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'A gaping silken dragon,/Puffed by the wind, suffices us for God./We, not the City, are the Empire's soul:/A rotten tree lives only in its rind.'

Friday, 18 October 2013


... one.

Von Stahlein and his small staff have taken to the cellar beneath the ruined barn. He has made his dispositions, all is now in the hands of the gods of war.  Across the wire, away to the east, the Bolsheviks make their preparations:

The terror of Stalin's organ pipes is prepared. 

Armour takes position, the crew from the Lend Lease White scout car have gone for a last fag break - they've found something that might be tobacco.

Lufwaffe Field Division men take up position, and ready their few 'heavy' weapons.

A PK cameraman uses some of his last colour film to capture 'Eastern' troops with a Hetzer, back in the woods, under cover - Von Stahlein's surprise for the Bolsheviks...


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    1. The Lyall rules - as per Operation Battleground. More of which soon-ish.

  2. I love these sort of narrated photo scenarios. Really enjoyable, thanks!

    1. Thanks, old chap! I'm a fan too, and I think they are often the better part of wargaming books. It's a pity so few rule sets these days have scenarios, or sample games.

  3. That will make the front cover of Signal no doubt.

    1. He hopes - certainly one of the non-German editions.