Battle of the Bulge AAR Jan 18, 2015 19:33:49 GMT -5
Post by SfcMigs on Jan 18, 2015 19:33:49 GMT -5
First off I want to thank all of those who braved the cold and traveled countless hours and miles to make this event possible. I really can't give too much details about the actual fighting as I missed all of it. More on that later.
So right before I left my home to drive the four hours to Ft.Johnson NY, I got notice that 4 players we were counting on would not be attending for one reason or another. So our numbers went from 17 to 13 in a heart beat. I momentarily thought about cancelling the event but I knew that Shifty, Scott Collins and Dracul were already in route and I would never do that to anyone. So off we went.
So the meeting time was set for 08:30hrs on Saturday morning at the field. 10 of our 13 expected players were on time and freezing their butts of. Temperature at that time was -1. Yes, minus one! Needles to say, the issues started early. In a matter of 30 minutes, my AA batteries for the talkies were dead, so we had no coms. Then we had the issues of just trying to keep warm. I initiated the mission and safety briefing immediately and tried to make haste with what we had there at the time. Our numbers were 7 U.S and 2 Germans. So we decide to do a school yard pick up, but just then Graham, his dad Randy and Patrick (all Germans) showed up. Now we had a game!
But right before any of this happened, my younger son Grant told me he was having trouble feeling his feet and fingers. I immediately got him into the car and back to the hotel. There we added some layers and different gloves in an effort to give it a go. So by the time we got back(40 minutes elapsed), some fighting had occurred. As we were about to enter the AO, my older son Dean came out of the AO and told me his gun jammed and his feet were killing him. (Temp still around zero). I got him in the car and there he took off his boots and wet socks. His feet were redish purple. Not good. I tested him for pain (frost bite) massaged his feet and put wool mittens on his feet. I had to warm them up. He was done for the day. at that point, so was I. Got them back to the Hotel and I'm happy to say after some scary moments, everything turned out well.
But onto the event. I just want to say Bravo to the 10 remaining players who braved the cold and fought two attack and defend scenarios. After I took care of my boys at the hotel, I returned to pick up my brother-in-law and see what was going on. The gang was at chow time and they collectively decide they all had it for the day. Dracul then took some great pictures and off we went.
So overall for me, the event was not good, but at the same time, I very proud of all the players who traveled so far and remained to play the hobby we love so much. Eight players stated that they were gonna play on Sunday, unfortunately I could not, but I am so proud of the dedication and determination of all those who showed.
As for the actual game play, each side successfully defended their base in the two scenarios that I am aware of. I'm sure more game play AAR will follow this post.
So here's a big HOOAH for the following players:
Randy (Graham's Dad)
Rich Fullman (New player)
Well done Gentlemen, well done,