Friday, 2 January 2015
Bolt Action - Went The Day Well
The Bramley Home Guard Platoon are alerted by HQ and told that a German Fallschirmjaeger landing has been reported in their area. Major Cad (played by Terry Thomas), accompanied by Nurse Pilchard who looks after his ration card (played by Joyce Grenfell) is ordered to secure Bramley village and, in particular the important communications centre in the village - to whit, the public phone box.
Our brave lads take up their positions in the churchyard and by the Post Office. The chap with a sixpenny bit is detailed to man the telephone.
None of the villagers will let them inside the houses on account of their muddy boots.
Major Cad orders them to guard the wheatfields on the right flank, remarking to Nurse Pilchard, "Can't trust that Eastgate lot; a complete shower, what? what?"
Fallschirmjager are spotted advancing each side of the road. Frantic calls for reinforcement, using up all of the sixpence, alert a nearby airfield who send a Rolls Royce armoured car to investigate. It runs straight into smoke fired by the cunning Hun.
"A typical Hunnish trick," Major Cad remarked to Nurse Pilchard.
The Home Guard victory was short lived unfortunately as a second Fallschirmjaeger section bayoneted the lot of them while they were having a joint hug.
Major Cad took one look at the German paras coming over the ridge and legged it, outpacing Nurse Pilchard who the uncouth Nazis promptly shot.
Cad thought that a damn shame but consoled himself with the thought that the nursing home was full of potential replacements.
Square (Simon E) and I claimed a draw - no really, we did!
Incidentally, 'Went the Day Well' is a 1942 film about a German invasion of an English village which, unusually for a propaganda piece, is still worth a look.
This was my last game of 2014 before a deadly attack of viryons did for me.