An all dayer saw the might of the Wehrmacht attempt to capture a factory complex somewhere in the Soviet Union in 1941. The day started with a very civilised briefing complimented by bacon and eggs and washed down by mugs of steaming tea.
A German Kampfgruppe had been tasked with capturing a Soviet factory complex adjacent to a major river in southern Russia. Speed was of the essence. The initial Russian forces consisted of a depleted independent tank battalion, supported by a weakened infantry rifle regiment. The rules were Rapid Fire - 1st Edition. Fast play and allow a flavour of the period.
A Russian BT7 tank. Rapid fire rules equate 1 vehicle representing a platoon, and one figure 15 men. The German reconnaissance Battalion advanced quickly down the main road. To be met by some very effective (too effective due to mis-umpiring) artillery fire. Resulting in some heavy damage and destruction to the armoured car companies. This set the tone for the remainder of the battle.
On Thursday two of my wargaming buddies came over and for 3.5hrs fought the historic battle between HMS Hood, HMS Prince of Wales against the Bismarck and Prinz Eugen. Things did not go as history records.
The ships started 17 miles apart, and soon began to close the range, it took 9 minutes before the ships spotted each other.
Battleships Zenith keeps a record of the exchange of fire between the protagonists, and I will use this to aide the readers understanding of the battle.
Both commanders had strict orders and objectives to meet - here are a copy of their briefing notes: Kriegsmarine operational briefing
For admirals eyes only
Current operational orders and situation
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