Whilst we are on a wargaming roll, Steve Clarke and I managed to squeeze in another game before I head off to Wisconsin later this week.
And for a change, it was WWII North Africa using I Ain't Been Shot Mum rules.
The flimsy scenario was that a British Colonel by the name of Clarke was instructed to capture an Italian held village jut beyond the British lines - little knowing that German support was nearby.
Below are Italians hidden on "Blinds"
British forces on "Blinds" on their start line
The Italians spot a squadron of Crusaders coming over a ridge
and further back a squadron of Honey tanks
The chaps who did the spotting were a carefully sited anti-tank gun team
and their first shot takes out the lead tank.
Over on the Italian right, another AT gun spots a troop of Matilda tanks - more of a handful, them !
Nevertheless, the Italian gunners have a go and cause some damage
Another troop of British tanks (Valentines) have dashed forwards with élan (or stupidity) and outflanked the Italian gunners
The gunners are put to flight
The first squadron try to imitate them but run foul of a more determined AT team
and an Italian AT rifle team is also poised to strike
Like this !
In fact, the place seems to be crawling with them !
The Valentines continue their dash past the Jebel as they have heard approaching engines
No doubt more Italians are concealed by the village (hence the Blinds)
A real cavalry-like dash this !
Meanwhile, Colonel Clarke has de-bussed his infantry from their trucks on the ridge line.
The Italian gunners keep up their fire on the British tanks
as do the AT Rifle teams
The two intact Matildas edge forward to see where all this fire is coming from.
Oh Oh ! The Valentines discover the source of engine noise - Panzer IIIs !
and a fire fight develops
The Panzers take out the lead Valentine.
Trying to support the Valentine charge, a battery of AT guns in Portees get caught in the open by another Italian AT team, side on.
These Italians are crack shots ! The centre vehicle explodes.
Now Panzer IVs appear on the battlefield
Disdainfully leaving the Valentines to be dealt with by the Panzer IIIs
The Matildas move up to counter this threat
British infantry have been ordered forwards to deal with the pesky Italian gunners
The PzIVs now finish off the Portees stranded by the Jebel
With options running out, Colonel Clarke orders his Honey light tanks around the right flank
Here's the PzIVs concentrating their fire past the village
Not wishing to miss out, an Italian tank troop emerges from cover to engage the Honeys
At first they get the best of it severely damaging the lead Honey
Don't celebrate too soon ...
More British infantry infiltrate the Italian positions
and kill Italian AT riflemen
With a side swipe, a PzIV kills the only Valentine to survive the PzIII attack.
At last a British tank success ! A Honey kills an Italian M13/40
Now the PzIVs are in the village
Infantry assist the Honey tanks in clearing the right of the battlefield
The PzIIIs seem content to sit back and rest on their laurels after their success against the Valentines.
Now the German commander calls forward two Marder SP guns to take on the Matildas
The Matildas got in first and caused much damage to the Marders but they survive.
This is the view from behind the British position at this stage of the battle
Its grim, as there are a lot of tanks burning.
At least the British infantry have got into the orchard near the Italian village
But with the Marders opening up and destroying another Matilda all hope fades
Colonel Clarke pulls his remaining men out
The Italian commander emerges from his HQ building to thank the German CO.
We were a bit rusty with the IABSM rules but still enjoyed the action.
Its been a long time since my WWII desert war stuff saw any action so good to dust them off - dust them off !