Advance Squad Leader
HISTORICAL ACCOUNT LOCATION:The village of Sneek, Holland DATE: 16 April 1945 COMMENTARY: The war in Europe was drawing to a close. The First Canadian Army directed its efforts to cutting off the remnants of the German army still in Holland. Across flat soggy fields and along the dykes, Canadian rifle battalions were engaged in the grinding task of capturing village after village until they would eventually reach Zuider Zee. In many cases, the weary German defenders put up a token resistance before surrendering. The average Landser was well aware that the end was near. On 16 April, A Company of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada queued up to make another assault on another Dutch village. With a bit of luck the defenders of Sneek would not put up much of a fight but as the Canadian infantry began to move forward the soldiers of the 12th SS Panzer Division readied their weapons. A Company was met with heavy small arms fire as they neared the village of Sneek. The Wasp carrier supporting the attack drove along the
HISTORICAL ACCOUNT LOCATION: Mooshof, Germany DATE: 26 February 1945COMMENTARY: Operation Blockbuster went in 25 February with the capture of Calcar-Udem Ridge as its goal. This attack rapidly became a desperate struggle for the towns, villages and individual farms that dotted the battlefield. The first rate troops of the 17th and 18th Fallschirmjager Regiments fought fanatically for every yard of ground now that they were defending their homeland. The 8th brigade of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division was having a particularly rough time. In the face of withering fire, Canadian assaults were slowed and halted. At the hamlet of Mooshof, D Company of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada was stuck in front of their objective after two of their assaults were repulsed by the Fallschirmjager. It was here that 23-year-old Sergeant Aubrey Cosens was about to become a legend to the men of the Queen’s Own. After putting down a sharp German counter-attack, Sergeant Aubrey Cosen’s platoon commander lay dead in the mud and Co
: The Canadian Army’s role in ‘Operation Goodwood’ was known as ‘Atlantic’ and like the big attack, ended with less than spectacular results. The Canadian 6th Brigade of the 2nd Infantry Division was tasked with capturing the village of Verrieres, which sat atop a ridge of the same name. The assault went in 19 July and after making good progress initially, the Germans counter-attacked in force and badly cut up the leading Canadian battalions, the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders and the Fusiliers Mont-Royal. Pushed back to their original start line, the FMR were ordered to recapture Troteval Farm in preparation for the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry’s attack on the village of Verrieres. The FMR, battered from its previous actions, amalgamated the remnants of the rifles companies into one full strength company and attacked the farm at 2200hrs. Led by Major Jacques Dextraze, the French-Canadians made a spirited assault supported by the tankers of the Sherbrooke Fusiliers and they quickly encircled the German defe
This will be doing a series of ASL scenarios by James McLeod. As far as I know they are free for anyone to use. James passed away in 2009. He was the driving force behind ASL in Canada to many years. It is my hope to see people play his great scenarios. This way his creative scenarios and love of the game will go on.
If you haven't notice I'm slowly returning to broads game. I got so miniatures that had never seen the light of day. Or played with once. Only to have the group go in another direction. That least I can play the broad games solo. Plus the cost in the end it cheaper than buying miniatures.Fifty shades of Feldgrau pretty well covers any didn't squard level broad game. Take a look you might find it interesting.Fifty Shade of Feldgrau
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This video goes over the differences between Squad Leader and Advance Squad leader. The video is the first of the series by David Garvin. The scenario is a great solo one to play
Since I'm on the injured reserve list. I have started clipping the edges of my ASL counters. My understanding is this protect the counter from having bad edges. It is stress reliever. The slow chunking of the clipper with the drone of the TV in the background is relaxing. According to my calculations it will take a couple of months to just do the ASL counters. It you are in need of a clipper here what I have found..On Broad Game Geeks there is thread on Counter clippers; Everything you need to know about clippers
Here is the final part of the series'
Continuing the VASAL with Stew here is part two. I have to say the videos do help explain ASLSK. Hope you enjoy this one.
Getting started to play Solitaire ASL. Great videos to help one starting playing.
Finding a copy of this module isn't easy. When you do the price is pretty high. If one can't find a face to face player this becomes the only option. The ASL group I play with said that the systems works pretty well. Here is an excellent video on the module.
As you have found out if you are a ASL player that storage can be a problem. Lucky for me the group of players I have joined give me good advice. 1. Buy Plano 3700 series boxes. 5 x 32 compartment.2. Good ring binders. These are to store your maps broads and scenario cards.This video pretty well answers most questions.
I know when I opened the ASLSK box I thought. Crap look at all these parts. Then how do they all work together to make the game playable. My poor old brain started to spin. Lucky for my I have a mentor. David Lamb is the mentor I have to guide me through the maze of playing ASL. Lucky for me David is one of the elite ASL player and designer in the country. He along with PJ Norton, Fred Schwartz and Robert Davis are some of the best in the ASL world. All to these gentlemen have been playing ASL since the 80's. More of this later in posts in the future. Now for the video. If you like the ASL system and have a son or daughter. See if they are willing to play the game. It is exciting to play. Also a little cheap to play than miniature gaming. Below are the first two video to get one started on the ASL adventure.
The video explains the terrain features on the game broad. This will help a new player get their head around the values of the terrain.