Warning to the reader - if you are looking for historically accurate results for this battle - read no further. Crank up "The World Turned Upside Down" on youtube and settle in...The SS couldn't get their act together for almost the entire game, and the Canadians passed almost every single order roll. The German "ambush" quickly becomes a rout as the Canadians assault through and overwhelm Authie with almost a battalion of troops.
German Hummels and SP Mortars save the day with Final Protective Fires, putting up a comfortable wall of steel between the retreating SS and the war-crazed Canadians....
|With the firing in Authie, the North Nova Scotia Highlanders move out from Buron.|
|Sherbrooke Fusiliers move down the Buron-Authie road. Enemy spotted sir!|
|A spittle-filled, fanatical voice crackles over the radio in the SS tanker's ears. "Angriff! Angriff!"|
|Traffic jam of tanks. They would remain here for virtually the entire game, only getting to fire during Opportunity Fire phases...|
|SS Panzer Grenadiers charge across the open field towards Authie|
|Support Company deploying for action.|
|PAK 40 moves up to deploy in Authie. "Tommy Tanks ahead!"|
|Panzer-Meyer leaving his motorcycle to proceed on foot with the infantry.|
|The HJ charging!|
|RCHA TD's move into action and immediately start firing....at the infantry halftracks! The right most German platoon is Ko's almost immediately as all of the Canadian shots ring home. Not an auspicious beginning for the German attack.|
|Meanwhile, C Company, NNSH moves into the Orchards around Authie.|
|German Support Company traffic jam|
|And now things start to go funny for the Germans as they fail command roll after command roll and the infantry literally sit in their tracks turn after turn.|
|The high-water mark of the Panzer "assault" as the Panzer IV's go on strike and also refuse to move.|
|Canadian small arms fire takes out the prime mover for the PAK 40, along with the PAK 40 too.|
|Canadian Armor deploys for action, advancing against the German tanks.|
|Germans finally dismount, but fail to go anywhere - where teh hell is that FO??|
|The reader will excuse the Panzer Division marking on the halftrack!! (My SS vehicles are still in their basecoating phase)|
|The support company really earns their pay today, saving Authie, and probably the whole force from becoming enveloped by the Canadian steamroller.|
|Germans throw some platoons against the Canadian strongpoint. The Bren Gun and the MG42 are directing traffic today. The German assault is repulsed.|
|Sharp firefight breaks out along the Authie road but the trap is sprung for the Germans.|
|Mortars and artillery start falling on the NNSH as they cross the Grouchy road.|
|Tubes are red hot! Keep firing!|
|FO doing their work. For having 3 Batteries, the Artillery really disappointed this time!|
|Canadian close assault drives off a German HMG platoon|
Well if you know much about the real battle, you know that none of this actually happened. The 12th SS ambushed the Sherbrooke Fusiliers along the Buron-Authie road and a very sharp tank battle developed and became a major setback for the British Forces after D-Day.
This game was fun and I'd like to talk about the familiarity of the BKC rules - which I have been playing since about 2004/2005. BKC is a solid system, and doesn't often disappoint. My only complaints this time around are that I'm a little hazy on the close combat procedures and I have to admit, BKC is not the best game for playing solo. It's not the worst either but there are many rules you are apt to forget if someone's not there keeping you honest. Better to play with another human being who is also comfortable with the rules. All in all, though, a fun game, even if it was more fiction than reality this time around. I got to play with all my toys on the table!
(oh, and I'm not happy with the performance of the halftrack mounted 75mm support cannon. I brought it up to those Canadians in the strongpoint thinking "it's curtains for sure now fellas - the big guns are here" but the Attack 2 didnt put a dent in their ranks).
Next up - Authie using Battlegroup: Overlord. Yes, it's about time!