in the grounds of the chateau.

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    The burst of close-range fire shattered Bertorelli’s squad, which ran off across the railway embankment while Feldwebel Goldstein attempted to rally them. German force morale dropped down to 3.

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    It would all be in vain, however, as a lucky 75mm shell would land upon him, turning him into finely sliced chorizo. The death of the Feldwebel sealed the Germans’ fate, and they routed off the field to regroup.

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    Aftermath:

    The Germans lost 18 men and 1 leader, and the French lost 10 men and 1 leader.

    Out of the German casualties, 9 are dead, 6 are wounded and will have to recover, and 4 will be returning to the fight in the next phase.

    Out of the French casualties, 3 are dead, 2 are wounded and will have to recover, and 6 will be returning to the fight in the next phase.

    Leutnant Paul Erich Bennigsen’s outlook has gone from relaxed to worried, his CO’s opinion of him has dropped from 0 to -1, and the men’s opinion has dropped from 0 to -3, leading to a -1 morale penalty in the next engagement.

    Lieutenant Dride’s outlook has gone from thoughtful to content, encouraged by this success, and his CO’s opinion of him has risen to +1, as has the opinion of his men due to the low amount of casualties suffered. Nobody seems to have mourned the death of corporal Fouquet, and a private has been promoted to corporal to cover his position. He is yet untested and it will have to be seen if the men come to accept him as their leader.

    The next campaign battle will take place on the same map, as the Germans attack again with further reinforcements.
     
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    Welcome back, dear readers, to the second episode of our Taking the Gembloux Gap campaign series! This battle begins on May 15th at 1030 hours, as the Germans resume the attack on Perbais which had been met with such obstinate resistance last turn. Will the Germans prevail this time? Stay tuned…

    French platoon and support

    Force morale: 9

    French losses were slight during the last battle, and the French motorized infantry platoon is still in relatively good shape. Ali Ammar, a.k.a “Ali l’Assassin”, has been transferred from a nearby colonial infantry regiment to replace corporal fouquet at the head of the VB team. The men do not accept him as their leader yet, and in this battle he will have a chance to prove himself.

    HQ section – Lieutenant Dride, Sergent-Chef Robespierre

    VB team: Caporal Ali Ammar, 3 privates

    1er groupe de combat

    Sergent Todor Hristov

    LMG team: 5 men, rifle team: 3 men

    2e groupe de combat

    Sergent Gaston Trudeau

    LMG team: 5 men, rifle team: 4 men

    3e groupe de combat

    Sergent Jacques Bonhomme

    LMG team: 5 men, rifle team: 3 men

    Support: 1 sniper, 1 60mm Brandt mortar team (5 men and a junior leader), adjutant



    German platoon and support

    Force morale: 8

    The German platoon was gutted during its first engagement and is at little over half strength. Leutnant Bennigsen has reorganized his men into two sections, one of which is made up from the two remaining LMG teams. Obergefreiter Pedersen has been promoted to Feldwebel to replace Maksim Goldstein.

    HQ: Leutnant Paul-Erich Bennigsen, Feldwebel Kristian Pedersen

    5 cm mortar team: 2 men

    1st squad

    Obergefreiter: Tonino Bertorelli

    LMG team: 3 men, rifle section: 9 men

    2nd squad

    Obergefreiter: Andreas Kriegsschwein

    LMG team: 3 men, LMG team: 3 men

    Support: Extra schützen squad, IG 18 7.5cm, Shabby Nazi Trick, red die

    A schützen squad has been requested from elsewhere in the regiment to assist in the capture of the town in the face of stubborn enemy resistance.

    This time, Paul-Erich Bennigsen decided to use one of the many “shabby nazi tricks” at his disposal, namely one Jean-Claude. Jean-Claude is a collaborator enthused with Nazi ideals who will harass the enemy from behind their lines.

    The “red die” is an extra activation die that increases the commander’s ability to issues orders.

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    The battle resumes where it ended last turn. The landscape is essentially the same, except for the pockmarks of bombs and artillery that have fallen in the interim.

    During the patrol phase, the French moved aggressively and managed to corner the German patrols by the road. This meant that the French could deploy anywhere from the hedgerows to the south, the chateau in the center to the railway lines up north. Fräulein Fehler had pushed up the road too aggressively and was now faced with the prospect of fighting a bloody frontal battle of attrition against a stronger enemy.

    The French quickly took up their defensive positions, and the Germans soon saw the all-too familiar sight of Sergent Hristov’s section going into overwatch by the hedgerows.

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    The German 5cm mortar was deployed in the cabbage patch behind the cottage, trampling many a cabbage and dropping a few shells on Hristov’s men, to little effect. The fresh squad was deployed and sent forward with the unenviable task of advancing against the hedgerows.

