St. Lo - How was it for you?

St. Lo - Hell in the Hedgerows - Saturday 20th June 2009
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St. Lo - How was it for you?

Postby Sgt.Heide » Sat Jun 20, 2009 8:02 pm

I'll save my fuller comments until I've got a bit more energy but, suffice to say for now, I personally had a brilliant day! The site was incredibly lush, everyones' kit was fantastic, the weather was good and the standard of play and sportsmanship was very high from everyone.

I was very uncomfortable at the prospect of playing a "yank" but my concerns were soon laid to rest after some good teamwork, particularly before lunch. The Germans got their act together after lunch (and once the hangovers had worn off!) and gave us a good kicking, making the days' play very balanced.

I hope you all had a good time, your feedback, comments and suggestions are, as ever, most welcome. Now, I'm off for a lie down!
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Re: St. Lo - How was it for you?

Postby Fandanglos » Sat Jun 20, 2009 8:29 pm

Realy enjoyable day and social. Nice to meet some new faces too.

My everything hurts.

Bye for now.
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Re: St. Lo - How was it for you?

Postby Steiner » Sat Jun 20, 2009 8:57 pm

Firstly, major thanks to all the organisers, and to the site owners for just letting us get on with it!

This game could only have worked with players of the highest calibre - a lot of very short distance engagements in those hedgerows / long grass. I never heard one complaint from anybody - people played with restraint, intelligence and integrity. Well done indeed! :thumbs:

In the morning, we Germans felt a bit lost at times - the Allies were extremely well-led by Heide, Nige and HS, whereas Gadge and Evo were more in game organisation mode. However, winning those early afternoon missions put us on the front foot, and we won the final scenario with literally 5 seconds to spare.

Favourite personal moment - finally, I led a flanking attack and took out half a dozen Allies - it's just a shame my commanding officer shot me! :whistle:
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Re: St. Lo - How was it for you?

Postby scaleyback » Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:15 pm

cant think, too tired will post later, but it was bloody good,
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Re: St. Lo - How was it for you?

Postby Seidler » Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:24 pm

I had a great time, a real change to do U.S. instead of German...thanks to all for being so helpful, I have a feeling I may be a little stiff next week after climbing all those berns!
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Postby BedsnHerts » Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:35 pm

Another outstanding PBI game. Well done to all the organisers. Great sportsmanship from everyone and a very well coordinated Yank side. Training days clearly pay off
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Re: St. Lo - How was it for you?

Postby che » Sat Jun 20, 2009 11:01 pm

great game guys and girls well done all . as usual the germans were hunghover in the morning but swetted it all out by the afternoon :slap:
but who cares we all had a good time and thats what counts.last ones up still drinking drink n bling members :tongue:
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Re: St. Lo - How was it for you?

Postby marsha » Sun Jun 21, 2009 6:38 am

had a great time, first time at the site, good day of weather, every one played well
just want to say thank you to the organisers for this great day.
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Re: St. Lo - How was it for you?

Postby scaleyback » Sun Jun 21, 2009 9:06 am

well i thought it was great....i was a bit worried that people would want lightning part 2, this was a compleatly different game. written and planned different. the US forces were amazing ( yes, training days really do work) they were cohesive and dissiplined, special mention to ranj who lead his section brilliantly, ( even though he didnt think he did anything,,, trust me you did. ) the germans were as tenatiuos as ever, they just dont give up, its always a pleasure to fight against an enemy that you just know will make simple missions unbelievable hard, and hard missions almost impossible. all credit to everone there, especially the players who threw themselves into there part with gusto(as always). thanks to grange farm for the use of this great site. and well done to all the new players, you blended in with the old hands seemlessly.
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Re: St. Lo - How was it for you?

Postby JD7 » Sun Jun 21, 2009 10:14 am

I had a great time at the PBI game. Really enjoyed the site - completely different from last time.

Excellent scenario's which complemented the efforts put in by both the American and German players. Good to see some new faces that fitted into the style of PBI events, like they have always been there :good:

Huge thanks to the organisers, site owners and the players - give yourselves a big pat on the back :D

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Although he'll never see this, I have to thank the Mr AA man for 'helping me out' :whistle: :rofl:


I look forward to the next exciting episode in the PBI series.
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Re: St. Lo - How was it for you?

Postby Sgt.Heide » Sun Jun 21, 2009 10:59 am

As Scaley said, this game was totally different from the last PBI game, although it was played out at the same site. I was chatting to one of the Grange Farm lads and he said that they effectively had two sites, one "winter" and one "summer", because it changed so much when the foliage bloomed into life. He couldn't have been more right! It suited the scenario perfectly and really looked like the Bocage of Normandy.

Big pats on the back all round to my fellow organisers (who played a much bigger part than I did), Grange Farm for the use of their brilliant site, Headshot for the det box, Cholmley for being the combat correspondent, Pete 59 for the loan of his .50 cal, Webby for the Bazooka and to everyone else who played an absolute blinder. Lots of new faces as well, which was good and they all fitted in seamlessly and really grasped the PBI concept with both hands. I saw lots of people trying to stay "on task", rather than engaging in pointless firefights, which is exactly what they should have done, trying to flank or tactically withdrawing in order to achieve the mission. Lots of cover resulted in some very sneaky moments, too many to list.

In the morning, it looked like the U.S side were going to steamroll the Germans, after some very well worked victories. But, after lunch, the Germans really got theirselves in order and a couple of the missions resulted in the total wiping out of the Americans. The end result was a very marginal victory for the Germans.

It's the players that make (or break!) ANY game and, I'm proud of you all for getting into the right mindset for this and not only looking the part but, most importantly, PLAYING the part, obeying orders and getting stuck in.
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Re: St. Lo - How was it for you?

Postby Tyreal » Sun Jun 21, 2009 11:40 am

Again another mirror of all the above comments. Many thanks to the organisers of the event and our hosts. (I know how hard that can be!). A big hand for the players too. Faultlessly enthusiastic gameplay and much more absorbing than the average open day.
An incredible thanks to Webby for the BAR, being his Bazooka loader and picking up my gear from platoon. My first (hopefully of many) of these events so thank you to everyone for the warm welcome.

I'm looking forward to the next event with great anticipation.
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Re: St. Lo - How was it for you?

Postby Seanebabes » Sun Jun 21, 2009 12:02 pm

Fan-bloody-tastic! :good:
I'm sold. Can't remember having so much fun. My legs don't want to work this morning which is disapointing and probably quite funny to watch. Girlfriend very kindly suggested that it is a symptom of getting old. Surely not, I'm 21 aren't I?
I think us SS performed poorly in the morning, but once we got to know one another better we gained cohesion and made amends in the afternoon. Splendid chaps!
Thanks you all very much.
Bring on the next one.
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Re: St. Lo - How was it for you?

Postby Steiner » Sun Jun 21, 2009 12:47 pm

Great to see the new faces there - yes, I didn't even think about it, but the new guys fitted in seamlessly - very well done!

Sean - didn't you get wet and cold underneath your Zelt?? You are hardcore mate! :lol:
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Re: St. Lo - How was it for you?

Postby Wladek » Sun Jun 21, 2009 1:47 pm

As wonderful as ever. A fantastically run game/event/occurrence from those beauties at PBI and a group of people who it was a pleasure to drink with/play with/lie dead next to. The site was brilliant for the bocage and so different to lightning that if felt like a totally different place.
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