scenarios: France 1914
scenarios designed for new players with small forces, although
they also suit those times when you might only have one or two
hours available for a quick game. They are:
Don't be deceived by the
apparent simplicity of these two scenarios.
guard - August 1914
fanciful fictional scenario, but an interesting tactical
challenge, pitting a German advanced guard against a BEF
of the Silver Helmets
Battle of Halen, 12 August 1914. An
exciting historical scenario between Belgian and German cavalry
in the opening days of the first world war, as German
Cavalry on the outside of the German wheel around Paris confront
Belgian cavalry desperately trying to buy time for the Anglo
French forces. Can you buy them this time? This scenario was
researched and written by Robert Dunlop.
arms counterpunch 1918
both sides struggling to find adequate manpower, a British
division undertakes a preliminary assault against two German
regiments to gain a better position for the next big push. Both
sides must combine all arms to have any chance of success: there
are far too few infantry available for any poorly planned
frontal assault to stand a chance of success.
River Crossing 1914
British division attempts an opposed crossing of the River Aisne
during the allied counter-offensive, but the British commander
has a trick or two up his sleeve, published in the
Scenarios section of the official Great War Spearhead site.
force attempts to protect a rail line from an advancing German
force attempting to blow the line, published in the Scenarios
section of the official Great War Spearhead site..
cloud north of Ypres
||A fictional battle set in the
early days of the second battle of Ypres capturing some of
the key issues of battle at this time: the horrors of poison
gas, and the need to plan the use of artillery carefully to
support your attack. The battle requires one German division and
one British (or French) division.
|Crisis in the Balkans
||A fictional battle between Allied and Turkish forces set
around 1917/1918, with two Turkish divisions and one
strengthened Allied division, fighting through mountainous
Austro Hungarian divisions attempt to push a veteran force of
Serbs out of the town of Shabatz (four town sectors.... that has
to hurt!!), published in the Scenarios
section of the official Great War Spearhead site.
1915: This is a Great War Spearhead Scenario based in Macedonia
at the close of 1915, written by Dave Watson (Balkan Dave) and
available on his website. It is based on the action at Kosturino
but with some amendments to the order of battle to improve the
playability of the scenario. The actual battle is described in Action
the river to Nasariyeh (New)
scenario based upon the month long advance of Anglo-Indian
forces up the Euphrates river to capture the town of Nasariyeh.
The scenario combines key features of the month long advance
including supporting gunboats. Wax up your whiskers and pour
The scenario was researched and
written by Eric Spicer, and play-tested by Andy Gorman, Jon
Harding, Stan Walker and Robin Sutton.
on the Oasis 1916
||A fictional battle set in
Palestine and based around events from Second Gaza. The battle
requires one division of Turkish troops, and 5 British brigade
It is August 1915. British forces
have landed at Suvla Bay on 6 August in an attempt to break the
stalemate that has developed at ANZAC and Helles on the
Dardanelles. They must take the high ground around the beaches,
against apparently light Turkish opposition: if they succeed,
the Gallipoli Peninsular is theirs.
in the Garden of Eden; Qurna, 1914
A smaller Anglo-Indian force
attacks a Turkish force defending the town of Qurna, 80 miles
north of Basra. This delightful 'what if' Great War Spearhead
scenario requires approximately a division for each side. It was
researched and written by Eric Spicer, and play tested by Stan
Walker, Andy Gorman and Al Clarke of Christchurch.
at Abu Tulul, 1918 (New)
Elements of the German Asia Corps,
supported by a Turkish Division, assault ANZAC positions around
the feature of Abu Tulul. Can the ANZACs hold out when their
positions are so thinly held? This scenario was researched
and written by Eric Spicer, and play tested by Stan Walker, Nick
Grant, and Andy Gorman of Christchurch.
A fictional scenario (designed
by Robin Sutton and Andy Gorman) in which elements of a Russian
infantry division must rush to the rescue of two battalions
holding a town outpost in the face of a Turkish advance by two
under strength Turkish divisions. This is a smaller scenario
that players can probably complete inside two hours, yet it has
a number of randomly generated variables that will reward
several re-plays of the battle.
Indian troops attempt to push German colonial troops out of the
small town of Tanga in East Africa, published in the Scenarios
section of the official Great War Spearhead site.
First Balkan War, Thrace, 22/23
October 1912: a Bulgarian division tries to clear Turkish forces
from Seliolu. This is a link to Dave Watson's Balkan Wars page.