Many, many reversals of fortune and this one could have gone either way. Sorry to say for my Canadian readers, the NNSH left the field at Authie before their were over-run by the 12th SS HJ troops.
It all starts to go downhill as an SS squad occupies the Toll House along the Buron-Authie road and starts raining fire down on the Canadians in the fields below. Some great shooting takes out the 6 Lb'r crew in one turn, dropping all of the crew members. To make matters worse, their MG42 section cozies up to the wall at the intersection and pretty much commands the road way. Efforts by the Canadians to counter them are met with disaster as they KO anything that comes up to them, including the Bren Team from the apple orchard.
|HQs squad occupies a small grove near the Toll House. Their lone panzerfaust gunner earns his Iron Cross today...|
|Sherbrooke Fusiliers arriving on the field!|
|Meanwhile Gerry's mortars start to find targets. The FO is in Authie somewhere!|
|entering the Apple Orchard|
|Canadian tanks close in on the objective and the German HQs squad|
|THe Canadian commander asks for a tank to swing around and help clear out the apple orchard from some unwanted pests!|
The armor and a Canadian squad arrive but continuously fail their roll to see into the orchard. Luckily the Germans also fail their roll to close assault into the Canadian positions. A standoff ensues!
|MG42 setting up in the Apple Orchard|
|German troops cautiously making their way forward. TARGETS LOS!|
|Canadian squad reinforcing gets pinned by fire from the Toll-House, visible in the upper part of the picture.|
|The entrenched Canadians try and over-run the Germans, only to fail their pre-charge MC and become pinned.|
|Sherman approaches the objective and the German HQ squad, only to be taken out by a Panzerfaust.|
|The FO sees more infantry approaching from the north! He quickly calls up the mortar section|
|They roll a direct hit and a pin. The mortars find targets with devastating efficiency now as the already pinned Canadian squad takes 3 more casualties and fails its morale check. The game is over and the Canadians withdraw.|
|Final dispositions as the 8cm mortar barrage starts.|
|Closer in - you can see this was a close-run affair.|
|The Toll-House and grove. Still firmly in the Germans' hands.|
|FO, radio operator, and Panzer-Meyer directing the fight.|
|The real German heroes of this battle - the mortar section!|
|Radio operator Stahl holding his Panzerfaust!|
|Outside the Apple Orchard in the wheatfield. Impact markers everywhere!|