The popular image of World War One is of trenches and suicidal infantry charges over ground swept by machine-gun fire. Whilst these obviously occurred the wargamer can use these models for tabletop actions on a much smaller scale. The retreat from Mons was littered with delaying actions, such as the Middlesex and 4/Fusiliers holding the Nimy section of the Mons-Conde Canal 23 August 1914. At 1st Ypres the 2nd Battalion of the Worcestershires, only 500 strong counter-attacked at the Chateau of Gheluvelt on 31 October 1914 and linking with the remnants of the South Wales Borderers managed to halt the German advance. By plugging the gap in the British line Ypres was held and the Channel Ports were saved. These models can also be used for trench raids by either side when small numbers of men were sent out on aggressive patrols often to gain intelligence reports, capture prisoners, or destroy a machine gun position or observation post. Of course the models can be used for a section of the Somme offensive in July 1916, or the massed tank formations that were launched at Cambrai in November 1917. Tanks which had been knocked out were also used as cover for machine-gun parties and temporary shelter for wounded or prisoners...
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