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Fall IN 2008

Although there were not many BF:WW2 games, Regimental F&F and original F&F were well represented. Also (mirable dictu) I saw the first draft of the RF&F rulebook. The cats are finally being herded in the right direction.
Note that I decided to play more games this time, so I may not have photos of all that went on. If anyone has photos and some comments, please send them and I will add them to the page.

Atlanta

Roxanne Patton ran the Battle of Atlanta using the F&F brigade rules.
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Confederates Attack
Confederates Attack
The Confederates pitch into the Union Left Flank.
Confederates Attack 2
Confederates Attack 2
A closer view. One of the Confederate generals seems to have fallen off his horse.
Later in the Battle
Later in the Battle
I came back a couple of hours later and the Confederates seemed to have pushed their way down most of the table.

Finnish Counterattack Again

I ran the Finnish Counterattack scenario from Treadhead Games "White Death" scenario book. In all of the previous times I have seen this one played, the Finns attacked frontally against the Russian entrenchments, and this led to 5 straight Russian victories. This time, I made sure that everyone read the hints on woods fighting and the Finns did it correctly, sweeping through the woods to a decisive victory. The Russians made a critical deployment error, which put their forward observer out of the battle. The score on this scenario is now Russians 5, Finns 1, and I will run it again. Next time, I will have some suggestions for the Russians. My gut feeling is that, if properly played, this one should be dead even.
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Starting Position
Starting Position
The two Soviet T26s are all that the Finns see. However, a quick mortar barrage suppresses them.
End Run Right
End Run Right
The Finns send two of their companies on a sweep down the right flank, accepting the movement penalty of the heavy woods.
3rd company joins in
3rd company joins in
Having encountered no resistance, the 3rd Finnish company joins in, heading for the center woods.
Racing to reinforce
Racing to reinforce
Seeing that the Finns have committed all their forces, the Russian abandons his right flank and sends his infantry toward the middle. Among them is the Forward Observer, who started on the extreme right flank and found himself unable to see anything.
Charging the center
Charging the center
The Finns on the right head toward the center, encountering the second Russian company.
Death Ride of the tanks
Death Ride of the tanks
The two T26s attempt an unsupported move into the Finnish rear. They are swarmed by Finnish bomber units and soon destroyed.
Another Angle
Another Angle
The Finnish attack viewed from a wider angle. The Russian 2nd company has managed to form a line, and is attempting to improve their positions, however, they are no longer entrenched.
Finns converge
Finns converge
The Russian main line held off the first assault, but the Finns come back. Unlike previous games, this fighting is occurring within the woods, where the cover of the woods and Finn winter camouflage give them an advantage. The Russians put a couple of units in a blocking position on their left flank, but these were quickly overwhelmed.
The Line Breaks
The Line Breaks
The Finns force the Russians out of their entrenchments, the end is near. This assault broke the Russian morale and the Russians headed for the rear, leaving the Finns victorious.

New Market Heights

An ACW battle using RF&F. Thank you Mark Hayes for the pics.
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Battle Field Overview
Battle Field Overview
Looking from the northern end of the battlefield, the Confederate works are protected by a ditch, cheveaux de frise, and slashings (abitis). The Rockbridge Artillery with 20-pdr Parrott rifles on the Rebel left flank can fire down the front of their front line. Abbott's Union Brigade is the northern end of their line with two regiments armed with Spencer repeating rifles (7th Conn. and 7th N.H.). Duncan's Brigade of the 4th and 6th USCT are in the center, and Draper's Brigade of four USCT regiments are on the southern part of the field.
Fighting the Terrain
Fighting the Terrain
Duncan's Brigade struggles through the woods, and heads toward the slashings.
Fighting the Terrain
Confederate Artillery
The Rockbridge Artillery safe in their redoubt, with dismounted cavalry from Gary's Brigade in the fortified works in front.
Moving up on the left
Moving up on the left
Draper's Brigade steps off.
Moving up under fire
Moving up under fire
Draper's Brigade advances through the marsh and slashings under fire from Bass's Texans.
Fighting on the Right
Fighting on the Right
Abbott's Brigade opens fire on the Rebel defenders from the cheveaux de frise.
View from the South
View from the South
View from the southern end of the field - Duncan's Brigade has crossed the cheveaux de frise to come to grips with Bass's Texans. Historically, Duncan's two regiments advanced with the sergeants holding onto their men's percussion caps to ensure they would charge the works without stopping.
Attack Repulsed
Attack Repulsed
Duncan leads his men into the Confederate works, but are repulsed.
The Line Breaks
Confederates Hold
Draper's regiments are shot up by withering fire from Bass's Texans, and are halted in front of the works. The Confederates hold their position this time.
Desperation Charge
Desperation Charge
With several of their regiments running low on ammo, Abbott sends his regiments into the Rebel works with the bayonet. After several desperate attempts, their attack is broken and they stream back.

Seven Pines

Another ACW battle using RF&F. The actual battle was fought on 31 May 1862 near the end of McClellan's Pennisula campaign in front of Richmond. Thank you Mark Hayes for the pics.
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Confederate Surprise Attack
Confederate Surprise Attack
As Rodes and Garnett's Brigades of D.H. Hill's Division advance out of the woods, the Union regiments along the fences fall back to their main line; the Confederates in hot pursuit.
Attack is pressed home
Attack is pressed home
Garnett's soldiers press the Union right flank.
Breakthrough
Breakthrough
The Union right flank crumbles.
Confederates seize the works
Confederates seize the works
Rode's men seize the Federate redoubt, and reinforcements come up to press their success. The game ended in a Confederate victory.

Thala

British and Germans slug it out in Greg Lyle's Thala game, Tunisia 1943.
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Thala 01
Thala 01
Thala 01
Thala 02
Thala 02
Thala 02
Thala 03
Thala 03
Thala 03
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Thala 04
Thala 04

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