My opponent the Rajah said he didn't want any artillery in this game apart from AT guns- rats.
The battle showed that fighting through bocage country against Germans lying in wait is very difficult and costly for allied armour in particular. It also demonstrated that I could have been far more aggressive in my use of infantry, with my British sections proving more resilient than expected. It also highlighted why the British relied so heavily on stonks to soften the enemy.
Our troops were brought on over three turns using the escalation concept. After setting up the table we diced for who would get choice of starting position- the Rajah won and chose the end closest to the village, this allowed him to rush his extra recce troops in and establish a firm foothold. By the time the British were getting close enough for an assault the Germans, including their heavy armour were well ensconced in the village.
The Germans did horrendous damage to my armour and my dice rolls for my AT guns & AFVs were shocking. I did manage to blow up a Schwimwagen with my 3" mortar as part of a building collapsed on it. I also managed to wipe out his recce infantry who were holding the garage & occupy the building. Overall it was a victory to the Germans, largely because of the mass destruction they caused to my armour.
Hoping for a KGN game soon with my son fielding his newly raised US force against Rajah's Jerries, & me as umpire/adjudicator.
Here are some pictures from the game, hope you enjoy them.
|British Recce Section approaches cautiously|
|White Scout Car does a recce|
|Puma rushes towards the village|
|Looking down the main street|
|German Recce Schwimwagen|
|German recce speeds along|
|Scout car finds some cover behind the bocage|
|Approaching the crossroads|
|More Germans take position|
|Crossroads are covered by Pumas|
|German Squad fords the stream|
|German recce squad park up & find a position behind hedge|
|Support arrives, Loyd carrier with 6pdr|
|British sections move up|
|British Platoon HQ section|
|British move up along the hedge line|
|Taking cover in the bocage|
|Forward Observers call in some 3" Mortar rounds|
|...and blows up the Schwimwagen.|
|British bring on extra support|
|Shermans, 17pdr & more infantry|
|6pdr covers the road, but the Germans won't come out to play|
|German 'Eavy Metal prepares to exterminate my tanks|
|Germans position panzerschreck to cover the approaches|
|Pumas fall back on the garage to avoid my guns|
|British occupy the bocage, but nowhere through for their tanks.|
|Churchill squeezes through on the flank to support the infantry.|
|British attempt to bring up 17pdrs on either side of the road, here...|
|Germans occupy the old coach house and the garage.|
|Also the big house on the other side of the crossroads|
|A standoff until the British decide to break cover and fire shots up the road.|
|The shermans loose of several shots but none hit their targets. The Firefly is swiftly dealt with.|
|The Achilles has a go at the Panther, but the dice are woeful. The Panther's reply takes out the Achilles.|
|The British sections make a dash for it under a hail of bullets.|
|One brave British section worked its way from bocage to church and then stormed the garage, and won.|
|The Shermans attempt a breakthrough into the village up the main road.|
|Both 17pdrs are deployed with a view up the main road- to no avail. Instead another Sherman goes up in flames...|
|...and then the last one.|
|These brave lads took a couple of casualties & became suppressed by the withering fire of German MGs coming from top story window.|
At this point we called it a night. Victory to the Germans I'd say, although the Rajah did pick up some quite high morale chits. Tricky stuff that dense bocage country, especially against Germans in a decent defensive situation.
I hope you enjoyed this AAR- give KGN ago if you can, it's great fun.