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    A French Brandt 60mm mortar opened fire from behind the chateau, harassing the Germans in their advance, as did a sniper on the rooftop.

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    Meanwhile, the nefarious Jean-Claude saw that his time had arrived. He had precariously climbed onto the ramshackle shingles of the bombed-out train station and started to harass the mortar team, causing much chagrin to the French.

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    Meanwhile, a bloody firefight resumed in the hedgerows, the French steadily gaining the upper hand as they had last time. It seemed that Germans were not learning animals.

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    In the town, however, Gaston Trudeau was sent to hunt down the fifth columnist, putting his section on overwatch. Jean-Claude slinked away into the shadows, as of yet undetected.

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    Attrition, meanwhile, began to take its toll on Hristov’s squad, so lieutenant Dride himself once again ventured force into the line of fire to rally the men.

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    A flash of fire emerged from the hedgerow by the cottage, revealing the presence of a 7.5cm infantry support gun. Pressure was mounting on the French.

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    Andreas Kriegsschwein, meanwhile, moved forth with his two LMG squads and reinforced the men by the hedgerow, putting down a significant volume of fire, though to little effect.

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    Dride decided to go all in, deploying Jacques Bonhomme’s squad and the VB launchers by the house to return fire.

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    The withering fire from the two French rifle squads and the rifle grenades was sufficient to break the first German rifle squad and send them fleeing back. The situation was critical once again. Would Bennigsen see this as sunken costs and commit Bertorelli’s squad, his last reserves?

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    Indeed he did. Unfortunately for him, however, Bertorelli’s advance was less than enthusiastic, and, singing Caro Papà to raise his spirits, he advanced forward at a crawl while Kriegsschwein’s men endured heavy fire.

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    The pressure proved too much for Kriegsschwein’s men who, seeing themselves abandoned, ran back to their starting positions squealing.

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    At long last, however, Bertorelli made it to the hedgerow and began to return fire. Feldwebel Pedersen, meanwhile, made a daring dash towards the hedgerow and joined them to lead the assault.

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    At this moment, in the terrible din of the firefight, the brave Sergeant Hristov was struck by a bullet and collapsed in a heap, lifeless. A terrible loss! The remnants of his squad broke under the pressure.

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    Sergeant Bonhomme, meanwhile, was only slightly luckier, as he was hit by a shell fragment and, even though the wound was not fatal, he collapsed unconscious. His men abandoned him in a shameful display.

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    It seemed as if the battle was turning in the Germans’ favor. Lieutenant Dride ran towards the town and personally directed the mortar’s fire while moving his last squad into the chateau. They would make their last stand there.

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    After a lull in the fighting, in which the remnants of Bonhomme’s and Hristov’s squads routed off the field, Pedersen, rather than continue a battle of attrition, attempted to run forward and shut down the French deployment point by the green house. Unfortunately, however, they got bogged down in the plowed field and came under fire from the chateau and the remnants of Ali Ammar’s VB squad, which had recovered from being pinned.

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    At this point, both forces were exhausted, force morale having dropped to 4, and both sides agreed to a truce.

    Losses have been heavy for both sides. The French have lost 1 leader and 14 men, out of which 7 were killed in action, 4 were wounded and will need to recover for 1 turn, and 3 of which will return to the fight next turn. The Germans have lost 13 men, out of which 6 were killed in action, 4 were wounded and will need to recover, and 3 will be returning to the fight.

    Lieutenant Dride’s outlook remains the same. His C.O.’s opinion of him has risen again somewhat to +2, but the opinion of the men has dropped to -2 due to the heavy casualties suffered and the loss of sergeant Hristov.

    Leutnant Bennigsen’s outlook remains the same. His C.O.’s opinion of him has dropped again to -2, and the men’s opinion has dropped to -4.

    Ali Ammar has been accepted by his men due to his valiant behavior. A private has been promoted to sergeant to replace Sergeant Hristov.
     
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    Welcome back to the third installment of the KKK Gembloux Gap campaign! It is 1130 hours on May 15th 1940 and the Germans are resuming their attack on Perbais. The battle so far has been a terrible grind with heavy casualties on both sides, and Leutnant Bennigsen a.k.a Fräulein Fehler is under severe pressure to advance. Will the Germans succeed this time?

    French platoon and support

    Force morale: 8

    French losses were heavy during the last battle, and the French motorized infantry platoon can only field two infantry squads in reasonable shape. As German attacks intensify against the whole line, Lieutenant Dride finds himself with little support available from the regiment to continue holding out.

