Monday, 14 July 2014

Kreta - Blast from the Past

Aaaah! This takes me back...to when? I have no idea. Certainly it was ante diluvian from the scenery and basing techniques. I was trawling, as one does, through the archives and came across this hazily recollected game....

This is the oft featured bridge of many a game. There's a better view later in the post.
Frontline's resin DFS 230 gliders of the Luftwaffe crash into the dry bed of the Tavronitis River.
 It flanks the high ground and airfield of Maleme on Crete.
 It's only part of the battle but I can't seem to locate the rest of the piccies....it was a pretty intense affair.
 The Hun glider troops who survive the Flak, small arms and rocky landing to quickly shake themselves out into assault parties.
 British and Empire troops put up a vigorous defense
 I remember doing a few things just for this game eg the few Bofors guns and stuff.
 I wish I'd found the piccies of the JU 52 3M's, JU87B's and Bf 109's I hung over the table for this....I thought they were a great armada.
 In these bygone days troops were removed from play when hit. I think then it must have been when I felt the need for bespoke casualty figures...as the German casualties mounted the field got cleaner and cleaner!
 The bangs were pretty poor too...
 Oh my! How techniques have changed...
 The Germans, I seem to remember, joined up with the survivors of the para drop to launch more coordinated attacks on the Airfield defences and the commanding hill positions...
 They were pretty well humped as I recall...
 Many were pinned back into the environs of the shelter of the banks of the Tavronitis
 ...and here's the Tavronitis Bridge I made for the game!
 Happy days, almost forgotten...
Sorry, it's just down to shoddy record keeping on my part. It lasted for a few weeks and honed our map-to-table moulding skills. Just thought someone would be interested in seeing them.