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Cold Wars 2011

Pete Landry and Mike Sincavage put on several BF:WW2 this convention, Bill Gray put on some Age of Honor games, and Brigade level F&F games were also in evidence. Many of the photos are by Pete Landry.

Polish Spoiling Attack

Pete and Mike put on a series of Blitzkrieg era games, the first of which was the Polish Spoiling Attack, one of Mark Hayes' early scenarios, put on in memory of Mark. This is a fairly small scenario, where a unit of German motorcycle troops and armored cars attempt to defend a village and supply road against 4 Polish infantry companies. The Germans have the edge in morale (Veteran vs Experienced and Trained), and mobility, but are outnumbered. You not-so-humble webmaster ran one of the Polish companies.
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Starting position
Starting position
The Germans start out defending the town and the road, facing off against two Polish companies in the woods.
Long Range fire
Long Range fire
The Armored Cars and German infantry exchange relatively ineffective long range fire with the Poles in the woods. Germans in the town start to dig in.
More Long Range fire
More Long Range fire
Another view of the previous situation.
Poles advance
Poles Advance
The main Polish force comes on the board and heads for the town. One part moves through the open (shown), while another moves to the right (off camera).
Poles advance
Poles Advance 2
Another view.
A critical shot
A critical shot
The Germans dispatch one of their armored cars to defend the town against the Polish advance, but a lucky shot disorders it.
Charge
Charge
The Poles use the temporary incapacity of the armored car to charge the town. The right flank of the main Polish attack can be seen in the woods. They are still getting into position.
More critical shots
More critical shots
Just as the charge is going in, the long range fire from the woods disorders two critical MG units on the other side of the town.
Urra!
Urra!
The company from the woods adds to the charge while the right flank company gets ready.
The End
The End
In a concentric attack, the right flank company joins in the attack. The surrounded Germans inflict some casualties but attrition starts to take its toll. Also, the Poles score victory points just by being in the town, and have enough so that the Germans cannot win.

Mokra

Another Polish campaign entry from Pete and Mike, this time on the battle at Mokra. I think that one of the reasons they did this was to get their (very cool) armored train onto the battlefield.
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mokra001
mokra001
The beginning of the battle from the Polish view. German infantry begins to clear the woods while the armor moves up in the center.
mokra002
mokra002
Armored Train Smialy positions itself in the center for better fields of fire.
mokra003
mokra003
Polish armored cars and mounted cavalry reinforce the right.
mokra004
mokra004
German armor forces help clear the woods and cautiously advance in the center.
mokra005
mokra005
German armor seems not to be that happy with advancing too close to the Polish train.
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mokra006
Germans clear the north wood and work at clearing the south wood with help from the armor.
mokra007
mokra007
The Poles are forced out of the woods, falling back to reform at the rail line.
mokra008
mokra008
German infantry fall back to regroup on right giving the Poles time to reposition.
mokra009
mokra009
Fierce fighting in Mokra I and II as the Germans take it from the Poles.
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mokra010
The armor make a rush towards the train as the infantry also assault it, slightly damging the engine.
mokra011
mokra011
Polish cavalry attack German armor! Where are the Italian reporters?
mokra012
mokra012
One MkI is chased off but the 2nd repulses the cavalry.
mokra013
mokra013
The legend lives on! On the 3rd attack by the Polish cavalry German armor is destroyed!!!
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mokra014
German armor crosses the tracks as infantry assault the train again.
mokra015
mokra015
Mokra is in German hands
The battle was declared a draw. Both sides still had opportunity to achieve victory but it would not be easy for either as gaming time ran out.

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