Well WWII month was a bust, but not a total bust. I worked 1/2 of most weekends and lots of family stuff occurring that demanded my time and attention but I last week I did find myself with a bit of free time to throw some troops down on the table and fight out at least 1 x WWII engagement during "World War II Month" on the wargaming calendar!
The scenario featured almost all infantry forces and I used the "Defense Line" scenario from the Battlegroup: Kursk rules. The Ami's are rated as "inexperienced" and the Germans as "regular." Infantry platoons were the core force for both sides and they got to bring along some nice supports as well. The Americans must break through and capture the village at the other end of the table. Unfortunately there's a wooded area, crops, and a small farm to overcome first. Naturally the Germans weren't going to let them walk in!
This was a "Squad" sized game, meaning 1D6+officers for action points. American breakpoint was 17 and the German breakpoint was 20. A hard, bitter fight is shaping up!
|The patrol makes its way up to the hedge. The Artillery FO is with them as there is a battery of 105mm guns on standby waiting to adjust fire.|
|The platoon leader scans the field. "it looks deserted. let's go!" An NCO grabs his arm. Wait a minute sir - use your field glasses.|
|Upon first glance, looks pretty safe.|
|But through the field glasses they notice what looks like a vehicle...|
The Lieutenant brings up some firepower and a plan is formed to edge their way along the field to the left. The entire platoon is making its way up here to the line of departure so they'll have the remaining squads flank the woodline while artillery plasters the treeline ahead.
|These GIs are firing through a break in the hedgerow|
|A GI with a BAR gets into position.|
|The Fire Support Officer and his observer and RTO trying to get steel on target.|
|Meanwhile the Germans have a correspondent from "Signal" who was embedded with them! He snaps a few pictures of the Landsers at the front! This MG42 team is creating havoc for the advancing Ami's across teh field.|
|Alright Lieutenant, what's the situation here???|
|Then of course brass shows up.|
|meanwhile the HMG sections starts hammering away at the treeline while second and third squad go "up the left". Careful! There's a sniper in those woods!|
|Trading shots with the German teams in the woodline. The Americans would get lucky and force a bunch of German chit pulls now. The battle is see sawing with no clear indication of who is winning. It could go either way!|
|With the threat to their front neutralized, the Americans cautiously make their way forward. The armored vehicle in front of them has "Beat feet" and withdrawn.|
|more pictures for the folks back home!|
|The Americans gain the treeline, and the farmhouse to their front (one of the objectives) and the Germans have pulled back to the village.|
|But the GIs hear the tank tracks and engine of a heavy armored vehicle coming their way!|
THe Germans are cagey. They've pulled back to the village with the MG42 team escaping through an orchard as the Americans just came into sight trying to flank them. While they're setting up a new position, the Panther engages the flanking force in the open with co-ax fire! WHere the hell is the bazooka team! Meanwhile the Americans close assault the sniper in his hide site to the loss of 1 man who gets hit on the way into the assault!
|Note the Americans at the farmhouse and the Panther in the upper left!|