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PiersBrand08 Oct 2018 1:32 a.m. PST

8th March, 1942 Taukkyon, Burma

During the retreat, Lt. Basil Young leads his troop from B Squadron, 7th Hussars supported by infantry from the KOYLI to breakthrough one of the roadblocks formed by infantry from the Japanese 33. Division.

Despite a lucky arrival, and only half the Japanese platoon being in defence positions, the attack did not go well.

A Japanese anti-tank team managed to infiltrate near the Stuarts as they arrived and a well thrown bomb wrecked Lt. Young's tank. Although the Japanese team went down to fire and took cover, it showed that caution was required in an advance when sadly speed was of the essence. To make up time, two of the British trucks took a side path through the undergrowth and instantly the lead truck hit a mine killing several men of the KOYLI PHQ.

To add insult to injury, a Japanese salvo from their 75mm guns slammed into the column on the road and to the shock of all, destroyed another truck and knocked out a second Stuart. Panic struck the British and desperation saw the carrier lurched forward to deposit a Vickers MG team to given the column covering fire. The team were shot down as they tried to set up their gun by a Nambu MG among the rocks on the slope covering the road.

British mortar fire now changed events as a strike took out infantry and some of the MG team while the last Stuart led a charge along the road with its MGs cutting down Japanese infantry along the roadblock. All remaining British vehicles rushed the roadblock and for a time it looked like this dash of bravery would work as Japanese reinforcements arrived too late and too car from the fighting. However one truck crashed at the roadblock and a close range firefight developed as the British Infantry got out but with more KOYLI in support and a carrier roaring off down the road to secure the ruined house, a glimmer of hoped appeared for the British.

It was now the British Forward HQ decided to mount up in their car as the approaching Japanese were getting close. After traveling a few yards off road the vehicle promptly broke down and was soon surrounded by Japanese infantry and the occupants killed or captured. This brought the engagement to an end and the Japanese had a firm blockade across the road to Mandalay.

PiersBrand08 Oct 2018 1:32 a.m. PST

8th March, 1942 Taukkyon, Burma

During the retreat, Lt. Basil Young leads his troop from B Squadron, 7th Hussars supported by infantry from the KOYLI to breakthrough one of the roadblocks formed by infantry from the Japanese 33. Division.

Despite a lucky arrival, and only half the Japanese platoon being in defence positions, the attack did not go well.

A Japanese anti-tank team managed to infiltrate near the Stuarts as they arrived and a well thrown bomb wrecked Lt. Young's tank. Although the Japanese team went down to fire and took cover, it showed that caution was required in an advance when sadly speed was of the essence. To make up time, two of the British trucks took a side path through the undergrowth and instantly the lead truck hit a mine killing several men of the KOYLI PHQ.

To add insult to injury, a Japanese salvo from their 75mm guns slammed into the column on the road and to the shock of all, destroyed another truck and knocked out a second Stuart. Panic struck the British and desperation saw the carrier lurched forward to deposit a Vickers MG team to given the column covering fire. The team were shot down as they tried to set up their gun by a Nambu MG among the rocks on the slope covering the road.

British mortar fire now changed events as a strike took out infantry and some of the MG team while the last Stuart led a charge along the road with its MGs cutting down Japanese infantry along the roadblock. All remaining British vehicles rushed the roadblock and for a time it looked like this dash of bravery would work as Japanese reinforcements arrived too late and too car from the fighting. However one truck crashed at the roadblock and a close range firefight developed as the British Infantry got out but with more KOYLI in support and a carrier roaring off down the road to secure the ruined house, a glimmer of hoped appeared for the British.

It was now the British Forward HQ decided to mount up in their car as the approaching Japanese were getting close. After traveling a few yards off road the vehicle promptly broke down and was soon surrounded by Japanese infantry and the occupants killed or captured. This brought the engagement to an end and the Japanese had a firm blockade across the road to Mandalay.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP08 Oct 2018 3:43 a.m. PST

Great photos and AAR!

Nick B08 Oct 2018 8:33 a.m. PST

Piers,

Will there be a new counter set for the forthcoming Pacific book (mainly interested in Burma)?

What sort of special rules are you looking at to give this theatre or period flavour (e.g. there should be difference between Commonwealth Fall of Malaya and later Burma morale/capabilities IMO)?

Thanks

Nick

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP08 Oct 2018 8:42 a.m. PST

Excellent AAR!

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP08 Oct 2018 10:30 a.m. PST

Great AAR. What rules?

John Leahy08 Oct 2018 10:41 a.m. PST

This is just so AWESOME!
thumbs up
thumbs up

Mark 108 Oct 2018 11:24 a.m. PST

I gotta say, this man elevates playing with toy soldiers to an art form! Spectacular figures, models and terrain!

How could any self-respecting miniatures wargamer not loose all track of the moment and wander off into a daydream looking at this AAR?

Bravo.

-Mark
(aka: Mk 1)

PiersBrand08 Oct 2018 2:41 p.m. PST

Big differences Nick B… two different wars really.

Mark 1, well if you are ever on the Emerald Isle, pop in for a game sir. :)

uglyfatbloke09 Oct 2018 5:09 a.m. PST

Lovely stuff as ever Piers. You might like to know that the two Char B Flampanzers you painted for my wife a while back were in action at our event in Arnhem a fortnight ago and were very much admired by all and sundry.

catavar09 Oct 2018 8:11 a.m. PST

That's some table.

wargamingUSA24 Oct 2018 5:17 a.m. PST

Piers, really nice. Love the British AB paint jobs and with what looks like some goggle modifications.

Hey, next time think about crossposting in the Battle Reports section. And you know what, I wonder if the new WWII in the Pacific thread really would be more active/useful as WWII in the Far East (hey Editor Bill), and it should also be posted there. :)

Legion 424 Oct 2018 1:47 p.m. PST

WOW !!!!! gold star

Lion in the Stars24 Oct 2018 2:45 p.m. PST

Beautiful as always, Piers!

Can we get some more stories about that table?

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