How Was It For You? After Battle Reports!

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Re: How Was It For You? After Battle Reports!

Postby Seanebabes » Mon May 13, 2013 12:02 pm

Wladek wrote:Sounds brilliant, you gits ;).

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I was expecting shorter shorts, but I'll let you off. Excellent.


I can only work with what you chaps left behind when you ran for it. :giggle:
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Re: How Was It For You? After Battle Reports!

Postby Universal Gunner » Mon May 13, 2013 3:42 pm

Well now that was a lot of fun, thank you AGS and to all who attended, in particular my immediate chain of command Corporal Yith and Boshman and of course the rest of B Section.

I have to say that I thought the standard of kit was fantastic from all, perhaps to be expected from old hands but also brilliant from new hands too. Jolly good show. Even more so as this was the first game for Brits in shorts. Roll on the next one, I wasn't anywhere near as cold as I feared I would be. Not sure I will get the quarry stains out of the seat of my shorts but that serves me right for getting killed so often. Game play was great I thought, the only problem I had at one point was recognising that some of the Hun were dead as they were still standing up, apologies for the overkill, I would probably have been more sympathetic at the time if I hadn't already spent 5 minutes lying in a pool of water forlornly waiting for a stretcher bearer!

As always great ideas (Air raid was fantastic) and great props - a UXB?! Brilliant wish I'd seen it and wish I'd been RE and could have added that to the list of things that have blown me up but I did have a lot of fun as the linesman for B Section and we put up a good fight for the mountain against GJ in the morning. Even after we had seen that the positions across the valley had fallen.

I don't know what happened on the other side of the lake but were the drop cansisters anywhere near the Brits? Were there any encounters before the FJ had retrieved their main weapons?

The mad rush at the end in the pouring rain was fun, I like to think I would have, indeed did make it - pushed on by the blast from Lardy's grenade - but I then foolishly decided to stop and turn around to see if I could help others get through.

Marvellous day, thanks again.

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Re: How Was It For You? After Battle Reports!

Postby McVickers » Mon May 13, 2013 3:51 pm

Universal Gunner wrote:Even more so as this was the first game for Brits in shorts. Roll on the next one,...


I thought you were at Il Giogo Pass?
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Re: How Was It For You? After Battle Reports!

Postby Universal Gunner » Mon May 13, 2013 4:47 pm

McVickers wrote:
Universal Gunner wrote:Even more so as this was the first game for Brits in shorts. Roll on the next one,...


I thought you were at Il Giogo Pass?


And so I was but that was Northern Italy and while there was a good Mediterranean pot pourri of kit few were in all KD and I think only Martin (Beds & Herts) wore shorts. I wore KD battledress trousers as I do for most Italy games as I love the mix of kit. So I stand by this being the first proper shorts game! :D
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Re: How Was It For You? After Battle Reports!

Postby Ramsay00105 » Mon May 13, 2013 11:18 pm

Like the other posters I had the most fun in shorts ever.
Thanks to the UCAP site and in particular to AGS for providing an excellent event.
It was great to see old friends and new players who were impressively keen and with great kit.

My day started with taking the German players out for what I am sure was a pretty long advance to contact once they were dropped off on the far side of the site.
We then inserted the platoon around the naval gun emplacement finding it already hit by a Stuka strike. They established field phone comms with HQ, defused the UXB and dug in to the position. We started to see enemy movement and a patrol is sent out. The paratroopers are close enough that we can't deploy by vehicle. As a good driver I do not want to lose my vehicle to the enemy so I agree with the Captain to move the truck to the re org point on the track. When I got there and I got on to the edge of the track I could see the paratroops were moving up the defile. I engaged them until I ran out of ammunition. They moved up effectively and over ran the gun position. As we had lost the field phone I returned to HQ to report. The Major and I then went out to meet the rest of troops at the end of the causeway and found them ready to organise a counter attack. This went in and held off the paratroops. I drove with the Major to the base of the hill to find the section had finally been pushed out of the OP as they had run out of ammunition for the Bren. I saw Dean making the wise decision to surrender rather than jump down the cliff.
The Major required a meaningless sacrifice at this stage of the war so ordered the section back up the hill to recover the field phone and drive the Mountain troops off the ridge. The attack went in bravely but futilely not helped by me failing to fire the mortar correctly. After a break for Lunch we moved the section into a new position along the Maleme road to hold the Germans from the Airfield buildings.
Meanwhile the Paratroops had pushed along the causeway and while we viewed the defence we were attacked from the flank by the Mountain Troops who had successfully skirted the other section and achieved a link up of the German forces. We collected the other section and returned to the HQ by truck to much complaining of the roughness of the Cretan roads. A desperate defence of the airfield now began with multiple attacks from many directions with a series of counter attacks to try to keep our freedom of action. Finally we were being overun and orders from HQ were for every man for himself to make for the coast and pick up by Royal Navy Destroyers. While the weather may have helped us a little lack of ammunition and overwhelming numbers of the enemy ment few of us fought through to escape.
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Re: How Was It For You? After Battle Reports!

