Scenario: Spring 1916. After weeks of fighting in this sector, the Aéronautique Militaire is caught in a bloody stalemate against the men and machines of Die Fliegertruppen des deutschen Kaiserreiches. Which side can gain the advantage - the French or the Germans?
Last Wednesday night I ran another Wings of War game in our ongoing 1916 campaign. From the last game, the Germans and the French tied the scenario, so we had to refight the mission again...
Mission 1: Battle Over The Trenches
Looking east, at the bottom of the photo below a pair of French Nieuport 17's can be seen. In the distance, a pair of German Albatross D-III's can be made out. Conscript Frederick, running the German planes, looks on.
The night was young, so we decided to play another game. As the victor, Frederick elected to play another scout vs. scout scenario.
Mission 2b: Dawn Patrol
Drawing randomly, both sides had a ground target, whose identity was kept secret from their opponent (for example, were they anti-aircraft gunbs?).
Looking west this time, the Germans flew with the flight leader slightly trailing the junior man. To the west and north, the two Fremch planes can be seen.
In a banking turn, the German flight leader ended up following the other pilot's plane.
The French also adopted a line astern formation, and the two lead ships closed the range.
The German wingman overshot the French leader's plane. However, the German flight leader poured on a deadly fire. Unbeknownst to Frederick, I drew 9 points of damage cards; added to the bonus for range, that was 11 of 12 damage points gone in one phase of shooting! Plus, the French leader was spewing smoke.
The French wingman squeezed off a burst at the leading German plane, but his guns jammed.
Choosing the better part of valour, the silver Nieuport banked south and dived back west to the French lines. The other Frenchman, with both guns jammed, Immelmenned out of the fight and dived west.
As the game closed, the victorious German planes decided to break off their pursuit . They couldn't catch the Frenchman and, since he was flying towards the ground target chosen at the beginning, he might be drawing them into an amubush from ground fire.
"Cheese eating surrender monkey!"
- Frederick's German Flight Leader: 2 (two sorties flown) + 8 (two planes shot down) + 2 (drove off enemy aircraft) = 12 campaign points
- Frederick's German Wingman: 2 (two sorties flown) + 2 (drove off enemy aircraft) = 4 campaign points
- Dave's French Flight Leader: 2 (two sorties flown) -4 (being shot down) = -2 campaign points
- Dave's Fench Wingman: 2 (two sorties flown) -4 (being shot down) = -2 campaign points
- Mission 3a: Hold The Line
- Mission 3b: Balloon Busting
- Mission 3c: Supply Search