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Megagame: Iron Dice – Turn 10

Third week of October 1914 Iron Dice umpire map at 15:57 (Turn 10) BEF Report to the War Office The Belgians on our left were attacked and driven out of their trench line, and retreated towards Calais. The BEF left flank is, although entrenched, hanging in the air again. BEF reserve troops are at St. Omer. A request to the navy is made to bombard Dunkirk. A combined counter-attack will be made by the BEF's left flank and the cavalry (reserve), supported by heavy artillery and naval bombardement. Team Control Gloss The BEF were using the fact that the enemy in front of them appeared to have gone static to rotate and rest their Corps. They also absorbed nine of the 12 available TF Battalions to bring all the Corps back up to full strength after the casualties from their…
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Megagame: Iron Dice – Turn 9

Second week of October 1914. Iron Dice umpire map about 15:44 (Turn 9) BEF Report to the War Office BEF's part of the front aint as big as we thought it would be, we cover it to Bapaume. Team Control Gloss Well this was where I stopped following the team very closely and handed over to Paul, one of the map umpires, for about 45 minutes. The reason for this was that I was a combined Team Control and High Command Control, and there was a set of private peace talks sponsored by the US President Wilson in the US Embassy in Switzerland. Present for the UK was the Foreign Minister, with a remit to ensure that Belgium was reinstated as per the status quo ante bellum. The other delegates were the German CINC, the Austrian Foreign Minister, a representative…
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Megagame: Iron Dice – Turn 8

The first full week of October 1914. Iron Dice umpire map about 14:27 (Turn 8) BEF Report to the War Office Orders are to entrench from south of marshed terrain In Dixmuiden towards Arras. Right flank tries to attempt a limited attack from Arras and surroundings directioned to the east to conform to the German line. It seems that a solid trench line is being built from Nieuwpoort (Swamped) Dixmuiden, Arras (in German Hands, a salient), BEF will try to widen her covered Area from east from Ypres (still in German hands), towards Arras (still in german hands, but a saillant) to Cambrai, to free up some French troops to attack elsewere. The Belgians are moving to cover our left flank to the coast. Team Control Gloss The orders happened mostly as written, but with a small amount of confusion.…
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Megagame: Iron Dice – Turn 7

29 Sept to 4th October 1914. Iron Dice Umpire map at 14:04 (Turn 7) BEF Report to the War Office Some more confusion, Germans frontline is from the Marsh area (Dixmuiden) to the South, direction Arras (which the Germans appear to have abandoned?) which means that the British advanced somehow without orders to do so. It seems that a change in warfare is taking place, the first trench lines are appearing. Team Control Gloss The Germans went firm and started to entrench in front of the British, with more active operations in South East Belgium where the French made a counter-attack and cut off the Western Belgium-France area from railway communications with Germany. This meant that the Germans were unable to advance this turn. In tandem the British set their cavalry to screen the flank, and being cavalry they found…
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Megagame: Iron Dice – Turn 6

The last full week in September 1914. Turn 6 Umpire Map BEF Report to the War Office 30th September 2014 While taking the new positions, the BEF was attacked by the Germans, Arras was lost but the German casualties were high. British right flank doesn't have contact with the French. On the political point, the Belgiums requested to the Royal navy to move their toops by sea to Ostend. However, this would bring the BEF in a difficult position again, due to the fact that this would create a gap between BEF's left flank and the sea. BEF 's base is at Rouen, BEF HQ at Neufchatel en Bray, BEF Railhead at Grandvillers. We have a gap between Doullens and the North Sea due to the Belgians reluctancy to fill this gap. We request the British Goverment to put some…
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