WARGAMES SCENARIO – THE AMBUSH OF DICKIE SMITHSON’S CARRIER PLATOON

by Phil Johnson | April 1st, 2011

Here is another battle map with a scenario for a short wargame, straight from the pages of Seelowe Nord. The game would work well enough with any set of World War II rules and any scale of figure up to 28mm, but I am awaiting delivery of my Flames of War Universal Carriers so that I can get them painted up and try this particular scenario myself. Even if you’re not a wargamer, the attached map should hopefully illustrate this particular section of the novel for you.

In brief, Dickie Smithson’s Carrier Platoon is, by this stage, 6 vehicles strong, having lost one to mechanical failure and one to a bombing run by a JU 88. They have just come through Nafferton village near Driffield and have been ordered to prove the route to Bridlington in advance of their battalion and brigade who are due to follow up and bolster the coastal defences.

Unfortunately, as the Brigade begins to move in the early hours, a regiment of German paratroopers begins to drop all around the town of Driffield, its airfield, and the surrounding villages. An ad hoc platoon of German paratroopers have assembled in a small wood just outside Driffield, where they are hurriedly unpacking their heavy weapon canisters and distributing the recovered weapons. Just as this is happening, Dickie Smithson’s Carrier Platoon comes trundling past. The aggressively minded Germans can’t resist engaging the opportunist target, whilst Lieutenant Smithson can’t afford to leave such a powerful force sitting on the brigade’s route to Bridlington. The scene is set for a short, vicious fight at close quarters within a battlefield that is perhaps 400 metres square at the most.

Being a Carrier Platoon, the British are Bren Gun and Boys Rifle heavy, as well as being mechanised and semi-armoured. The Germans too have a wide ranging armoury including MG34s, a light mortar, rifles, machine-pistols, automatic pistols and stick grenades.

One of the things I’m still trying to work out how to do with the wargaming of this scenario, is how to play Smithson’s use of the petrol fired burning of the corn field. I am currently thinking of a series of straight forward dice rolls to see if the fire catches, and also to set the rate of advance of the flames through the field. Not sure yet if I am going to assume that the wind direction is suitable, or whether I will make the British roll for that too. Anyway, hope this gives some food for thought for the wargamers out there, or just acts as a point of illumination for the casual reader of the novel.

There are still more battle maps to come, including Dickie Smithson’s Last Stand and the delaying action by 2nd Armoured Division. The prequel is now almost fully finished. I am entering several weeks of detailed editing whilst also awaiting the photo shoot for the cover images. More updates to come in April…

2 Responses to “WARGAMES SCENARIO – THE AMBUSH OF DICKIE SMITHSON’S CARRIER PLATOON”

  1. Great news about the prequel. And please keep the scenarios coming. Do you use the FOW orbats in ‘Blitzkreig’ or do you tweak them or use your own?

  2. Am fairly new to Flames of War. I generally prefer 28mm figures, but trying to put together bigger forces with the correct vehicles can be difficult and time consuming. Flames of War caught my eye about six months ago as it is very easy to build up a bespoke force very quickly, and also allows bigger battles because of the scale. Basically using the Blitzkreig supplement as my guide as I start to play-test the rules, but also doing some of my own inventions to cover unusual forces such as the composite force commanded by Jackson at the Holme Box, a mixture of civilian WWI veterans, RAF ground crew and Home Guard. Also using an excellent book I got from Helion Order of Battle series which gives detailed ORBATs for British and Commonwealth Armies between 1939 – 1943. So, like most people in wargaming (and I’m very much a novice gamer) I am getting by using the established rules, coupled with some trial and error. Actually, I’ve found that the experimenting is the really fun part.

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Seelöwe Nord is the online home of Andy Johnson, a war fiction novelist. Seelöwe Nord is a war novel that tells the alternative history of Operation Sealion, the proposed German invasion of Britain in 1940. Followed by Thunder in May, and the recently released Crucible of Fate, the trilogy of War Fiction remains a popular read within the genre.

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