Sketch # 1 - The Beast's Last Sting
Setting up the scene
My first entry is a tank crew rescue scenario. Tank E40 "Edward II" (14 Company, E Battalion) advancing on Flesquiers receives a direct hit from the German artillery. The tank crew bails out and take cover in a nearby ditch. Second Lieutenant Bion tells the story (Cambrai 1917, page 158-159).
"Outside the tank we were under fire, but I had not the slightest idea where the bullets were coming from ... I told O'Toole to take charge (of the wounded) in the trench while I tried to deal with our tormentors. Taking four drums of Lewis gun ammunition ... and a Lewis gun, I clambered clumsily onto the top of the tank and set up my gun under cover of the fascine ... I commanded a good view of the little copse behind the wall, I proceed methodotically to spray.
I was surprised to find German troops led by an officer pouring out of a gap in the left distance corner... I swung round and opened fire on them..." What followed was a series of short, mad rushes by Bion and his two remaining unwounded crew members to a trench occupied by infantry of the 1/6th who had now caught up with the tanks".
My initial proposal is for a standard 6" x 5" table with the following lay out.