Friday, April 28, 2017

Bloody April 1917

It was a quiet turn out for the club the other night but on ANZAC day we had the chance to play a game of Wings of Glory. This time Barry wanted to simulate the battle over the trenches in April of 1917. From memory this was the month of greatest loss for British and Allied flyers in WWI in a single month. Barry said it was partly to do with superior German aircraft coming on line and he wanted to see if the games rules could show something similar. So two dodgy Brit recce planes had to fly behind the enemy trenches to see the build up of the German troops, photograph them and fly back. They were protected by two fighters as well. The Germans had 3 new Albatross and all we had to do was stop the recce doing its job. Could we do it?



The Clubs usual flying crew
Yep first shot I take, explosion......hmmm

Too close to shoot but no crash
   
this has got to hurt
What is going on Recce planes don't shoot down our flyers!



 It was not looking good for the Germans at this stage but I was to return to the countryside  shortly hereafter.

Looking messy with lots of Brits still in the air but soon the tables will turn



Back in the game and my first recce victim falls from the sky





Number 2 is a goner and all we had to do was mop up.



A hugely fun game with great friends what is not to like about that. Thanks to Barry and his mats, planes, counters and general good nature.

I shall leave you with my fellow German pilot that may have just pipped Barry on the number of 0s pulled from the deck.

5 comments:

Paul O'G said...

Great stuff Chris - I love of bit of Biggles over France type of action :-)

chris said...

Biggles be dashed, We shot them all down, Argy included.

Silver Whistle said...

Looks like a fun set of rules and great scenario.
Best wishes,
Pat.

Phil said...

What a wonderful period for planes...very nice!

chris said...

Thanks for the comments. Wings of Glory lends its self well to a simple but effective clash over the western front.