    HQ section – Lieutenant Dride, Sergent-Chef Robespierre

    VB team: Caporal Ali Ammar, 3 privates

    1er groupe de combat

    Sergent Jacques Bonhomme

    LMG team: 5 men, rifle team: 4 men

    2e groupe de combat

    Sergent Gaston Trudeau

    LMG team: 5 men, rifle team: 4 men

    Support: 1 60mm Brandt mortar team (5 men and a junior leader), artillery barrage, entrenchment for one team



    German platoon and support

    Force morale: 9

    Although the German platoon has suffered heavy casualties, morale has risen somewhat and the men are hopeful that they will carry the position this time. The 5 cm mortar team has been disbanded and the men have been assigned to Andreas Kriegsschwein’s section in an attempt to field a second understrength section with two LMG teams. Even more support has been made available at the regimental level as high command is nervous about opening the road for the Panzers to advance.

    HQ: Leutnant Paul-Erich Bennigsen, Feldwebel Kristian Pedersen

    1st squad

    Obergefreiter: Tonino Bertorelli

    LMG team: 3 men, rifle section: 9 men

    2nd squad

    Obergefreiter: Andreas Kriegsschwein

    LMG team: 3 men, LMG team: 2 men

    Support: Extra schützen squad, IG 18 7.5cm, MG34 on tripod, red die

    The patrol phase was played more aggressively by the Germans this time, securing jump-off points on both sides of the map. The French, meanwhile, had a firm grasp on the hedgerows behind the ploughed field, in the château in the center and by the wheatfield to the North.

    The battle began with a ferocious French artillery barrage in the best tradition of the Great War which so disorganized the Germans that only Bertorelli’s squad managed to make it to the front line relatively unscathed, taking up positions by the ploughed fields. Cold sweat dripped down Tonino’s nape as he eyed the menacing hedgerows ahead; they could not see any Frenchmen there yet, but they were sure it would not be long before they made their presence felt. “Coraggio, fratelli,” he said to his men, even though he was the only one in the squad who could speak Italian. He was mostly speaking to himself.

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    Meanwhile, as the shells continued to fall and the supporting squad promised by HQ continued to fail to arrive, Andreas Kriegsschwein, covered in mud and dust, miraculously made it to the railway embankment on the right.

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    Suddenly, Tonino’s worst fears materialized. Behind the hedgerows, under the expert guidance of Jacques Bonhomme, the French had taken out their entrenching tools and spades and been hard at work digging an entrenchment. Amidst a flurry of rural expletives, Jacques’ men opened fire, killing one of Bertorelli’s men and causing much consternation among the rest.

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    Seeing the men falter, Feldwebel Pedersen rushed forward through the barrage, leading the tripod MG34 team with him. “I’m the sheriff here,” said Kris P., rallying the men as lead continued to fall and the MG34 started to return fire. Meanwhile, Krieggschwein’s men crept up to one of the points where French scouts had been spotted and met no response. It seemed the French defenses were thinning out! As the barrage ended, Kriegsschwein’s men secured the area, shutting down the French jump-off point and bringing French morale down to 7.

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    This time, however, he sensed that the French were either exhausted or low on ammo and, seizing the opportunity of a lull in the firefight, he ordered Bertorelli and his men to make a dash towards the enemy hedgerow. This time, Tonino’s men’s spirit didn’t fail them, and they made it halfway through in one bound.

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    They now had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to close assault the hedgerow that had caused them so much grief. The odds were not with them, however. Leaping forward, Feldwebel Pedersen gave the order “Handgranaten!” and the men threw a barrage of hand grenades at the enemy, running forward with reckless abandon.

    The Germans charged through the rat-a-tat of the light machinegun while the NCOs’ schmeissers sprayed lead. Sergeant Jacques Bonhomme collapsed, lifeless; some say it was a hand grenade fragment that killed him, others say it was a bullet. In any event, there would be mourning in Montcuq. Two more of his men were killed. When the smoke cleared, the French survivors panicked and routed in confusion; amazingly, the Germans had not suffered any losses. “Yeehaw!” said Pedersen, twirling his Luger like a Western action hero. “Madonna mia!” said Bertorelli, amazed that he was unscathed. Wewelsburg castle was closer than ever and he would soon be able to meet Himmler-senpai! French Morale had dropped to 4.

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    The fates were not to be kind to Bertorelli, however. In the château, sergeant Trudeau was shocked to see the sudden German assault against the hedgerow had been successful and he and his men ran to the windows, pouring lead on the advancing Germans. There was a hollow thud, and Bertorelli fell over. “Vado dritto all’inferno,” he gasped. “Non preoccuparti, Himmler-senpai, ti aspetterò nell’aldilà!” Jacques Bonhomme had been avenged, and German Morale had dropped to 7.

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    As Pedersen and his men took cover behind the building, Fräulein Fehler, jealous of the sheriff’s success, personally appeared, bringing up the infantry gun and coordinating the fire against the château. The defenders, trapped in an inferno of bullets and collapsing masonry, returned fire as best they could; Gaston Trudeau was lightly wounded but carried on.

