Rommel at Doulcon Woods, 1914.  Rommel on the rocks?

Rommel at Doulcon Woods, 1914. Rommel on the rocks?


I ran this game over two evening Zoom sessions last week.  Here is the man himself waving around his Mauser.

The field of battle – seen from the East.  The clear bit closest to the camera is er, clear. The piles of rocks are just that, the dark area strewn with packaging from a champagne bottle is impenetrable waist-high scrub.  Everything else is lightly wooded, with visibility reduced to 12 inches.  The table is approximately 72 by 39 inches.

Young Lt. Rommel was as ever played by Pete, with John A and Michael as his section leaders.  Russell was the French Sgt, assisted by Simon, with Diego in charge of the MG detachment.

The French taking potshots at Rommel’s lads.

An early casualty was Sgt Schultz – which gave me an opportunity to use one of my dead dude figures.

The second German section takes position in the rocks…

…they were all wearing Jager shakos for easy identification.

The initial French advance wasn’t an unqualified success – as they impatiently waited for the MG to relocate and set up.

Speaking of French machine guns, I rather liked this photo.  Some cracking facial hair in evidence.

The Germans skulked in the rocks and climbed atop the pile to snipe at the enemy – but not before another man fell.

The MG set up at last!  It did some damage to the Boche on the rocks.

The German fire continued to discourage the French riflemen – and was taking it’s toll on the machine gunners.

Rommel then gave the order to fix bayonets and men rushed to follow his lead.  Sgt Russell is the Frenchman carrying the flag.

A trail of dead (the five-pointed red star markers) and wounded French marked the German advance.  Even the MG crew perished on the end of bendy plastic bayonets.  So another victory for young Rommel.  Even though he wasn’t able to get his chaps off to the west, the ‚dead differential‘ was very much in his favour.  I wonder how his career will develop.

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