|Dave's British prepare for the onslaught|
|That's one 25lber ...|
|... and here's another!|
|A whopping 39 order dice!|
|My DAK begin their advance|
|Mike's DAK make good use of the cover to press forward|
|An early success for the Axis forces - the 81mm mortar zeroes in on a 25lber|
|BOOM! One less piece of artillery to pound our chaps as we rush forward|
|More of my DAK filter on to the table|
Mike took some great shots of the game. You can see that there's quite a lot of open ground to cross before reaching the walls!
|Mike brings on more men and a Panzer III|
|Dave responds to the Panzer III by bringing on his Churchill|
|Mike's brave men close in on a ruined building|
|My chaps have taken quite a pounding from the British guns|
|But these Brits are racking up the pins|
|My flanking force arrives!|
|Our troops close in on Mersa Brega!|
|My veterans get ready to storm the barricades!|
|Mike's men pour in to the compound!|
|More DAK move up to support the veterans|
|But Dave has his own reinforcements to bring on!|
|Mike's Panzer III advances to try for a flank shot on the Churchill|
|The 222 supports the DAK squads in the nearest buildings|
|The closest we get to arty shots!|
By this point the game was so exciting and so close that I totally forgot to take any more pics of the final turn or two. After turn six we rolled and got to play one more turn. Both sides made every possible effort to achieve their objectives... As night fell and the dust settled we counted up the VPs and it was 14 points each! A hard fought draw that neatly reflected the closely contested situation on the table.
What a superb game! My thanks to both Mike and Dave for an excellent afternoon of gaming. This one had everything - moments of drama, comedy and plenty of heroics.
The open battlefield and more mobile forces make for a very different style of Bolt Action game when compared to our games set in Normandy. Enormous fun all round. Really looking forward to the Battle for Ras el Madauur next month.