Generalmajor Student had wargamed a number of employment possibilities for his small number of paratroops. One of them was to be employed at the bridge over the Vistula at Pulawy. The paratroopers would jump into the area around the bridge, eliminate its security, remove the charges and hold open the route for the advancing armoured forces.
The soldiers of the battalion were already sitting in their transports when the operation was called off. Cursing, they got off the aircraft. It was later found out that the German armoured forces had already taken the bridge in a coup de main. (p.16)
Scenario - Operation Pulawy, 10th September 1939.
|The present day crossings of the Vistula at Pulawy|
|Closer shot of the older road crossing. |
Built in the mid 1930s, this bridge was destroyed in the war but rebuilt post war.
CO CV10, 6 infantry units, 2 mg units, 2 engineer units, 6 Ju52s.
|The gliders land north east of the bridge. |
One glider veers away from the Polish AA fire and is placed on the table edge.
|The paras struggle forward, but take heavy fire from the bridge area and from the road junction|
and farm area on their right flank.
|The cavalry arrive on time on move 5. The recce company moves round through the haystacks |
to outflank the Polish position to the north.
|The Polish reinforcements are delayed by failed command rolls for a couple of moves,|
but then advance straight onto the bridge.
|The German armoured troops allow themselves to get bogged down confronting the Polish blocking position. |
An all-out advance to the bridge, bypassing the defended area, would have been more profitable.
|HS-123 prepares to attack the Polish-held farm area.|
And that, as they say, is that. Good to get the WW2 toys out again, and congratulations to Paul on his victory (the bugger). See you soon.