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Grimsby Wargames Society: D-Day +1 & World War II Photos

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grimsbywargames writes:

The rules used in the Desert games were Blitzkrieg Commander. RF was used for the Remagen game by the Falkirk Wargames Club.


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grimsbywargames of the Grimsby Wargames Society writes:

On June 6th, 1944, the Allied invasion began on the beaches of Normandy with tanks and infantry of U.S., Canadian and British Forces with the forces on the Omaha beach taking the heaviest casualties.

From June 7th, 1944, more of the Allied forces were landing on all the beaches and by June 8th, all the beaches had been connected and linked to each other. June 7th is also known as D-Day +1.

With that in mind, new photos have been added to the Grimsby Wargames Society website, with the photos taking place on desert or sandy terrain.

The galleries in sandy terrain are:

Blitzkrieg! British Forces
by Steve Mercer and Italians by Dave Tuck. The gallery can be found here
Blitzkrieg! Italian Relief Column
Steve Mercer and Dave Tuck playing again. The gallery can be found here.
Steve Mercer's Crusader Tanks from the Blitzkrieg Italian Relief Column Gallery

Though these galleries are set in North Africa, and the North African Campaign finished in May 1943, some of these photos - especially the 2nd gallery - remind me of D-Day because of the sandy terrain, bunkers, barbed wire, lots of infantry and other defences. Photos by myself as usual.

The 3rd gallery is a Rapid Fire! gallery. The photos and scenery in this gallery are by Thomas Mcafferty of the Falkirk Wargames Club, who displayed a Bridge at Remagen game at the National Scale Model Show in Perth on the 28th/29th April 2007. Thomas and the Falkirk Wargames Club have the honour of being the first person/group to be entered into our Rapid Fire! galleries section.

The Bridge at Remagen display game by the Falkirk Wargames Club. Photo by Thomas Mcafferty.

The gallery can be found here.

The Falkirk Wargames Club can be found here.

The Bridge at Remagen was eventually fought over and won by the Allies in February 1945, as in the movie of the same name. A month later, on March 17th, 1945, heavily weakened, it fell into the Rhine.

Using our recent World War II wargames photos, this is my little tribute to the soldiers who fought on D-Day.

For more information on gaming Rapid Fire!, go to the website here; and for D-Day, refer to the Rapid Fire! D-Day campaign guide by Colin Rumford.

Our galleries can be found here.

Hope to see some of you at Durham this weekend!

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