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There were a lot of good Battlefront and Fire and Fury games at this year's Cold Wars. Pete Landry put on a double blind game that I unfortunately missed, but I did get a lot of pictures of some of the other activities.

Operation Kutuzov

Michael Panzer ran our Operation Kutuzov scenario twice with very different results. In the first game, the Germans allowed the Russians to work their way through the obstacles without too much interference. Once in the clear, the Russians quickly overwhelmed the German defences.
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Kutuzov01 Photo01
Kutuzov Game 1 Photo 1
In the first game, the Germans set up a defense in depth but did not cover a critical area of their front line obstacles with sufficient fire to slow down the Russian attack. In this photo, two German Marders look on at long range as the Russians push through the obstacle line.
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Kutuzov Game 1 Photo 2
Even at long range, a Marder is dangerous, as the KOed SU-122 proves. However, the volume of German fire was insufficient to slow down the Russians.
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Kutuzov Game 1 Photo 3
A look at the Russian breakthrough from their side of the table. There are few Germans in sight.
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Kutuzov Game 1 Photo 4
After the leading units cut through the obstacles, the Russians covered the German second line with smoke and launched a coordinated charge. Here a group of T34s use their full speed to engage the second line Marders in close combat. Defensive fire knocked out one attacker, but the Marder was eventually destroyed. The breakthrough allowed the Russians to clear this part of their front.
In the second game, the Germans set up a forward defence, with most of their units in the front line. The Russians tried a general advance across the entire front and were unable to break through anywhere. It would have been interesting to see how the Russian attack of the first game would have fared against the German defence of the second. Once past the crust, the Russians might have been able to wreak havoc in the rear. Guderian is purported to have said that it is better to strike with a closed fist than spread fingers.
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Kutuzov Game 2 Photo 1
This shows the German front line behind the obstacles with some Russian scouts preparing the probe on the right flank. Most of the positions just across from the mines and wire are occupied.
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Kutuzov Game 2 Photo 2
The Russian Left flank moves up to probe.
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Kutuzov Game 2 Photo 3
The Russian Infantry moves up on a broad front.
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Kutuzov Game 2 Photo 4
A look at the broad front approach. The Russians have no "Schwerpunkt".
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Kutuzov Game 2 Photo 5
Tanks move up to support the right flank;.
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Kutuzov Game 2 Photo 6
Su122s move up to support the left flank;.
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Kutuzov Game 2 Photo 7
German Artillery comes down on the Russian Infantry in the middle.
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Kutuzov Game 2 Photo 8
The Russians attack all along the line, but are unable to gain enough of an advantage anywhere to break through.

Kokoda Trail 2

Steven Lee put on the second of his battles based on the Kokoda Trail battles in New Guinea in 1942. I hope that he will send me the scenario soon. While the Australians are certainly overmatched, the victory conditions are quite strict. All of this should be seen in the context of the campaign, where the veteran Japanese troops push further from their supply base and must battle both the Australians and the terrain. See the Into Hell's Mouth site for a good description of this brutal, but little known campaign.
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The Battlefield
The Battlefield
The Japanese enter from the right of the picture with a flank attack from the near edge. They must clear all of the entrenchments and capture the buildings at the far end of the board.
The Battlefield again
The Battlefield again
This is how the battlefield looks from the Japanese side.
Japanese move out
Japanese move out
The Japanese start to move out
From the Australian side
From the Australian side
A view of the advancing Japanese from the other end of the battlefield. Unfortunately the Australians only have one mortar with limited ammo.
Japanese cross the river
Japanese cross the river
Three Japanese forces cross the river. There also is a fourth on a flanking maneuver.
Flanking force
Flanking force
The flanking Japanese force appears and the Australians have little to counter them.
River Assault
River Assault
The main Japanese forces hit the river positions.

Desert War

Rich ran a scenario using his desert army. There were some new rules that were tried out. The first was the moving dust clouds that follow the units as they move. The second was low berms that interfere with, but do not completely block, lines of sight. The Germans charge British in a hasty position. The ultimate result was a marginal German victory.
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Germans move up
Germans move up
Followed by clouds of dust, the Germans move out.
Brave Italians
Brave Italians
An Italian armored force takes the left flank.
British Await
British Await
A British Infantry/Armor force in hasty positions is the object of the atttack.
Germans Approach
Germans Approach
Germans move up to contact.
First Blood
First Blood
The British Transport vehicles for their anti-tank guns fall victim to German Artillery.
Italians threaten the flank
Italians threaten the flank
The Italian tanks move up behind a berm.
Deliberate Attack
Deliberate Attack
The Axis forces slowly move up across the whole front. For some reason, the truck-mounted infantry did not attract the attention of the British Artillery, but was allowed to close.
Thanks for the help
Thanks for the help
To protect their front line troops, the British drop a smoke screen, which the Germans use to get even closer.
One last shot
One last shot
The German attack prepares to go in. Some PzIIs learn that they even a 2-pdr can be effective.

Kursk

Mike Pierce ran a slightly modified version of Rob Wubbenhorst's Somewhere In Hell scenario (as the scenario says, you can adjust the forces to suit your miniature collection). The result was a wild melee where they actually ran out of destroyed vehicle markers! The Russian T34s charged the Panthers and Tigers in two successive waves, and suffered terribly. One possible way to handle this would have been to maneuver against the PzIVs or to send all the T34s at once using smoke to cover their approach. Anyway, toy carnage reigned and all had a good time. Thanks to Rob W. for developing this one. If you have the vehicles available, it looks like a lot of fun.
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Welcome!
Welcome!
German units are greeted by artillery fire as soon as they enter the board.
Around the hill
Around the hill
German units sweep around the flank of the hill while covering the hill itself with smoke.
From the Russian side
From the Russian side
A view of the assault on the hill from the Russian point-of-view.
Hello
Hello
Russian heavy armor protecting the back of the hill scores a kill.
From the Russian side again
From the Russian side again
A view of the protectors of the center.
Here comes some help
Here comes some help
Russian T-34s join the battle.
T34s prepare to charge
T34s prepare to charge
The first wave of T-34s get ready to attack.
Into the valley of death!
Into the valley of death!
The first wave of T-34s comes to grief and the second moves up.
Different type of smokescreen
Different type of smokescreen
The hillside is covered with destroyed vehicles.
From the German side
From the German side
The German view of the charge.
Running out of markers
Running out of markers
Destroyed vehicles everywhere!
Assault on a village
Assault on a village
Over on the other flank, the Panzer Grenadiers attack.

Brandywine

Rich ran a big Brandywine battle with his America's Wars rules. As usual, his terrain was visually stunning. This battle is essentially a delaying action on the part of the Continentals who are outnumbered by superior quality troops. A British flanking maneuver caught the Continental army out of position. However, the British have a "long way to go and a short time to get there". Even though they win almost every combat, they suffer attrition and then see another defense line forming in front of them.
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The Battlefield
The Battlefield
This is the view from behind the Continental position. The British objective is to clear the road that leads off the upper right of this picture. Both sides shift in this direction, with the British on the attack.
The Continental setup
The Continental setup
The center of Colonist positions as seen from the British start line.
Redcoats and Hessians
Redcoats and Hessians
The British initial forces.
Redcoats Attack
Redcoats Attack
The British and Hessians engage the first Continental line.
The British Left Flank
The British Left Flank
The left flank moves up. The ultimate objective of the battle is on this side, behind the houses in the distance.
Attack in the Center
Attack in the Center
The British engage the first line of defence in the center.
Center and Continental Right
Center and Continental Right
A view from behind the Continental positions as the British close.
Continental Right
Continental Right
A view from behind the Continental right flank positions as the British close. The solid blocks of British troops in the middle were able to win almost every combat, but the defenders then fell back to the next position.
Another defence line
Another defence line
Broken Continentals from the Center form another line.

Fredericksburg

Bill Moreno is developing a new scenario book for the classing Fire and Fury rules, one scenario in which is Fredericksburg. It is a huge battle that explores what could have happened if the the Federal armies were not run by an idiot (Burnside). The terrain was spectacular (this scenario had won awards before) and the battle was a close-run affair, with the Confederates just managing to hold the Federal assault on the left.
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Assault on the Left
Assault on the Left
Having read their history books and seen Gods and Generals, the Union decides to assault the left instead of charging across an open field against a stone wall.
Another View
Another View
Another view of the assault to the Union Left.
Moving toward the center
Moving toward the center
The attack also headed toward the left center of the line.
Reinforcements
Reinforcements
Union Reinforcements move across the pontoon bridges to join the battle.
Climax
Climax
The Federal Assault in full swing.
Marye's Heights
I'm not going out there!
The area in front of Marye's heights and the stone wall was conspicuously empty. However, there were Union forces stationed there to hold the Confederates in place.

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