Euros are better with dice!
Modlin, Poland, september 1939. Polish defenders hunker down below the rim of the wall with only a wayward observer’s periscope sticking its steel and glass head over the wall to greet the approaching dawn. Below the parapet the red glow of a cigarette makes its way from hand to hand, a ghost of better times carried by the murmur of voices. A bark of a laugh echoes over the yard but the edge of silence kills it as surely as a German bullet. Every man here knows it’s hopeless. Three days ago the Soviet forces crossed the Polish border, carving their share of the Polish goose. Now it’s only a question of how when, and how much blood will flow, and whose.
A shout flows across the river, followed by whistling and the clatter of iron as everyone dives for cover before the world shakes in flames and for a second the gouts of earth thrown up by the enemy barrage are painted gold by the rising sun.
But the barrage lifts. A tankette sallies from its dug in corral, machineguns spraying the German mortars into silence. The defenders cheer, but the veterans amongst them, those who’ve retreated from the Gdansk corridor stand mute, waiting for the inevitable, earth chewing sound of approaching death. They don’t have to wait long.
Over the hill comes a Panzer IV, its armor impregnable to the tankette’s guns. It stops; the crew takes its time aiming at the weaving tankette. A yellow tongue licks the ground, charring grass and bushes. The tankette crew’s brave gesture ends in flame. The German mortars resume their barrage.
But on the walls in the fortressed island sights are aimed at the panzer. A Bofors 40 mm anti-air gun, manufactured on license and crewed by crack soldiers of the Modlin Battalion, stutters into motion. The ground around the panzer erupts, the shells searching their way closer until the steel behemoth, shrouded in smoke, disgorges its wounded crew. Above the fortress Stuka sirens call their challenge to the ground. The Bofors bark answers them and another crater erupts with debris and hakenkreutz markings peeling from burning aluminum. Once again the anti-air companies uphold their reputation as the highest scoring crews in the Polish campaign.
But across the river new dangers thread forward. Where metal has failed flesh shall triumph as SS troops move into storming positions urged on by their Hauptsturmfurers. The defender’s rifles, ancient models from the previous century, crack and send their bees to annoy the approaching wave but the disciplined rushes of the attackers continue unabated.
A machinegun starts its staccato song, whizzing and weeping stone and mortar from the walls. It is answered by the defender’s imported Bren but the Bren comes up short, its barrel silenced, its crew shot to pieces. The SS storm troopers advance towards the hunkered down defenders under the lethal cover of the machinegun.
But then the forests on the German’s sides erupt with steel and the clatter of hooves as the Polish cavalry charge into the fray. With rifles and grenades they clear the machinegun, storming into the thick of the elite German units. Cavalrymen fall but the SS leaders fall before them and the storm troopers fire upon each other in confusion before being overwhelmed. But the price is high, half of the cavalry will never ride again.
As the sun sets the victors help their wounded into safety, rounding up their prisoners and burying dead friend and foe alike.
The fortress at Modlin will fall, there is no question of that. The fortress at Modlin will fall, but not today.
Note to AAM players. We’ve pushed the rules a bit, allowing for the Poles to get some AA/AT capability from the UK army, allowing the Stuka and replacing the German Sandbagged MG with the MG42. Setup was completely custom. I’ve also *ahem* tailored the session a bit for dramatic effect
"The fortress at Modlin will fall, there is no question of that. The fortress at Modlin will fall, but not today."
A wonderfuly and beautifuly written report! It was just like reading a novel. Great job...makes me kinda sad to be selling off some of my minis!
you got some stats for the game ?
maps, units, etc ?