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"Truly it can be said of him, without count are his soldiers & beyond measure his might." - Prince Edward in reference to Lord Butler & his invasion force departing London for Mars.

Friday, July 26, 2013

3mm Vietnam: 1st U.S. Half Brigade and Hill 726

The Shadow Spears Half-Brigade arrived in Vung Tau, South Vietnam on 28 January 1966 and was commanded by Col. James A. Kazin. Operation Tar Stick (27– 31 March 1966) the capture of Hill 726, produced the first enemy casualties inflicted by the brigade in the vicinity of Lhu Shoa.

Shadow Spear Base Camp
"Amarillo" was the code name for the establishment of Shadow Spear Base Camp—the new home of the 1st U.S. Half-Brigade in Vietnam. Shadow Spear Base Camp was located approximately 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) south of the village of Kuan Duc on Route 23 and approximately 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) southeast of the village of Dong Loia. Saigon is approximately 55 kilometres (34 mi) to the east along Rt. 12. The operation began on 27 March and concluded on 31 March 1966.

The 1st United States Half-Brigade was tasked with the capture of Hill 726 in the Elephant Ear sector of South Vietnam near the Cambodian border.  All combat elements of the brigade moved out from Amarillo Base Camp on the morning of 27 March 1966.  As the brigade moved deeper into the rain forest sporadic fighting began to take place.  The 1st Recon Squadron which was scouting ahead of the brigade on the far left flank encountered fierce resistance from Viet Cong fighters.  Elements of the 2nd Air Cav Bn scouting ahead engaged communists tanks just south of Hill 726 and came under fire from artillery and infantry units on the hill.  Meanwhile the rear elements of the 2nd Air Cav engaged artillery units located 2 miles due east of the hill.  The 2nd Air Cav reported back spotting several NVA units moving south towards the Shadow Spears.

With news of the advancing enemy the brigades 2 armored companies sprang forward to seek them out and engage them in combat.  While our infantry & the HQ company continued to march forward in the trails left by the tanks.  Fighting continued on the left flank with the Recon Squadron fighting fiercely with the Viet Cong.

Armored elements of both sides sought each other out and the fight was on.  NVA armored companies were supported by their infantry while our boys had our Air Cav.  The rear echelon of 2nd Air Cav destroyed the lone artillery on the upper right of the battlefield and then moved to engage NVA units on the hill.  The fighting was hard and both sides suffered losses but the Shadow Spears dominated the enemy on the battlefield.  Eventually the Recon Squadron and A company of the 1st Infantry Bn along with the rear elements of the 2nd Air Cav destroyed all NVA units on the hill with our Recon Squadron moving ahead to claim Hill 726.  We captured several communists tanks and artillery guns in addition to carrying the field.

This battle was fought with a Vietnam Mod of the upcoming Brigadier WW2 rules.  Starting cohesion numbers were 12 for the Americans and 10 for the NVA.

Battlefield for Hill 726.

NVA units deployed.

Close up of Hill 726 and local NVA units.

The Shadow Spears deploy.

Forward elements of the 2nd Air Cav engage NVA tanks.

Shadow Spear Armor begins to rumble forward eager for battle.

Battlefield at the end of turn 1.

Air Cav putting 2 Fatigue Points on the commie tanks, they rallied one off.

Battlefield at the end of turn 2.

Air Cav keeps harassing the tanks with the Recon Squadron
 putting a FP marker on the VC.

Rear elements of the 2nd Air Cav putting a FP on NVA guns.

End of turn 3.

Recon has put 2 FP on the VC while Armor and Air Cav take out the tanks
and engage foot soldiers.

Commie tanks and troops hit one of our armored companies and
 our HQ both of which suffer 1 FP.

The fighting gets thick with Air Cav units attacking enemy troops on
 the field and the hill.

Commie armor takes out one of our armored companies and advances into
the infantry of Company B.

HQ rallys and leads Company A along with Air Cav support to destroy the attacking
 NVA infantry company. While the air attack on Hill 726 continues.

Fighting on the right flank is getting hot while other elements of the
brigade advance on Hill 726.

At the end of the battle the Shadow Spears control Hill 726 and captured
 several enemy tanks and guns.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

6mm WW1: Imperial Germany Army

The start of the my 6mm Imperial German Army for the upcoming Brigadier Wargame.  Three artillery batteries, two tank companies, a cavalry battalion and a brigade HQ company with staff car. The brigades current cohesion number is 10.

6mm WW1: British Expeditionary Force Start

Here are the first models for my WW1 BEF army for the upcoming Brigadier wargame.  Three artillery batteries with trucks.  Two heavy weapons companies and a battalion HQ company.  The brigades current cohesion number is 6.

6mm Terrain Pieces: Bridges, Cottages, Walled Villa, and a Train Car.

New items for terrain.  They will play future roles in 6mm battles here and on my other blogs.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Addendum to French Arms Contract

JANES DEFENSE WEEKLY, Paris: Jane's reported yesterday about the French arms sale to Prussia but we found out last night this contract also included several AMX-30D Armor Recovery Vehicles like the one pictured here.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Prussia and France Sign Arms Deal

JANES DEFENSE WEEKLY, Paris: Prussia has signed a contract to purchase several GCT-155mm self-propelled artillery guns from France for 14.4 million Prussian marks.  The first of the guns are expected to arrive in Prussia by the end of August.  No doubt several of these guns will be sent to Karakistan and possibly Africa, however most of these guns are being slotted for service with the combat brigades garrisoned in Prussia.

Late War German Maus Pz8 Tank.

This monster will roll out onto the battlefield in 1945 and if the war continues into 1946 and beyond it could be a major player.  The model was built by GHQ for their Wehrmacht '47 wargame.

New Additions to 6mm World War II Forces

New elements for for 6mm World War II Project.  British Royal Air Force Vicker Wellington III medium range bomber and a US Army Dakota DC3 transport airplane.  The bomber will serve as part of the British 8th Army.  The DC3 will carry troops and supplies for the 1st United States Half-Brigade.  Below that is a French Char-B1 tank which will first serve the Vichy French in North Africa and then later be transferred to the French Foreign Legion for the allied effort against the Afrika Korps.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Brigadier Full Playtest

Had a very successful playtest of the new wargame rule book I'm writing.  It's focus will be WW2 regiment to division wargaming for the solo-wargamer.  In the pictures you see I'm using 15mm models but the game is being designed for multiple scales.  What you can't see is that there were 12 elements to each side.  Key mechanics are being smoothed out and are functioning well.  As this is the first ever solo game I've designed I've found that I had to keep that thought first and foremost in my mind while playtesting and writing.  So far I'm having fun pretending to be a General watching units advance, push forward, fall back and do their utmost to take the attack to the enemy.  The AI artillery at one point in today's game hit my HQ stand, luckily I had an infantry company nearby and ordered them to turn and attack the artillery.  I know the armies below were allies in WW2 but for playtesting they can pretend.  Anyway the 7th Panzers came out on top in this test, although the 144th put up a serious fight.

Elements of the 144th Armored Division, 10th Corps, 1st Italian Army, North Africa.

Elements of the 7th Panzergrenadier Brigade Schlieffen, Africa Korps, North Africa.