Our British friend Chris Brown yearly visits Holland to organize and umpire a Grand Table Bolt Action multiplayer game in the NH Rijn Hotel in Arnhem. We joined a game in 2016. About his annual game in 2021 he wrote us:
We are running another wargame event over the commemorative weekend at Arnhem – 17/18/19th September. We have set up a Facebook page (link) where you can find more information and/or PM me if you have any questions.
These events are not like tournaments or conventions/shows. We prefer smaller, informal atmosphere so we limit the number of players to 50 at the very most. Naturally the general theme is Operation Market Garden. The venue is the NH Rijn Hotel which incorporates the old Rhine Pavilion, which was a battle location in its own right in 1944; it is the Art Deco building you can just see behind the Stug, so it is right in the middle of a major axis of the battle. We can arrange rooms at the hotel at a very fair price — where else can you have your breakfast in a former battle site? The general idea is that we will have games in the evening so you can explore the battle areas by day, but if you want to spend the whole time playing that’s OK too – the gaming room will be available from about 1030 each day. Naturally the theme is Operation Market Garden and there will be a lot of Bolt Action going on. Don’t worry if you do not have a suitable army; we will lend you one. There will be tables for ‘standard-sized’ BA games, but also a number of large multi-player games too. We also hope to have some Rapid Fire and Battlegroup and also a demonstration of our own company-level fast-play game ‘Fire for Effect’. The player fee is UKP 70.00, preferably by Paypal, but we can make other arrangements if necessary.
More on his Facebook page. We heartily recommend this event!
In het Nederlands: het feest is even over, mannen! Wijkcentra dicht dus Pontania gesloten. We hopen dat de heropening eerder komt dan de herverkiezing van Donald Trump :-).
In English for our expat members:
Clubs that played in pubs or restaurants closed three weeks ago. We Amsterdam wargamers had been lucky so far, because community centers stayed open. But the extra restrictions last week have forced Pontania to close the doors for at least 2 weeks. As you may have guessed already.
We hope that our prime minister will allow community centers to reopen asap. Unfortunately, he’s not a wargamer.
So no club events for the time being and for the next two (?) weeks. We hope for the best.
Unfortunately we have to cancel all meetings and club events unti April 6, 2020. All club buildings in Holland have been closed because of the Corona outbreak. Thank you for your understanding. Hope to see you in good health again next month.
Revenge! revenge! a gory shroud
To tyrants, and the slaves that yield’
Eternal honor calls aloud
For courage in the battle-field.
Who loves or fears a conquered land
That bows beneath the despot’s hand?
In 1809, the Austrians took advantage of the French pre-occupation with Spain to plan their revenge. They were in contact with the British and with German rebel leaders, members of the Tugendbund (League of Virtue).
Together, they came up with a coordinated plan of fomenting rebellion in the German states, while the British would invade the Dutch/German coast and the Austrians attack Bavaria (*). Napoleon did not return in time to take charge of the French, but below commanders were there in 2019, at the Skandal im Sperrbezirk Sharp Practice Campaign Day.
Game 1 Empire
Game 1 Coalition
Game 2 Empire
Game 2 Coalition
Dick & Taco French/French (Italian)
Mark & Alex
Phil & Rogier
David & Steven (Brunswick/’Austrians’)
Bram & Dick French
Maarten & Mark
Jos & Jurjen
Joe & Maarten Schill Freikorps
Leigh & Jurjen
Fred & Alex Austrian
Leigh & Marc French/Danish
Robert & Arjan
Phil & Rory
Steven & Robert British
Kingdom of Holland
Jenny British (KGL)
Rogier & Taco
Joe & Arjan Schill/British
Marc & Jos Danish/French (Polish)
Jenny & David
Games played. Bold: Major Win, Italic: Minor Loss
Marc (Danish) winner of the campaign
Marc’s Force Commander Johann von Ewald used to be a commander of Hessians in the American War of Independence. By 1809 he was of pensioner age and acted like a Coward accordingly. At Käseburg he let Leigh’s provisional Cuirassier unit win the day with a flank charge on the British Line, while holding off his own opponent. At Handwerp he tried to defend the church with his Jaegers, while Jos’ Poles stood in the open, volleying away with his Polish Uhlans harassing the rear of the coalition forces.
Historically, there were plans for
coordinated attacks on the French, but they all failed. The German rebels were
defeated piecemeal, and by the time the British invaded Walcheren, the
Austrians had already suffered a crushing defeat at Wagram.