WW1 – action near Le Cateau (1918)

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  • #184310
    Robert
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    I enjoy using Bolt Action for WW1 games. Careful thought is needed, however, to create scenarios for this level of game, irrespective of the rule set. For this scenario, we chose a meeting encounter during late 1918. The British advance has reached the bocage-like countryside near Le Cateau. First, some photos of the force selections. The British advance guard has an Austin armoured car supporting 4 infantry squads, a Vickers MG team, a Stokes mortar team, and an 18 pounder field gun. The Germans have three squads, with an MG08 team, a Granatenwerfer team, a 77mm field gun team, a 37mm anti-tank gun, a sniper team, and a T-Gewehr anti-tank rifle team.

    Robert

     

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    #184316
    invisible officer
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    and a 77mm gun.  😉

     

    Very nice force.   I love them,

     

     

    I must. I have exactly the same miniatures.  And some more.  BA is good for the 1914 and 1918 mobile warfare.  Or for raids, my 42 cm Mörser makes a good objective.

    #184317
    Robert
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    Here is an overhead shot of the battlefield. It shows a small village, largely untouched by the war so far. There is a farm complex in the bottom left quadrant and two village buildings beside the crossroads. The British forces are due to enter from the top; the Germans from the bottom of the table.

    Robert

    #184319
    Robert
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    Thanks, invisible officer. Our posts crossed. I updated the OOBs because the Germans only had three squads and had the 77mm field gun as well.

    Robert

    #184320
    Michael Sykes
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    These are all painted beautifully

    #184321
    Robert
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    Thank you, Michael. The attached photos show the initial German deployment, with its Schwerpunkt directed on the centre-left of the table. An infantry squad is pushing forwards to occupy the building next to the crossroads. A section squad is racing to occupy the farm complex, followed by the MG08 team. In the distance, the British horse-drawn artillery is making a bold move to dominate the crossroads and the open line of sight along the route of advance of the German right flank squad.

    Robert

    #184324
    Robert
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    Another view of the build-up of British forces from the ‘southern’ long table edge. Three sections have advanced on the British left. The section nearest the crossroads is just about the enter the (Crescent Root) building. One section has reached a stone wall and the third (nearest camera) is pushing the open left flank. In the distance, the fourth section is making its way through the small field beside the road. The 18 pounder has been set up on over-watch in the field; its crew hunkered down behind the gun shield.

    Robert

    #184326
    Robert
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    The Germans continued their build-up from the ‘north’. The 77mm field gun set up an overwatch position commanding the open road and part of the crossroads. The 76mm leichte Minenwerfer and the Granatenwerfer set up in the field next to the road, with the T-Gewehr AT rifle team just ahead and off-road.

    Robert

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    #184329
    Robert
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    An overhead shot at the end of Turn 2. German forces on the right; British on the left. One German squad is in the building top right. The other two are in the farm buildings (Total Battle Miniatures).

    Robert

    #184332
    Robert
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    My German A7V had broken down so didn’t even make it to the start line.

    Robert

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    invisible officer
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    Nice Mimikri camo.

    Iconic vehicle.   I was inside the Munster copy. Nothing for 1,83 m men……….

    #184346
    Robert
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    Thank you, invisible officer. I have been to Münster but sadly not to the museum. It doesn’t look I will have the chance any time soon…

    Robert

    #184360
    Robert
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    Another view of the German support weapons deploying on or near the main road. The FO team has taken up position but lines of sight are severely constrained by the close terrain. The right flank German squad has entered the building on the right.

    Robert

    #184362
    Robert
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    And another view of the British support weapons deploying. ‘Ubique’ is the motto of the Royal Artillery Regiment; here the field gun team is living up to that motto. A Stokes mortar team has deployed on table. The Vickers MG team are approaching the nearest house, hoping to cover the open road. The German field gun will pose a stiff challenge though, along with the threat posed by the right flank German squad. The British right flank infantry section is pushing through a small field at the time this photo was taken. The weight of German forces are in the bottom left quadrant of the table; the British in the top right quadrant.

    Robert

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    #184364
    Robert
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    The middle German infantry squad is just about to enter the farm complex. The buildings are from Total Battle Miniatures. Very solid construction, though ventilated somewhat by various shell holes.

    Robert

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