This weekend was the October gathering at the Devon Wargames Group and I put on an "I Aint Been Shot Mum" game recreating the fight for Pouppeville on Exit 1 from Utah beach on D Day.
After Napoleonics, my first love, WWII, particularly late war western Europe, is a close second and my family have suffered to allow me the time to take several trips and journeys wandering around the key battle sights of this period with summer holidays to Normandy being a highlight of those trips.
We spent two summer holidays in 2008 and 2011 staying at a lovely holiday let in the pretty village of Fauville just outside of St Mere Eglise and was the base camp for several forays around the beaches and landing areas trying to find and identify locations from battle scenarios and pictures taken at the time
|Memorial erected close to Brecourt Manor in memory of the men lost from Easy Company 506th PIR|
These were some of the ideas and places considered for my game
|The edge of the field at Brecourt Manor where the gun positions were attacked by Easy Company as portrayed in the TV series "Band of Brothers"|
|The gateway into Brecourt Manor|
|German modified French tanks litter the causeway at La Fiere|
|La Fiere Bridge over the River Meredet|
|Remains of the foxhole used by General Gavin at La Fiere|
I have played the attack on the bridge at La Fiere a few times and this is always a tough nut for the Germans to crack but makes a good looking game and I will play this again using IABSM3.
NEUVILLE EN PLAIN
|Lt Turner B Turnbull|
|The farm building at the centre of Turnbull's position where he placed the 57mm AT gun and bazooka team|
Whilst flicking through the photo archive I found some great before and after pictures with a 12 year old Will in 2008 standing in for the warriors from another century.
ST MARIE DU MONT
In the end I settled on a battle that took place at Pouppeville just down the road from, and one that happened around the time this picture was taken in, St Marie du Mont.
Thus concludes my trip through the inspiration to play Poupeville. If you would like to see how the game played then follow the link to the Devon Wargames Group where I go through the scenario and some of the changes I made together with an AAR on our game.
Next up the 2/54e Ligne