We played a small pick up game this weekend, fielding my much-loved 2 pdr. portees, and three newly painted German panzers in a non-historical fictional scenario set somewhere in the chaos following the battle at Gazala, as the Allied forces fell back towards Egypt.
The game was played in 1/72 scale on an 8' X 5' table using Battlefront WWII rules. In this scenario, a small Australian blocking force is sent to occupy the ruins of a desert fort at a crucial road junction. Armoured help is on the way, but will it be enough to stop the German column in hot pursuit of the fleeing forces? Short answer … no.
The Australian force is composed of a motor company with an attached Vickers platoon and two 2 pdr. portees.
Reinforcements, to arrive at staggered times, consist of a recce platoon (2 Humber Mk II's) and a squadron of Valentines.
The Australians arrive on the first turn, and by the second have dismounted from their transport and taken up positions in the fort and a nearby wadi as the trucks withdraw to shelter behind the fort. In the background can be seen the armoured car platoon which is picking its way down the rough road from the escarpment, where it had arrived on Turn 2.