The Guns of August

Six Great War Spearhead gamers (including rules author Shawn Taylor) came together in Christchurch, New Zealand, over Easter 2008 (at the New Zealand national wargames convention, Natcon) to refight the first battle of the Marne, September 1914.

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The 'motley crew' - the six players: Robin Sutton, Robert Dunlop (back row), Shawn Taylor, Stan Walker (back row), Jon Harding, Nick Sutton.

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The players were well into the second day of their marathon effort when these two photos were taken. They could all still muster a smile and a laugh!!

Early skirmishes on the first day.

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The German flank in the process of being turned on the first day.

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The French forces, nearest the camera, can clearly be seen pressuring the German flank here. They have advanced across the table and at this stage had successfully turned the German right forcing them to retire.

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In the centre, on the first day, German and French forces struggled to outflank each other. On the left, a French flank march came in behind the German right, but the German commander had positioned two reserve regiements behind his right to protect against just such a move.

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Another view of the French left/German right in this early encounter in the centre of the armies.

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On the French left, the german Guard corps had pushed forward, sensing some weakness with the flank held by the French cavalry. The French commanders learned a useful early lesson here, and were not to leave their cavalry so weakly exposed when the main event took place. This photo was taken from behind the French right, a refused flank, held by the French cavalry.

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The BEF advances remorselessly, forcing the German cavalry back. The BEF is advancing from left to right as seen on these photos.

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The BEF tide is proving too much for the German cavalry. Best attempts at a delaying action are for naught.

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One german division is caught and eliminated as it attempts to break off from the BEF. Fortunately for the Germans the BEF commander finds it difficult to re-organise quickly enough to exploit the gap created in the German line. However this still means that the BEF is able to join the French forces more quickly than might otherwise have happened when battle is joined on the following day.

Days 2 and 3: the armies clash

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