Sunday, 18 December 2011

HITT Turkey vs Russia Sarikamish 1915

We've finally managed a game after many months in exile.  I was watching Channel 4's 'The First World War' the other day & I was fascinated by the Turkish Invasion of the Caucasus & the events leading from it.  Basically they got whooped & sadly it led to the Armenian Genocide, not a nice piece of history.. but you can read more here

Anyway the game, we are still restricted on game board size since we've moved rooms around.  A standard board size with the Russians taking 25 points & the Turks 27 points.  I took the Russians & opted for Infantry heavy, two Mg's, 1 Artillery & 2 Cavalry.  Pasha Amy took the Turks & went for 1 Artillery, 4 Cavalry & the rest Infantry.  The Turks would be the attacker, the main action would be for the Russians to hold a village.

Pasha Amy would waste no time in the attack

The Russian defence

The Turkish Hordes

The Turkish general staff with German advisor.

Russian general staff

WWwwaaaarrggghh!  Turks Attack...

Amys Turks swarm the village
On the other flank, the Turks wait for the Russians in the orchard.

Cavalry scrap!!!
A tough fight for the village
A Russian Mg bites the dust & here an Infantry element too.

Hopefully I can get back in the game..

The Turkish Cavalry get the upper hand..

Numbers count, victory for Amy.

The village is ours!

Russian troops

Well whooped again, things don't change then.  Numbers count, I went for the extra Mg's but they never got into play.  Amy wasted no time & went for the kill. 


Chris said...

Great report! Thanks also for the link, as I've had a heck of time finding decent information about the Caucasus campaigns. It's actually nice to see the Russian Army in WWI prevail, at least until things collapsed in 1917.

As for the Turks, all one say is that their losses were truly, truly appalling. The suffering of those men is beyond comprehension.

Best regards,


MrFarrow2U said...

Cheers Chris, WW1 did throw up a few 'odd' fronts, this was one of them.

All the Best

Chris said...

I meant to add an unrelated comment that by all means see "War Horse" when it is released. (In the U.S. that will be Christmas Day.) It is absolutely the best WWI movie, if not war movie in general, I've ever seen.