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.
The Luftwaffe formation approached the airfield as the British fighters scrambled to intercept.
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 patrolling unit of the Home Guard.
The Luftwaffe quickly exacted revenge by downing one of the elderly biplane fighters.
In the meantime, over a Chain Home site another vicious battle was taking place.
Again the opposing forces close the gap quickly.
Another deadly dog fight ensued, and two Hurricane of 43 Squadron were shot down, one plane exploded. The second pilot bailed out and later returned to his squadron uninjured.
The bomber dropped her deadly load on the Chain Home station, but missed and caused no damage.
The first day of the battle ended with the following statistics:
3 x RAF fighter aircraft shot down
1 x Luftwaffe bomber shot down
To be continued......