In 2017 Tring Wargames Club will be running several Open Days, at which we put on one or two large day-long games.
If anyone is interested in attending one of these sessions, please contact us for more details.
Sat, 18th March 2017
This will be our next Open Day. At present we have only one game planned, but that is likely to change before the day:-
World War 1 - scenario TBA, Chain of Command rules
Sat, 29th April 2017
At present we have two games planned:-
American Civil War - the Battle of Cedar Run, Aug 9th 1862
This battle also goes by other names - Cedar Mountain, Slaughter's Mountain - but it is generally recognised as the beginning of the campaign which culminated in the defeat of the Union Army of Virginia under Maj. Gen. John Pope at the Battle of Second Bull Run (aka Second Manassas).
Confederate forces under Maj. Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson were marching to Culpepper Court House to prevent a Union advance into central Virginia, when they were attacked by troops under the command of Maj. Gen. Nathaniel Banks, who of course had also faced Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley the previous Spring. An early Union assault nearly drove the Confederates from the field, and only a last-minute rallying of his old command, the Stonewall Brigade, by Jackson, plus the fortuitous arrival of AP Hill with reinforcements saved the day for the Confederacy.
The very hot weather and Jackson's habitual failure to inform his subordinates of the battle plan nearly cost the Confederates dear, but instead it was Union General-in-Chief Halleck in Washington who lost his nerve and called off Pope's advance, thereby handing Robert E. Lee the initiative, which he held until Second Manassas and beyond. This battle effectively shifted the focus of the fighting from the Virginia Peninsula to northern Virginia.
Our intention is to refight the battle using 28mm figures and the Regimental Fire and Fury rule-set.
World War 2 - scenario from the Battle of Arras, May 21st, 1940
This was the famous Allied counter-attack by General Harold Franklyn against the flank of the German army, during the Battle of France.
German Army Group A under the command of Generaloberst von Rundstedt were advancing north-west from the Ardennes towards the English Channel, in an attempt to trap the Allied forces which had advanced east into Belgium. The counter-offensive was intended to cut off the head of the German armoured spearhead and isolate it from its supporting infantry units which had been unable to keep up. The Anglo-French attack from the north made early gains, captured some prisoners, and caused panic in some German units when the British Matilda tanks proved impervious to their light anti-tank guns, necessitating the deployment of 88mm Flak guns to drive them off. However, the British forces suffered from inadequate command and control and a confused battle-plan, French support was ineffectual, there weren't any British reserves positioned to exploit the gains, and the attack was eventually repulsed after an advance of about 10 miles. There was no support from the French forces on the southern side of the German advance, and the northern troops had to withdraw after dark to avoid the risk of encirclement.
The best that can be said of the battle from the British perspective is that it caused the German High Command (OKW) to take stock and consider their flank security, culminating in the infamous order to halt 48 hours later, which delayed their arrival at the Channel by at least a day. In the interim, the British were able to rush troops to the defence of both Calais and Boulogne, and meanwhile begin preparing plans for the evacuation at Dunkirk which began five days later.
It is intended to fight this battle using the Blitzkrieg Commander rule-set, and 10mm models and figures.
Future Open Days
Although we don't have a definite date yet, we will almost certainly be running another Open Day in Autumn 2017.
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