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Germany 1986

On February 2, 2019, the Jackson Gamers played a "Third World War" game set around 1986 at Jay Stribling's home. The Third World War which devastated much of Germany but had surprisingly little impact on the rest of the world was the subject of our game played on  February 2nd 2019.

The first five photos were taken by Jim Pitts, while the last two were taken by Ed Sansing.  Ed was also the game-master and rules teacher.  The Jackson gamers had very limited previous experience with theseCold War Commanderrules and that contributed to a long time for questioning and cogitation for each turn.

An American infantry company with an attached M1 Abrams tank platoon has "seen off" a Soviet push by a similar sized Motor Rifle company.  The photo was taken from the top of the hill occupied by the U.S. troops.

On the left center of the U.S. line, a Czech Motor Rifle battalion (less one company) moves menacingly toward a lightly held patch of woods.  Fire from the left and right of the woods later damaged this Czech unit but it remained powerful, but slow to move, during the game.

On the extreme right of the line, a troop of U.S. cavalry surprises the Russian Motor Rifle battalion.  The ambush did not go as planned and both sides suffered casualties.  Note the light vehicle being driven recklessly down the hillside.

A broad view of the right center part of the American lines.

Another view of the left center of the U.S. line with the extreme left in view on the right side of the image.

The attacking Warsaw Pact Czech players, on the attack, from the left, were Bryan Green, Jay Stribling, Sean Pitts. To their left were the Soviet players: John Murdaugh, Jay Ainsworth, and Steve Haller.

The Americans who were on the defense were (left to right) Jim Pitts, Mark Gilbert and Phil Young.

So, who won this game?  Well that has not exactly been decided.  Both sides had bad luck with command response die rolls.  At critical times orders were not delivered to appropriate units–wrong die number rolled.  On the Soviet's left flank, there was even a "command blunder" with units moving in the opposite direction from that which their commander (Steve Haller) wanted.

Ed Sansing, who ran the game, stated "Each side could (kinda) claim victory." So both sides will!

Hobkirk’s Hill

On Saturday September 29th the Jackson Gamers played a game at Fondren Presbyterian Church. This was the battle of Hobkirk's hill from the American Revolution.

The Battle lines

This is a battle report by the gamemaster Steve Haller who also wrote the rules that we used, and painted the lovely "true 25mm" figures that we used.

As happened during the historical battle, the American skirmish line of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia light infantry delayed and harassed the British advance. The American artillery unmasked on turn 2 on the hill and began inflicting additional casualties. William Washington's dragoons rode around the British left flank through a woods over a small ford, scattering their skirmishers and threatening that flank and their rear. Coffin's NY Dragoons rode hard over from the British right, and with support of the single 6-pounder now coming out from Log Town, defeated and routed Washington's dragoons. The large infantry battle raged as the Virginia and Maryland Continental brigades came down off the hill supported by their 2 guns and also the NC Riflemen and Militia on their left flank. Although outnumbered and suffering heavy losses, the mainly Loyalist regulars and the 63rd British Foot gave as good as they received, soon sending a Maryland and a Virginia regiment back.

The battle ended with the Americans still holding their original position on Hobkirk's Hill, but suffering over 53% casualties and missing. The losses were  heaviest among both Maryland regiments, the Delaware light infantry and Washington's dragoons; a Virginia regiment also routed. The British suffered heavier losses at 66% casualties and missing, especially among the infantry of 63rd Foot, King's American Regiment, SC Loyalist Regiment and Loyalist light infantry. The fortunes of war shifted a couple of times, but the final result was in a Marginal American Victory according tothe Whites of Their Eyesrules.

William Washington's dragoon (in white) make a doomed charge against the British Loyalist cavalry who are supported by a small gun and the fire of riflemen (at bottom of image).

Command & Colors – Napoleonic

The Russian Commanders

On April 21 of this year (2018) we played a Napoleonic game using the "Commands&Colors–Napoleonic" rules. We named this game "Back into the Cauldron".  The  French were whipped soundly by the Russian army.  The Russians had a few more infantry units and one more cavalry regiment.  The French had one more artillery battery.  As the gamemaster (who played on the French side) later conceded "This was not enough".

I finish this battle report shortly.

Ardennes Game – December 16

On December 16, 2017 we played our final game of that year.  This was a 15mm German vs. American battle set loosely during the Battle of the Bulge.

Looking across (long ways) the table. The Germans will enter from the left and try to exit off the right. The Americans will set up (hidden) on the table.

Alex and Ed were given time to secretly deploy their forces and decide where to put their mine fields These anti-tank mine fields played a big part in the American defence.  The Germans had given the possibility of mines no thought.  The Americans had not realized how effective they would be.

German Kampfgruppen on their left flank – Phil’s units. One group is mostly Tiger tanks with a little infantry. The other is an infantry company supported by Stug III’s.

Near the center of the table German artillery has hit a village and set part of it on fire hoping to drive any Americans out into the snow.

Steve's units were behind a hill and weren't taken under fire on the first turn, so he hit the village and some woods with artillery. Jay advanced right into a mine field losing his armor support. Part of the unit was destroyed by mines and the rest knocked out by Alex's M36 tank destroyers which were covering the mine field.

In the foreground Steve’s kampfgroup (infantry and Panther tanks) advance on the German right flank. Editor's note: Yes the photo is rotated 90 degrees. Click on the photo and it will display correctly.

In the center of the battle Jay’s units (infantry and Mark IV’s) have hit a mine field and stumbled upon some of Alex’s infantry in the woods. On the German left the infantry dismounted and were hit by mortar and machine gun fire. The Sturmgeshutzen are trying to push the infantry out of the woods. The Tigers are advancing slowly on the German left..

Steve’s Panthers advance but are hit in the flank when they come around the hill by Ed’s M10’s.

Alex's infantry is able to hold the woods in the center and the American right. Phil's Tigers advance slowly dueling with some Shermans in the woods.

In the center the attack is bogged down. The American infantry hold the village and 2 pieces of woods. They are able to direct a lot of machine gun and mortar fire on the deployed German infantry. American tanks and tank destroyers are taking a toll on the German armor.

Ed's M10s are taken out by Steve's Panthers but cause enough damage that the Panthers are killed by some Shermans. Steve's infantry find more mine fields.

Ed’s M10’s did not duck out of sight after hitting the Panthers and retaliation was swift.

Steve’s Panthers firing up Ed’s M10’s. Some of Steve’s infantry has also stumbled into a minefield.

Ed’s remaining armor (some short 75mm Shermans) take out another Panther and damage the last one.

The German attack never really got going. The Americans hid in the woods and were able to stay hidden until they could get the first shots at close range. The mine fields in the center also took their toll.

At the end the Germans had their Tigers and very little supporting infantry. The Americans still had some Shermans and about 3 companies of infantry.

Atribution:All photos and commentary by Ed Sansing.  Such editing as was done (yes this included the photo on its side) by Jay Stribling.