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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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Megagame: Iron Dice – Turn 5

Third week of September 1914. Turn 5 Umpire Map BEF Report to War Office¬†23rd September 1914 Situation Due to the fact that both the Belgians collapsed to the left of us and to the right of us the French 6th Army were thrown back as well, the BEF was in a difficult position. With bravery and in coordination with the battered Belgium forces a new line of defence had to be formed. After some consideration this line was formed from Montreuil (Belgium Army) and the BEF positioned at the line Hesdin - Arras. During the last few days lots of german prisoners were made, but we must not forget the casualties on our side. Railhead at Amiens, HQ is moved to Grandvillers. Team Control Gloss The BEF made a spectacular fighting withdrawal from the position in the map above. They…
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Megagame: Iron Dice – Turn 4

8-14th September 1914. I didn't get a picture of the main control map this turn, so you'll need to use your imagination. BEF Report to the War Office 14th September 1914 Situation We have attacked the German First Army on our Right flank. They were numerically superior (Five Corps to our three) but we managed to stop their advance and drive them back. In doing this we took significant casualties, almost 21,000 men. The plan is to keep the riverline Ghent - (towards) Douai, French 6th army will secure our right flank. Belgiums are gasping behind us but still cover the left part (South of Ghent - Antwerp) Germans advanced (circled our left flank in Ypres, defeating the Belgiums east of our left flank) and at Cambrai (Germans defeating the French?). Threat of encirclement is very sincere. BEF is urgently…
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