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The Battle of Britain - Wednesday night wargaming

Using the free wargames campaign software we fought the opening salvos of a Battle of Britain mini campaign.
Berthier is used to manage hidden map movement between the players, and any 'on map' contact is resolved using Wings of Glory (war) rules and models.
It was designed to be quick, interesting, and attempted to capture the flavour and main issues of the actual battle.
A flight of Gloster Gladiators from No 247 Squadron found themselves engaging the first Luftwaffe attack against RAF Manston early on day 1.
The Luftwaffe formation approached the airfield as the British fighters scrambled to intercept.
The two formations quickly closed the distance. The pilots in the Gladiators noted the swift manoeuvrability of the German Bf109's.
Soon the neat formations merged into a frantic dog fight, some aircraft nudging each other mid flight.
The Glosters prevented the German bombers reaching the airfield, claiming a JU87 in the process - the enemy pilot ejecting and later captured by a…

The Battle of Britain - Wednesday night teaser

" What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over."

" I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us now."

" Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands."

 " But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age, made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science."

" Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will…

All the nice girls love a sailor, all the nice girls they love a tar......

Wednesday night, my secret wargaming friend put on a WW1 game with his brand new shiny Naval Brigade making their debut. Jolly Jack
An overview of the battleground. The Brits entering from the bottom right of the table.
I was officer commanding the naval brigade, and had a two section landing party, supported by some Scots.
The British senior commander was played by another secret wargaming friend and he was in command of elements of the BEF.
We were tasked with blowing a bridge to prevent the Hun advancing, and rescuing two downed RFC pilots.
My naval landing party were not impressed with the locally advertised drag act, they had seen better at a 'Sods Opera' aboard ship.
The Colonel came up with a rather daring and good plan. Advance quickly, but leave a small search party to look for the pilots. Our money was that they would be on the enemy side of the river.
It wasn't long before the Bosch arrived on table. A group of Jaegars tangled with some fiery Glaswegians in kilts. Not n…