Sunday, October 25, 2015
"The Eagle Has Landed" Bolt Action Battle Report
Pretty much every WW2 gamer over the age of 40 is well familiar with the movie, but for those who aren't, it's definitely a classic. In broad strokes, here's the story:
At the height of World War II, Nazi intelligence officer Max Radl (Robert Duvall) devises a plan to kidnap Winston Churchill while the prime minister is on vacation at an English seaside cottage. With the approval of Reichsfuhrer-SS Heinrich Himmler (Donald Pleasence), the scheme moves forward with German paratrooper hero Oberst Kurt Steiner (Michael Caine) leading the mission, aided on the ground by Liam Devlin (Donald Sutherland), a mercenary Irishman with a dislike of the English. The initially preposterous-seeming plan seems more and more plausibly successful with Steiner and his men arriving in England disguised as Polish paratroopers. They install themselves in the sleepy village of Studley Constable to await the arrival of Churchill, but in the meantime their plan unravels when the "Polish paratroopers" are revealed to be Germans. Enter Colonel Clarence E. Pitts (Larry Hagman), a hawkish-but-incompetent US Army officer stationed nearby with his Ranger unit... and mayhem ensues!
a very cool scenario representing the final battle in the village, between the US Army Rangers and Steiner's disguised "Polish Paratroopers" / Fallschirmjagers.
We'll run this game again for sure; my wife bought me a very nice laser-cut church model appropriate to the scenario from Sarissa Precision (as well as the "Steiner" figure from Warlord) so this may even be a game we take on the road to PrairieCon next year!
**LATE BREAKING** here's some more pics from Conscript Curt!