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    As the house was surrounded, Ali Ammar began to rain V-B rifle grenades from the windows on Kriegsschwein’s men by the railway embankment, causing several casualties.

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    Meanwhile, the 60 mm mortar added its fire to the defenders’ from the courtyard, but it was too little, too late. Gaston Trudeau was wounded once again, this time more severely, and he fell unconscious, dropping French Morale down to 3; corporal Ali, as the only leader left in the building, decided to save what men he could and make a dash for safety. The defenders managed to evade capture, withdrawing from the château and taking the wounded Sergeant Trudeau with them. The Germans had finally taken Perbais.

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    French casualties had been severe in this battle, with 1 leader dead, 4 privates dead, 3 severely wounded and 2 lightly wounded. The Germans, on the other hand, had only lost 1 leader dead and 3 mean lightly wounded.

    Lieutenant Dride, however, remains cautiously optimistic and his outlook remains at Content. He held back the Germans for as long as he could and inflicted severe losses on them. His C.O.’s opinion dropped from 2 to 0, maintaining faith in Dride but realizing he is not the miracle-worker he thought he might have been. The men’s opinion, however, dropped from -2 to -4, both due to heavy casualties and to the death of Jacques Bonhomme.

    Leutnant Bennigsen’s outlook has gone improved from Worried to Relaxed as some measure of success has finally been achieved. His C.O.’s opinion has also risen somewhat, from -2 to -1; he still doesn’t like him, but he is starting to think he may at least prove useful. Despite light casualties, the men’s opinion dropped from -4 to -5 due to the death of Obergefreiter Bertorelli.

    Feldwebel Kris P. a.k.a "der Scheriff" has been recommended for the Iron Cross 2nd class for his assault on the sandbag position, but the higher-ups have not yet decided on the award.

    The French and German platoons have been disbanded due to heavy losses and will be rebuilt for the next campaign turn.

    Since the Germans have captured this map, the battle will resume one hour later on the next map: the culverts at Noirmont, in which French engineers will have to attempt to destroy two culverts to slow the German advance. Stay tuned!
     
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    Wow, I like your setup. Game looks incredibly fun. How big of an investment is it, with all the minis and the terrain? Aqualung pls post more.
     
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    Hello, friend! Indeed, the game is amazingly fun and it’s very well designed. The investment is not very significant keeping in mind the amount of hours of entertainment it provides you with and how stimulating it is to work on your hobby. The rulebook in PDF format costs £16.00 and you will need dice, figures, terrain and a surface to play on; expenses here depend on your preferences and how much you are willing to make things yourself. If you are resourceful you can build a starter force for Chain of Command for as little as 20-30 euros plus the cost of paint supplies. You can make terrain yourself with extruded polystyrene, spackle, doormats, pipe cleaners and such; you can get model railway trees cheap and you might want to invest a bit more to get some MDF buildings, railroad tracks, signposts and such. Prices are reasonable as long as you actually play games, especially keeping in mind that you can use them for different games as well. Keep in mind that the biggest investment required is the time and effort required to paint nice figures and terrain. Some people prefer to spend more money to buy things pre-painted, but to me that is like skipping half the hobby. There is something magical about making your scenes come to life and admiring a nicely laid out table.


    Belgian refugees abandon Noirmont in the face of the German advance

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    And without further ado, here is the fourth installment of the Gembloux Gap campaign! It is 1230 hours on May 15th 1940 and the Germans have broken through the French defences at Perbais. While the Panzers drive ahead, Lieutenant Dride and his men have regrouped and have been tasked with blowing up two strategic culverts at the rural village of Noirmont to slow the German advance. Success here will delay the Germans and buy the French line time to stabilize. Will they succeed?


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    French platoon and support

    Force morale: 9

    The remnants of Corporal Dride’s platoon have been rebuilt into a full-strength platoon with stragglers from other units.


    HQ section – Lieutenant Dride, Sergent-Chef Robespierre

    VB team: Caporal Ali Ammar, 3 privates

    1er groupe de combat

    Sergent Gaston Trudeau

    LMG team: 6 men, rifle team: 4 men

    2e groupe de combat

    Sergent Louis Cachet

    LMG team: 6 men, rifle team: 4 men

    3e groupe de combat

    Sergent Charles Doignon

    LMG team: 6 men, rifle team: 4 men


    Support: Panhard 178 armored car, sniper team, engineer team


    Here are the biographies of the new arrivals:

    Louis Cachet is a Breton who hit his head against a cromlech and was never normal since then. During his youth he joined a Breton nationalist band, in which he called himself Gwenc’hlan de Kemper. He was accused of murdering another band member, Merlin de Brest, and of burning the church of St Guénolé in Concarneau, for which he served time in Nantes. He is now fighting for the hated French. He has a tattoo of Anne of Britanny upside down and he has sewn an insignia with ermine on his uniform. His comrades accept him as a picturesque character and tick him off by calling him Louis Cachet.


