SAS Wargames Club

SAS Wargames Club
Welcome to our home on the Web! Well it's brighter and hopefully better than ever before - well it all works - which is better than before. Don't worry despite this new glossy professional feel we're still the same bunch of reprobates looking to play toy soldiers!

Monday, 4 September 2006

The Retreat from Liphook

Never has such a gallant band of heroes had to suffer the outrageous fortunes inflicted upon us that day, resulting in the infamous 'Retreat from Liphook'.

The Fallen Heroes: Warren, Graham, Dave, Mike W, Rupert, Andy, Steve & Phil
missing from picture - Mike N (Umpire)


Battlefield along its length

Dave & Graham setting-up French Troops

Steve consulting with an umpire whilst Phil
throws some moves in the background






Wednesday, 21 June 2006

Refight of the Battles of Waterloo & Wavre


On a 'Stella' (Artois) fuelled Monday night, someone said lets refight Waterloo and Wavre on the same day, just like it happened in reality! We all laughed ...

but the wiring in Big John's head went into overload. By the time of our next meeting he said 'I have a plan, lets refight "Waterloo and Wavre on the same day, just like it happened in reality!", we laughed ...

but it turned out that he was serious, so we thought why not!

We set the date for 17th June, rules chosen (Shako), terrain was planned, figures made ready and a venue secured at 'Worrell Towers'. We spent the evening of Friday 16th setting-up, over 3,000 figures were involved on two tables - Waterloo
on 18' x 8' and Wavre on 8' x 6'.

Enjoy the pictures... (words by Bjorn and Benny)


My, my, at Waterloo Napoleon did surrender
Oh yeah, and I have met my destiny in quite a similar way
The history book on the shelf


Is always repeating itself














Waterloo - I was defeated, you won the war
Waterloo - Promise to love you for ever more
Waterloo - Couldn't escape if I wanted to
Waterloo - Knowing my fate is to be with you
Waterloo - Finally facing my Waterloo















My, my, I tried to hold you back but you were stronger
Oh yeah, and now it seems my only chance is giving up the fight
And how could I ever refuse
I feel like I win when I lose










Waterloo - I was defeated, you won the war
Waterloo - Promise to love you for ever more
Waterloo - Couldn't escape if I wanted to
Waterloo - Knowing my fate is to be with you
Waterloo - Finally facing my Waterloo









So how could I ever refuse
I feel like I win when I lose - 


Waterloo - Couldn't escape if I wanted to
Waterloo - Knowing my fate is to be with you

Waterloo - Finally facing my Waterloo





































L to R: Graham, Rupert, John, Phil, Dave, Warren,
Paul, Andy, Mike & Nick

Friday, 14 April 2006

Invasion of Crete

British Armoured Cars
20mm Bofors AA Gun
In  July 1941 the Germans invaded Crete, 65 years later we re-create the opening battles using Andy's 20mm collection.








Greek Infantry waiting to give German
Airborne troops a nasty surprise



German Glider has a rough landing




German tanks arrive on the table
Same tank, different angle


British Truck
British Renforcements 

Wednesday, 15 March 2006

Point du Hoc - France 2006


On tour with the SAS - more <here>.

Unlike the American Rangers on D-Day,we arrived at Pointe du Hoc in the 'Battle Bus' via a safe -if somewhat dreary road -having parked up there was a lengthy walk to the battlefield.

The first thing that you notice is the moonscape features of the ground, pounded to pieces on D-Day and before by allied bombers and support vessels, a wonder anyone of anything could survive.

Seeing the cliffs climbed by the Rangers puts their efforts into perspective, an incredible feat of bravery.







Sword Beach - Le Grand Bunker


Sword Beach from the Bunker Roof

Having traveled to Normandy to visit the D-Day beaches we arrived at Ouistreham, where, tucked away in the backstreets we found this museum. It has been fully restored to how it would have looked back in 1944. The amount of original uniforms and equipment, some very rare, is amazing.

Three wise men.  John, Phil & Dave atop the Bunker
Situated inside a Fire Control Bunker, which overlooked Sword Beach, this museum tells the story behind the Atlantic Wall defences along the Normandy coastline. The bunker was also the command center for all the gun batteries protecting the Orne estuary. As 3rd Division landed on Sword Beach, and the guns the bunker commanded were silenced, the garrison held out until 9th June, when a Royal Engineers officer, Lieutenant Bob Orrell of 91st Field Company, blew the entrance in and the occupants finally surrendered. Orrell and his men took two officers and 50 men prisoner, and for his exploits Orrell was awarded the Military Cross.
Graham explaining to John the hatch for the step ladder
 to the roof wasn't too small, rather John was too big.
Phil watches on.



On tour with the SAS - more<here>.

Agincourt Museum

We visited the Agincourt Museum, which never really recovered from our presence! Mikey N,John And Andy recreated the advance of the French Foot Knights as seen below- spookily realistic!

Sir Michel le Nouveau
Sir Andre le Plat

Sir Jean le Grande
 The museum as actually very good, for a small town facility such as it was... Following pictures from the museum illustrating some of the combatants.
















We tramped the battlefield for a couple hours,with Steve doing the honours in explaining the lie of the land, the history etc truth be told it was a farmer's field, most of which was ploughed, without Steve's research we could literally have been anywhere!

On tour with the SAS - more<here>.