| 
  • If you are citizen of an European Union member nation, you may not use this service unless you are at least 16 years old.

  • Dokkio Sidebar (from the makers of PBworks) is a Chrome extension that eliminates the need for endless browser tabs. You can search all your online stuff without any extra effort. And Sidebar was #1 on Product Hunt! Check out what people are saying by clicking here.

View
 

After Action Report (AAR) of Alpenfestung X

This version was saved 6 years ago View current version     Page history
Saved by Marc
on July 22, 2016 at 7:33:09 am
 

 

You are here: Home > After Action Report (AAR) of Alpenfestung X

 



 

Flyer

 

This was the official invitation for the tournament: Einladung ASL Alpenfestung X

 

 

Date

 

The Alpenfestung X tournament took place Thursday, July, 7th until Sunday, July, 10th, 2016.

 

Venue

 

We played in this vacation home in Walchwil (Kanton of Zug).

 

Participants

 

  1. John T. (Germany)

  2. Jan L. (Switzerland)

  3. Keith H. (U.S.A.)

  4. Marc B. (Switzerland)

 

Scenarios

 

This was the selection of the scenarios for the three rounds:

 

First round: Early War 1939 | «Case White»

 

I. An Uncommon Occurance. Germans vs. Poles. September, 1939. 6 Turns. (4:27 hrs.)

II. Rattle of Sabres.  Germans vs. Poles. September, 1939. 7 Turns. (4:58 hrs.)

III. Maczek Fire Brigade. Germans vs. Poles. September, 1939. 5.5 Turns. (5:22 hrs.)

 

          Download the Scenarios of round one.

 

Second round: Mid War 1943 | «Bougainville Island»

 

I. First Crack at Hellzapoppin Ridge. Americans vs. Japanese. December, 1943. 6.5 Turns. (4:27 hrs.)

II. Cibik's Ridge. Americans vs. Japanese. November, 1943. 8 Turns. (4:39 hrs.)

III. Unhappy Trails. Americans vs. Japanese. November, 1943. 2 x 5 Turns. (5:17 hrs.)

 

          Download the Scenarios of round two.

 

Third round: Late War 1944 | «The long retreat»

 

I. Food Fight. Partisans vs. Russians. April, 1944. 6 Turns. (3:33 hrs.)

II. Ishun Tank Traps. Germans vs. Russians. April, 1944. 6 Turns. (4:27 hrs.)

III. The Old Town. Germans vs. Poles. August, 1944. 7.5 Turns. (5:14 hrs.) 

 

          Download the Scenarios of round three.

 

Results

 

First Round

Jan (as the Germans) vs. Marc (as the Poles) in Rattle of Sabres. Marc wins.

Keith (as the Germans) vs. John (as the Poles) in Maczek Fire Brigade. Keith wins. 

 

Second Round

John (as the Japanese) vs. Marc (as the Americans) in First Crack at Hellzapoppin Ridge. Marc wins.

Jan (as the Japanese) vs. Keith (as the Americans in First Crack at Hellzapoppin Ridge. Keith wins.  

 

Third Round

John (as the Russian partisans) vs. Jan (as the Ukrainian partisans) in Food Fight. Jan wins.

Keith (as the Russians) vs. Marc (as the Germans) in Ishun Tank Traps. Keith wins. 

 

Ranking

 

1st: Keith (3:0) - Tournament winner

2nd: Marc (2:1)

3rd: Jan (1:2)

4th: John (0:3)

 

After Action Report (AAR)

 

John

<text>

 

Jan

<text>

 

Keith 

Alpenfestung was the most unique ASL experience I have ever had.  It was truly Amazing.  The food, the swanky venue with fantastic views, the ASL, and especially the company was just phenomenal.  We cannot thank Marc, John, Jann, and Walli enough for the fine hospitality.  We had a Wonderful time.

 

Our affinity for Switzerland comes through our interest in the dog breed, the Bernese Mountain Dog.  So, when I spotted Marc’s Alpenfestung advert on gamesquad a few years ago, it pricked my interest and we communicated back and forth over the years and I followed the Alpenfestung Tourney webpage.  I actually made a concerted effort a couple years ago to make one. 

 

In February Marc advertised Aplenfestung X for the summer.  I filled in the online forms and when the date was chosen there were four players for three slots.  Marc, as Host/TD always gets a slot.  Marc sent a short charming YouTube video of his daughter, the Queen, pulling names from a bowl.  My name was dramatically (for me) drawn last.  I was sure be bring Tribute to her grace.

 

I told Kelly I was signing up and when the video was launched we watched it together.  We were really stunned but now I had to come up with a good itinerary to sell to her on this project.  We did and it was super cool.   

 

The participants reviewed and voted online for the venue.  We chose an ultra modern accommodation overlooking Lake Zug.  The food was voted online.  Marc is an Amazing chef and did most of the cooking.  We had the most wonderful leisurely meal times out on the deck chatting.   John brought a Stunning single malt scotch. 

 

The scenarios were Round One Case White Poland scenarios.  Round Two was Bougainville and Round Three Ost Front.  The scenarios were published a couple weeks before the Tourney so I had no chance to look anything over.  After the big soccer game we drew lots for matchups. 

