A Modern Game – the Danes hold NATO’s Northern Flank

PA312497 I trekked to Canberra over the weekend. The main reason was to see number three son and visit the Australian War Memorial (see another post coming up). However instead of driving back to Sydney on Saturday night I headed over to Doug and Gillian’s to see two of my favourite Labradors as well as to have a game with Doug.

We’d been looking at the Cold War Commander Rules and Doug had been purchasing off eBay. I’d sent an order to Navwar in the UK (6 days from the time I faxed the order until I had the goods in my hands) for some Heroics and Ros tanks and Infantry. I was building a Danish force circa 1970 to 1990. Doug had Soviets so, setting the year as 1984, we had a game.

Basically the game revolved around the Danes providing a holding force on NATO’s northern flank to slow the advance of a second-string Soviet column. The Danes had set up a very hasty defence, digging a mechanised infantry battalion in across the centre of the expected line of advance, supported by a couple of squadrons of light tanks (M41 Walker Bulldogs – one troop shown in the picture above about to advance on some BMPs).

The Danes held, especially as the T-72s rolled in against the infantry. When we called time and the Danes surrendered, they had held the Soviet advance for a fair while and it was a near run thing as the Soviet morale was also starting to get close to becoming shaky.

It was an enjoyable game, made enjoyable as much from the good company as anything else.

The picture above shows the Danish M41s almost completed – the bases need finishing and a final varnish which will be done this week. I’ll post pictures of them when they are finished. I also have a battalion of Centurions to paint for the Danes as well which will give them more punch against the Soviets as well as consigning the M41s to the Recce role.

Next up after finishing off the Danes will be Norwegians.

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