Friday, August 23, 2019

RM2 Prelude to Bodange

OK, so, this scenario looks like "Prelude to Bondage" which is what the wife and I call my birthday week.  HA!

As I continue to work through the Race for the Meuse pack from Lone Canuck, I start RM2, Prelude to Bodange.  Here, the Belgians conduct a fighting withdrawal from Wisembach, (RM1) with the rather obstinate help of the first of the machine gun pillbox (covered in special rule 27.)

Again, I look at this scenario and say, "How can the Germans possibly win?"  The victory conditions are fairly straightforward--the Belgian must simply cover the road from Wisembach to Bodange with at least 4FP.  It appears to be a very easy task, as you simply need to cover the road with the MG pillbox and you are done.  The Germans have to crawl through wire and mines to get at the pillbox and then take it out without the benefit of any engineering equipment?  Keep in mind that this is a concrete pillbox.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Armor: Chemistry and Physics

One of the big mistakes in assessing tanks is judging the defensive capability based on inches (or milometers) of armor.  Armor is not armor and I'm going to go through some of the chemistry and physics of different types of armor in an attempt to enlighten people on what difference different types of armor mean.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Firefly:Broken Counter

It's everyone's favorite British tank.  It's fast and has power to knock out almost any German tank, even from the front.  It has a fast turret and even a rate of fire!
But was it really all that and a bag of chips?  Or is this more of the old soft soap for the King's Very Own?

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

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Scenario Review: Wisembach Roadblock

As you may have gathered, I recently received my long awaited copy of Race to the Meuse.  Overall, I am pretty pleased with the quality and whatever else you have to say about RttM, you will have to admit that it is a pretty unique situation in ASL for reconnaissance to meet with roadblocks and hasty defense.

Until I get my hands on a VASL map, it looks like I'm going to be playing these solo.  So I start at the beginning with RM1 Wisembach Roadblock.

RM-1 Wisembach, Belgium: Driving along the main road, south of the river, and the railroad tracks on the north bank, elements of the 1.Kradschützen-Kompanie, pushed towards of Bodange. Southeast of Bodange, German motorcyclist turned at Wisembach to attempt an approach from the south. At Wisembach, Sergeant Renauld of the 1er Régiment de Chasseurs Ardennais, having watched the destruction of the bridge across the Sûre River earlier that morning, now waited for the approaching GermansA small 6-turn scenario with an estimated playing time of 2 hours & 32 minutes featuring: Germans: 6x Squads, 2x Leaders, on Motorcycles with Sidecars; Belgians: 4x Squads, Leader, 2x MMG, and some fortifications.

The Cruiser Submarine that Brought the War to America: The Surcouf!

A submarine designed to circumvent the Washington Naval Treaty, a couple of barely inhabitable rocks in the St. Lawrence Seaway and the resignation of Secretary of State Cordell Hull.  What do they have in common?  The story of how World War II came to North America.

The MN Surcouf was a French submarine designed to get around naval treaty restrictions on cruisers.  While the Washington Treaty of 1922 placed limits on the number and size of cruisers, it did not touch on submarines.  As a result, the Marine National developed a behemoth of a submarine which carried as its main armament two eight inch guns in a turret.  Named the Surcouf after a famous French pirate, the eight inch guns were the main armament of the submarine and, while having limited range and taking a number of minutes to be made ready, were obviously far beyond the normal armament of a submarine.