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John Rigley and Pete Landry, devoted Battlefront groupies, put on several games at the Cold Wars 2002 convention.

U.S. Defends in France

The first game was a German Assault through the Bocage "The Battle of St. Barthemy" which is based on the German Mortain counterattack of early August 1944.
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Bart 01
bart 01
The pregame setup. All the American units are hidden and visibility is down 2 due to heavy fog.
Bart 02
Bart 02
Another view of the U.S. setup
Bart 03
Bart 03
The Germans come on the board and deploy in ignorance of the U.S. presence.
Bart 04
Bart 04
Another view of the German Deployment.
Bart 05
Bart 05
Germans set up a base of fire to prepare for their advance.
Bart 06
Bart 06
First blood goes to a U.S. 57mm which destroys a MkIV in an ambush.
Bart 07
Bart 07
Second blood to the U.S. when a Panther is destroyed by a 3inch AT gun.
Bart 08
Bart 08
The S.S. infantry tries to clear the road, but ultimately fails.
Bart 09
Bart 09
On the right flank, German tanks and infantry clear out a bocage area.
Bart 10
Bart 10
The Panthers, after blowing up an AT gun on the edge of the town, bypassed it and headed for the U.S. rear. Later, they ran into another AT ambush and cleared that as well.
Bart 11
Bart 11
Behind the Panthers, the U.S. Infantry fortified the town.
Bart 12
Bart 12
The German right flank attack hits the town defenses.
Bart 13
Bart 13
Another view of the German right flank attack. A hidden 3inch gun takes out another MkIV.
Bart 14
Bart 14
The Germans clear the church but do not have enough staying power to win the game.

John's Tarawa Game

John with Ribbon John won an award for best game of the evening. Here he is showing off his blue ribbon and looking like a proud father. Below is his history of the game, divided into the 3 main invasion areas.

Tarawa Invasion Beach Red 1-Right Flank

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Beach Red 1 Photo 1
Beach Red 1 Photo 1
At the start of the invasion, the only things visible on Red 1 are some burning vehicles.
Beach Red 1 Photo 2
Beach Red 1 Photo 2
The first wave gets within 50 yards of the beach and starts to get into trouble.
Beach Red 1 Photo 3
Beach Red 1 Photo 3
The second wave gets up to the wire. The troops are forced to bail as the landing craft are not armored.
Beach Red 1 Photo 4
Beach Red 1 Photo 4
The Second wave is still trying to cross the wire.
Beach Red 1 Photo 5
Beach Red 1 Photo 5
The first wave is still pinned behind their burning LVTs and where they were unable to rally for 3 or 4 turns. At the top of the photo is the third wave of Shermans and infantry who are walking in.
Beach Red 1 Photo 6
Beach Red 1 Photo 6
Some LVTs are moving to the rear to pick up third wave infantry. Some of the second wave is across the wire and is moving to the beach.
Beach Red 1 Photo 7
Beach Red 1 Photo 7
Japanese 75 AA guns, the one's causing all the Marines' problems.
Beach Red 1 Photo 8
Beach Red 1 Photo 8
The second wave is over the wire. The third wave is packed into LVTs and moving up.
Beach Red 1 Photo 9
Beach Red 1 Photo 9
Marines from the first and second waves are making their way inland.
Beach Red 1 Photo 10
Beach Red 1 Photo 10
The Marine in the top center just cleared a 20mm machine gun pit and a big hole is now open.

Tarawa Invasion Beach Red 2-Center

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Beach Red 2 Photo 1
Beach Red 2 Photo 1
A nice Tropical beach only missing the beer and girls.
Beach Red 2 Photo 2
Beach Red 2 Photo 2
Japanese HMG pit on the dock taking flanking shots on the first wave LVTs.
Beach Red 2 Photo 3
Beach Red 2 Photo 3
The Marines have cleared the first HMG pit and are moving against the second one.
Beach Red 2 Photo 4
Beach Red 2 Photo 4
Marines close in on the HMG.
Beach Red 2 Photo 5
Beach Red 2 Photo 5
The Marines on the dock are trying to clear the HMG nest, while the LVTs are working their way over the wire.
Beach Red 2 Photo 6
Beach Red 2 Photo 6
A Japanese 150mm gun position, with a HMG crew moving around in the background.
Beach Red 2 Photo 7
Beach Red 2 Photo 7
Marines working their way down the dock.
Beach Red 2 Photo 8
Beach Red 2 Photo 8
Japanese reinforcements are moving in and around their tank, trying to move to the beach.
Beach Red 2 Photo 9
Beach Red 2 Photo 9
The 4th and 5th wave marines are on LVTs and looking to unload on the dock.
Beach Red 2 Photo 10
Beach Red 2 Photo 10
4th and 5th wave troops getting a ride to the dock.
Beach Red 2 Photo 11
Beach Red 2 Photo 11
Marines and Japanese troops are fighting it out at the base of the dock.

Tarawa Invasion Beach Red 3-Right Flank

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Beach Red 3 Photo 1
Beach Red 3 Photo 1
The beach at Red 3.
Beach Red 3 Photo 2
Beach Red 3 Photo 2
Off-shore smoke screens covered the first wave of LVTs, allowing them to make it to the beach with no loss. The Japanese kept quiet, awaiting their time.
Beach Red 3 Photo 3
Beach Red 3 Photo 3
Second wave troops bailing out under fire.
Beach Red 3 Photo 4
Beach Red 3 Photo 4
Marines from the first wave move inland under fire
Beach Red 2 Photo 5
Beach Red 3 Photo 5
A Japanese Ch-Ha made a run for the beach but was dived bombed by a Navy fighter, which chased it off-board.
Beach Red 3 Photo 6
Beach Red 3 Photo 6
The Marines keep moving forward. To the right of the photo is the 5th wave infantry and and Sherman tanks.
Beach Red 3 Photo 7
Beach Red 3 Photo 7
Looking from the rear of 3rd wave into hell.
Beach Red 3 Photo 8
Beach Red 3 Photo 8
The Marines push on.

Results

According to the victory conditions John specified, it was a Marine Victory by one point. Losses were extremely heavy.
Beach Red 1
Marine Losses
A company14 out of 1875% losses
B company10 out of 1850% losses
C companyNo Loss 
LVTs8 out of 1275% losses
Japanes losses: 1 gun section
Beach Red 2
Marine Losses
D company7 out of 1825% losses
E company10 out of 1850% losses
F companyNo Losses 
LVTs4 out of 1425% losses
Japanese losses: 2 HMGs and 1 infantry
Beach Red 3
Marine Losses
G company13 out of 1850% losses
H company2 out of 1850% losses
I company1 out of 18 
LVTsNone 
Japanese losses: 1 HMG and 4 infantry

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