“Dumkopf! Die panzer mussen be much bigger than this!”
With the heady scent of nostalgia in the air, the Lowries and I turned to the battle of the Bulge for the first game of 2016. Who can forget the amazing film of said battle, within which is perhaps the most rousing team talk in cinema ( with the exception of Patton in the film…..erm….Patton!)?
Dave had chosen the German Armoured recce kompanie with which to race to the Meuse. Special rules in Flames of War allowed him to attack my ambushing American tankers. In the scenario, “Hold the Line”, the only thing (just) visible was my observer Sherman. Brilliantly, the observer’s battery hadn’t arrived yet….
Masterful use of the recce move had Dave’s motorcyclists and half tracks within a few inches of their objective in turn one!
“We roll forward our panzers into the stormy wind!” (Indeed!)
Now as we were all singing, and stamping our feet at this point, the song told Dave exactly what he needed to do……
“When before us a hostile tank appears,
full throttle is given and we close with the enemy”
The panzergrenadiers couldn’t make any headway. The flank attack was held by Pershings. It was time for chip sandwiches and recriminations. True to form, Dave did send the American company commander up in flames in the very last shot of the very last turn. Happy new Year Dave! I can honestly say I have a one hundred percent success rate ( if I never play again this year of course!)