So, Friday afternoon was set up day. Unfortunately, by the time we had set everything up, the light was fading fast and my camera flash was simply unable to penetrate the gloom properly.
I managed to take this picture of some of my buildings representing a small town to the southeast of Hildesheim.
A shot of the river line which crossed my tables in the rapidly developing gloom.
The next day I managed to take these shots of the terrain as we were deploying. This is looking northwest towards Hannover, way off in the distance beyond the end of the tables. Dennis is deploying part of his armoured division beyond the road running across the table, while Ian would deploy another armoured division in the space this side of the road. Facing them would be a West German brigade and a Belgian brigade, with a brigade from British 1st Armoured, and part of a brigade from 4th British Armoured Division (my troops) in the corner where the table turns towards the northeast.
This is the hilly country where 4th Armoured deployed an armoured recce regiment with attached engineering squadron, and a single Chieftain regiment. Just out of view on the far right is a large airport, which was garrisoned by a RAF Regt infantry squadron and an RAF Regiment Rapier squadron. Later, a Challenger Regiment would advance down the road skirting the edge of the high ground, to take the Soviets in the flank.
The area around Saltzgitter, with the large power station and industrial centre around docks on the canal.
Another view showing the lovely building models used for Saltzgitter
The built up area of Brunswick, soon to be the centre of some hard fought actions.
Brunswick with the heavily mined NATO side of the river.
The far end of the table layout with the autobahn crossing the river in the distance - the East Germans were to suffer heavily in this area.
So, this was the terrain to be fought over on the Saturday and Sunday. More pictures of the action to come shortly.
Thanks for looking.