3 Players will each have a Platoon comprised of:
- First Lieutenant (Pistol), Sargent (SMG)
- Second Lieutenant (SMG), Sargent (SMG)
- 3 Para Sections: 10 men each, NCO (SMG), 1 Bren, 8 Riflemen, 1 SMG, AT Grenades
- Sniper, Flame Thrower, Piat
A 4th Player will have the Company HQ and Weapons Platoon comprised of:
- Major (Pistol), Sargent (SMG)
- 2 MMG Teams
- 4 Medium Mortar Teams
- 3 Six PDR AT Guns
All British Troops are Veterans.
The Germans can muster a company of infantry in the general area of the drop. Each of the 4 Players will have a Platoon comprised of:
- Uberleutnant (Pistol), Sargent (SMG)
- 3 Panzergrenadier Sections: 10 men each, NCO (SMG) 1 LMG, 8 Riflemen
- MMG, Medium Mortar
- 2 Vehicles (First Responders)
All German Troops are Regulars.
JUMP OFF POINTS
Jump Off Points represent drop zones or staging areas and are used to deploy your forces. A force losing all its Jump Off Points cannot deploy new units.
German forces will deploy within 6 inches of one of their Jump Off Points. Deploying forces can be issued any order, so could appear in Ambush, or Fire for example. Vehicles must enter from a table edge on either a Run or an Advance order.
British will drop 2D6+3 inches in a random direction from a designated Jump Off Point. If a Double is rolled, or the total distance exceeds 12, the deploying unit will immediately go Down. On all other rolls, issue orders as normal to the deploying unit.
A Jump Off Point is considered Captured if there are Enemy and no Friends within 3 inches at the end of the turn.
Not all troops arrive at once. Each player begins the game with their activation dice "out of the bag". At the start of each turn, each player rolls a D3 and adds that many of their activation dice to the bag. At the start of Turn 4, add any remaining dice to the bag. A Player can use an activation dice drawn from the bag to deploy a unit to the table, order a unit already deployed or order an off table unit down.
COMMAND WILD CARDS
Each player has one Command Wild Card. This can be used to do one of the following special actions:
Move a Jump Off Point up to 18 inches ending within 6 inches of a Friendly Officer
Use an Activation Dice (either in or out of the bag) as if it was the next drawn - cannot be first Dice of turn, need to say "after you use that dice I am going to use my wild card to take the next dice"
Avoid one roll for Bad Stuff
From turn 3, Activate an Officer with a FIRE order to call an Allied Air Strike or German Artillery Bombardment (limited to one per turn per side)
The Germans will respond with whatever forces are in the area. In addition to an Infantry Platoon, each German Player has two vehicle reinforcements. When deploying a vehicle, determine what type by rolling 2D6 and consulting the table below.
2 - 251/1 (with Section)
3 - 251/10 (with Major and assistant)
4 - 251/9 (with Captain and assistant)
5 - 250/1 (with Scout Section)
6 - Horch AA truck
7 - 222, 231 or 232 (Armored car with AA gun)
8 - 233 or 234 (Armored car with medium AT gun or Light Howitzer)
9 - Panzer III L, M or N
10 - Panzer IV H or StuG III G
11 - Panther D
12 - Tiger I or II
Even in the open, an infantry unit can move cautiously taking advantage of low cover to gain some protection. An infantry unit that is given an Advance Order that does not shoot and ends its movement in the Open can be counted as Moving Tactically. This confers a +1 cover bonus. After the movement, change the order dice to Down to track this effect.
A Platoon can only sustain so many casualties before it becomes combat ineffective. Each side begins the game with a Force Morale of 10. As long as force Morale remains above 4 there is no effect. For each point under 5, permanently remove one of that player’s activation dice. When Force Morale reaches 0, the Platoon has broken and is removed from play. When a Company has had 3 Platoons Break, that side loses the game.
|Bad Stuff||No Effect||-1||-2||-3|
|Weapon Team Destroyed||1,2||3,4,5||6|
|Jump Off Point Overrun||1,2||3,4,5||6|
On a 7.5 by 10 table with Jump Off Points (2 per player) as per the image below.
The game was a blood bath. The Germans managed to drop artillery on themselves twice --- and the third time they called in artillery it hit their target, but only destroyed a nearby assaulting German infantry section ... so very bad luck on the part of the Germans ---- and it was that bad luck that swung the battle into a fighting chance for the British. I played British and we got chewed up bad prior to the bad luck artillery evening things up. I'd call it a very minor British victory ... the Germans really more lost this than the British winning it.
We all had a lot of fun playing and it was a great day of Bolt Action. Pictures below.