Hi, the map was hand drawn in the early eighties and represents out campaign. It has been mounted in four different houses/garages until it made its final resting place in the bunker.
the battle we are playing has nothing to do with that campaign, as we need to convert across to hexes from 200mm squares. So we are playing just to get a feel of things before we change our rules.
As you look at the map, the line of dark pieces to the right of centre is the axis formations on the Eastern front; those to the left are Axis western front. Mine are more tricky to see as they are white.
To the bottom right corner is our far eastern front.
Having a campaign gives meaning to wargaming, not just simple scenarios, plus it throws up the most unlikely battles.
One of our most unlikely and yet most enjoyable was a huge attack by almost the complete 9th SS Hohenstaufen Panzer Division, opposed by a single mine dog battalion, who were defending a heavy bridge.
It was obvious I would lose, but the manner of my losing was all important, and they held the Panzers and Panzer-Grenadiers up long enough to disrupt the whole Axis timetable. You dont get that with one-off games.
the advantage of pieces on the map [face down] is no one knows who has what until its too late