08 February 2021

El Alamein railway station skirmish game - Bolt Action

Covid restrictions have been limiting the amount of games we've been playing lately, and this game had been planned before Christmas but the local authorities here ramped up the restrictions on people from different households from meeting up and so we had to cancel. 

Now restrictions have been eased up slightly here on a regional level, and so four of us were able to get together again for this game. This was a skirmish scenario put together by my gaming buddy Carlos, German forces attacking with British and Commonwealth forces defending

We used Bolt Action rules. The game was played on a 1.60 x 1.20m sand table 

The British and Commonwealth forces were made up of a HQ, 2 x infantry squads, a Vickers MMG, 1 x 25 pounder, 1 x Matilda and a Boys AT rifle team. 

Attacking German forces consisted of a HQ + medic + FO in an Sd.Kfz. 250 hafl-track, 4 x motorised infantry squads transported in 2 x Opel Blitz & 2 x Sd.Kfz 251s + 1 off table mortar and a pre-attack bombardment. 

The Commonwealth troops started the game dug-in hidden, their positions noted down by the allied players. Allies also had hidden minefields covering the ground in front of the railtrack. 


German objective, cross the railway line and neutralise allied defensive positions


 

Germans group before beginning their advance towards the objective

 





Artillery shells fall
  

 

 

 A Matilda crosses the tracks, takes aim and shoots at the leading half-track.

  

 The first casualties are taken and the remaining troops dismount and hunker down.

 

 Indian troops with a Boys AT rifle shoot but miss miserably, and reveal their position in cover behind concrete filled oil drums.

 

 Another hit from the 25lb gun. this time on a lorry trying to ferry troops to the front along the left flank

 


 

 Aussies manning a Vickers open fire on the dismounted infantry.


 

 More British and Commonwealth troops start revealing their positions as they open fire on the advancing German infantry


 

 The Germans continue their advance and a half-track crosses the railway line, revealing a hidden group of British troops who are quickly mown down with fire from the vehicle MGs.

 

The half-track now supported by a Panzer III also having crossed the railway track, dismount and charge into the railway station and in bloody hand-to-hand combat overcome the allied troops inside

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 More Germans arrive and the the Commonwealth players decide that enough is enough and concede victory to the Germans.

   

 The game played out well, it was well balanced and the Commonwealth players were hindered by adverse weather conditions, a haze in this case, the result of an unfortunate die throw, which reduced visibility considerably and allowed the Germans to advance without suffering too many casualties.

14 comments:

  1. I do like your gorgeous and atmospheric terrain...Superb!

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  2. Great looking game. Figures and terrain really look the part. Amazing.
    Airfix figures and a sand table, Donald featherstone should be there.

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    1. Thanks a lot, wish Donald could be there with us. Next time we'll have to game real old school style, wearing a jacket with a shirt and tie :-)

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  3. Lol. That would be a picture. I often wondered why they actually did that.

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  4. My Dad would have loved this! He served in North Africa and had a snap he took of Alamein railway station. Well done, excellent setup.

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    1. Thanks Beaty ! My grandad was in North Africa too and was stationed in Tripoli after the war finished

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  5. Great action.
    Figures look superb - 1/72 is the best scale evaaaar!

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    1. Thank U Duc ! Yes, totally agree, 1/72 is THE best !

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  6. Thank U Duc ! Yes, totally agree, 1/72 is THE best !

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  7. Lovely looking game and something very different for an internet audience.

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  8. Love your artwork, and great battlefield.
    If you feel like checking out some other minis, I just started a blog and made my first post (10 Canadian Infantrymen). If you have any comments or suggestions, the link is
    https://worldwar2minis.blogspot.com/

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  9. Love the battlefield, and the figures are great.
    I started my own post, if anybody wants to check it out the link is
    https://worldwar2minis.blogspot.com/

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