Help support TMP


"KG Klink, France, Game 8" Topic


8 Posts

All members in good standing are free to post here. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the posters, and have not been cleared with nor are they endorsed by The Miniatures Page.

For more information, see the TMP FAQ.


Back to the WWII Battle Reports Message Board



Areas of Interest

World War Two on the Land
World War Two at Sea

387 hits since 8 Aug 2019
©1994-2019 Bill Armintrout
Comments or corrections?

Just Jack Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2019 12:18 p.m. PST

All,

Ambush at Abbeville, #1
0530 28 May 1940

Following the fighting in and around Flavion, KG Klink was briefly pulled out of the line to rest, refit, perform maintenance on their weapons, machines, and equipment, and bring in a few replacements. They were actually parked outside the Dunkirk perimeter when they were called back to action; further south, German forces had forced a crossing on the Somme. At 0600 27 on May, the Allies counterattacked the German bridgehead, striking the German 57th Infantry Division southwest of Abbeville, in an attempt to reach the encircled Allied troops at Dunkirk.

Unbeknownst to the Germans, the French French 4e DCr (or 4th Division Cuirassee, 4th Armored Division) arrived in the battle area that evening. The French force, heavily armed with Char B1, Somua S-35, and Hotchkiss light tanks, immediately set about reorganizing, preparing to attack on the morning of 28 May.

But KG Klink moved all through the night in order to reach the battle area. arriving at approximately 0500 on 28 May. The plan was for KG Klink to counterattack down the Blangy-Abbevile Road, hoping to flank the French 2e DLC (2nd Cavalry Division), maybe even cut all the way across and in behind the British 51st Highland Division, cutting off the British 1st Armored Division. With that, KG Klink set off, passing through the German 217th Infantry Regiment, launching its attack down the Blangy-Abbeville Road. KG Klink passed through Villers sur Mareuil, then Huppy, and were moving towards St Maxent en Vimeu, when they encountered trouble near the three (fictional) villages, Dujour, Deture, and Toujour, on the River Bleu.

The first fight sees Colonel Klink himself, looking to seal his axis of advance from flank harassment and searching for a place to post his headquarters, lead 1st Grenadier Platoon, supported by attached Stugs, in the attack on Dujour.

picture

The overall area of operations, and that stupid north-seeking arrow at top right is incorrect, north is to far left… The three villages are, from left to right: Dujour, Deture, and Toujour, and the hills are, from left to right: Hill 34, Hill 44, and Hill 54. The River Bleu runs east-west down the center of the table.

My intent is to play a series of battles on a 6' x 4' layout, using small pieces, maybe 2' x 2' with 10mm troops. I've gone back to my old standby, Ivan's "5Core Company Command."

picture

The German force: their CO, two Stugs, and five rifle squads.

picture

The French force:
Commanding Officer
MG Team
2 x 25mm Anti-Tank Guns
Four Rifle Squads

picture

My interpretation of the operational area, with the villages Dujour (top left), Deture (center), and Toujour (far right) and hills 34 (bottom center left), 44 (top center left), and 54 (bottom center right, with the River Bleu running east-west (top to bottom) at center.

picture

The Germans cross the line of departure and are immediately met by French anti-tank fire from Hill 44.

picture

Colonel Klink rallying the troops under fire.

To see how the fight went, please check the blog at:
link

More fights coming up. Next fight in this series is Lt Tausch leading 3rd Grenadier Platoon (supported by an MG-34, an 80mm mortar, and a 75mm Infantry Gun attempting to take Hill 34, a simultaneous attack west of the Blangy-Abbeville Road.

V/R,
Jack

Tgunner08 Aug 2019 12:42 p.m. PST

A question Jack- were any teddy bears harmed in the making of that battlefield?????? Beautiful board as always. I can't wait to read this report.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2019 6:37 p.m. PST

Very nice report!

Just Jack Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2019 8:25 p.m. PST

TGunner – 27, if I recall correctly ;) Thanks man, and please do!

Thanks Frederick, glad you liked it!

V/R,
Jack

blacksmith09 Aug 2019 2:04 a.m. PST

This is so cool! It makes me want to go back to that scale and that same ruleset again.

Just Jack Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2019 2:32 p.m. PST

Thanks, Javier, and I sure wish you would! I thought it was really cool when you were using the Squad Leader scenarios with 5Core Company Command.

V/R,
Jack

FlyXwire09 Aug 2019 3:02 p.m. PST

Well done – and see you finally got your fur mat too.

Just Jack Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2019 7:39 p.m. PST

Thanks! Yeah man, I like the mat is great.

V/R,
Jack

Sorry - only verified members can post on the forums.