Day 2 Pictures - A Bridge Too Far 2008

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Day 2 Pictures - A Bridge Too Far 2008

Post by Tyberius » Sun Sep 14, 2008 10:05 pm

Day 2 (19th September 1944)

This year XXX Corp failed to reach Nijmegen Bridge.

Although the 101st had forced the Germans back, XXX Corp took too long to get over the Bailey bridge once the Son bridge was blown up.

Complicating matters was the fact that the 82nd Paratroopers after securing Nijmegen bridge (day 1)then left the southern end of the bridge and all the drop zones undefended.

This allowed the German reinforcements to secure the drop zone, so the 2nd Para drop and glider landings were greeted with a hail of bullets. The Germans were also able to close the southern end of Nijmegen bridge again.

By the end of day 1 the Bristish airborne had secured the northern end of the Arnhem bridge. However over the course of day 2 they were pushed back from the bridge suffering heavy losses.

Two companies of British airborne did try and cross to the southern side of the Arnhem bridge just as 9th SS Reconnaissance Battalion made its infamous charge over the bridge. In our game the 9th SS Reconnaissance Battalion made it across the bridge into Arnhem.

By the end of day two the second drop of British paratroopers had been decimated with the British glider force still outside of Arnhem.

Arnhem and Nijmegen remained firmly in German hands.


I know this doesn't look like Nijmegen bridge but I used this bridge for my stepfather, who made it with working lights.
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82nd Para heading back to the southern side of the bridge to try and keep the highway open.
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XXX Corp clearing the last German resistance south of the Son bridge
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Tiger II pushing its way passed burning vehicles on the outskirts of Arnhem.
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German 88 pounding the 82nd Paras
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British 1st Airborne trying to cross Arnhem bridge
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Didn't we see the 82nd Para crossing the bridge earlier, things have gone very wrong!
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The 2nd lift has arrived.
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XXX Corp artillery
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So where is XXX Corp supose to be going?
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XXX Corp moving ahead again.
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How did these get here?
Hummells being used as we didn't have 150mm towed artillery

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Not everything went the German way at Arnhem
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The chickens have come home to roost,
But they are not ....... chickens
They are ....... Emus

Tyberius

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Re: Day 2 Pictures - A Bridge Too Far 2008

Post by Cardinal Biggles » Sun Sep 14, 2008 10:32 pm

congratulations chaps, a fine two days of play...

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Re: Day 2 Pictures - A Bridge Too Far 2008

Post by evadestruction » Mon Sep 15, 2008 9:11 am

edit:Ill post this on each Bridge thread as A thank you To those involved

thanks to Ty , Mick and Tony for all their work..and to anyone else I may have missed

Ty this was the best one yet...

Mick...top location...happy to game here again if at all possible.

I gotta say this venue was so nice I was able to get thru the first day without tiring, although by mid afternoon next day I was stuffed, but a lot to do with not sleeping the night between because I was thinking about the game and what would happen next day...good stuff

even a tank battle simulator on standby.


Ty my job was done on day one...taking the bridge was sweet bliss....

doesnt matter you fought your way back the next day..

I gotta say Ty thanks for changing sides for a while while I was "missing in action" and taking out Mitchell's Tiger [the wonderfully burning one in the last lot of photos]...after i fired 4 shots with my two 17 pounders and missed...I am sure Mitchell was not impressed when his own commander temporarily switched sides and took out his beloved tiger.

overal the best of the 3 years of gaming this...

great location,great food,[thanks to those who supplied] and great game...

anyone not there you truley missed something.

now its just back to reorganising my gear I took to the game back into my boxes for my games...

cheers all Russell

oh ps
yes this is my first post...a lot of you know me.....so hello to this great website.
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Re: Day 2 Pictures - A Bridge Too Far 2008

Post by Cardinal Biggles » Mon Sep 15, 2008 9:30 am

welcome aboard mate!

