Saturday September 2nd saw the Battle of Hook’s Farm take place in the Woking between the forces of Army Red and Dark Green (in my side garden).
The game was played using the Funny Little Wars rules with 6 infantry, 2 cavalry and 3 guns aside for a total of 120 infantry, 24 cavalry and 3 artillery. Each side also had one sniper.
Anthony with the forces of Army Red deployed on their baseline.
The battlefield of Hook Farm, showing the farm, firefly church, the cottage and the hovel. A small stone wall provides some cover in the middle.
Brian with the deployed forces of Army Dark Green.
Army Red start their initial manouevres.
The catering corps observing the action
Army Red send a cavalry detachment to seize the farm.
On the other flank the cavalry dash towards the church
Army Dark Green advance more cautiously having refused one flank
Army Red advance in a steady line
Both sides cavalry contest the farm
First blood to Army Green as a well placed shell kills some cavalry
General view of the battlefield
Army Dark Green deploy the guns
And the artillery duel begins
Army Green advance to line the wall
Army Red Sniper hides by the Hovel
Slavs skulk in cover – unfortunately they were hit by their own guns just after this as a stray shell landed in front of the woods…
Forced into retreat by their own artillery…
The action hots up with a firefight developing
By firefly church the Red cavalry threaten the Dark Green heavy gun.
And over run it
Dismounted cavalry fight over the farm…
The game was fun and eventually, Army Red got the better of the firefight and having spiked their guns Army Dark Green withdrew from the battlefield. We were very lucky with the weather.
We played from 11am to 5.30pm with an hour or so’s break for lunch at 1pm and another short break for cake and tea…