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Broglie Inactive Member15 Dec 2012 12:48 p.m. PST

The fighting around Antwerp 1914 is heating up with clashes at Sint Gillis Waas west of the city as the Belgian 2nd Division leaves to join the main Belgian Army heading south.

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian15 Dec 2012 12:51 p.m. PST

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Broglie Inactive Member15 Dec 2012 12:52 p.m. PST

Thanks Bill

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP15 Dec 2012 1:37 p.m. PST

Really great stuff. Thanks for sharing. This is what early great war battles should look like. How big is that table?

Broglie Inactive Member15 Dec 2012 2:13 p.m. PST


The table is normally 10'x 6' but I have extended it to 16' x 6' for this game and the last FPW game – also on the blog.

Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member15 Dec 2012 7:13 p.m. PST

Really quite impressive. WW1 before the trenches were dug must be quite interesting. A bit of maneuvering before the hardening into positional warfare.

geudens Inactive Member16 Dec 2012 12:45 a.m. PST

Stop fighting in Sint-Gillis Waas! My dog keeps barking at the noise coming from the guns in the field next door. BTW, great stuff!

Rudi – TSA

Broglie Inactive Member16 Dec 2012 7:01 a.m. PST

Plenty of manoeuvring alright, but deadly casualties once you get up close!

We had to shoot all the dogs in Sint Gillis Waas because they would not stop barking at the gunfire. Where exactly does your dog live?

The fighting will soon move down to Zelzaete – I wonder of there are any dogs there?

Jack123 Inactive Member16 Dec 2012 3:48 p.m. PST

Just been looking at your blog, love the franco prussian bits and the Austria franco stuff, I also game the franco prussian war but 6mm I have black powder rules which I think are great, also polemos ( yet to try) but like you I have and enjoy POW, the old version which suits me fine! Never played any of the 1870 series of rules, good stuff:)

Broglie Inactive Member16 Dec 2012 4:25 p.m. PST

Thanks Jack123

The 1870 rules (and 1859 and 1866) are very good booklets and full of useful information but the rules just did not suit us. If the author brought out more such booklets I would certainly buy them nevertheless.


Martin Rapier17 Dec 2012 4:33 a.m. PST

"Plenty of manoeuvring alright, but deadly casualties once you get up close!"

Yes, that is the problem really. Everyone manoeuvers away happily until they get within rifle range, than massive casualties and time to reach for the entrenching tool!

If find a gap it is OK, but not may gaps in the western front after the race to the sea.

monk2002uk18 Dec 2012 6:44 a.m. PST

"WW1 before the trenches were dug must be quite interesting. A bit of maneuvering before the hardening into positional warfare."

WW1 after the trenches were dug also involves manoeuvring as well. There were the periods of movement, such as Operation Albrecht when the Germans withdrew to the Hindenburg Line or the German Spring offensives for example. When artillery ammunition became more widely available after 1915, major battles involved significant incursions into defensive systems. The depth of these systems was such that it is hard to represent an entire battlefield on table.

Think of the Battle of Kursk. It was about manoeuvre within the context of layers of defensive positions. That is how the major later war battles play out. A Normandy campaign is also similar – sequential Allied attacks against defence-in-depth and German counter-attacks. Toss out any thoughts that WW1 trench warfare is only about unsuccessful attacks against barbed wire and machine guns (unless you are into Western Front 1915 ;-).


Broglie Inactive Member20 Dec 2012 7:24 a.m. PST

I certainly agree that 1918 provided plenty of manoeuvring which is why I am really looking forward to the proposed 1918 French from Peter Pig due in 2013.

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