    Charles Doignon, from Besançon, owns an epicerie and is very wealthy, which has allowed him to send his son Jean to study languages. Fed up with passively contemplating the conflict and concerned that his business might be sacked, he enlisted in the hopes of being made maître épicier, but he was sent to the front line instead. During his spare time he looks for snails and make delicious meals for his colleagues, who do not allow him to cook boeuf bourguignon because he would waste all the plonk.


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    German platoon and support

    Force morale: 9

    Leutnant Bennigsen has received reinforcements and has continued to advance alongside the German spearhead.

    HQ: Leutnant Paul-Erich Bennigsen, Feldwebel Kristian Pedersen

    5 cm mortar team

    1st squad

    Obergefreiter: Nils Kabouter

    LMG team: 3 men, rifle section: 9 men

    2nd squad

    Obergefreiter: Andreas Kriegsschwein

    LMG team: 3 men, rifle section: 9 men

    3rd squad

    Obergefreiter: Aldo Zerolo

    LMG team: 3 men, rifle section: 9 men


    Support: Sdkfz. 232 heavy armored car, Panzer I B, MG34 on tripod, red die


    Here are the biographies of the new arrivals:

    Nils Kabouter, from lower Saxony, is a small redhead who stands 1.5 meters short and looks like an escaped garden gnome. He made a living smuggling goods through the Dutch border on his bicycle until the border was closed. During the Belgian campaign he relishes in bullying Walloons, though he also despises the Flemish as country bumpkins. His favorite dish is stoemp.


    Aldo Zerolo, from Ancona, was Tonino Bertorelli’s butt buddy. A fellow seeker in the arcane arts, he hopes to follow in his senpai’s footsteps and earn a scholarship in Himmler’s castle. He likes to read his comrades’ future, but his predictions are known for their inaccuracy. The other day, he read in the stars that he would die on the fifteenth. Will this prediction also prove mistaken?


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    This is where it will all be decided. The French have to destroy the small culvert to the south and the large culvert to the west. If they only destroy one, the Germans will continue to advance but will not have armor support available in the next phase. If both are destroyed, the Germans will be delayed for two hours while they repair the bridges (the campaign will skip forward two phases)


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    The French led a very aggressive patrol phase, cornering the Germans in the bottom-right quadrant of the field and limiting their deployment options. This is not terribly bothersome to the Germans, who need the road to bring their armor into play, but the French have secured jumping off positions very near the small culvert and will be able to begin demolitions work almost immediately.

    The French are off to a flying start, deploying Charles Doignon’s squad in the hedgerows near the small culvert...

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    While the AMD 178 “Le Vautour” races down the road to support them

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    In response, Feldwebel Kristian Pedersen deployed alongside Andreas Kriegsschwein’s squad and the tripod MG 34, both of which were put on overwatch.

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    The French had no time to lose: Gaston Trudeau deployed with his squad by the house and was met with gunfire from Kriegsschwein’s men on overwatch while engineer Avtandil Mirzoyan got to work on setting the explosives.

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    Pedersen, with his characteristic bravado, decided it was time to push on past the hedgerow in a bid to attack the yellow house. Meanwhile, Nils Kabouter’s squad deployed in the distance and the Sdkfz 232 and Panzer I rumbled into action, the armored car taking a shot at the French vehicle, but missing.

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    As pressure mounted on Trudeau’s men, Lieutenant Dride himself moved to the front line, rallying them and leading them to defend the house while encouraging the engineers.

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    All of a sudden, Pedersen, hoping to reproduce his earlier success, charged the house in a bid to prove he was the sheriff. Unfortunately, none of the German grenades found their mark and a bloody melee ensued. When the smoke had cleared, the French still held the house, but three men and sergeant Trudeau had been killed.

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    Pedersen, on the other hand, made it out miraculously unscathed, but the same cannot be said for the rest of the squad: Obergefreiter Kriegsschwein was lightly injured, and seven men were killed, running back across the hedgerows in confusion while the Panzer I rolled forward in support.

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    The Germans were too late, however, as the French engineers had completed their work, and held their breath as they pushed the plunger... success! The small culvert was destroyed without any issues. Victory was slipping out of the Germans’ grasp...

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    Lieutenant Dride then made a command decision: the men in the house were pinned, and he could not persuade them to move. He therefore moved out on his own and took command of the engineers, whom he led backwards towards the large culvert through the pig pens.

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    Meanwhile, the German vehicles pressed on, the heavy armored car firing at the Panhard and missing yet again. Perhaps choosing cross-eyed Hans to be the gunner was not the best idea.

