Flames of War Market Garden Campaign Finale
September 19, 2016 by imaginaryeric
“Why do all my generals want to destroy my bridges?”
– Generalfeldmarschall Walther Model
Yesterday, the game group got together to fight our Operation Market Garden summer campaign finale – The Battle of Arnhem. This would follow a long tradition of day-long Flames of War mega battles the group has played, and for my money, was the best yet. On with the photos!
Initial setup, with my Fallschirmjager at the bottom. Their objective to cross the bridge only hindered by countless dug-in British paras.
Tom’s awesome metal toy bridge was the centerpiece of the action. With masses of artillery support on both sides, the devastating bombardment template was frequently on hand.
A view from the bridge…
With such a big table, the artillery ranges were put to the extreme, with shells whizzing high from both sides
The allied reserves race to push into the city.
My fallschirmjager AT guns gradually suffer a battle of attrition with the well protected Paras
More troops come into reserve, gradually pushing back the brave defenders
Breakthrough guns take a withering toll on the allied defense.
Axis Commander Randy gleefully dials in another massive bombardment.
As the main line of defense is pushed back, the axis roll forward.
On the opposite side of the table, the German stronghold is attacked fiercely from every angle.
With one combined push from three Axis commanders, the Germans push across the bridge to win the day.
After several hours of hard fighting, the Germans emerged victorious, but it was a very close game, and I hope everyone else had as much fun as I did.
One of the interesting aspects of a game this size, are the distances involved – as you can probably tell from my photos, I really was only focused on my own sector of the table, with little real knowledge of what was happening on the other side of the bridge. This made for some tense decisions for both teams, and an ever-evolving plan.
Thanks go to Tom and Kevin for offering to be overall commanders for both sides, during the campaign. I can’t wait to play again soon, and really have an itch to put my Russians back on the table!