 

Round One John and I were matched up by draw.  We both wanted to play  J113 Maczek Fire Brigade.  He bid Poles and I bid  Germans, “when in doubt:  attack.”   The problem is the Germans have a long way to go and little time to get all those buildings.  Fun scenario, always plays tight.

 

The Germans sent their tin cans in on the upfront Pole setup.  A few rolled left and found the AT rifle, but most lived a good while, got good smoke (dischargers).  A couple MMC moved up to slowly clear the way to the German left.  An AC ran around popping Dummies and overrunning a way forward Pole MMC.  Most went up the German right.  John recovered well to early setbacks.  He did well to withdraw and consolidate.  He played his AFV well and their was a hell of a fun tin can fight in the center of the village but the Germans eventually got the upper hand among heaps of wrecks for both sides.  Our game really swung radically back and forth the whole game.  But, once the Poles start to break they don’t comeback too good.  The issue was in doubt to the end but in the end my Germans eked out the win.  It was a Blast playing John.  We had a really fun game.

 

Round Two Jan and I chose OB 9 First Crack At Hellzapoppin’ Ridge.  We both bid USMC so we diced for it and I got the Marines.  I love the IJA but not against the USMC.  Those guys are tough with lots of firepower.   But the Marines have to capture hill hexes where the jungle has been blasted to half level debris (by SSR) vs. IJA trenches, pillboxes, and two deadly 150 GUNS.

 

The Marines setup a heavy fire multi hex fire group to suppress the one big gun in LOS.  A couple MMC moved way left around the hill and most concentrated on working their way up the center left where there was a bit of cover.  The going was slow and the casualties were high but the Marines ground their way up the hill and pushed the IJA into a small pocket for a hard fought win vs. a tenacious opponent.  Jan made a great stand against heavy USMC firepower.  Jan was a fun opponent who put up a hell of a fight to the bitter end, Chaz would be proud, “play to the end.”  The Marines avoided CC and relied on high moral and heavy firepower to carry the day. The scenario was a blast.  I would play it again as either side but I think the USMC has the upper hand.  It was nice to see so many Bunker Crew scenarios get picked for the tournament.

 

Round Three saw Marc and I matched with 2/0 records for the trophy.  We chose J120 Ishun Tank Traps.  We both really wanted the attacking Russians.  We diced for it and the loser, Marc, got the balance, which was only Russian 9-2 to 9-1. 

 

Crazy Tank Trap SSR led the Russians to drive around the OT AFV looking for Tank Traps.  I only drove into one but pushed AFV around to the German right anyway sweating bullets with ever MP expended.  Russians used riders as much as they dared.  I ‘found’ the 88 pretty quick and he took out a good heap of Russian tanks until he broke it shooting at a MMC.  That gave the Russian AFV free movement (except the hidden Tank Traps) to maneuver into a position to blast the German left.  That gave the Russians a way to maneuver around the board edge to get in behind the Germans and grab the back buildings.  The Germans on the little hill with VC building in the middle saw some heavy fighting but eventually the Russians were able to get a few MMC on the hill and with supporting AFV, blast the Germans out for a hard fought win.  Marc played a tough game but losing the 88 like that hurt him real bad.  It led to the Russians turning that whole flank.  It was a fun scenario vs. a Great opponent. 

 

 Alpenfestung X was an amazing experience.  Great ASL with Great company in a stunning environment.  Kelly had a blast out with Walli and the trophy made it home without a scratch.  Many, many thanks to everyone for making an amazing trip that much more special. 

 

And if wasn’t cool enough, John and Walli took us to diner in Liechtenstein.  That was very nice.   I will try to add photos.  Not working though.

 

 

Marc

<text>

 

 

Photos 

 

Our venue in Walchwil - I only realized we had the entire house to ourselves once I arrived on site!

 

The terrace had a breathtaking view over Lake Zug and the surrounding hills and mountains!

 

The Rigi, a popular tourist destination on Lake Zug. Walli hiked there on Friday afternoon.

 

Our 'Case White - Poland 1939' is about to begin. From left to right: John, Jan and Keith.

 

This firefight between mounted German cavalry and dismounted Polish cavalry went on forever - after the Germans realized their ineffective fire, they decided to charge! However, it was stopped cold on the road and bridge towards the enemy positions.

 

In the late afternoon, it got warm and stuffy in the living room. Time for a refreshing swim in Lake Zug!

 

We didn't use the spring board. But it looked tempting. :o)

 

Dinner at sunset on the terrace.

 

The last stand of a Japanese gun position... after a tense and bloody fight for the hilltop, the Americans could finally charge the last pocket of resistance. 

 

A magic moment over Lake Zug!

 

Round 3: Russia 1944. Partisans fighting over food rations, and Russian tanks trying to escape German tank traps near the town of Ishun...

 

The winner trophy for Keith: By chance, I modeled exactly the scenario he played against Jan. Even the jungle trees blasted by artillery fire were there.

 

Did we manage to wet your appetite for our jubilee Alpenfestung XI in 2017? Please send me a message if you want to be updated about its planning.

 


Comments (0)

You don't have permission to comment on this page.