St Algnan de Cramesnil 1944

During YR2007 Battlefront aka Flames of War (FOW) created several scenarios with their release of the old Villers-Bocage Normandy supplement. The scenarios, in order of date were: Wittman’s Wild Ride, Point 213, Villers-Bocage, and the last scenario called St Algnan de Cramesnil. All are part of the Normandy campaign during the summer of 1944 and directly involve big bad German Panzer VI Tigers twice led by Michael Wittman himself.

St Algnan de Cramesnil is the last of the Normandy British vs. SS scenarios. Basically a tank miniature only scenario featuring the senior regiment of the 33rd Armored Brigade, the Northamptonshire Yeomanry vs. the panzers of SS SpzAbt 101 commanded by SS Hauptsturmfuhrer Wittman.

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Basic overview map of the Canadian Operation Totalize operation. St Algnan de Cramesnil is just above midpoint on the map.

St Algnan de Cramesnil Normandy 1944 scenario (.doc): St Algnan de Cramesnil 1944 scenario notes

Scenario map for St Algnan de Cramesnil Normandy 1944 below. Table is 6’x4′ size, girded at foot intervals for easy set up. Terrain is standard for FOW tabletop rules; roadway, concealing hedge, woods and standard building at road junction. British deployment behind the yellow deployment limit line. Wittmans’s force deploys in map square marked “A” and has first move. Sole objective is “X” for victory point determination. See the complete scenario notes for all scenario rules of play and victory conditions.

Scenario map for St Algnan de Cramesnil Normandy 1944.

Scenario map for St Algnan de Cramesnil Normandy 1944. Table is 6’x4′ size, girded at foot intervals. Terrain is standard for FOW tabletop rules.

Plenty of history on Michael Wittman on the internet… just type his name. His active campaigning in Russia and finally the Normandy front can be read on many historical references, including the settled grand debate on how and whom caused his death. Under the FOW rules his Panzer VI Tiger is the devil on the tabletop (see attached), a notch above the “average Tiger” in FOW and causes much “fear” in Allied tanker players. Michael Wittman Warrior(.doc)

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Michael Wittman himself on his favorite “chariot”.

Joe Ekins was Wittman’s nemesis. He was low-keyed and served his duty for the war in ETO. WR found an old Daily Mail newspaper chipping via the internet search. Recently Mr. Ekins passed away in February 2012.

Daily Mail article on Joe Ekins.

Daily Mail article on Joe Ekins.

Daily Mail article on Joe Ekins.

Daily Mail article on Joe Ekins.

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Joe Ekins

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Engagement of Wittman’s Tiger by Joe Ekins. Shows the open fields, occasional woods (no bocage) and clear weather southeast of Caen (Normandy). Painting by David Pentland.

Photograph of the wrecked Tiger 007, taken by French civilian Mr. Serge Varin in 1945, still in the field near Gaumesnil where it had been stopped a year before.

Photograph of the wrecked Tiger 007, taken by French civilian Mr. Serge Varin in 1945, still in the field near Gaumesnil where it had been stopped a year before.

Up till recent times WR hasn’t had the vehicles or infantry miniatures painted for the ETO British/Canadian forces. Several months ago WR completed a major 1/72 (20mm) British armor miniatures overhaul and finally finished up several squadrons / companies of different era British armor (224 tanks) and support vehicles. Apart from the typical ETO Sherman squadron (of three troops with Firefly) and HQ, WR finished up his Vickers VII squadron (EW desert), Matilda I and II squadrons (EW desert), A10, A11 and A13 Cruisers (mixed EW desert), Crusader I and III (EW & MW desert), Desert Honey (MW Stuart), Grant with one extra Lee troop (MW desert), Churchill, Cromwell and Comet squadrons (ETO). Plus a batch of British 79th Division Churchill “funnies” or AVRE vehicles. Each tank squadron variant has their attached HQ group of tank miniatures. A lot of armor but, except for painted North African campaign Gurkha company, almost no plastic infantry miniatures painted. Funny Rabbit…. need the infantry painted too so the three other ETO British scenarios can be gamed plus several interesting North African scenarios. So, to encourage the painting of British infantry, especially for the ETO Normandy front, WR slowly is composing the FOW British / Canadian / Polish Normandy scenarios into his WWII 20mm gaming format.

Cheers from the warren. Future AAR when scenario “volunteers” found.

WR

Update: Scenario AAR posted: St Algnan de Cramesnil AAR

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3 thoughts on “St Algnan de Cramesnil 1944

    • Should be a good scenario when my son’s stop in to play. The research was basic really. FOW scenario came from the old FOW ver1.0 series Normandy books and FOW web site itself. AAR to follow when the dice are quiet again… M

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