Chain of Command Caen '44: Operation Martlet and the Scottish Corridor

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Chain of Command Caen '44: Operation Martlet and the Scottish Corridor

Post by Seret » Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:12 pm

We've been playing through two campaigns recently set around one of Monty's attacks around Caen in '44, and the German counter-attack. They were a bit long, but we got through them both with a result.

First up, Operation Martlet:

Game 1: The Probe into Fontenay
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Game 2: Pushing On
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Game 3: Striking at St Nicholas
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Game 4: Attack on the Hauptkampflinie
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Game 5: The Punch from Wünsche
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Game 6: Striking at St Nicholas Again
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Game 7: Another Attack on the Hauptkampflinie
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Game 8: Back to St Nicholas
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Game 9: Hauptkampflinie Deja Vu
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Game 10: The Last Gasp
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...and as if all that wasn't enough here's our post-campaign review.

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Re: Chain of Command Caen '44: Operation Martlet and the Scottish Corridor

Post by Seret » Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:31 pm

So these two campaigns are linked, and the result from the first one feeds in directly to the next one: the Scottish Corridor. [spoilers!] After their win in Martlet the Germans get a jump-start on their pincer-movement to try and pinch off the "Scottish Corridor" protecting the supply lines to the armoured units to the south.

The Scottish Corridor campaign overview

Game 1: Probe at Bas de Mouen
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Game 2: An Encounter at Le Valtru
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Game 3: Attack in Mouen
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Game 4: Counter-attack in Mouen
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Game 5: Counter-attack at Bas de Mouen
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Game 6: Exploiting the Gap
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Game 7: Second Attack into Mouen
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Game 8: Second Counter-Attack at Bas de Mouen
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Game 9: The Outskirts of Colleville
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Game 10: Capturing Colleville
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Game 11: Counter-attacking the Outskirts of Colleville
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Re: Chain of Command Caen '44: Operation Martlet and the Scottish Corridor

Post by bannockburn bhoy » Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:53 pm

Absolutely brilliant reports and games. Thanks for posting them ,they would have been ideal for the Journal . I also liked your website ,really interesting cross section of gaming ,painting etc. Again , game reports together with real event comparisons ,brilliant way of doing it ,really enjoyed them. Instructive too. :D :D cheers John

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Post by SOTCW799 » Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:51 pm

Just started reading about Operation Epsom by Ian Daglish, and thought it would it had some good protentional scenario's for games.

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Re: Chain of Command Caen '44: Operation Martlet and the Scottish Corridor

Post by hammurabi70 » Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:19 pm

bannockburn bhoy wrote:
Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:53 pm
Absolutely brilliant reports and games. Thanks for posting them ,they would have been ideal for the Journal . I also liked your website ,really interesting cross section of gaming ,painting etc. Again , game reports together with real event comparisons ,brilliant way of doing it ,really enjoyed them. Instructive too. :D :D cheers John
Maybe I rethink of the layout of the website would be helpful. Perhaps we should have separate folders for battle/campaign reports just like the Journal would have been prepared?
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Re: Chain of Command Caen '44: Operation Martlet and the Scottish Corridor

Post by cartfc » Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:52 pm

Lovely stuff. Looks like you are using 1/50 scale tanks with your 28mm figures.

Cheers Fred.

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Re: Chain of Command Caen '44: Operation Martlet and the Scottish Corridor

Post by Seret » Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:45 am

bannockburn bhoy wrote:
Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:53 pm
they would have been ideal for the Journal
Probably not in this format though.
Instructive too. :D :D
Cheers, that's the idea. Whenever I try something new I'll post about it and love reading about when it inspires someone else too.
cartfc wrote:
Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:52 pm
Lovely stuff. Looks like you are using 1/50 scale tanks with your 28mm figures.
Mostly 28mm tanks and vehicles. There might be the occasional 1/48 one in there though. Normally the size difference doesn't matter, but I think we had to mix some 1/48 and 28mm Shermans at one point and it did look a little weird. That's since been sorted. I think 1/48 mixes best for smaller stuff like softskins and recce vehicles, the tanks look a little too big.

What do people think of the lurid green mats? They're our club ones and have done sterling service for years, but I think they're a little too green and was thinking of getting some more modern ones. Are they distracting in the pics?

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Re: Chain of Command Caen '44: Operation Martlet and the Scottish Corridor

Post by bannockburn bhoy » Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:44 pm

I don't feel like they take anything away from the detail of any of the pictures myself. Again thanks for posting. cheers John

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Re: Chain of Command Caen '44: Operation Martlet and the Scottish Corridor

Post by cartfc » Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:41 pm

“I think 1/48 mixes best for smaller stuff like softskins and recce vehicles, the tanks look a little too big.”

Ah! Thought I recognised a Corgi Panther in there.

Cheers Fred.

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Re: Chain of Command Caen '44: Operation Martlet and the Scottish Corridor

Post by Seret » Sat Jan 26, 2019 8:28 pm

cartfc wrote:
Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:41 pm
Ah! Thought I recognised a Corgi Panther in there.
Could be. I know the guy who owns the Panthers picked up some stuff off another bloke leaving the country that included some die-casts.

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