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    The pinned men in the house were being pressed on all sides. Fraulein Fehler had come to the field and taken command of Kabouter’s squad, leading it forward. The beleaguered defenders could only take a single shot. Surely it would miss?

    The shot was a hit.

    It wouldn’t be effective, however, would it? The shot was a kill.

    Ah, but surely it wouldn’t have hit an officer? It did.

    Surely not the Lieutenant, though? It was the Lieutenant.

    In an amazing twist of fate, Lieutenant Bennigsen’s arm was grazed by the bullet, which fortunately did not kill him. The air, however, was filled with a fetid smell, which could only have come from his now-brown trousers.

    After a bit more pressure, the defenders in the house broke and fled into the pig pens, but not without having broken Bennigsen’s pride first.

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    The panzers, meanwhile, continued to press forward while Dride and the engineers moved towards the large culvert. One of the Sdkfz 232’s rounds found its mark on the Panhard 178, disabling its machinegun and panicking the gunner. Meanwhile, Charles Doignon and his men had taken refuge in one of the farmhouses, preparing a defense in depth.

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    The AMD 178 withdrew slightly under the German fire, but it was supported by Louis Cachet’s squad in the hedgerows and by Sergent-Chef Robespierre, who had deployed nearby. Work on the demolitions was continuing apace.

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    Finally, the engineers working under the direction of lieutenant Dride had completed their work, and the time had come to blow the charges. Success! The French had completed their mission and could withdraw. The German panzers would remain stuck for the next two hours.

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    French casualties were relatively severe in this battle, with 1 leader dead, 4 privates dead, 2 severely wounded and 2 lightly wounded. The Germans, on the other hand, lost 4 privates dead, 2 severely wounded and 2 lightly wounded.


    Lieutenant Dride’s outlook went from Content to Happy, proud of his active role in achieveing all of his objectives. His C.O.’s opinion of him rose from 0 to +1 and he was recommended for the Croix de Guerre (mentioned in dispatches), but the higher-ups have not yet decided on the award.

    The men’s opinion, however, has degraded significantly, dropping from -4 to -8, largely due to the death of the last sergeant from the original platoon, Gaston Trudeau. Dride has earned the sobriquet “dangerous” and was called for an “interview without coffee” by his C.O. Dride feels he has been treated unfairly, and his outlook has gone from Happy to Short-tempered as a result.

    Leutnant Bennigsen’s outlook has gone from Relaxed to Worried. His C.O.’s opinion of him has dropped to -2. Surprisingly, the men’s opinion of him has improved slightly, from -5 to -4. He still needs to find a change of pants.

    No decision has been made regarding Feldwebel Kris P. A.k.a “der Scheriff”’s recommendation for the Iron Cross 2nd class.

    The battle will continue at 1530 hours as the Germans rebuild the bridges and resume their advance.
     
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  12. hello friend Arcane

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    Alas, I have neither the square footage or friends that would be interested in playing a WW2 wargame with me, at least not more than once. How did you make the bushes?

    The French seem to be doing quite well, overall.
     
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    You can always join a club if there are any around your area. Hedgerows can be made with clump foliage (green sponge and pva glue) and an mdf, cork or balsa wood base.

    Gembloux was a rare victory for the French in 1940 so it's hard to be up to the task. If the Huns managed to break through I would be underperforming.
     
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  14. Ali Assa Seen Educated

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    If you are struggling for space then try shuffling down to 15mm, 10mm, or 6mm and just treat all the inch measurement as being in centimetres on a table ~70x50cm. Chain of Command lacks an inbuilt AI system that most solo games have but playing both sides still works due to the command dice system restricting your actions. But if you want a game with an included AI system there's a bunch in the Nordic Weasel catalogue that get rave reviews, the 5core system most of them use is pretty intuitive.
     
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  15. hello friend Arcane

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    dude I'm not going to play a boardgame by myself

    but thanks
     
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    Wondering about the details of the forces present and the underlying game mechanics? Here is a guest post by my opponent, the first in a series of short descriptions of French and German small unit tactics.

    Structure of a French rifle section

    The basic element in a French infantry platoon is the Groupe de combat de fusiliers-voltigeurs, or rifle section. During WWI, France developed fire and manoeuvre infantry tactics which remain the basis of infantry combat to this day. To this end, rifle sections were divided into a fire element, which provides suppressive fire to cover the manoeuvre element, which approaches and flanks enemy positions.

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    A French Groupe de combat has 10 men and 1 junior leader. These are divided into two half-sections or demi-groupes: a demi-groupe de fusiliers (LMG team) and a demi-groupe de voltigeurs (manoeuvre team). The LMG team is armed with one FM 24/29 light machinegun (operated by two men) which generates six firepower dice in game terms, and four rifles, which generate one die each. The manoeuvre team is armed with four rifles and hand grenades. The junior leader is armed with a rifle. There were plans to arm NCOs with the MAS-38 submachine gun, but budget constraints meant that few units had been produced and issued when the war broke out.

