panzerblitz

Updated Nov. 30, 2015

2015 WBC Report

2016 Status: pending December 2015 Membership Trial Vote

Greg Tanner, AZ

2014-15 Champion

Event History

1991 Bart Rigg 12
1992 Johnny Hasay 10
1993 Tom Kearney 12
1994 Johnny Hasay 12
1995 Dave Giordano 10
1996 Eduardo De Nuccia 14
1997 Dave Giordano 20
1998 Chuck Leonard 16
1999 Dave Giordano 16
2000 Bill Scott 20
2001 Bill Scott 12
2002 Marty Musella 18
2003 Bill Scott 16
2004 Chuck Leonard 34
2005 Marty Musella 21
2006 Greg Tanner 19
2007 Bert Schoose 22
2008 Bert Schoose 23
2009 Rich Northey 23
2010 Rich Northey 25
2011 Greg Tanner 25
2012 Greg Tanner 21
2013 Bert Schoose 28
2014 Greg Tanner 28
2015 Greg Tanner 28
PBeM Event History
2005 Eduardo DeNucci 19

Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Greg Tanner        AZ    15    188
  2.  Marty Musella      NC    15    176
  3.  Bert Schoose       IL    14    142
  4.  Bill Scott         VA    12    139
  5.  Chuck Leonard      PA    14    138
  6.  Rich Northey       MA    13     86
  7.  Alan Arvold        IL    15     69
  8.  Dave Giordano      NJ    01     47
  9.  Johnny Hasay       PA    12     33
 10.  Eduardo DeNucci    ag    05     26
 11.  Art Dohrman        AL    15     21
 12.  Donald Webster     MD    05     21
 13.  Rod Coffey         MD    15     18
 14.  Tom Cooper         OH    05     15
 15.  Tom Campbell       NJ    14     12
 16.  Bill Thomson       TX    10     12
 17.  Peter Bertram      GA    05     12
 18.  Dave Talmage       VA    01     12
 19.  Jay Zollitsch      WI    00     12
 20.  Steve Andriakos    TX    07      9
 21.  Joe Avinger        GA    05      8
 22.  Matt Spitznagel    MD    03      8
 23.  Tim Greene         TN    00      8
 24.  Paul Grosser       MD    13      6
 25.  Randy MacInnis     NJ    05      6
 26.  Kurt Kurtz         OH    03      6
 27.  John Sharp         FL    05      5
 28.  Fred Schwarz       MI    05      4
 29.  Dick Boyes         WA    15      3
 30.  Mark McBride       OH    02      3
 31.  Bill Riggs         VA    03      2
 32.  Tom Shaw           MD    02      1
2015 Laurelists Returning Laurelists: 3

Rod Coffey, MD
2nd

Alan Arvold, IL
3rd

Art Dohrman, AL
4th

Marty Musella, NC
5th

Dick Boyes, WA
6th

Past Winners

91: Bart Rigg, KY
93:
Tom Kearney, NC

Johnny Hasay, PA
1992, 1994

Dave Giordano, NJ
1995, 1997, 1999

Eduardo DeNucci, ARG
1996

Chuck Leonard, PA
1998, 2004

Bill Scott, VA
2000-2001, 2003

Marty Musella, VA
2002, 2005

Greg Tanner, AZ
2006, 2011-12, 2014-15

Bert Schoose, IL
2007-08, 2013

Rich Northey, MA
2009, 2010

Art Dohrman returns for a second year of reliving the wargames of his youth.

Alan Arvold takes on new blood in the form of young Noah Engelmann playing a game that entertained his grandfather.

Rod Coffey and Art Dohrman push cardboard.

GM Rich Northey oversees his finalists.

Panssari Salama ...

The Finnish war with Russia was the centerpiece of this year’s tournament. “Professor” Alan Arvold provided ten situations and counters from “Panssari Salama” for play ranging from the Winter War of 1939-40 to the end of the war in 1944. GM Rick Northey also created three situations of his own, two Eastern Front for PanzerBlitz; “Korop: Operation Barbarossa” summer 1941, “Case Blue Recce” summer 1942, and one Western Front for Panzer Leader; “Operation Cobra” summer 1944. Games with the newly introduced situations proved close and interesting.

