Today is ANZAC Day in New Zealand (and Australia for that matter), our Remembrance Day. In recognition of the day today’s regular Sunday wargame took place in Palestine where a small force of British and New Zealand troops were assigned to assist T.E Lawrence (of Arabia) and his band to destroy a section of the German-Turkish railway.
Defending the line was a Turkish force, supported by a howitzer and two MMGs. A reinforcing German contingent was expected by rail.
Now I need to say up front that none of these figures and models are mine.
|The train bringing the German reinforcements “chugged” onto the table. |
|The British, supported by a howitzer, an armoured car and a couple of MMGs arrived at the far end of the table|
|The New Zealand Mounted Rifles, supported by several light vehicles carrying LMGs, arrived shortly after.|
|Meanwhile Lawrence’s Arab contingent, with a truck loaded with explosives, made for the railway.|
|The Turks were quick to deploy|
|They were soon engaged by the New Zealanders...|
|...whose light vehicles opened fire with their machine guns|
|As the first shots were exchanged the Germans disembarked at the Ali Baba railway station|
|Meanwhile Lawrence directed his explosives expert to prepare the charges|
|The Kiwi machine gunners blazed away from their vehicles...|
|...and “Johnny Turk” said “stuff this for a game of soldiers” and retreated back through the advancing Germans.|
|The arrival of the Germans had an immediate effect, immobilsing one of the New Zealand vehicles and destroyed this Model T Ford on its first outing on the table!|
|Then with a mighty “KERTHWHUMP” Lawrence’s man blew the tracks...|
|...and Lawrence, with pistol in hand, surveyed the damage.|
|Then together the Kiwis and Lawrence’s lads pressed the Germans (while Johnny Turk sought shelter behind the railway embankment). The New Zealanders were helped on no small part by the appallingly bad dice rolls of the German MMGs|
|For the briefest moment the British tried to steal the glory, but the Kiwis stepped forward an drove off the last of the Germans|
|Larry then rode forward and thanked the “Colonials” for their assistance...|
|...as a Kiwi vehicle trundled past him on its way to take out the last Axis resistance.|