Billy Riley, 21 January 2021
Operation Dynamo and Operation Sichelschnitt (Sickle Cut) by GMT Games
Another game from one of my favourite suppliers – GMT and another game from one of my favoured designers Mark Simonitch
This game covers two battles in 1940 – Operation Sichelschnitt (Sickle Cut) – the drive through Belgium and across the Meuse to The Channel and Operation Dynamo – the British retreat across Northern France to the English Channel.
According to Wiki – Operation Sickle Cut was actually the name termed by Churchill after the events. The German name for the operation was Fall Gelb (Case Yellow)
I have to say I’m not hugely knowledgeable in these battles. Of course I’m aware of them – but broadly speaking. But the detail is not something I’ve got into.
click images to enlarge
Box – Rear
Glossy and nice layout. There seems to be around 14 pages of rules, 1 page of Special rules, a couple of pages dedicated to each scenario and then an Extended Example of Play.
It also has Designer Notes and some cracking historical maps as well as counter scans and an index.
There’s a truck load of counters. These are all bagged up because I bought the game second hand. They’re only ½” – so it could challenge the eyes.
Unfortunately the person I bought it from had not heard of the Oregon Counter Clippers
Couple of 6 sided dice
The box came with the available errata. It looks like the manual may have been updated (looking at the scores through some paragraphs)
Player Aid Cards
2 of them – double sided – and they’re printed on decent card
Scenario Setup Cards
The game comes with 2 double sided setup cards – 1 for the Allies (for both Sickle Cut and Dynamo) and 1 for the Germans
The Dynamo Map
The Sickle Cut Maps
That’s it. Looks great and I do love the system in these games – Holland ’44 and Ardennes ’44. Normandy ’44 is on pre-order.
I keep doing these unboxings and end by saying I’m looking forward to getting it on the table…and of course I am – why would I buy them otherwise?
We appreciate you visiting the Armchair Dragoons!
Please leave us your feedback in our discussion forum, or in the comment area below.
You can also find the regiment on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and occasionally at a convention near you.