Spyros has a solid force of Royal Marines for his Bolt Action games and he decided to test their mettle against some solid German defenders ( George and I).
Six Sections of Royal Marines - 45 Commando- with armour support ( A Churchill and a Centaur) and supporting weapons were to establish themselves on a hostile coast.
The German defenders were well entrenched and supplied with two Pak 40s, three MMGs.
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|The German Position|
The first wave of Commandos hit the beach and took out the 20mm cannon so quickly that I was having reservations about the balance of the game!
They then found themselves pinned down as the second wave hit the beach quickly followed by the armour.
The Germans scored a very crucial early success by immobilising the Churchill tank as it trundled up the beach right in front of the main German Bunker position. Although immobilised the weapons continued to function for most of the game causing no end of problems for George and I.
|The Beaches and port area.|
|View from the beach- the German Bunkers|
Spyros' Forward Artillery observer was able to call in support from naval gunfire and this, in combination with the machine guns on the immobilised Churchill neutralised one of our MMGs and one of the Pak 40s. -- good shooting!! His sniper then took out one of the commanders of the section holding up his advance.
On the extreme left of the invading force, one of his commando sections stormed forward, despite withering fire from a German squad entrenched in a house and a supporting MMG, and wiped out the crew of our second Pak 40. The Centaur then roared to life and remorselessly began to grind down our positions with Marine support. We had nothing left to fight with.....and George and I threw in the towel!
Royal Marines- Mission accomplished!
|The Beach- with the first wave hitting the beach on the extreme and taking out the 20mm Ack-Ack gun.|
|They caught the defenders napping! We didn't get a shot off!|
|The gun pit of the 20mm is now empty but the defenders behind the hedges have the Marines pinned down.|
|The German defenders- the Gun in the foreground was taken out in turn 3 by the Royal Marines- and it was through this same spot that the Centaur tank came through and tore up the German positions!|
|Moving off the beach! The section to the right has been whittled down to one fifth of its original strength...but they are still holding on.|
|German MMG crew preparing to deploy weapon to support the second Anti tank battery.( PAK 40)|
|view from the landing craft.|
|The Immobilised Churchill.|
|The German defenders survey the beach from their bunker.|
|The last of our defenders, moving past the commemorative statue. The wasn't much to commemorate for the Germans by the end of this game!|