LIÈGE 1914 – a second attempt at the intervals

Gallant Little Belgium 1914

Gallant Little Belgium 1914

Last night the German army  made a second attempt to penetrate the intervals between forts Evegnée and Fléron  south east of Liège.  This time they had realised that the fort’s big guns had a minimum range and so they set up inside that but the fort’s smaller 5.7” guns did their job well and no attempt was made to storm the fort itself

In reality the second attempt was made at night but the Belgians turned on some powerful searchlights which lit up the battlefield but we did not do that in the game.

This time the Germans concentrated their artillery batteries while the infantry moved forward in waves.  They had to maintain a reserve just in case a Belgian flank attack materialised but this did not happen except at a local level.

This time the Germans advanced further than before but concentrated Belgian machine guns did fearful damage and the game ended with an Umpire’s decision in favour of the Belgians.

In 1914 the Belgian General Lemann decided to withdraw the Belgian field forces and leave the forts to survive on their own.  It was many days later before the last of them fell to the German siege train which included he mighty 42cm Big Bertha!.

A close up of Fort Evegnée.  There were 12 such forts around the city.  Six on the east bank and 6 on the west bank of the Meuse. They were all eventually destroyed by German super artillery including the 42cm Big Berthas.

A close up of Fort Evegnée. There were 12 such forts around the city. Six on the east bank and 6 on the west bank of the Meuse. They were all eventually destroyed by German super artillery including the 42cm Big Berthas.

Germans mass for the attack

Germans mass for the attack

The Belgian line from behind

The Belgian line from behind

Belgian artillery redoubt under pressure.

Belgian artillery redoubt under pressure.

Panorama of the Belgian defence

Panorama of the Belgian defence

Belgian HQ

Belgian HQ

The German advance

The German advance

The Germans ahead of their massed artillery close with the defenders.

The Germans ahead of their massed artillery close with the defenders.

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10 Responses to LIÈGE 1914 – a second attempt at the intervals

  1. H. says:

    Fort Evegnée looks mighty impressive – can you explain to the untrained eye why trenches within the fort overlap on the southern tip?

    • wargamorium says:

      Thanks for the kind words H.

      The overlap is because there are hidden machine guns, actually 5.7″ quick firing guns, which are trained to fire along the length of the ditch in case enemy infantry get that far. They have to get past the barbed wire first and in the game the Germans did not dare even to think about it.

  2. Wayne Lennox says:

    Hi Robert,

    Nice to see the Germans and Belgians getting another run out. The Russian miss beating them up !
    By the way the Russian are still available for transfer to the Eastern Front if you are still interested !
    Just back from holidays – we went on a cruise from Venice to Istanbul and back plus a couple of days in Lake Garda & Venice.
    Regards Wayne

    • wargamorium says:

      Thanks Wayne,

      Your Russians are to be found on this blog under World War One. They sure thrashed the Tannenberg Tourist Office!

      I will have a think about the Russians. I would really only be interested in the 1914 Russians. I thought you had taken them to a show in the UK to sell.

      Keep in touch

      Regards

  3. Dave Fielder says:

    Looks very interesting and liking the period and arena. What rules have you used for this? I’m about to run a trial game in 10mm with modified Volley and Bayonet.

    • wargamorium says:

      Hello Dave

      Sorry for the delay in responding.

      We used our own house rules and as always we had to make a few amendments afterwards.

      The fort itself was easy enough to build but in truth it was really only a scenery item on the table as the Germans would never have been able to attack it.

      Let me know how your 10mm game goes.

      Regards

  4. Phil says:

    Most impressive pictures and armies, I specialy like the Belgian HQ behind the barbed wire…

    • wargamorium says:

      Many thanks Phil for your kind comments as always.

      I actually bought the barbed wire but the trenches are home made as of course is the fortress. All figures are Peter Pig. I did think there would be a greater number of new 1914 figures released this year but the manufacturers seem to have different ideas.

      Keep in touch

      Robert

  5. Wayne lennox says:

    Hi robert

    I am pleased to report both the 1914 Russians and the Russian Civil War armies have moved on to greener pastures in the UK. I sold them all to Hinds Miniatures a couple of weeks ago. I believe he was moving them on to a Club in Manchester.

    Hear from you soon Wayne

    • wargamorium says:

      Hi Wayne,

      I am sorry to see them go but glad they have a new home where hopefully they will continue to perform well on the table.

      Great to hear from you

      Robert

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