Tuesday 1 August 2017

The Price of Glory

Still gaming the Great War, but this time back to Europe and with a different rules set 'The Price of Glory' (or rather a Dave M variant of), which we have played in the past and is at a much larger scale to the previous weeks activity.

The Western Theatre

 It's Early War and the initial French push into Germany has come to a halt as the Germans outflank them via Belgium. The Germans are now launching the counter-attack to grab back their territories

The Bridge
The initial French assault in 1914 tends to be forgotten a bit, but was an integral part of the Schlieffen Plan. If the German commanders had held their nerve and just pinned the French the war might actually have been 'over by Christmas' as the notorious saying went .

The target for this assault is to capture a village at a river crossing, but with a bonus condition of getting troops off the board. The bridge is the only point at which the river can be crossed and the French start with troops on both sides of the river.

The German Advance
The Germans have managed to send a force round the flank and over the river (which otherwise can only be crossed at the bridge), these would appear after a random number of turns. Fortunately they turned up earlier than expected.

The Flank Attack
Things looked bad for the Germans as the initial advance took heavy casualties from the village and the artillery. Extra reinforcements gave them new impetus and they managed to storm the village and force the defenders back over the bridge.

Storming the Village
The two armies trade fire across the river as the Germans attempt to force their way unsuccessfully over the bridge. On the Flank the Germans are making slow progress along the rail embankment pinned down by the artillery and French reinforcements shifted over onto the embankment.

Firefight across the River
So the Germans get the win by kicking the French out of the village but not the decisive victory as they did not manage to get off the table via the heavily defended roads.

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