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Re: Day 2 Pictures - A Bridge Too Far 2008

Post by evadestruction » Mon Sep 15, 2008 9:41 am

thanks, been meaning to sign up for a while...lurking isnt as much fun.

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Re: Day 2 Pictures - A Bridge Too Far 2008

Post by Cardinal Biggles » Mon Sep 15, 2008 9:55 am

Well you are here now so go for it..

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Re: Day 2 Pictures - A Bridge Too Far 2008

Post by evadestruction » Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:32 am

tee hee

yes I have started my first thread else where asking advice,,,cheers

you may remember selling me some napoleonic ospreys on evilbay recently...
just to put a "bid" to a new poster.
and you can associate me with a "Lost World"

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Re: Day 2 Pictures - A Bridge Too Far 2008

Post by Cardinal Biggles » Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:37 am

right Lost World , of course ...love that game that excellent Volcano....we should tie up for a pirate attempt ...actually if I ever get any plasctic ACW....another lost world project..

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Re: Day 2 Pictures - A Bridge Too Far 2008

Post by evadestruction » Mon Sep 15, 2008 11:17 am

yea tee hee....

sorry Ty I have got this thread off topic...but I had to post to say thank you guys.

but you know everyone If it wasnt for Ty's unending exitement and pestering me...
i probably wouldnt be as involved back in the hobby as I have been over the last lot of years....

many of you will know that Ty is very persuasive in getting people activated...

and hence I will go out of my way to be involved in anything Ty is doing.[if at all possible]

so I like people to know how much effort that Ty, Mick and Tony put into organising this event,I like to be part of it..and I in turn put effort into bringing extra toops to fill out the gaps etc.

I have been involved in many of Ty's "promoting the hobby"..including helping out at Matisse days ,the easter show this year and other things he has organised in the past .

Yea and I first knew him as a "snotty nosed" kid at Parramatta Wargame club...back in the 70's.he was just a junior...and we were seniors...haa haa.and I wont let him live that down.

ok I'm off here now...like to hear from others thoughts on the day.

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Re: Day 2 Pictures - A Bridge Too Far 2008

Post by rct75001 » Mon Sep 15, 2008 8:11 pm

brilliant couple of days all around - good company, location and game

thanks especially to Ty and Mick for organisation, location and feed and water

and yes - it took me a while to find the correct bridge to cross so we were going to be very late in getting to Arnhem

but - as the game only actually played up to evening on the second day - i figure i had days to go until i needed to be at arnhem

richard

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Re: Day 2 Pictures - A Bridge Too Far 2008

Post by Midshipman Easy » Tue Sep 16, 2008 12:21 pm

Ah. So you were doing like the good general said...

"Arriving in the nick of time will do nicely."

:lol:

Tony.
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Re: Day 2 Pictures - A Bridge Too Far 2008

Post by Cardinal Biggles » Tue Sep 16, 2008 12:30 pm

nice looking Leyland Retreiver pontoon trucks..Raventhorpe?

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Re: Day 2 Pictures - A Bridge Too Far 2008

Post by rct75001 » Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:50 pm

Cardinal Biggles wrote:nice looking Leyland Retreiver pontoon trucks..Raventhorpe?
They certainly are - and they are missing their base - dremel used to take it off along with a precious chunk of thumb :x

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Re: Day 2 Pictures - A Bridge Too Far 2008

Post by Cardinal Biggles » Wed Sep 17, 2008 10:03 am

one of the reasons I like Raventhorpe is their bases..

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Re: Day 2 Pictures - A Bridge Too Far 2008

Post by Cardinal Biggles » Wed Sep 17, 2008 10:04 am

are the supports for the pontoons resin or metal?

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Re: Day 2 Pictures - A Bridge Too Far 2008

Post by soapdodger » Tue Sep 30, 2008 6:24 pm

A bit late I know, but nice looking game there, looks like a great day........ 8) 8) 8)

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