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A close action Bulge themed game

 
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(@seg)
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Close action near kettering Northants is a 300 acre site based at the ww2 USAAF base of Grafton Underwood.
It's a great woodland site with mixed terrain and ruined buildings and bunkers.
This game will be a section based game with the hard pressed allies fighting desperately to stem the German Advance.
This is an infantry game so expect to do a lot of walking and covering distance.

German forces can be Heer, waffen ss and Fallshirmjager.
Allied forces can be US infantry and Airborne, British infantry.

Website http://www.close-action.co.uk

www.close-action.co.uk

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Topic starter Posted : 13/09/2017 9:30 pm
(@kingmaker)
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Fuel Dump in the bulge,the truth,well maybe?

Last year i read a book by an officer in an American tank division,who landed in Normandy and went all the way to Germany till the wars end,as a liaison officer for the Tank maintanance unit .It's called Death traps ,in this he is very critical of the choice of keeping
the m4 Sherman in favour of introducing the Pershing earlier.
However many have questioned and proved wrong many of the details in the book,one chapter does talk about the Fuel dump that
Kampfgruppe Piper was trying to capture.
In the film the fuel is in a fenced compound ,in 50 gallon drums,however this is typical hollywood 60's war film crap.
According to Cooper the fuel was in 1gallon tins ,several hundred tins would be piled up and covered with camo net in the fire brake lanes
of the forrest.Every 100 yds there would be a stack of cans so they were covering and area 1 or 2 miles wide with millions of gallons stockpiled. Also recon elements of the kampfgruppe had located the fuel which was a few miles east of Spa,and north of where the La Gleize TigerII can be seen today.
Also he mentioned an incident where 16 Shermans were repaired after battle damage,shell holes welded up and so on.Some infantry troops with just 6 weeks training were plucked from the dockside after arriving in Europe.
They were then asked to man the tanks,only 3 in a tank normally manned by 5,and only given one days training and then straight in to combat the next day.Needless to say 14 were knocked out that day,the crews fate was not recorded.
According to Cooper the Americans had stopped training tank crews even before D day they thought they had enough crews
to see out the end of the war.

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Posted : 18/09/2017 10:19 pm
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