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The Second World War

The Second World War – Playing the Period

Fighting the Nazis on every Front (but mainly in Normandy) Second World War in the Journal I don’t play Nazis, or at least I try to avoid it. Every wargame club has its members who glorify the Nazis, and who field SS units and King Tigers at a drop of a hat. I’ve not one

Beyond the Matanikau, 1942

The Second World War, Chain of Command, 28mm There’s still no sign of the Orkney club opening in the foreseeable future, so instead we held another game in my house. This time we headed off to the South-West Pacific, for a clash set on the north coast of Guadalcanal. This was a “Big CoC” game,

Bas de Feu 5, nr. Hanoi, 1951

The Second World War (French Indochina), Homegrown rules, 28mm As promised, here’s another look at Bill Cainan’s amazing tabletop setup for the French Indochina War. This time we’re focusing on Fire Base 5, part of the De Lattre Lines near Hanoi, in the Red River Basin.This actually looks a lot like an American one from

The De Lattre Line, near Hanoi, 1951

The Second World War (French Indochina), Homegrown Rules, 28mm My pal Bill Cainan has done it again. He pretty exclusively wargames the First Indochina War (1946-54. To entertain us while most wargame clubs are still closed, he sent me a bunch of pictures of a madcap project of his. He recreated a massive French defensive

Lockdown Painting 2

The Second World War, 28mm  Just before lockdown started, there was some talk in the Orkney club of using Chain of Command for the Pacific Theatre. I really like CoC, but until now I’ve stuck to Normandy. It took the collection of a box of jungle terrain of mine I’d left at the Edinburgh club

The Black River, Hoa-Binh, 1951

The Second World War (French Indochina), Homegrown Rules, 28mm To entertain us during the pandemic, my chum Bill Cainan (a man with Orkney connections) has sent us a few images from his French Indochina collection.The first are of some of his Dinassault forces – his French riverine kit. Here’s what he had to say: Five years ago

Ambush on the Tu Duam Road, 1945

The Second World War (French Indochina), Homegrown Rules, 28mm  I have to confess I haven’t played a game for over a month. Fortunately, others have. So, here’s a spectacular game report from my chum Bill Cainan, an honourary member of the Orkney Wargames Club. These are just too good to miss. Bill wargames the French

Return to La Cambe, 1944

The Second World War, Chain of Command, 28mm This was our second trip to this little corner of Normandy. A few weeks before, the American probe here got driven back by the Germans. Now we were back, and were out for revenge. As before, this game formed part of a scenario – the first one

Probe at La Cambe, 1944

The Second World War, Chain of Command, 28mm This game is actually the opening scenario from the “pint-sized campaign 29, Let’s Go!  from the Two Fat Lardies. It all centres round the US 29th Division in the days after landing at Omaha Beach, and the drive inland towards Isigny.  In this game, an American probe

Action at Point 192, 1944

The Second World War, What a Tanker!, 28mm  I’d never played What a Tanker! before, so when the guys suggested it I was fairly amenable. I gave them a read during the week, and brought along a handful of German AFVs on the night. Rather strangely, there were three of us playing, but we fielded

The Assault on Tomaszów Lubelski, 1939

The Second World War, Rapid Fire, 20mm This game was laid on by Bart, and apparently was based on a real battle fought in a place with an unpronounceable name. Well, Bart can pronounce it, but he’s Polish, so he should. Anyway, it was a game using Bart’s 20mm toys, using a rules set I

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