Monday, 28 September 2015

1863 The Battle of Possum Bay (or mission impossumbull)

 During the Civil War between the Confederals and the Onion that well know and superbly documented action for the seaward and landward control of the vitally important Possum Bay was enacted on the 26th September 1863....give or take a century
The sea was rough that day...mainly due to the edges of the sea not being pinned down
 The Naval Squadron of the Onion road at anchor off the 'Badly fried Egg' sandbanks of Possum Bay
 ...they were 'Ironclads' steadily leaking blue dye into the sea.
 Realising the immense value of Possum Hill (especially for its polystyrene deposits) the Onion occupied this position with Two Corps of the 'Army of the Fur-ball'
 Along this height was arrayed a considerable body of the Onion Army. at one end anchored by two redoubts the upper and the not upper. Determined to hold there ground against those who would secede from the Onion, thereby making half an onion by the sword, and cutting the onion would bring tears to the eyes. The point at issue was bread.

 The zealous Confederals wanted white bread and the Onion wanted to incorporate brown bread as the whole country was better off for having the roughage. Those were crazy days. Now we have toast, which is the best of both.
 The politics of the situation drove Colin to drink...a so began his mission to milk a keg
 The technical superiority of the Onion led them to reinforce the railway station
 ...the hill was steep, leading to the much quoted old saying 'who made this b'#8** hill anyway?'
 The railway from Shed End to Possum Bay (stopping at Troon, Timbuk Tu and Madrid) and was held as a start line all across the field
'Why didn't y'all tell us about the steak and chips at the Last Post Bar?'
 Then...out of the woods opposite came a rebel yell (mainly of disappointment from Kraken man)
 Meanwhile, out at sea, the Onion fleet fires up its engines and steams, towing dice, toward the threat from over the horizon...

 ...almost at once the firing begins and hits are registered
 A fire breaks out! Damage parties to action stations!
 How's that pint going?....never mind. Where's an Aussie when you need one? It's a well know fact that Aussies are genetically programmed for bar work. Colin! Roll the dice!
 The furious rebel charge takes them up the hill covered by their own artillery on the high ground opposite

 They rush the upper redoubt with élan..
 ...and flow around like a wave...

 Out at sea the Confederal ironside is getting hit after hit...but is still in the fight
 The weight of the rebel force is against the right of the Onion and has the not so upper redoubt in its sights
 The rebels charge! Led by Beauregard Cotton-tail Upmarket III and his retainers
 Meanwhile, up possum hill the rebels are thrown back from the defences
 Almost in, then thrown back
 The Onion counter charges...
 Out in the bay the fires are brought under control
 ...but a tsunami hits another steamer and the dice breaks loose!
 Flushed with potential victory the Onion ships turn line abreast...
 ...to try and ram, or drive ashore, the enemy vessels...
 Ober Kapitain Otto von Slackhaussen gives his men a pep talk before crossing the fence and beginning the out flanking move on which all will depend...unless it doesn't...
'Dunno about you, sir but I can hardly focus today!'
 Generals M4  and M4A1 (later in history having tanks named after them) watch the counter attack go in...
 Realising the threat to the right of the line a division attempts the long march around the rear of the hill
 Bounced out a regiment returns to the ridge...
 The general advance tentatively gets under way on the plain to the left of the hill
 Meanwhile, the rebels are in...
 ...and out again!
 They gather for yet another desperate charge to the ridge line...
 The Onion is losing layer after layer of troops...
 Up come the famous 'Sons of the Desert' Regiment
 ...they are the closest reserve while the other division is relocating to their rear...
 When all else fails...cut away your dice and ram!
 Shattering battering!
 They've all sprung more leaks that St. Davids Day in Cardiff...somebody is getting that sinking feeling....
 Under the rules, ammunition can run out quite quickly and you need replenishment near at hand...
 The rebels are trying to push their enemy away from the sea. If they silence the shore battery they may help their navy succeed
 Moving more quickly, now that they are on the road, the reinforcing division is getting closer
 It looks bad at the upper redoubt....
 ...the troops are having to close up all along the ridge...
 ...and relief is still a few moves back...
 ...the original feint from the wood down the road has successfully held the Onion troops in place for fear of being out flanked...but the Onion troops cheerfully wave their menu's at the rebels...
 Most of the potential reinforcements are obstinately pinned to their start line...
 ...and the train's late...good job...the track's broken!
 ...still they march on...
 More ramming, more sinking!
 Yet again the rebels charge!
 ...but at long last...
 the flank gets a move on...
 ...and the rebs reply from their wood...(shouting £3.99 is ridiculous for a steak lunch!)
 Though the river looks big it is fordable. It's the famous paint run off from Possum Hill
 The rebels cannot be accused of sloth but unless they press their attack home now they may well be out flanked and have to retire...
 General Cadillac (later in history... etc. etc.) waves his men on...
 A few moves and it will all be over...
 ...even the possum is tense...err, nope, dead, I think.....maybe....
 ..the backup is finally ascending the lower slopes...
 ...but it's too late. the rebels have the ridge!
 They cascade down the opposite slope and on to victory...
 Unaware of the disaster to their right the late flanking move progresses slowly as ever...
 There are enough of them to do the surviving rebels harm enough...but it is unlikely...
 So far the dock is still in Onion hands where all the surviving crews are swimming ashore...
What a sight. Colin may be a great painter, organiser, scratch builder and scenery expert...but he's no barman...What! You had your head under the tap?! That explains everything.

Great day out! Thanks to all assorted Billys et al

No, I won't predict what's up next. It's all too complicated...but we're all painting hard...trust me, I'm a war-gamer.

10 comments:

  1. Wow! Colourful, Funny, Interesting, with a hint of Chronic Alcoholism.
    What more could you want from an After Action Report? I hope no Possums were injured during the making of this report!.
    Cheers
    Col

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    1. Thanks Col. We're working on the alcoholism...at this rate it will need to be AAAAM's (After Action AA Meetings) but all is secondary to the care and cleaning of the Mk1 Possum.

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  2. All for the Onion! A most entertaining report. Epic, surreal, stunning, weird - and a possum! I'm curious about the ships, which are lovely. 1/600 scale?

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    1. Thanks padre. The ships are indeed 1/600 and they are by 'Peter Pig'. The rules for the land element were 'Fire and Fury' but the sea action was a set gleaned from the internet. The possum was of unknown manufacture but had an annoying squeak.

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  3. Phew - I'm exhausted just reading this! What a great report of an entertaining game. I'm sure that the the British version of General M3 Medium would approve of the beer consumption...

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    1. I was appalled. In my innocence I thought they were swaying because of the rough sea and imitating sea foam in glasses!...oh, how I was deceived!!! Apparently General M3 surrendered to General M4A4E8 in the end.

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  4. What a fantastic report! Great looking game...and beer...

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    1. Thanks Phil. Ferdy has revamped his table at the Kriegs Hut and with it his table. He really pulled out all the stops for this game and produced some first rate scenery...troops were supplied by a Billy and other members of the cast.

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  5. One more great post on your belt !

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  6. Thanks Joao. As we type, your technique for the horse drawn gun limbers for the Luftwaffe Field Division has been adapted by Kraken man and I hope to blog some pictures soon.

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