    A French rifle section is fairly beefy and can deliver a good amount of firepower at a range, with a potential maximum of 15 dice (6 for the LMG and 9 rifles including the sergeant), but the lack of SMGs makes it less capable in close assaults. Overall, it is best suited for a defensive role and must make good use of suppression and hand grenades to assault enemy positions.

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    Another relic from the first world war is the tromblon Vivien-Bessières, also known as the V.B. grenade launcher. This rifle grenade launcher was one of the best of its kind in the first World War and was used to take out machine gun nests at a distance. Each infantry section had one V.B. grenade launcher, but these were usually concentrated at the platoon level into a single V.B. team under a corporal. Plans were made to replace the V.B. launchers with a single mortar team during the interwar period, but this change had largely not been implemented by the outbreak of WWII.

    The V.B. launcher is a line of sight weapon that generates 1 firepower die per grenade when first firing at a target, and 2 dice once the shooters have found their bearings. Being a HE weapon, they reduce cover by one level.

    Structure of a German rifle section

    The basic element in a German infantry Zug, or platoon is the Schützengruppe or rifle section. Germany also used fire and manoeuvre tactics, but the firepower of the German infantry section was concentrated in its excellent bipod-mounted MG 34 light machinegun, though in 1940, rear-echelon troops were still armed with the older MG 15, MG0 8/15 or even the captured MG 26(t).

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    A German Schützengruppe has 9 men and 1 junior leader. These are divided into an LMG team and a rifle team. The LMG team is armed with one bipod-mounted MG 34, which is operated by three men and generates nine firepower dice in game terms. The rifle team is armed with six rifles, which generate one die each, and with hand grenades. The junior leader is armed with an SMG.

    The German infantry section is slightly smaller but more specialized than the French one. It can deliver almost as much firepower at long range (8 dice for the LMG and 6 for the rifles); in such a situation, the Obergefreiter will usually be unable to effectively fire at the enemy with his SMG, but he can use his command initiatives to direct the fire of the LMG for increased effectiveness. The German rifle section especially shines in close assaults due to its ability to throw hand grenades while closing and the NCO’s SMG. On the downside, the German LMG team, with only three men, can be vulnerable to concentrated enemy fire and requires the support of the rifle team to survive.

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    A German platoon also had a three-man 5 cm mortar team. This weapon provides indirect fire support and can use the line of sight of friendly infantry to direct its fire. It generates 2 firepower dice per mortar grenade. The 5-cm leichte Granatwerfer 36 was a well-made weapon, but it was a complex design and unpopular among the troops due to its weight and relatively ineffective grenade, and so was phased out as the war progressed.

    In our next article we will discuss how these structures are used for basic fire and movement tactics. Stay tuned!
     
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    Welcome back, my friends, to the Gembloux Gap. It is 1530 hours on May 15th 1940, and the Germans are continuing to push ahead. Due to the successful destruction of the culverts at Noirmont, they have spent two hours looking for an alternate route and are currently pressing on Villeroux. The pressure is on for the Germans, who can afford few mistakes if they are to reach the defenses on the Dyle today.


    French platoon and support

    Force morale: 8

    Lieutenant Dride’s force has suffered a number of casualties, but is still in good fighting condition. The men are disgruntled at their CO’s seeming callousness. Dride is wary of a German Stuka attach, and has requested AA artillery support for this engagement.

    HQ section – Lieutenant Dride, Sergent-Chef Robespierre


    VB team: Caporal Ali Ammar, 3 privates


    1er groupe de combat


    Sergent Charles Doignon


    LMG team: 6 men, rifle team: 4 men


    2e groupe de combat


    Sergent Louis Cachet


    LMG team: 6 men, rifle team: 4 men


    3e groupe de combat


    (No sergeant)


    LMG team: 4 men



    Support: 47 mm anti-tank gun, anti-aircraft artillery, Brandt 60 mm mortar


    German platoon and support


    Force morale: 10


    Leutnant Bennigsen is under pressure to press on with the advance. To achieve a rapid breakthrough, he has called on a stuka attack and has requested two scout cars to support his advance down the road.


    HQ: Leutnant Paul-Erich Bennigsen, Feldwebel Kristian Pedersen


    5 cm mortar team


    1st squad


    Obergefreiter: Nils Kabouter


    LMG team: 3 men, rifle section: 6 men


    2nd squad


    Obergefreiter: Andreas Kriegsschwein


    LMG team: 3 men


    3rd squad


    Obergefreiter: Aldo Zerolo


    LMG team: 3 men, rifle section: 6 men



    Support: Sdkfz. 222 armored car, Sdkfz. 232 heavy armored car, stuka attack, red die, 7.5 cm LeIG


    To win, the Germans must move two of their units out of the French player’s table edge. The French player must prevent them from doing so and accumulate 2 chain of command dice to call on reinforcements, sealing off any chance of a breakthrough.


