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.


Balagan Data Sheets for Crossfire – Tank, APC, and Anti-tank Gun Stats

Crossfire Balagan Data Sheets Logo

Although my Crossfire data sheets have been around a while (since 2006), they never had a page of their own to explain why I wrote them. I thought I’d rectify the gap and take the opportunity to add some more vehicles.

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What is the Operational Level of War?

Three Levels of War - Strategic, Operational, Tactical

I’m interested in operational level wargames for World War II. But my definition of “operational level” has been pretty vague. Something about campaigns and major offensives. So I thought I’d explore operational level war in more detail … and it turns out I was right. It is all about campaigns and major offensives.

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Ponyri Station – A Hit the Dirt Blast from the Past

Ponyri Station 12

I was filing old papers tonight when I found a few photos of a very early game of Crossfire. Real photos, you know, the ones on photographic paper, from a shop. It took a while but I figure the game was Ponyri Station. I thought I’d share because, aside from the fact these are the only photos I have of a game of my favourite scenario from Hit the Dirt, they also show how I started out in Crossfire – using anything I had.

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Small Threat to the Flank – A Crossfire Battle Report

STTTF01 Table

Chris Harrod and I played my Small Threat to the Flank Scenario. A good game although the map needs a bit of work.

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Where is the Fuel – A Crossfire Scenario and Battle Report

Fuel15 Sherman out-flanks Panzer IV

Brett Simpson developed an idea of a friend of mine into a Crossfire scenario called “Where is the Fuel?”. Brett sent through the scenario and associated battle report for the play test.

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The “Monster” – A Crossfire Scenario

KV-2 "Monster"

A Crossfire scenario based on a Scenario in the iPad version of Battle Academy 2: Eastern Front. It is 1941 and an isolated KV-2, the “Monster”, is preventing vital supplies reaching the advancing German panzers.

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Small Threat to the Flank – A Crossfire Scenario

Threat to the Flank Map 4x4 v6

This is the small version of Scenario 2: Threat to the Flanks from “Scenarios for all Ages” (Grant & Asquith, 1996) converted to Crossfire. It follows guidelines for Crossfire Scenarios for all Ages. It is a “small” game because there is only a company defending.

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Crossfire Scenarios for all Ages

Scenarios for All Ages Cover

I’m looking for more small Crossfire Scenarios so I wondered how the “Scenarios for all Ages” of Charles Grant and Stuart Asquith would transfer to Crossfire. The scenarios were “intended to provide a mixture of fun, excitement and challenge.” Sounds good to me and I could say the same for Crossfire, so it seems like a good match. However it does take a certain amount of tweaking to get the scenarios to work for Crossfire. And make them “small”. This post is about those tweaks.

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How many figures will I need to start playing Crossfire?

Typical Company in Crossfire - Red

One of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Crossfire is “How many figures will I need to start playing?” The answer is a company a side. 78 figures in total, if you follow my recommendations.

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Paper Factory – A Crossfire Battle Report from Krasny Bor

KB1R-004 Table

Jamie Wish and Chris Harrod played “Paper Factory” (KB1R), the second game of Krasny Bor, featuring the Blue Division in an epic Crossfire campaign. The Spaniards were defending the Paper Factory, in a loop of the Ishora River, against overwhelming odds. Jamie’s Soviets captured all three objectives and won.

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The Pontville Bridge / Race for the Last Bridge – A Crossfire Scenario

Pontville Bridge Map

This is Anders Christian Böss’s Crossfire scenario “The Pontville Bridge / Race for the Last Bridge”. It is 6 June 1944 and a German force is defending against US paratroopers and ground troops. This scenario is one level of organisation lower than normal Crossfire, so a stand is a fire team not a squad; so, although it might not look it, that means this is a pretty big scenario by Crossfire standards. All words and photos by Anders.

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Assault of the Pontville Bridge – A Crossfire Battle Report

Pontville-sur-Mere

Anders Christian Böss sent through an after action report for his Crossfire game “Assault of the Pontville Bridge”. All words and photos by Anders.

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Advance from Ian Ishora – A Crossfire Battle Report from Krasny Bor

KB1F-05 Table

Jamie Wish and Chris Harrod played “Advance from Ian Ishora” (KB1F), the first game of my Krasny Bor Campaign featuring the Blue Division defending against overwhelming odds in an epic Crossfire campaign.

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WW2 using One Hour Wargames

OHW 102 Soviets roar towards left hand bridge

The World War II version of Neil Thomas’s One Hour Wargames is slightly more complicated than the Dark Age version (see 448 AD Battle Report). So Chris Harrod and I gave it a go. We played two games in an evening. I’m not a fan, of the WW2 variant and OHW in general. I tried. I really tried. We played four games in total, but I think I’ll give up on OHW now.

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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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