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Ponder Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2022 12:26 p.m. PST

Howdy,

Some photos from the yesterday's (9/17) initial playtest of On the Road to Bastogne. The game planned for Friday evening at Fall-IN (7pm). A game using Frank Chadwick's rules underdevelopment, Breakthrough – Decision in Europe.

On December 16th, the German launched the offensive that became known as "The Battle of the Bulge." The 101st Airborne Division was tasked with holding the town of Bastogne, a key road junction in the Ardennes. The commander of the US 3rd Army, George Patton, tasked III Corps with relieving the siege of Bastogne. III Corps consisted of three divisions, the 4th Armored Division, the 26th Infantry Division, and the 80th Infantry Division. The 4th Armored led the attack. The scenario portrays the multi-day attack of the 4th Armored from December 22nd to 26th.


Photo 1 – Overview of the terrain, 4 ft x 5 ft --- north to far edge


Photo 2 – Martelange


Photo 3 – Results of CCA's initial attacks


Photo 4 – Overview of the German defense


Photo 5 – US recon (25th Mech/4AD) approaches the German's western flank


Photo 6 – CCR finds a flank


Photo 7 – Overview, CCA's final attack on Martelange, as CCB attacks in the background


Photo 8 – CCA attacks Bigonville


Photo 9 – At the end of the first day of fighting the 14th Fallschirmjager regiment has taken it on the chin. Lost 1 Bn, 2 Bn disrupted, and Cohesion down 5 pips.


The playtest was successful, found a few tweaks. I'll be following up with a 2nd playtest on the 3rd weekend of October (10/15), noon at Saga Games in Frederick, Maryland.

Ponder on,


JAS

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