I got introduced to Historical Tabletop Miniature Wargaming some years back and I enjoy the hobby. I also enjoy playing various tabletop games such as Command & Colors, Viking 878, Richard III.
New Projects - Canadians in Italy WW2
I went on a trip down to southern Alberta and hit some used book stores and found a few old gems.
A decent start for research. Dickens of the Mounted and the Trial of Joan of Arc are more of a personal interest, the other three are for my Canadians World War II research.
These three books are copyrighted 1969. Reader's Digest created this two volume set with a Tools of War booklet. The have some handy maps in the back which I will make use of. The Tools of war has some neat illustrations. Including one of the most surprisingly useful weapons, the PIAT.
My initial plan was to stick with the Loyal Edmonton Regiment and follow them into Italy, sharing their history while creating some scenarios for historical tabletop rules sets. There are just so many interesting stories with other regiments as well.
I'll hit the books and follow a timeline as best I can. Once COVID has run its course and we can hit the tabletop again, After Actions Reports should follow.
The Loyal Edmonton Regiment's first taste of combat was the engagement 3 miles south of Piazza Armerina on July 16th, 1943. After having chased off the 2nd Battalion of the 104 Panzer Grenadier Regiment from that position, the Loyal Eddies were ready to advance on Piazza Armerina itself. Was it going to be heavily defended? What was the enemies strength? Artillery fire from the Germans on the Canadian position was countered with counter battery fire and the German guns were silenced. By nightfall the Germans had vacated Piazza Armerina and the Eddies moved in. With 3rd Brigade pushing past the Eddies (who are with 2nd Brigade) in Piazza Armerina, the Eddies were able to take a bit of a breather before they were again called into action. Lieutentant Colonel R.M. Crowe and Major J.H.W. Pope - Commanding Officer and battalion second-in-command of The Royal Canadian Regiment, checking a map outside of Piazza Armerina on 17 Jul 1943. They were the only two RCR officers killed i
Pianzza Armerina, July 16th, 1943 (a Poor Bloody Infantry tabletop wargame) “It was some kind of country… everything went uphill! We had to march on primitive cobble roads; when these ended it was only a simple track. We couldn’t have done it without mules; no room for transport inland; this bears what I have said before – anything we did in England did not, in the end, prepare us for this terrain or fighting, other than (of course) stamina.” Interview, Private Stanley Chettleborough, Nov, 1983 Brown, Shaun R.G., “The Loyal Edmonton Regiment at war, 1943-45” (1984), Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive), 11, http://scholars.wlu.ca/etd/11 With the success of the Husky landings on July 10th, the Canadian Second Brigade pushed North from the landing beaches near Pachino. By July 16th they were within three miles of Pianzza Armerina when machine gun fire and a large explosion on the road halted their advance. "C" Company of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment who were i
After having played a playtest using the blocks I made I found I was not to happy with them. They just seem to big. Here is my set up for Blore Heath. Lancastrians on the far side and the Yorkists on the near side. I removed the two Heavy infantry cards from the C&C deck as the only forces we had on the field were Billmen (medium infantry), Longbowmen (light infantry) and Cavalry (medium cavalry). To make the scenario a bit more historical I was going to have the "I am Sparticus" card a traitor card. When drawn the card would be played immediately (after round 2 maybe). The Yorkist would roll his command (5 dice) and all medium dice rolled would indicate how many units of the Lancastrian horse would turn traitor. We didn't use that rule in the play test. I am considering some other options. Either make bases for my paper troops and use them like that or to shrink the prints and mount them on proper C&C blocks.