|Ken's Canadians wait the order to move up and support the advancing infantry heading into St Lambert
|Highlanders and the South Alberta Regiment (SAR) advancing against St Lambert.
Last week's game, "The Road to St Lambert" featured 2 x FOW1750 point forces in a "dust-up" encounter battle. That engagement ended quickly enough when the Canadians today were able to knock out a remaining German infantry platoon, forcing the supporting panzers from the Divisional Panzer Regiment to bug out.
|The Canadian force gets ready to cross the line of departure.
We started the second round today, with the Canadians closing on Saint Lambert and attempting to cross the River Dives and capture the town. Elements of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, as well as C Squadron, South Alberta Regiment under the command of Major David Currie must secure the crossing over the River Dives, and storm the town. Facing them are the Canadians' old adversary, the 12th SS Panzer Division, who will trade their lives for the rest of the German army to escape.
|SS Panzergrenadiers dug in along a hedgerow, overwatching the approach to Saint Lambert. If the tommies try to flank the town, they'll come through here.
|Mortar tubes set up at the far edge of town. Their Hauptsturm will spot for them.
The Canadian company, A Company of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, fans out, with second platoon on the right, first platoon and the weapons platoon up the middle, and third platoon on the right. The tanks from the SAR are on the road.
The plan is to have the tanks storm the bridge and get a toe hold over the Dives River, while the infantry set up a base of fire on the friendly banks. The remaining tanks will support the infantry crossing. The men curse as they lower themselves down the steep embankment into the Dives. It's tough going and the Dives is deep. The river proves deeper than initially expected and the crossing is taking a long time to sort out.
|Second Platoon making the crossing
|A Squadron, SAR crosses along with the infantry. The men think so far, so good eh? Maybe Gerry's had it? MAJ Currie thinks it's too quiet...
MAJ Currie orders the infantry to lay down covering fire on the tree lines and buildings in front of the advance. It's a good call and pins down the hidden defenders in some of the buildings in the town. What MAJ Currie didn't know, couldn't have known, was there were elements of an SS HMG platoon in the house overlooking the bridge! The battle is joined!
|PAK40s on ambush in the streets of Saint Lambert open fire on the advancing tanks of the SAR.
|MG42 fire barks from the windows of the abandoned house overlooking the bridge.
|Are you waiting for a personal invitation to shoot? Open Fire!
|Pour it on lads! Pour it on! They need us over there!
The troops crawl through the soybeans with German rounds tearing up leaves and dirt all around them. Someone sets up the Bren and fires. The Germans are pouring fire into the teams in the crops and somehow the Canadians are weathering it.
|Canadian fireteams from 3 Platoon cling to the dirt in front of them.
|Vickers team moving across the Dives
|SAR tanks providing covering fire for the crossing infantry
|Canadian infantry moving up to cross the Dives.
|Ken's tanks and troops at the gateway to Saint Lambert
|Under the cover of the artillery, more troops join their beleaguered brethren in the cropfield!
|Vickers team reaches the crop field. The hammering away of the Vickers is reassuring to the men there.
The SAR armor platoon supporting the crossing on the left redeploys to cross the bridge.
|SAR armor redeploying towards the bridge as teh rest of the Canadian infantry attempts to cross the bridge.
|First platoon gets their chance.
|German Grenadiers firing into the cropfield
|Grenadiers defending along the hedgerow.
|The Canadian toe hold in the crop field.
|SAR tanks moving up to the bridge. First platoon and the Vickers platoon also moving to cross the Dives.
|Canadian AT crew moving up to the fight!
|moving through the streets of saint lambert.
|PAK 40 crews set up in the street of Saint Lambert.
|HMG crew still banging away!
|Victim of a lucky PAK 40
|SEND UP THE MEN NOW! THEY'RE CHANGING BARRELS!
|elements of second platoon waiting to cross under fire
|MAJ Currie and staff watch as the attack continues to go in.