    The battle opened with the deafening sirens of the Stukas as they descended on the battlefield; however, they were hindered by the presence of the French anti-aircraft battery, which seemed to be interfering with their aim.

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    They achieved one lucky hit on the chateau, however. The building did not catch fire, but it became unstable and liable to collapse at any moment as a result.


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    At long last, a Dewoitine D 520 piloted by Lieutenant Duvauchel arrived to give chase, driving the Stukas away. Unfortunately for the French, however, they had already succeded in wreaking havoc on the French rear lines, damaging the roads and severing communications. This would haunt them for the rest of the battle.


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    After the Stuka attack had subsided, the two forces began to scout each other out; this time, both the French and the Germans deployed wide, securing jump-off points across the entire width of the battlefield.


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    The enthusiastic Germans began to move first, with Nils Kabouter’s squad of riflemen deploying in the woods by the road to the south


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    And an infantry gun and 5 cm mortar by the hedgerows in the center


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    The French replied by deploying their 60 mm mortar behind the chateau


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    And Charles Doignon and his section deployed in the buildings in the center, opening fire on the infantry gun


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    With striking Burgundian accuracy, one of the bullets found its mark in the officer commanding the infantry gun, who was severely wounded and fell unconscious. A bad omen?

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    These made it successfully through the Stuka barrage, but alas! Lieutenant Dride and his staff were stuck in a roadside café he was using as his HQ, the road being blocked by a stream of refugees fleeing the bombings. Dride cursed his luck as he bit into his pain au chocolat which, due to rationing, did not even have real chocolate in it.


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    Meanwhile, Feldwebel Kristian Pedersen himself deployed in the woods, leading Nils Kabouter’s men forwards to the edge of the woods.


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    Feeling the road was secure enough, he signalled the armored car to begin its advance as it rolled down the road as fast as its wheels could carry it.


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    Disaster! Around the corner of one of the buildings, a French 47 mm anti-tank gun was lying in ambush. The armored car, however, was small, fast and partly obscured by the hedgerows. It was a difficult shot.

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    The gun was well-laid, however, and the shell came crashing through the small vehicle’s thin armor. An explosion was heard and the armored car swerved off the road, falling on its side. The sudden destruction of the armored car and the death of its crew sent shockwaves through the German force, dropping morale down to 8.


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    Furthermore, Louis Cachet’s squad opened fire from the hedgerows behind the mansion, killing one of Nils Kabouter’s men. Dride, however, was still nowhere to be found. Both he and Robespierre had attempted to find an alternate way to Villeroux, but neither of the senior leaders had been able to deploy.


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    The second armored car arrived on the scene and opened fire with its autocannon on the French AT gun, while Kristian Pedersen and his men harassed it from the woods and the 5 cm mortar rained shells on it.


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    The crew of the anti-tank gun, caught in the open, was pinned and ultimately broken, abandoning their weapon and taking cover in the fields behind the houses.


    At this point, Lieutenant Dride had no chain of command points and no capacity to stop the German armor, so he decided to retreat. The Germans would continue to advance on the French gun line unhindered.


    French casualties were light in this battle, with 1 man dead and 1 wounded. The Germans, likewise, only lost 1 man dead an 1 man wounded.


    Dride’s outlook remains short-tempered, but he has not been affected by this loss. His CO’s opinion of him remains unchanged at +1 despite his hasty withdrawal, in view of the difficult circumstances of the defence. The men’s opinion has improved slightly, from -8 to -7, due to the small amount of casualties suffered. However, Dride was pleased to receive a telegram, notifying him that his recommendation for the Croix de Guerre (mentioned in dispatches) had been accepted. He looks forward to receiving the medal if he makes it out of this alive.

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    Leutnant Bennigsen’s outlook has gone from Worried to Relaxed, and his C.O.’s opinion of him has improved from -2 to -1. The men’s opinion has also improved slightly, from -4 to -3. Things are looking up for him.


    Feldwebel Kris P. a.k.a. “Der Scheriff” was very pleasantly surprised. Finally, it was decided not to award him with the Iron Cross 2nd class, but with the Iron Cross 1st class. His risk-taking attitude has paid off, but how long will this fearless leader stay alive to enjoy it?

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    The battle will continue at 1630 hours in the next scenario, “Get the guns!”, as the 3rd Schützen advance from Villeroux to the wooded heights to clear the French gun lines before the Panzers can advance again towards the Dyle.
     
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