Postby Nurglitch » Tue May 14, 2013 7:02 am

How did the mortar work, game-wise?
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Re: How Was It For You? After Battle Reports!

Postby HeadShot » Tue May 14, 2013 7:49 am

If it's like ours, it fires TLSFx mortar rounds. They are two stage pyros. The first stage fires the round up to about 50m. The second stage is either a bang or smoke. Anyone within 5m of that detonation is 'dead'.
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Re: How Was It For You? After Battle Reports!

Postby Nurglitch » Tue May 14, 2013 8:39 am

I didn't even know such a thing existed. Just watched YT demo. Awesome :D
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Re: How Was It For You? After Battle Reports!

Postby MartinR » Tue May 14, 2013 9:17 am

The British 2" was fired using 9mm blanks and normal smoke grenades.

iirc the German 50mm was the older style using thermobaric grenades to provide the shooty umph bit.

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Re: How Was It For You? After Battle Reports!

Postby VonSteinmetz » Tue May 14, 2013 4:03 pm

Thanks so much to the UCAP site and AGS organisers who presented me with by far the best event I have experienced so far!

Every moment was thrilling, all the way from the marching up the steep green slopes, through the chalky desert looking area to the compound, otherwise referred to as grenade central. Though the attack on the mountain stalled our advance (and a very admirable, dogged defense on the part of the Brits) we more than compensated when the brave troops of the Gebirgsjäger began a Blitzkrieg down the slope. The ensuing turkey shoot was most entertaining :rofl: Brilliant efforts put into the death scenes by Tommy, I take my hat (or rather helmet) off to you! :good: Things like that made it all the more immersive. I must say it felt like a Stalingrad scenario when we reached the buildings; concrete everywhere, stray bullets from unseen angles, close quarter struggles and explosions at every turn. Was exhilarating to say the least! :good:

A big thanks also to my comrades, all of you were awesome and great company. Good stuff to the other members of the MG team, it was quite a hefty thing was it not? :giggle: Great sight indeed to see all those rounds fly at the enemy, whose mortars were so uncannily accurate :shock:

Look forward to seeing friends old and new in future events. :D
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Re: How Was It For You? After Battle Reports!

Postby prideofengland » Tue May 14, 2013 4:40 pm

VonSteinmetz wrote:to the compound, otherwise referred to as grenade central.


:rofl:

Yes but seriously on the subject of grenades I have to say after Gordons pre game talk on the subject, this was the best game I have seen for people taking grenade hits. Some retreated a few steps so they did not blow up in their face but nobody I saw ran outside the 5m radius, everyone took there kills. Well done everyone :D
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Re: How Was It For You? After Battle Reports!

Postby CHThree » Tue May 14, 2013 7:18 pm

Nurglitch wrote:How did the mortar work, game-wise?
Very well was the answer :lol: . Well, once I'd figured out the windage. There was a kill radius from where the smoke landed.
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Re: How Was It For You? After Battle Reports!

Postby MartinR » Tue May 14, 2013 8:46 pm

The rule about not running from grenades worked really well, well and as Tim said, said people were really good about taking grenade hits. There was one which went off a bit too close to me when so was 'dead', which I wish I had got out of the way of. Deafened me and the blast actually hurt, it was one of those really loud ones.

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Re: How Was It For You? After Battle Reports!

Postby Cheeky Chappy » Tue May 14, 2013 9:52 pm

Pride of England said:

Yes but seriously on the subject of grenades I have to say after Gordons pre game talk on the subject, this was the best game I have seen for people taking grenade hits. Some retreated a few steps so they did not blow up in their face but nobody I saw ran outside the 5m radius, everyone took there kills. Well done everyone


I agree Tim. . . .
My favourite grenade moment was in the buildings towards the end of the day. Tim and I were re clearing the first building after seeing two Tommies re enter it. There were a few tense minutes of creeping quietly about whilst trying to see/hear the enemy. Finally the two Tommies gave their position away through whispered exchanges. I covered the door with my machine pistol and indicated to Tim that he should take a grenade from my pack and throw it in the room. As the wizz bang fizzed away the Brits did want to exit the room but only because of the noise of the imminent explosion and they both took the hit like gentlemen. The grenade rules worked well and I applaud everyone for making that the case. :good:
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Re: How Was It For You? After Battle Reports!

Postby Cheeky Chappy » Tue May 14, 2013 10:23 pm

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