Monday, 25 September 2017

Kursk - The Action Comic

Our tribute to 'Commando', 'Victor', Battle Picture Library and 'War Picture Library' et al. When you were a kid in the UK a major boost to the imagination came from comics. Colin discovered a new toy. We oooh'ed, we aaaahh'ed and we were transported back to the corner shop after the Saturday matinee where we bought our kits and figures...and our comics
We bought...
We swapped...
 We tried to recreate the daring do...
 Between the aaarghh's and aieeee's of the foe...
 We learned that the enemy saw us as 'pig dog!'....
 ...and 'swinehund'...
 and that they were mortally afraid of....
 'Achtung! Spitfire!'
 We played happily at the feet/table of our parents and grandparents
...shaking their heads in mute astonishment at our antics
Perhaps remembering themselves what is was really like
 No heroics
 No histerics
 ...and certainly no pulling the pin from a grenade with your teeth and saying something pithy as it was thrown...
 Just thinking of folk who never came back
 or came back different
 rationing...
 call up...
 air raids...

 evacuation...
...and all the inconvenient stuff us kids didn't want to know about at the time. Weirdly exciting though it was, it kept the history alive in us until we could appreciate the enormity of it all.

Thanks Colin.

Sometime we'll have to do a 'manga Napoleonic'...nuff said...


Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Kursk: Part 14 - Roll back...staunching the flow

The thick, oily  smoke rolls and boils from the scorched metal and cremating flesh....good job they're only toys then. Even the deadly Flakwagen run out of luck eventually. They try to cover the rearward movement of the Panzer Divisions. 18 Pz ordered to entrain, to where? Not yet known. 9 Pz and battle groups left from the Infantry Divisions must hold the increasingly pressurized line. The Ferdinands, what's left at any rate, are leaving for Italy. Southern flanks SS Pz Korps have already left...
Although the German casualties are high they have confidence. The Russian casualties are much, much higher.
 There is no panic, just an urgency not to be cut off....
 The Russians are squeezing the Germans like a stress ball and have an annoying habit of getting further and further around the flank attenuating the German resources
 79's area of responsibility incorporating 9 Pz's RV.
 The Russians can't have much stuff left...
 ...but it doesn't seem that way to the Germans
 Russian infantry and armour appear between the minefield belt and the river line...
 German reaction is swift and deadly....
 ...but there is no way of knowing how serious this salle is going to be.
 The air regiments are supporting the ground moves in ever growing numbers...
 ...and the Luftwaffe is nowhere to be seen
 Meanwhile, 9 Pz extends its FEBA and tries to get solid for a Russian push from the front or the left, or possibly both at the same time
 Russian artillery begins to leapfrog forward...
 RF rules only give artillery a 10 foot range so there are large areas outside the artillery's range (another 15 feet) and this gap has to be made up by mobility or air power.
 ...for some it doesn't matter any more...
 Infantry try and keep up
 Field repairs finished, this H revs up and prepares to move...
 The infantry gets dropped off by the transport...
 2 Bn, 18 Pz move back quickly to cover 1 Bn in a run to the crossings...if Ivan isn't there first...
 H's still very pokey. Numbers are, as ever, the problem
Relocation of Panzergrenadiers...
...and panzers
Some will have to walk...if they still can
Infantry shakes out to the rear of the 18 Pz gun line
...and the artillery fires over open sights

Further along, when you gotta go, you gotta go
...but at least they have someone to watch over them


Next: Can the Germans form an effective stop line?

Will the Russian torrent run out of steam?

Has Trump got the diplomatic skills of Edvard Benes and the empathy of the Dalai Lama combined with the patience of Ghandi to make all Korean's into a united and happy country?

Tune in next time for the answers for our glow-in-the-dark fallout special from under the wargames table by SW radio....calling all survivors!