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This Ones For The Sarge06 Oct 2017 5:41 a.m. PST


Most of my platoon based games feature Sherman's and the odd Firefly in the scenario or at. Nothing wrong with that but I would really like some historical scenarios using Churchill's and or Cromwell tanks for the Brits instead – any ideas on sources?


uglyfatbloke Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2017 6:09 a.m. PST

Lots of infantry memoirs 1943-5 will have some but it might be easier/quicker to identify a Churchill unit and track down their battle diary for inspiration.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2017 6:13 a.m. PST

Are you looking for an account of a historical action, or a developed scenario for a particular set of rules?

For the first, take a look at Bill Bellamy, TROOP LEADER: A TANK COMMANDER'S STORY. Bellamy ran a troop of Cromwells in France and Germany in 1944-45. See also Lindsay, Martin and Johnston, M.E. HISTORY OF THE 7TH ARMOURED DIVISION JUNE 1943 JULY 1945 first published by BAOR in 1945, reprinted in 2001 by DP & G for the Tank Museum. That's just your period, and they were Cromwell-equipped.

Beowulf Supporting Member of TMP Fezian06 Oct 2017 6:53 a.m. PST

FOW "Monty's Meatgrinder" has several scenarios like what you are looking for.

Personal logo DColtman Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2017 10:13 a.m. PST

I often feel the same way – here are two scenario books with skirmish-platoon level action I have some experience with that might work for you:

Skirmish Campaign's Monty's Epsom features Churchills of the 31st Tank Bde.

Lots of Cromwells from the 22nd Amd Bde. at Villers-Bocage, scenarios can be found in the Fireball Forward scenario book.

Walking Sailor06 Oct 2017 11:47 a.m. PST

Churchill Infantry Tanks were the exclusive purview of The Royal Tank Regiment.
Disbanded Regiments leads to 9 RTR. Technical & Tactics leads to their War Diary (w/maps). Tank Tracks is a collection of personal reminisces. I will leave it to you to rattle around in the rest of their website.

BattleCaptain06 Oct 2017 12:50 p.m. PST

Nice site.

troopwo Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2017 1:10 p.m. PST

Walking, not ncessarily.Not just RTR battalions.

There were a number of remustered infantry battalions that were known as ### RAC Regiments.

In addition a few Yeomanry units were in Churchills too.
Fife and Forfar, North Irish Horse et cetera.

Thomas Thomas Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2017 1:38 p.m. PST

Not sure what you mean by platoon based – but if it means 1 tank = 1 platoon, the Rapid Fire North West Europe book has some great Churchill base games.


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