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Battle of Bir Bar ‘el

Since explaining combat in the  Battle of WASHBOARD RIDGE, infantry stands have been reduced in strength by 3, reverting to the original version of NQM. See how this works with a combined infantry and tank brigade assault against  a defending battalion with anti-tank support.

 

Order of Battle – Allies

 Beds & Herts orbat at the Battle of Bir Bar 'el

 Black Watch Orbat at the Battle of Bir Bar 'el

 

Order of Battle – Axis

 

  • 8th Bersaglieri Regiment (Motorised) – 1 Comd car + 1 Mortar + 1 47mm Atk (CS3)
  • Attached from DAK1 50mm Atk (S2) +1 Limber (L2)
  • V Motorised Battalion 2 Trucks (L3)*, [ Bn Comd + MG + 45mm Mortar (CS3)], [ 3Rifles (F3)]
  • XII Motorised Bn detached to support Ariete

*(The Motorised Bn could equally be protrayed as two single truck stands  of strength CS3 and F3. If I do that , I usually put some infantry in the back to show they are not just Logistic trucks)

Italian Orbat for the Battle of Bir Bar el

 

 

 

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Getting Chilly on the Northwest Front

2nd Inf Div troops astride the VLADIMIR-MOSCOW road in deteriorating weather

2nd Inf Div troops astride the VLADIMIR-MOSCOW road in deteriorating weather

As the last mud froze into iron hard ruts around KALINEN and VYSHNIV VOLDCHECK, the Axis X, II, and VIII Infantry Korps awaited winter with some confidence. The line they held stretched from south of LEMINGRAD along the railway to KALINEN and MOSCOW. Unlike the winter of 1941, the Landser were better equipped with winter clothing, lubrication oils that did not freeze solid and winter stoves for their dugouts. The Soviets had proved unable to retake MOSCOW this summer and would surely not do so this winter. Should the line come under pressure, then 4 Panzer Korps sat in reserve at VELIKIE LUKIE.

The Northwest Front Early Winter 1942 with Known German and Soviet Positions

The only fly in this ointment was the Soviet 30 Division that had penetrated the line between 12 and 32 Infantry Divisions. The railway was still cut at this point, and restoring the line was a priority for X and II Korps, on whose boundary the breach sat.

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Great Rejoicing as Reinforcements Dock in Tripoli

A package was waiting on my doorstep upon my return from holiday. Of course, it was docked in TRIPOLI (the local post depot) and had to make its perilous way to the front, be sprayed in desert colours and find its way to the correct units. The reinforcements were mostly artillery and limbers for DAK, with a couple of India pattern carriers and a couple of Dovunque 35s. The Soviets even got an 85mm AA piece.

You just want to see the pictures don’t you? Apologies, they were taken in a hurry by a low-flying recce Spitfire.

90th Light Division, Schwere Shutzen-Regiment 155/200

I was surprised that the Sig 33 was such a large model compared to the Saurer .

Dak Artillery. Panzerjaeger Abteilung 605, 1942 onwards

The pair of Sd Kfz 7s and the Diana that I bought look small. They have been shortened to fit a standard FoW base !!! This is my seldom-seen grumpy face :-( *

Diana on Sd Kfz 6 Chassis

These pictures and a few others have been put into the updated DAK orbat post for GAZALA. I should probably make it into a page so that it is easier to find.

* Since making this comment, I have realised that the Sd Kfz 6 was shorter than the 7, and was replaced by the 11, so I shall just place the two tiddlers into the orbat slots for Sd Kfz 11s and buy a couple of proper 7s for the 88s. Harmony is restored :-)

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Flatpack Moscow 4 – Gorky Park

Six hundred and forty one windows later, MOSCOW is looking fairly complete.I really enjoyed painting this project for a few minutes each evening, just chilling out.

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Moscow looking north west

One late addition to the city is the treeline at GORKY PARK (Парк горького). I kept thinking that the northeast corner of the city was a little bare, so trees were the answer.

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Moscow looking south west

Spring/high summer won out over the more colourful autumn or the equally tempting bare branches of winter. I couldn’t resist adding a few tables with parasols.

IMGP0143 The summer delights of Gorky Park

It is tempting to keep faffing and adding more detail, but the template is ready to game with. Saint Basil’s can wait for now. I shall hunt for some more suitable statues than the Space marines some day.

IMGP0140 Moscow looking south east

The Kremlin and Red Square are looking suitably red, but they will have to wait until the city is retaken for a proper May Day parade. The Fascists may yet be strutting up and down for a while longer.

IMGP0144Red Square looking south east

IMGP0141Moscow looking north east

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Liebsters – Hate ‘em – but Thanks

Actually it’s chain letters that I hate; but as Graham Evans, (thanks Graham), gave me a mention on the Liebster Award without telling me that his Great Aunt in South Africa has recently passed away, mentioned me in her will and needs my bank account details, I have no grounds to be curmudgeonly.

1. Why did you start blogging?
Much easier than updating a website that Virgin kept throttling.

2. If you could change one thing about the wargaming hobby, what would it be?
The minority aversion to soap and speciality men’s grooming products, such as toothpaste.

3. What is best in life?
Oh God! Another Emmy Award opportunity to forget to mention the one person who is going end up putting on the Pouty Bat Face.

 

Nobody else cares that I love my Wife, Mother and Friends. I’m certainly not going to confess to any obsessive addiction to computer games or studying obscure ailments of the lower limb, or beer, or WarHamster 40p, or fast women. It has to be kayaking!

Warhamster 40K Black Templar by ursulav

4. Do you want to live forever?

When the planet is engulfed in firey ashes, you will still not have started the first measurable picofraction of your existence. Does the questioner not understand how infinity works?

Pi

5. Fame or fortune?
I’m already infamous as Gale Porter’s stunt double.

6. What miniatures are you most proud of having painted?
The Airfix LEM that used to sit in the entrance lobby of Frederick Gough Grammer School back in 1969.

7. How do you deal with burn out?
Fresh fuel and firelighters. 

Leningrad Cowboys8. Why is a raven like a writing desk?
Because writing desks clearly also like to hang about by motorways pecking out the eyes of roadkill.


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9. Star Wars or Star Trek?
Babylon 5.

10. If you could only buy from one miniature company from now on, which one would it be?
Spencer Smith. But it’s hypothetical, so I’m going to carry on purchasing from Peter Pig, PSC, Zvezda and all the others.

11. What is your favourite takeaway?

Frikadelle mit Pommes und Mayo bitte – kein Senf.

Most everyone else already has been nominated. That’s the problem of coming in at the end of these pyramid nomination schemes. Instead, I’ve updated my sidebar a little … enjoy

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Flatpack Moscow

The Axis powers have been occupying a purpose-built MOSCOW tile  for some time now, but before its next game it is time to add a few more flat vertical dividers in the style of KHARKOV. Here is the baseboard before it gets the Ikea makeover. The NKVD would approve of the wild inaccuracy of this German intelligence model of the city for briefing LittleHitler.

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This is the view a Heinkel pilot would have trying to bomb the centre of Moscow:

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And here is how the model usually appears from the east with its fill-in buildings. Native Muscovites are entitled to look confused at this point:

Moscow_03

I have a thing about the colour of concrete. Our minds tell us that it is Portland Cement grey. In reality it is usually dustier, lighter and more of a biscuit shade. Even so, MOSCOW needs greying a little to get rid of the African Shanty Town look. Blackadder may feel that more elephants and fewer armament factories are needed. To be continued …

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