Sunday, August 4, 2013

6th Airborne Fail to Drive 352 ID off of Monument Hill

We wanted to get one last game in for Operation Overlord and Lt. Ian Moore wanted to field his British Airborne. We decided that the British would try to drive the Germans off Monument Hill since the Americans failed in our previous game. We chose the Surrounded scenario and Ian elected for a night attack.
352 Fusilier Company

British Parachute Rifle Company


The German infantry platoons were arrayed through the housing units in town with a StuG platoon on the east and a StuG platoon supported by Pak40s to the west.
The 6th Airborne approached the town from the east and west. The eastern attack included 2nd platoon (parachute platoon) and an anti-tank platoon. The western attack included 1st platoon, an armoured recce platoon (cromwells), a mortar platoon and an artillery platoon.

Turn 1

The British advance under the cover of night. The anti-tank guns destroy a StuG on the eastern edge of town while the StuGs on the western end destroy a Cromwell and bail two others.

Turn 2

Anti-tank guns score 3 hits on the StuG platoon on the east, but all three bounce. Return fire from the German 3rd Fusilier platoon destroys one of the anti-tank guns. On the western edge of town, the StuGs destroy another Cromwell.

Turn 3

Day breaks (during the German turn) revealing the full British assault. On the eastern edge of town, heavy MG fire destroys two more anti-tank guns after suffering light casualties from the guns.

The Germans get aggressive on the western edge. As the Cromwells pull back, the StuGs race forward and take out three teams of first platoon. However, the StuGs fail their stormtrooper move and are left hanging in the wind.

Turn 4

The remaining anti-tank gun falls back and the eastern edge of town goes silent. However, the whistle and thunder of incoming artillery announces to everyone that observers are in place. Artillery fire destroys one Pak40 and two MG teams, pinning three platoons.

Around Monument Hill, the remaining Cromwells bail one StuG, and 1st platoon charges forward to assault the StuGs. The StuGs manage to pin the parachute platoon (6 dice, 5 hits) and destroy two more teams. With the parachute platoon pinned, the StuGs turn around and fire on the Cromwells, destroying one and bailing the other.


Lt. Ian Moore decided that he was not going to be able to take either objective and withdrew his troops, giving the Germans a 4-3 victory.


  1. Those are such very detailed terrains. Do you make any of it yourselves?

    1. Hi Shannon! The building are purchased resin casts. Some we painted, but Battlefront provides prepainted buildings at a reasonable price.

      A lot of it we did do as projects! We made the hedgerow using model train tree clump foliage hot glued to a wood and chicken wire base. There are a couple of trees that are hard to see as they look like the hedges from the top. They are by the lower left part of the village. They were made using the plastic model train tree sprues with foliage clump glued to them. My wife and I made perhaps 50 or so in an evening (though in this particular battle map we only used 6-7.) The trees are individually glued to 30mm flat wood bases ordered custom from the Litco Bases Company.

      The farm fields are painted door mats cut to appropriate sizes. The mats have a ridge that when highlighted with paint have the feel of plowed fields. The hills are double density styrofoam that were cut with a hot knife, or razor blades, painted, and covered with grass flock. The enclosure fences were mostly made by Jim, and constructed using foam core (poster board.) The roads are made of thin cork. One of our player's wife uses that material in craft projects and it work really well and it's durable and easy to cut.

      David S.

  2. Nice looking terrain...and pictures!

  3. Awesome miniatures! What rules are you using to run the game?

    1. Heya Bruiser!

      We are using Flames of War. Generally I like my historical rules pretty beefy (I play Squad Leader), but FoW is a pretty popular and our gang of guys love it. The models are fun to paint, and I'm very interested in WWII history.