The LDV can deploy anywhere along the road between St David's and Home Farm in the far distance of the picture above. The German forces can enter at any point along the long side of the table opposite the LDV positions. In our game I took on the role of Emsworth's gallant lads, and Jon took the vile Hun, despoiler of our green and pleasant land! The picture which follow in sequence will tell the unfolding story of heroism and disaster more eloquently than mere words...
The approach road is mined!
The Germans begin to probe the defences of Blanding's Parva
Emsworth's gallant chaps dug in around the crossroads
A German squad probes towards St David's
Mortar fire is beginning to weaken the forward position
A second German squad probes the right flank of the defenders
The LDV squad in the churchyard panics and flees, then is wiped out by
German cavalry are moving around the LDV's right flank now
The German tank is moving to threaten the defenders
The tank is destroyed! But more Germans are now behind the left flank
Emsworth's surviving men find themselves surrounded. Its all up lads!
Emsworth is led off to be interned and interrogated. Good luck Fritz with that!
No reinforcements were forthcoming after four turns. Jon won the dice off for them and then threw 11 in each subsequent turn, with a score of 9 or less required, ensuring that the Germans had a hard job of winning by the end of Turn 8! Emsworth's gallant lads were both outclassed, as Inexperienced, and out gunned but fought on gallantly until the last turn. Their greatest success was knocking out the German tank, which gave Herr Weiss pause for thought at least!