|Canadian commanders Greg and Bill survey the battlefield|
The particular part of the battle we re-created was the assault of No.1 and No.3 Companies of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry up Bellevue Spur to Meetscheele Ridge and the village of Meetscheele. The Ridge was fortified with machineguns and pillboxes, and is represented on the table by the round raised hill at lower centre of the picture above. The village is just above it to the left, with ruined church and several buildings. The objective of the PPCLI is to take one of three objectives: the church, pillbox no.1 on the ridge, or pillbox no.2 on the ridge.
The German defenders consisted of a three-platoon company and two machineguns. The PPCLI attacked with two companies - each of three platoons - three machineguns from the MG Company, accompanied by future VC winner Lt. Mackenzie, and one 18-pounder field gun. The battalion command section included the OC himself, Lt.-Col. Agar "Ever Thine" Adamson. Notably, No.3 Company was commanded by Acting Major Talbot Papineau, a personage of some distinction, touted as a future prime minister of Canada... who was later played in a CBC production by actual future prime minister Justin Trudeau (!)
|Isn't he dreamy???|
The Canadians have gone over the top and are working their way across no-man's-land. The terrain of Passchendaele was described as a hellscape of mud and fetid water-filled shell craters and I think that comes across.
All in all, a bloody slaughter, as it should be, I suppose. It's always fun to amortize the trench table and I think a 4x4 layout was just about right for this game. Thanks to the guys for coming out to play, I hope you had fun, I sure did!