The Great War Mini Tournament 5 - French
The Great War Mini Tournament #5 - French Army
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The draw (and this is a little lengthy)
RUNNING TOTAL as at 1 July 2020
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Please record results in the discussion below recording Scenario, Players and Side, Medals and Figures lost per player.
Pickelhaube (German) - 7 medals, 15 figures lost
Mark McG (French) - 3 medals, 33 figures lost
we are just couple of games from finalizing the Initial Round and before starting play-offs (my understanding is that we agreed on them). Kindly please try to play them ASAP!
can you update the table so as July starts we can have current status of tournament?
Viridovilas (Germans): 2 medal 21 figures lost
gotigerssc (French): 7 medals 10 figures lost
Very difficult scenario for the Germans - especially with less than great cards. NML rolls were good but a early Mata Hari Spy denied the Germans two good cards (Direct from HQ and Infantry Assault). Luck favored the French as we were able to play the Storm of Fire and Mortar Barrage combo twice. Plus two medals came from recon cards although I had to use counter attack to get one of those. French initially ceded the Bois des Corbeaux only to retake it by the end of the battle.
This completes my matches for the tournament unless I make the playoff (assuming we will do one?). Best of luck to Max the rest of the way. A great competitor.
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Mirko (Germans): 0 medal 21 figures lost
gotigerssc (French): 6 medals 5 figures lost
Tough sledding for Mirko in this one. No matter what the Germans did the dice would not roll their way. When the French needed a flag they got it. When they needed a burst they got it. Four or either five German officers fell in the assault. French were also able to claim two medals on recon cards. Best of luck to Mirko in his remaining matches!
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Viridovilas (Germans): 6 medal 16 figures lost
Mirko (French): 2 medals 22 figures lost
After a few opening moves without much casualties on both sides, Germans suddenly decided to attack on their far right flank, being lucky enough to find their opponent unable to properly manoeuvre on that side (no left flank cards in hand!). In such situation, the French army fate was already written…
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EZPickens (Germans): 3 medal 13 figures lost
Mark McG (French): 6 medals 17 figures lost
No Man's land shelling did very poorly here, completely missed the wire. This made the German approach difficult, and gave the French enough time to play 3 Recon cards for 3 medals. German assault on the 2 flanks was successful, but the cost of 3 units each was enough for the French to snatch a victory based on the Recon card medals.
First time I've sen the FOO actually used, but the die rolls were spectacularly scattered, causing no on target hits and only 1 hit.
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Mark McG (Germans): 7 medal 15 figures lost
EZPickens (French): 2 medals 21 figures lost
Germans swung around the left flank, and in a rather key event, scored an early hit of the French MG unit, which allowed the Stretcher Bearers to carry it off. This made the German assault onto Hill 344 very much easier, coupled with John having no cards for his right flank.
Once on the hill, and the French defeated or fled, firepower softened up the village, and a Rush and Rotation put a big of German strength into the village, eventually defeating the French in the centre. Figure count shows this was a harder tussle than the medal count indicates.
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theimann (Germans) 6 medals, 14 figures lost
mk20336 (French) 3 Medals, 24 figures lost
Some artillery softening of the French left was a prelude to an infantry assault. Once the wire-cutters, engineers, bombers, and officer lead troops swarmed, there was no looking back. The Germans captured Le Mort Homme and infiltrated the Gallic trench within a few turns. There were some feints and advances on the French left to spread the blood and effort. In the end, this was a sweep.
Question: who has been most successful with the French in this scenario?
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EZPickins (Germans) 4 Medals 26 Figures lost
Pickelhaube (French) 6 Medals 18 Figures lost
The battle was tense and either side could win in the end. The Germans managed to advance into the French trenches but lost a lot of figures while doing so. The French also lost a lot of troops. Furious fighting followed in the French trenches. The Germans took one of the bunkers and where close to eliminating a one strength unit and took a second bunker in their last turn. The French had already played three recon cards and were barely able to take one more German unit in the end, securing a win.
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Viridovilas (French) 6 Medals 8 figures Lost.
Gotigerscc (Germans) 4 Medals 22 figures lost
Germans concentrated their forces on their left wing, in order to avoid the French entrenchment around the village of Douamont. A well-coordinated attack put a lot of pressure on the fort defence, but Germans run out of time soon: two lucky recon cards at the very beginning of the battle proved decisive along with the prompt reposition of the French MG in the centre of the battlefield, able to pin part of the advancing enemy forces.
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MirkoBruner: French, 6 Medals 19 figures Lost.
Gotigerscc: Germans, 5 Medals 16 Figures Lost.
Germans begin to attack strongly on the Right side of the Field. In the first wave the machine gun positioned in the Bunker is able to repel the units getting closer, but on the second wave the position is taken and the bunker falls. Combat continues mainly in the Right section with good rolls from Gotigerscc that seems unstoppable.
Two lucky Recon Cards for the French even somehow the score and the havoc that the Germans were bringing on their path.
A Trench Raid led by a French Officer gives a good blow to the attacker which is left with 1 standing and isolated unit in the Right Side of the Battlefield.
For a moment the Germans try to change tactic and move to the center and left side. A good first shelling of the artillery forces the units in the bunker to withdraw and do some damage to other units in the trenches. A center attack wipes out a french infantry unit, but then the attack returns to the Right Side.
The battle is truly an Head to Head to the last man standing and the rolling of the germans are well destructive on French officers who die in droves. The French with a strike of luck though secures the game with a Surprise Ambush card and eliminates the last German unit that was trying to hold the counter attack hidden in the bunker.
Mark McG wrote: Red Alert - probably, I haven't tried it yet, mainly because a 2D space game seemed odd.
I put this up, but I think yours is better
While space game in 2D might seem strange, I am very keen on trying two mechanics:
- free set-up of the forces based on the drawn card where you buy units
- victory points based the strength of the unit (in TGW words, killing INF would be still 1 VP, but Mortar of MG 2 VPs, while Tank 5VPs); would be interesting and can drive completely different board behaviours
I put this up, but I think yours is better
Viridovilas (German) 6 medals, 8 figures lost
theimann (French) 2 Medals, 19 figures lost
The French decided to heavily fortify the Douaumont village, but German took another path anticipating what would have happened 24 years later with the Maginot line on a larger scale. The 24th Regiment therefore attacked on its left wing, swarming the Adjutant Chenot defence that was overwhelmed (only nice rolls and even better cards obviously permitted the German to conduct the over-described manoeuvre)
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Would there be people willing to play?
PS. I am also in last phases of planning CCM + CCA Late Roman Empire Tournament proposal. We shall see if there will be people willing to play.
toganalper (Germans) 6 medals, 12 figures lost
theiman (French) 3 Medals, 17 figures lost
The Germans started with a big forward move on both flanks supported with MG fire from the center. The Germans continued wit an infantry assault on the left wing and succeeded to break into Le Mort Homme and into the trenches. The surprise Ambush and a great handgrenade attack from the French made it possible to kill the Engineering Squadron and the FOO team of the Germans. Needing just one more medal to win the confrontation. The Germans assaulted into the fortified position on their right flank and were managed to take over the fortification, which finished the game.
Thanks a Lot to theiman for the nice game.
Since this was my last game in this tournament, I would also like to thank to MarkG for organizing this great Tournament. I am looking forward to see you all in other events.
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We should also not forget Tricorne. Although the theme might not appeal too much non-American players (but it is to be proved), its mechanisms are definitely worth a try for a future tournament
Mark McG (Germans) 6 medal, 30 Figures lost
toganalper (French) 5 medals, 26 Figures lost
Tense game going back and forth.
German trench mortars performed their historical role with 2 successive Mortar Barrages. A real building clearing experience!
German had a lot of centre cards, which was good for the mortars, but not for the assault elements. Eventually the French fled Malancourt, giving it up, whilst playing 2 Recon cards.
Germans squeaked home on a Counterattack card.
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