Last weekend eighteen gamers from around the UK got together for the annual Donald Featherstone Memorial Weekend at Mark Freeth's centre at Kingsclere, near Basingstoke.
XXX Corps start off from the base line
and immediately run into trouble !
A tail back develops
because a tank has been brewed on the first bridge
Meantime, British paras and glider borne troops are dropping near Oosterbeek
Casualties were light
and the troops quickly dispersed to protect their landing zones
Guns and jeeps were quickly assembled and companies formed up
Arnhem remains peacefully unaware at this stage
whereas Paras are now moving into Oosterbeek
Airborne recce jeeps are sent out to investigate fire coming from a nearby factory building
Yep, its full of Krauts !
Suddenly, some truck borne German infantry dash into the other side of Oosterbeek
Whilst across the river, a German armoured column approaches the bridge
with an arrogant looking officer leading them !
Paras start to enter Arnhem
and take up defensive positions
The recce squadron are sent to investigate the Germans getting established in Oosterbeek
an exchange of fire takes place between them
and the jeeps get hit one after the other !
The Germans also took casualties but they could afford to with more and more arriving
as East of Oosterbeek proved - another column of trucks arriving
Hold on - whats coming up with the columns of trucks - old French tanks - what ?
There's something ominous about these old tanks.
Across the Rhine, forward German units move into position
In fact, there are Germans appearing everywhere.
Close to Arnhem itself, an AT gun is placed and attack teams briefed.
These Germans are getting dangerously close to the bridge.
What about XXX Corps ? I hear you cry. Well, not much change really
Despite the best efforts of the "fly boys" to assist them
Now we see Brian Fish sorting out the newly arrived Polish paras
They spread out amongst the buildings and pump works and deploy anti-tank guns too.
On the bridge itself, British paras have deployed a gun of their own to deter the armoured units building up across the river
The paras in Arnhem prepare themselves for the onsaught to come
German units beyond Oosterbeek advance towards the British LZ
as units build up behind Arnhem too
Footnote : I think as I have so many pictures of last weekend's battle, I will publish these tonight and continue the story in the days to come ... call me a tease all you like but I've run out of time right now !