This little solo battle was used to test the current state of play with my revision of the 1973 WRG WW2 rules. It is, of course, entirely fictional. However, for inspiration it uses the north-easterly advance of the Germans towards Warsaw in early September 1939, in particular the well-known Battle of Mokra where an armoured train helped to hold up an attacking Panzer Division for a day or so.
The structure of the scenario came from the Bolt Action rule book, being scenario 1, 'Envelopment'. This fitted nicely into a narrative of Panzer units hurrying forward trying to bypass Polish units, only to find a determined defence in place backed up by an armoured train. The Bolt Action book only gives basic set-up zones and table proportions, so I had to fill in the terrain detail myself:
|The table was 4' x 4', using 15mm figures and models.|
The Poles could deploy anywhere south of the line A - B. The Germans started off-table, and moved on from the northern base edge in move 1. The WRG rules use a 1 to 1 scale, with one vehicle model representing one actual vehicle, and infantry based as 'elements' or 'groups', four to a base. In fact, very similar to Flames of War. Forces were:
3 x sections each: 2 rifle groups, 1 rifle/lmg group.
Tank platoon: 3 x R-35 tanks.
Light Tank platoon: 3 x TKS tankettes
Mortar section: 2 x 8cm mortars (off table). Mortar observer.
Armoured Train: train no.51, Pierwszy Marszalek.
|The set-up. |
The green markers show the target points for the German preparatory bombardment.
|A couple of moves in. |
By some miracle (well, a throw of 11 with 2D6) the Poles have conjured up an airstrike.
|The CO of the Polish R-35 platoon was responsible for picking off a Pz.IV.|
|Move 4 and a Stuka appears. Scratch 2 R-35s!|
At top right the German heavy tank platoon has 3 tanks out of 4 knocked out
|One of the Pz.38T platoons advances with some infantry support.|
|On cresting a small rise, 2 more German tanks are knocked out by the guns of the armoured train.|
|Move 5 and more close air support arrives for the Germans - an HS-123 strike.|
More importantly for the Germans, their left-flanking tank platoon
has exited the table to the rear of the train.
|Game over. The Polish centre is holding but the train is badly shot up,|
and the Poles have been by-passed.