Saturday, 13 July 2019

Turning the Flank at Reval: Turn 6

The final act of the campaign is upon us. The Freikorps has regained the strategic initiative and must now press its advantage against the beleaguered Estonian defenders. Things look bad for Estonia but while there is life there is still hope, and they do have reinforcements arriving at Rodienko still. Perhaps the reinforcements will be enough to win the day.

As the Estonian commander had feared, the Freikorps had massed their forces against O8 The Steppe Trails.

Worse yet, the Freikorps have massed their guns and commenced the assault with a major bombardment. The Estonian forces defending the area were clearly shaken by the bombardment (-20% to Flight Number). Their only hope was that they could hold on long enough for reinforcements to arrive ...

Deployment zones:
North is to the bottom of this picture because I am a numpty!
Light woods are marked with green circles.
Hills are marked in brown.
Freikorps deployment zone is marked with red.
Estonian deployment zone is marked with blue.

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Turning the Flank at Reval: Turn 5, Part 2

Following their defeat at the Bluff, the Estonian forces retreat to the Woodsman's Shack and to Steppe Trails. The Freikorps force is now wholly consolidated at the Bluff. The stage is set for the final movements in this act.

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Dodgson's World: The Hellfire Campaign (Part 4)

D-Day+2, afternoon
Chastity GHQ

"Sir, we've caught the rebels just south-east of Salvation. Looks like we have them outnumbered. Reports suggest it is their Liberty Battalion without any support."
"Tell the men to hit them hard, Lieutenant."

The Company concentrated its forces in the Salvation area. 26T Infantry Battalion formed an improvised brigade with the Spaceport Defence Company, the remnants of 36R Airmobile and the remnants of the Salvation Gendarmerie.

Part-way through the battle (rebels at bottom of photo)
The battle saw the rebels advance on a small village outside Salvation. Their vehicles tried to stand off and use their superior range to slowly destroy the enemy forces. They quickly took out the Spaceport Defence Vehicle and the transport vehicles of 36R Airmobile were soon knocked out. The infantry proved a tougher nut to crack and it was necessary to dismount the Liberty Battalion's infantry companies. They pressed forward against heavy fire.

The assault was not without cost. Liberty Battalion 2nd Armoured company was almost entirely wiped out and the support section was reduced to just one damaged lorry. Nevertheless, they held the field at the end of the day, but it may prove to have been a Pyrrhic victory.

"Sir, our troops have retreated in the face of the enemy and we have taken heavy casualties. 36R Airmobile and the Salvation Gendarmerie were both wiped out, but we gave the rebels a bloody nose."
"Very good, lieutenant. Plenty more troops where ours came from. If this needs to be a war of attrition, we will win it. No doubt about that."

The general is right. The forces that the rebels lost are ones they can ill afford to lose. If it comes to a straight infantry fight the Company has the numbers and the weapons. We'll have to see how it pans out next time around.

The situation at the end of the afternoon on Day 2
ShortCom Forces (Yellow)
1 26T Infantry Battalion
2 Spaceport Defence Company
3 36R Airmobile Battalion
4 Salvation gendarmerie (1 company)
5 Alacrity gendarmerie (1 company)
6 Joados Marauders (1 company of mercenary Thaugs)
7 Jessop's Regiment (2 troops of armoured infantry with artillery support)

Insurgents (White)
1 Dedicationalist Sect, Fidelis Guard (1 infantry battalion)
2 Liberty Battalion (1 improvised armoured battalion)
3 127 Mobile Brigade (2 infantry battalions)
? Unidentified forces

Saturday, 29 June 2019

Turning the Flank at Reval: The Battle at the Bluff

Both armies met in force at the Bluff. The Estonians advanced from the south-west while the Freikorps held the Bluff itself. It was going to be a hard battle for the Estonians, rooting out the Freikorps from their holes.

Freikorps movements and positions are in blue in the following photos. Estonians are in red. Click the pictures for larger images.

Both sides were due reinforcements and all arrived except for the Estonian tank.

The Estonians advance towards the Freikorps positions. The Freikorps are all deployed in hidden positions and it is a nerve-wracking time. Suddenly the sound of motors is heard and Freikorps armoured cars emerge from behind the woods.

The Freikorps artillery makes good use of its range. The Estonians begin to take heavy casualties and continue to advance despite this. Freikorps reinforcements arrive, closely followed by an Estonian detachment. Unfortunately the Estonian cavalry is routed immediately, although the armoured car does rout a Landswehr company.

The Estonians decide to retreat following too many casualties.

The Freikorps held the field at the end of the day.

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Turning the Flank at Reval: Cry havoc and let slip the hounds of war!

We have waited, we have fought, we have bled, and we have marched. Now we fight again. We’ll finish off this blasted war once and for all.
Soldiers, clean your rifles, grease your stocks, hold your guns with the other hand! Fix the bayonet, grip the sabre, ready the horses! Grip tighter! Fight harder! Shoot straight! Stand like an iron wall! Now is the judgement of the earth, now! Charge!

General J. Letchkainis, officer commanding.

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Turning the Flank at Reval: Forward to Victory!

Now is our time men of the Freikorps. Destiny is in your hands and only you can defeat the enemy. Your strength of arms and will to win is what will see us through this dark day. Each one of you has the power to make this day a complete victory for our glorious people. Many women and children will live better lives as a result of your courage and skill at arms. You are the flag bearers for a new chapter in the history of greater Germany.

Onwards men and victory shall be ours. I stand with you in this battle to the death and a relief column is on its way to smash the villainous Estonians.

General von Nicholson

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Turning the Flank at Reval: Turn 5, Part 1

The campaign season is coming to a close. Not long until the long, cold nights draw in and sensible soldiers don their thermal pyjamas before curling up on the bearskin rug in front of a warm fire with a mug of cocoa. But first ...

The Estonians have seized the Strategic Initiative and are going on the offence now to drive the hated Freikorps from the land.

By careful manoeuvring the Freikorps are no longer surrounded. However Force B is out of supply.

Estonian troops are massing all around the Freikorps ready for the assault.

The sounds of mechanics are heard all night long as they work on and successfully fix the Estonian tank.

The day dawns bright and clear and suddenly the Estonians are advancing on The Bluff. It looks like they have decided on a massive assault on what appears to be the weaker Freikorps force. Clearly they intend to sort the Freikorps out once and for all. Game on.