Monday, 19 November 2018

Breakfast In Bikkelheim?

General Bikkliski was suitably recovered to announce that he would like "breakfast in Bikkelheim".
So the attack got underway, it appears some troops were not expecting his recovery so soon and were a bit slow out of the blocks. However the Germans it appears were not keen to sell their lives so dearly for the Fatherland, and they too did not get going in numbers until turn three. The troops that did arrive were treated to a timed artillery strike, pinning all but one of their units on table, not a good start, one BR counter for being out scouted, one for the Russians having one of the objectives and one to unpin at the end of the turn.

Turn three and the Russians were well on their way, luckily for the volksturm holding Bikkelheim, this turn also saw the arrival of the German Hetzer battery, one vehicle of which took out a T34, unfortunately the orders roll was a double one, which with two officers only gave them four orders so little else was achieved, although several units had again been pinned so there was not much scope to inflict further pain anyway.

 Turn four took place after our lunch, so the General did not make breakfast, would he get lunch?
Now unpinned the volksturm let loose with two panzerfausts from the town, would they miss? of course two, ones! I don't know how I do it. My Hetzer advanced to the edge of town, could it do better? don't be daft, hit yes! dice for penetration, Bob Hope. The return shot from the target was not as forgiving, KABOOM!

To add insult to injury the Russians drew a BR counter to un-pin units and drew an air attack counter to dice for on turn five, arghh! Never mind thought I, they never turn up, should have known better.

Four Rockets At The German Supply Wagon On its Way To Re-supply  My Now Depleted Hetzers, You Can Guess Where The Fourth Hit
A counter for the air attack, one for the destroyed supply wagon, one more counter and it will be curtains, next Russian order, AP at the remaining Hetzer. Good Night Vienna, another Russian win, now up three points up in the campaign.

The Russians Advance Into Bikkelheim To Prepare The Generals Lunch
 A fine game, it is never going to easy for the Germans in 1945 and they generally need a little luck, which today was in very short supply, I am off to work out how much time they have bought for the chaps in the next defence position.

TTFN

14 comments:

  1. A fine game which, unusually for me, went much as I hoped it would.

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    1. The old men of the colostrum did there best to thwart your cunning plan, but we're not quite up to the task.

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  2. Good looking combat, I like the way you set the village up slightly at an angle reducing lineof sight etc... nice 🙂

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    1. Ideal for sneaking through with the Hetzer, shame it couldn't capitalise on it though.

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  3. Lovely looking town and of course the figures are splendid! Your getting no luck at the moment,it can't last!
    Best Iain

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  4. Thank you Iain, Mr. Rumsford turned out some jolly nice pieces. Yes I am certainly feeling the wrath of the dice gods currently.

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  5. Oh dear, the Reich in trouble, expect the last man, last bullet order soon.

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    1. They had the last man order, should have backed it up with some Feld Politzei.

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  6. Splendid looking game and a most entertaining write up. Better luck next time.

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    1. Thank you Jon, doubt it on the luck front, my dice hate me apparently.

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  7. Looks like you got the result you expected....
    Next time you should try and loose...
    It might confuse the dice gods...

    All the best. Aly

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    1. Certainly did. It's a nice surprise when I occasionally win on the gods day off.

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