Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Battle of Stonne

This is the third time I've played this battle, it is a most challenging CD3 scenario. 15 May 1940, Grossdeutchland Regiment supported by armour from 10 Panzer Division takes on 3e DIM and armour from 3eDLC for control of the hilltop village of Stonne. I played the French and Gerard the Germans.

French RHQ, dug in. Figures are Esci, Airfix & Waterloo 1815 conversions

French defenses in the northwest corner of the village

Weapons platoon and AT gun at the bottom of the hill, the hedges represent a sunken lane that could not be fired into without difficulty, so providing excellent cover for the Germans

This is about turn 3, Gerard times his infantry assault perfectly with the arrival of his armour, and the French were struggling from here on in

the Panzers would block the lane if destroyed in it and despite my best efforts Gerard got away with this bold early move, the Stug is by Dragon and the PIV a conversion of sorts

German reinforcement armour enters turn 6, Stonne is now being attacked from two sides

French armour arriving on the same turn, but they had a lot more ground to cover. S35 (wish you could still get these) is by Heller, Char B is Matchbox

Turn 8. This company was caught in an artillery barrage on their way to support Stonne, luckily their morale held and they advanced in behind the tanks

Same turn, French armour engages the Germans at a far more favourable range owing to their superior guns, they actually enjoyed some success here destroying two platoons

Assault pioneers begin their drive into the rear of the village, and with most French reinforcements still a couple of turns away things fell decisively in favour of the Germans, despite their growing casualties

More French reinforcements fail to reach the battlefield intact as the Luftwaffe picked the right time to show up

LMG platoon on the eastern side of the village, Pegasus figures

With all of the French reinforcements tied up in their own battles outside of the village, the Germans began to overwhelm the defenses quite rapidly

The last say went to this French engineer platoon but I think they were one of only two undamaged platoons, in good morale, still fighting. All in all it was a fairly even game until about turn 7 when the Germans had all of the kit in the right place at the right time for the final assault. Thanks to Gerard for the game and Bob for the scenario


  1. A beautiful game report. Thanks for sharing!

  2. That looks to have been an enjoyable game - great report. I haven't actually played a game for a month now and I'm getting bad withdrawal!

  3. Cool AAR!!!
    Very inspiring Al!

  4. Gratefully recieved as always boys, back in a few days

  5. Great looking table and figures Al.

  6. Good game

    One of the key battles in France 1940
    I've done it once (as in umpired a CD game of) ending up with the same result

    Despite a bit of French quality the German kit seemed to be in the right plae at the right time

    Also the Stug IIID did make a rare 1940 appearance here! Nice to see it on tabke. It took me ages to collect two of these things, back in the days where you waited for things to turn up in model shops

  7. Nice one, poor froggies. Your camera shots are improving to no end.

  8. Sounds like a good scenario. Will go to his website and have a look. Does he do other ones?

  9. Thanks lads, really enjoy the early stuff. EF, yeah mate Bob has a bit of everything. Loving this Aussie weather!

  10. very nice. I like the froggies

  11. Nice to see it on table,Sounds good !! What rules you used ? Sorry for my bad English.

    Best regards Carlo Antonio

  12. Your English is fine mate, the rules are Command Decision 3.

  13. I found a Heller S35 at a military show late last summer. Was a lovely kit to put together, wouldn't mind getting a few more myself.

    As a consolation prize: