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Cold Wars 2007

This convention lived up to its name as a major snowstorm swept through the area on the first day of the convention. Unfortunately, your humble webmaster was snowed in at home and missed the first day, when the majority of the BF games were held. Fortunately, Pete Landry was there with his trusty camera and managed to get pics of his Peleliu game and Pete and Mike Sincavage put on a scenario from Steve Keyer's Winter War book. I got there in time to see Al Gaspar's Heilbron city fight.

Peleliu

Pete Landry expanded his Peleliu setup for this year's convention.
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Across the airfield
Across the airfield
Japanese advancing across the airfield.
Defending the beachhead
Defending the beachhead
USMC prepared to defend the beachhead
Japanese(!) armor attacks
Japanese(!) armor attacks
Japanese armor leading the way and taking heavy fire
Aerial view
Aerial view
View from USN aircraft
Attempt to link up
Attempt to link up
Japanese southern force trying to join up with the main assault but not having much success
Airpower
Airpower
a US Navy corsair strafing run stings the Japanese front line
Final assault
Final assault
Japanese ready to assault the Marine MLR. After the assault the Japanese called off the attack, having taken high casualties while inflicting minimal on the Marines.

Winter War

Steve Keyer of Two Tin Soldiers came out with a scenario book "White Death" for the Winter War between Russia and Finland (one of your webmaster's favorite periods). Pete Landry and Mike Sincavage put on this scenario from the book representing one of the few times where Finnish tanks were used in battle.
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Finns get organized
Finns get organized
Finns set up a 2 pincer attack.
T28s defend
T28s defend
Russian T 28s ready to receive the Finns.
Fighting rages
Fighting rages
Finn assault gets bloody. Russian trained troops give more than the Finns want to take.
Fighting in the woods
Fighting in the woods
Finn attack on the right into the woods gets stalled.
Assault goes in
Assault goes in
Infantry and armor assaults on the Finn left.
Making headway
Making headway
Finns making slow headway in the woods.
Out of the woods
Out of the woods
Finns finally out of the woods and head towards the main objective.
Final battle
Final battle
Hand to hand fighting for the final objective, the Finns get in and the Russians have one attempt to chase them out but fail. Uncle Joe will not be pleased.

Heilbronn

The inimitable Al Gaspar put on his usual visual spectacular with the battle of Heilbronn (April 1945). This scenario was an opposed river crossing into a ruined urban area. Historically, the inhabitants were upset to be the recipient of a major bombing raid and put up more resistance than was usual for this stage of the war. Al enlisted Michael Panzer to run the game, using M.P.'s encylopedic knowledge of the rules with Al's superb terrain build skills.
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Left flank
On the U.S. left flank
The ruined city. American infantry moves up against dug-in German defenders.
Left flank
From Behind
From behind the American force. Note the forced perspective-Al used actual pictures of the city and some of the nearby countryside as a backdrop.
Right Flank
On the U.S. right flank
The other end of the battle featured a ruined factory with canals to cross.
Building Bridges
Building Bridges
Covering the bridge construction with smoke allowed it to proceed with less molestation from the Germans than usual.

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