The precon and con week was steady with action every day as players competed for the honor of playing in the final four. A quote from Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”; The strongest of all warriors are these two—Time and Patiencecaptures the mood as players gathered to share their battle stories of the week on Friday night. As the warriors retired for the night, Greg Tanner, Alan Arvold, Rod Coffey and Art Dohrman stood as the semifinalists. Gaming buddies all, they composed themselves for the goal of victory.

Both players picked situation 45r1 in the first elimination game, then Greg won the dice roll and got the Germans. Alan sent his armored force across the open steppes and surrounded Opustoschenia. Hidden in the SW side of the town were concentrated several batteries of heavy self propelled artillery. As the Russian forces attempted to close the pocket, concentrated direct fire from the German Wespes and Hummels knocked out two companies of T34/85s and decimated two companies of infantry riding on the tanks. This left the German batteries unspotted, so the Russians could not return fire. Unable to clear the town, Alan ordered his tanks to pick off exposed units and bypass the town to block any retreat. However, some of the Germans did retreat North up into Grabyosh. By scattering his forces, Greg preserved the time needed to both control town hexes and weaken the Russian force effectiveness by attrition. Alan had reached the culminating point in his attack. After six turns the Germans controlled five town hexes resulting in a decisive victory. Carl von Clausewitz wrote that; “The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy”.

Situation 14 was chosen by Art and Rod in the other semifinal. Sides were determined randomly, with Art getting the Germans. Rod set up his defense and hoped for the best. Art maneuvered all his armor to positions to fire on the town of Bednost at close range. It took two turns to clear the town, eliminating the Russian CP, and all five of the valuable recon units that stood and defended the CP. With his objective completed, Art withdrew his smaller German force to Board 3. Rod moved his reinforcements up, first controlling hill 132 on Board 2, then moving on Opustoschenia on Board 3, isolating several pockets of German defenders. One group of armored cars tried to slip by the Russian pincer through Golod, to the North. They were stopped and surrounded by several rifle companies charging out of the woods in the vicinity. Shots from Russian tanks rushing to the scene knocked out most of the armored cars. Meanwhile, on Board 3, the open terrain proved favorable to the Russian combined forces that rallied in the closing turns to cut off escape of several more German units. A series of direct fire and close assaults went well for Rod. At the end of the last turn, the score was Russians 40 to Germans 31, handing the victory to Rod. This situation 14 reminds one of a theme of; Pursue one great decisive aim with force and determination. Carl von Clausewitz.

After a short break in the action, Greg and Rod, familiar opponents of several centuries of reenacted battles, placed their preferences for a situation to play in the Final. Situation 51r3 came up as a compromise. This situation, a German armored recce force encountering a larger Russian force of artillery, cavalry and infantry in a struggle over control of towns, had been modified. A recon infantry company was added to the Russian OOB along with a truck for mobility. Playtesting showed that the Russians need a little extra to cover all three towns on Board 3 while facing the much more maneuverable German force. In the game, Rod, playing the Russian side, set up his forces. The CP and artillery battery start in Zabvenia, and the cavalry and AT guns in Opustoschenia. The German force starts in Grabyosh. The Russians must take at least one hex of Grebyosh by moving diligently his relatively slow force while holding the other towns at the same time. First moves by the Russians were thwarted by the dance of armored cars and light infantry gun fire out of Grabyosh. Rod tried to reorganize his forces and move the 122 mm howitzer company up from Zabvenia to Opustoschenia. He had to cover the defense of his CP as well, as the constant threat of a German assault loomed almost everywhere on the battlefield. Repeated close assaults, overruns, and direct fire stalled the advance in the middle of the board. While this did not appreciably weaken either force, time was on the German side, they still held Grebyosh, and Greg won by a score of 17-10. His fifth title was awarded along with the diorama of Russian armor and infantry attacking a German fixed position across a stream gully. A piece of reflection from this year’s featured war scholar Carl von Clausewitz; Two qualities are indispensable: first, an intellect that, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to truth; and second, the courage to follow this faint light wherever it may lead.

Von Clausewitz advises; “To secure peace is to prepare for war, as players plan and sharpen their skills for victory at WBC 2016! PanzerBlitz continued to show its simplicity of design, and there will be more battle situations from other theatres created by the players to come next year.

GM Rick Northey [5th Year] NA
geppeddooo@aol.com NA

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