Saturday morning was interesting. Having got up early to make sure I had everything I needed to take to Joy of Six, I managed to fall from a chair I was standing on to investigate the contexts of a box. As a result, I arrived at Sheffield Hallam University with a badly swollen little finger, a bloody toe-nail, a sore biceps, and assorted scrapes and bruises. I mostly managed to forget about the damage, though, as Joy of Six was a genuine pleasure.
We, the Cold War Commanders, were putting on three games under the “Wesel-Cubed” banner. The idea was to fight a similar action three times in three different time periods. I’m afraid I didn’t get very many photos; I was too busy playing and talking to the punters!
|Looking north-east from above Wesel, 1973|
On the first table it was 1959. Andy Taylor’s British seemed to be doing a pretty good job of defending Wesel from Richard Phillips (who was using Mark Julian’s Soviets). Andy’s defensive efforts were aided by Richard’s ability to roll command blunders at key moments. On this table the Soviets had T-55s and T-10 heavy tanks and they were opposed by Centurions and Conquerors. This period saw the last hurrah of the heavy tank concept.
|High water mark of the Soviet advance in 1959; Richard P |
moves his T-10s through the woods.
The centre table depicted Wesel in 1973. Here, my Chieftains and FV432s were up against Neil McCusker’s T-62s. Pretty much just T-62s it turned out; Neil forgot to bring the BTR-60s for his infantry to ride in so the conscripts had to go in on foot. This didn’t cramp Neil’s style too much, though, and although T-62s died in droves, he had enough the whittle away at my meagre stock of Chieftains. By the end of the day he was in a position to sweep around my left flank.
|1CHESHIRES at Wesel, 1973.|
|C company advance up Route 70|
|Near the end in 1973; Neil's T-62s cross the stream.|
Over on the final table Ian Shaw’s 1989 Soviets (with T-80s) were faced by Andy Canham’s Challengers. This table saw another British victory with the Soviets failing to cross the stream that ran between the two forces.
The public response to the game was pleasing. Several people mentioned that is was a good idea and there was much praise for the terrain (most of it by Richard Phillips) and the fact that it changed slightly from period to period.
As always, we didn’t get as much actual game play in as we would at a Cold War Commanders gaming weekend but that was only because there were so many interesting people to talk to. It was particularly nice to talk to veterans who had served in the Wesel area, some of them at the times covered by our games.
Oh, and nice to chat with Neil Shuck and to meet the famous “My other mate Dave”.