When I spawned in, I really didn’t think we had a chance. That has to be one of the toughest towns in the game. The Axis had it locked up good with a half a dozen 88s sitting on the hill north of the West Armybase popping just about anything that spawned – they decimated the armor list. I spawned in an ATR and found a good little spot about 1km out from the 88s and slowly started picking them off.

As their supply halftrack scuttled with the last 88 running for his score, pressure was off on the West AB, and the Luftwaffe generously afforded the last remaining Allied armor a reprieve just long enough for Matildas to roll out and onto the bridge. So many kills as poor little gray things desperately tried to scurry out from their depots. My favorites were the mortarmen and ATRs who picked any old spot to try and deploy thinking maybe I couldn’t see them with my barrel pointing right at them. I felt they deserved more than just a simple machine-gunning and sent them a solid AP round surprize.

I would have left more of you to the swarms of Allied infantry rushing over the bridge but if you come running a straight line towards my machine gun with a satchel held out, I’m going to give you a pre-emptive present of my own :)

Even so, there were soo many infantry on both sides, I think I barely made a dent in the Axis attack, merely kept them from re-crossing the bridge. I was utterly amazed I managed to survive: not until things started to wind down did I believe for a moment that there wouldn’t be a satchel in the next second or two or one of the bombers overhead wouldn’t take me out. I took a few plinks but I think there was another tank next to me that absorbed all the hurt.

It was the tooth-and-nail sort of fight that when the smoke cleared and the town was still yours, you wondered how that happened and wanting to find an EI and go-over and shake his hand…

Remembering the fallen

 We concluded our 7th anniversary celebration by remembering those who fought for us in World War II and the players who are no-longer with us in a 10 minute Cease Fire on the Dinant Bridge. The earlier, 2pm, ceremony was a little unruly. However, there was a touching degree of reverance shown at the 8pm ceremony. (People on both sides will no doubt feel the other side failed to behave, but remember, you only reserve 4 or 10 slots for friendly units when your vis list gets full)

Over 600 people were standing on the bridge at the peak of the 8pm ceremony.

Ah, next year, I need a slightly less drastic way to despawn everyone at the end of the ceremony…

System text from the ceremonies: