This is a special treat for you. I have been working on this entry for a long time (back in 2011!), but due to work and forgetting that I was working on this and misplacing the Word document, I forgot about it for years. But earlier this year, around the anniversary of the deaths of Bonnie & Clyde, I came across this document again. Every so often I would work on it some more to flush out missing information, including looking for pictures of the armored car that was used in the shoot-out that indirectly lead me to my discovery of the mysterious armored truck that was used by the Missouri National Guard (look at my previous blog entry). This will be a long entry and picture heavy, so forgive me for that because I think you will find it all very useful.
This is a small skirmish scenario of one of the famous shootouts between law enforcement officers and the “Barrow Gang” or the “West Dallas Gang”, which is more famously known by two of its members, Bonnie Parker & Clyde Barrow. Almost all of the shootouts that the Barrow’s gang were involved with were very one sided and would not make for a good game with the exception of the Platte City, Missouri (MO), shootout on July 19, 1933. This game could also be “camouflaged” to fit into a crime scenario, if you do not have 1930’s gangster miniatures.
|A period map showing the major roads and the location of the Red Crown Travel Court Park & Tavern|
|The Red Crown Travel Court Park’s cabins in 1936|
|MO Highway Patrol car for the period, Model A Ford Roadster. In 1933, the MO Highway Patrol was issued new enclosed cab Chevrolet cars, but Troop A may have not gotten there issue before the shoot-out|
|The Red Crown Travel Court office and Tavern across the street of the cabin in question. If the yawning is looking directly to the 12 o'clock position, the cabin would be roughly at the 1 or 2 o'clock position from the main doorway.|
|Uniform of the MO Highway Patrol at the time. The pants are a dark navy blue as is the hat band and tie. There are no stripes on the pants.|
|Another picture of the Red Crown Tavern at an unknown date.|
Approach team (This team was designated to approach the cabin's door and knock to get permission to enter and inspect the cabin and question the suspects.)
- Sheriff Holt Coffey, Platte Co. – Thompson SMG and armored shield
- Captain William Baxter, MO Highway Patrol – Thompson SMG and armored shield
- (Note: I have not found much information on the armored shields, but they were designed to stop pistol / SMG rounds.)
Blocking team (This team was designated to place the armored car to block the driveway to prevent the suspects from driving out of the garage and escaping.)
- An armored car from the Jackson Co. Sheriff’s Department and
- 4x Jackson Co. deputies inside the armored car, most likely armed with revolvers
- SGT Tom Whitecotton, off-duty MO Highway Patrolman in a seersucker suit and Panama hat
- 1x Platte Co. deputy
|A period ad for the armored car kit that would be purchased by the manufacturer and then installed by the police department's mechanic or a local garage.|
- Deputy Clarence Coffey, Platte Co. – (The son of Sheriff Holt Coffey, Thompson SMG and in the kitchen doorway at the Red Crown Tavern)
- 1x Platte Co Deputy (on the roof of the Red Crown Tavern) with a rifle
Area Containment (Around the backside of the cabin to capture or shoot anyone attempting to escape for the backside.
- Trooper Leonard Ellis, Missouri Highway Patrol - shotgun (also on to the right rear corner of the cabin that the Approach Team was to knock on the door)
- 2x Police officers surrounding the back of the cabin and the two opposing sides taking cover near other cabins
|A photo in the daylight after the shootout at the cabins. You can see the Platte Co. deputies in their tan uniforms in the photograph.|
The Barrow’s Gang
You are Clyde Barrow of the “Barrow’s Gang” of West Dallas, TX. You are all wanted for murder, bank robberies, hold-ups, kidnapping, car thefts, and a whole other sort of crimes. The law is hot on your trail and you must continue to be vigilant and fast with your reactions, otherwise they will throw you back in jail…and you would rather die than go back to jail.
Your gang has been traveling through Missouri again just after the big shoot out with the police in Joplin, MO, about two months ago. When you left Joplin, there were two law men laying dead in your wake. Since Joplin, your gang has suffered several injuries from both the Joplin shoot out and two different car crashes.
The worst off is Bonnie Parker, your lover. Her leg was seriously burned in a recent car crash. She can hardly get around without crutches now, but she is also small and light enough, that if it is necessary, one of the men can carry her even at a run. “Buck”, your brother, has one of his hands all smashed up and a broken ankle from a different car crash from Bonnie. W.D. Jones, one of your gang members, is still recovering from his chest wound during the Joplin shoot out, but is almost back to at his normal abilities, other than not being able to run for any real length of time.
You are all pretty well armed with forty-six Colt .45 automatic pistols, some bolt action rifles, and more than enough ammunition from your recent break-in at a National Guard armory in Oklahoma. Plus your gang has two Browning Automatic Rifles (B.A.R.s), besides your own “scattergun,” which is a cut down B.A.R. at your disposal.
|Clyde Barrow's "Scattergun" captured after the Joplin, MO, shoot-out on April 13th, 1933. Now located at the MO Highway Patrol Museum in Jefferson City, MO.|
|The Red Crown Tavern in 1947. It has now since been destroyed to make way for the Kansas City Airport.|
|The cabin the after the the shoot out|
|W. D. Jones|
|"Buck" & Blanche Burrow|
|Marvin "Buck" Barrow|
|1933 Chevy V-8 Coupe|
One 1933 Chevy V-8 Coupe parked facing out of the garage so it does not need to back out. It is filled with .45 automatic pistols (possibly up to 40+ pistols!) and some bolt action rifles scattered all around in the passenger compartment along with almost unlimited supply of ammunition. Once the gang members are in the car, there should be no ammunition restrictions applied.
At this point, Clyde then started to fire at the armored car that was blocking the driveway. While the armored car was designed to stop pistol and sub-machine gun caliber rounds, the heavy rifle round of the B.A.R. started to punch holes into the armored car. At least eight rounds were found to have completely punched through the armor. One of these rounds wounded one of the Jackson Co. deputies in both knees. This caused the crew of the armored car to lose confidence in the ability of the armored car's protection and started to pull away from the gunfire. In doing so, the driveway was no longer blocked.
Of the three law men that were injured in the shootout, one was the Jackson Co deputy in the armored car that was mention earlier. Another was Deputy Clarence Coffey who deliberately exposed himself by stepping out in the open from across the street at the Red Crown Tavern to draw fire away from his father, Sheriff Holt Coffery, while he and Captain Baxter were pinned down in front of the cabin. The remaining police officer wounded was Sheriff Holt Coffey. Sheriff Holt Coffey was shot by Trooper Ellis of the MO Highway Patrol when he confused the retreating sheriff as one of the gang members shortly after "Buck" was shot and the gangsters fire shifted from them to the armored car.
|Blanche Barrows captured in Dexter, Iowa, while posse members stand over the wounded "Buck" Barrow|
First, Copplestone Castings has probably the most excellent miniature that really captures the spirit of Bonnie Parker based off one the more famous photographs of her. This would be the best figure for a "Hollywood" version of her, inside of the seriously crippled historic version of her at the time of the shoot-out. This figure in Copplestone's pack, GN7 - Gun Molls.
|A most excellent painted version of the Copplestone's Bonnie Parker painted by FunkyFantasyFigures - Unfortunately, I failed to win this figure on Ebay.|
|Two of the miniatures from Brigade Games Gangster Dolls 1 painted by Calimero 34. I included the second female figure with the B.A.R. as an alternative for a Bonnie Parker if one does not want to get Copplestone version.|
|The Grenadier's Call of Cthulhu's Dauntless Dame|
|Brigade Games' City/Town Police 1|
Hollywood vs Reality vs Conflicting Accounts
|The real couple vs the actors|
Also below that, I am adding a YouTube clip of the 1992 version of Bonnie & Clyde: The True Story made for TV movie of this shoot-out. Again you can see how inaccurate from the real events. The reason I bring this up is that don't think that you have to be 100% accurate with everything in the scenario, go what you have available for your game and go with what you think is the best for a good game...like Hollywood.
The owner also had several tourist cabins next to the restaurant. Word came to our office that three men and two women had rented two of the cabins and were acting suspicious. They never set foot in the Red Crown, but would instead send one man to the restaurant across the highway for carryout meals. When a license check on their car revealed that it had been stolen in Oklahoma from a doctor and his girlfriend, we knew we had some hot customers.
Captain Baxter, the commanding officer of Troop A, Trooper Leonard Ellis, and I drove to the scene, arriving about 11 o’clock on the night of July 19. I’d been working in the office all day and was wearing a seersucker suit and a Panama hat instead of my uniform. We met the Platte County Sheriff Holt Coffey and several deputies. Holt had asked Sheriff Tom Bash of Jackson County to bring his armored car and a few of his deputies, too. The cabins were connected by a double-car garage.
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were in one cabin, and Blanche and Buck Barrow and W.D. Jones were in the other.
We stationed two Platte County deputies on top of the Red Crown Tavern. The armored car, with two Jackson County men inside, was parked in the driveway, blocking the only escape route. A deputy and I were set up at the end of the driveway as backup, and the rest of the officers were arranged strategically around the cabins. At 1 a.m., Baxter and Coffey, carrying machine guns and protected by armored shields, walked to the door of Bonnie and Clyde’s cabin and knocked. “Who’s there?” asked Clyde. “The sheriff. Open up!” said Coffey. “Just a minute,” said Clyde, reaching for his 30.06 machine rifle. He blasted several rounds right through the closed door. Baxter staggered backward, unhurt and still holding his gun and shield, but Holt Coffey ran for cover. You really couldn’t blame him with those slugs flying around. In the uncertain light I mistook him for one of the gang members. I ran after him and yelled at Leonard Ellis, who was closer to the cabins, “There’s one of ‘em! Get him!” He did, too. Fortunately, Holt only received a superficial buckshot wound in the neck. He believed ‘til his dying day that Clyde Barrow shot him, but it was actually a state trooper.
Bonnie and Clyde could reach the gang’s car by an interior door, but Buck, Blanche, and Jones had to come out the front. When they did, Captain Baxter opened up with his machine gun, hitting Buck in the head. He stumbled to the car with Blanche’s help, and with Clyde at the wheel, they roared out of the garage. The hail of bullets from both sides was terrific. I hit the dirt, seersucker suit and all. Bullets whizzed overhead for a few seconds, then stopped. I guess they thought they’d hit me. Jones and Clyde concentrated their fire on the armored car, which blocked the exit, and one slug actually penetrated the armor, slightly wounding one of the deputies. If the lawmen had left that armored car where it was, the gang would never have escaped, but the deputies panicked and moved it out of the way. Clyde zipped the car through the opening. At the end of the road where I had been standing, before I mistakenly chased Sheriff Coffey, the deputy fired and shattered a pane, blinding Blanche, but the way was clear now and the Barrow gang escaped. Several of the lawmen were wounded, but none seriously.
Only a day or two later the Barrows engaged in another gunfight with officers in Iowa. Buck was killed and Blanche was captured. Jones left Bonnie and Clyde a few months afterward, only to be apprehended and returned to Dallas to face multiple charges. I understand he turned state’s evidence on Bonnie and Clyde, claiming they’d forced him to participate in the robberies and killings, but he received a long prison sentence anyway. Bonnie and Clyde were killed a few months later in Louisiana.”