Last Friday the THS met in the headquarter once again and I had the pleasure to participate in another game of Bolt Action. We played on an urban board with a lot of really nice scenary which Achim provided. Although the buildings were actually designed for 20mm miniatures, they worked well with the 28mm figures you might remember from the first Bolt Action game report here (Link). It created a dense feeling of street fighting and allowed an exiting, entertaining but unusually short game.
|Target of German and American desire.|
Within this small city a German airplane crashed down. It carried a high-ranking staff officer who escorted secret plans for the Army Group B to counter the Allied advance. Although he survived the crash, he severely wounded and unable to find his way back to the German lines.
To rescue him and the plans the Germans launched a search and rescue mission. At the same time the Americans sent a small vanguard to catch him and take him prisoner to lay their hands on the top secret plans.
|The Germans hurrying towards the ruined factory hall.|
Meanwhile the Americans entered the town from the other side and used the jeep to advance straight to the city center.
|The American Forward Air Observer acting as advance guard.|
|SdKfz 7 with 37mm Flak covering the German attack. (Photo provided by Axel)|
Finally the Germans were lucky enough to find the staff officer in a building just near the central plaza which the Americans hadn't crossed yet. At once they rendered first aid and prepared him for being removed from the battlefield:
|We found him!|
|US Air Force attacking their own advancing troops.|
So they sent their tank into battle and wanted to detain the Germans this way:
|German infantey spotting their armoured foe.|
But the Germans didn't leave their footsoldiers unassisted and sent their PzKpfw IV to support his comrades:
|PtKfpw IV advancing towards the Sherman. (photo provided by Axel)|
|The second shot hit the Sherman and blew it into pieces.|
|The remaining infantry squad hurrying through the factory ruin.|
|American snipers trying to find an aim.|
|Hauptmann Steiner leading his forces on the right track to safety.|
Once again we had a good game and an entertaining evening. But it was a rather unusual game. Since both forces tried to search the city as fast as possible only little fire was exchanged. Besides the events mentioned above both sides didn't take any casualties and only a few pinned markers. The mission was something new and great fun to play but maybe we can make things a bit more difficult the next time. After the Germans found their wounded comrade it was rather easy to reach the safety zone unspotted by enemy units.
However it was a great time with the fellows and I relished the excellent terrain and miniatures. Once again it was a pleasure to scan the gaming board for nice photo shots.