Category: World War II

World War II (WWII, WW2, or Second World War) was fought between opposing military alliances – the Allies and the Axis – from 1939 to 1945. The war spanned large chunks of the globe and was both the the largest and deadliest conflict in history. Over 30 different countries fought during the war including all the great powers. More than 100 million people served in military units. Between 50-75 million people died – largely civilians.

I’ve material on the national contributions from Spain, New Zealand, and France. I also cover the battles of Moscow, Stalingrad, Kharkov, Kursk, and Tarnopol.


Playing the Krasny Bor Crossfire Campaign with two players

Krasny Bor Campaign - Two Players

At the end of last year Jo asked if I had ever revisited my Krasny Bor Campaign for Crossfire and the Blue Division. Sadly the answer was no, but it prompted me to rectify the lapse.

I have persuaded Chris Harrod and Jamie Wish to play the campaign. This was a bit different: two players not eight; two months not two days. Here is some advice for anybody who wants to give it a go.

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Play Test of Mac’s Crossfire Missions v2

CFM2-24 End Game

Jamie Wish and I had a play test of Crossfire Missions v2. Mac’s automatically generated Crossfire Missions provided another great game of Crossfire. In what turned out to be a fighting withdrawal, I managed to blunt the attack of Jamie’s Germans and withdraw the majority of my Soviet force.

If anybody wants to try a nice little scenario with a reinforced company a side, you could try refighting this game. I’ve included the orders of battle with victory conditions of each side to enable you to do this.

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Big Eye of the Tiger – A Crossfire Scenario with Barrie Lovell

Big Eye of the Tiger Map A 6'x6'

I’ve been talking to Barrie Lovell about the Eye of the Tiger Crossfire Scenario. Barrie made a few changes to the scenario. Well, a lot of changes. He increased the forces involved and created a table based on satellite imagery of the outskirts of Tuckums, which includes a factory estate and a railway line and station.

I have turned Barrie’s description of his game into a Crossfire Scenario, including a map for a 6’x6′ table, so others can give it a try. I then went further and (1) added some new special rules and (2) provided a set of

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WW2 Painting Guide: Kiwi and British in the Mediterranean

A group of New Zealand soldiers on the Cassino battlefront in Italy, during World War II. Probably reconstruction for photographers behind the line. 5 April 1944

This WW2 Painting Guide shows how to paint the 2 New Zealand Division, and other Commonwealth/British, who fought in the Mediterranean. It solely uses Vallejo Model Colour range of paints.

I have used four sources: Battle Front, SHQ, Artizan Designs, and Crac des Chevaliers.

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How to use Sisal String as Long Grass by Barrie Lovell

Barrie Lovell - Sisal String Vegetation

Around 2000 Barrie Lovell published, on the Grunt! website, a tip for adding undergrowth to Crossfire / Incoming! bases. Barrie dyes sisal string and uses this as vegetation. Since Grunt! has disappeared I thought I’d republish the article here. Barrie had in mind Vietnam / Incoming! and World War 2 / Crossfire. But this is a good technique for the Portuguese Colonial War / Fogo Cruzado.

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La Rochelle – A Crossfire Scenario and Battle Report

La Rochelle 3 - Tanks fitted with Culin Devices

Brett Simpson played an impromptu game of Crossfire over lunch. He sent through both the scenario and battle report. Called “Operation Tommy Cooker” or “La Rochelle” after the village.

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Bloody Weekend at Villiers – A Crossfire Mini-Campaign

Sheffler 02 - View from the south

Brett Simpson ran a Crossfire mini-campaign over a weekend. Four games were played in total: two Meeting Engagements and Two Bridgeheads. Saturday’s scenario was a Meeting Engagement with the objective of taking the rail hotel (Provincial Beige Building). Sunday used the same table layout, but switched to a Bridgehead. This simulates a counter-attack by whichever force lost on Saturday. There were four games because the players swapped side on each day. Brett wrote up two of the games.

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Steven’s SU-122 Battery – 3rd Battery of the 1454th Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment

SU-122a

I’m very interested in the fighting around Ponyri front on the northern flank of the Battle of Kursk. As it happens Vasiliy Krysov was at Ponyri. He commanded an SU-122 platoon within the 3rd Battery of the 1454th Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment within the 13th Army. I fancied some SU-122s anyway, and reading about Krysov was sufficient excuse, so I purchased 3rd battery in 15mm scale.

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StuG Smuggling Through Chevalier – A Crossfire Battle Report

Chevalier 17 - Airfix StuG with Armourfast schurzen

There has been a flurry of interest in Nikolas Lloyd’s Scenarios on Lloydian Aspects including StuG Smuggling. We tried to smuggle a StuG last week. This week Brett Simpson has a go.

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StuG Smuggling – A Crossfire Battle Report for a Lloydian Scenario

StuG 06 Table from south-east

I hosted a couple of games between Chris Harrod and Jamie Wish. We tried StuG Smuggling by Nikolas Lloyd. Both games saw the Russian “defenders” go on a successful “StuG hunting” rampage.

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Holding the Fort – A Crossfire Scenario and Battle Report

Holding the Fort 1 - A rough map of the table

Brett Simpson sent through another small Crossfire Scenario and battle report. This time for “Holding the Fort” where a small German force had to fend off British troops and French resistance forces. It is tiny, there is only one German platoon (although they get a Panther) and two British platoons, which illustrates you can have a good game with Crossfire without a lot of figures.

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Crossfiregrad – A Battle Report of the Crossfire Scenario by Doctor Phalanx

Crossfiregrad 39 - Gigantic Field of Ruins

Chris Harrod, Jamie Wish and I played Crossfiregrad by Doctor Phalanx. Three times in fact. “Cracking” is how Jamie described it. I’d say “Ripping”. We will definitely play this again.

We managed three games in one evening because each game takes only 45-50 minutes with a theoretical hard limit of 60 minutes. The game represents a German company-level attack on Soviet positions. The map is “a very crude attempt to bathtub the whole of Stalingrad” and turns into a table only 3′ x 2′ 3″ given the size of my building sectors.

We had a fantastic time but

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Operation Whitehall / Assault on Chez Patrick – A Crossfire Battle Report

Operation Whitehall 1: A rough map of the table

Brett Simpson has kindly been sharing photos of his Crossfire kit as he builds it up. He is doing some nice scratch building for his scenery.

This time, however, Brett shared the battle report from his first Crossfire game. Called the “Assault on Chez Patrick” after the British objective or “Operation Whitehall” after the British operational code name. Most words are Brett’s.

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I made up Cards for Crossfire Missions v2

Crossfire Missions v2 as Cards

I designed the PDF of Mac’s Missions v2 – Revised Pick up games for Crossfire so that players can make up a set of cards.

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Stalingrad – Lonely 15mm Chimneys from Ironclad Miniatures

Stalingrad - Chimneys in the south 3

Some of my projects take a long time to come to maturity. Inspired by the Stalingrad terrain of Battlefront Miniatures, I asked John Lowen from Ironclad Miniatures to make some of the chimneys that featured in the south, John made some beautiful models, and I painted them. You’ll see the photos below. Unfortunately the last step took 10 years and it seems Ironclad no longer stock the chimneys. Perhaps this post will inspire folk to ask John to reissue them.

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