Denis & Daniel travelled over from Launceston and joined in with James & Ben. The British forces were jointly commanded by Denis & Ben using my figures etc., the Germans by James and Daniel using James' collection. The British used a 500 point list from the British Infantry Division list; the Germans a Panzer Division list - both taken from the Battlegroup Overlord book.
Denis & Daniel kindly brought over some extra terrain to help supplement my stuff - the extra roads were especially helpful.
I won't attempt to give a fully comprehensive report, but I did take quite a few pictures which should give you an idea along with their captions. In the end the British won, but it was a near run thing. We didn't get to play until the battle rating totals were reached due to time constraints. In the end I think the Germans lost 15 out of 27 BR and the British 10 out of 31. There was a desperate scramble for an all objectives held victory towards the end. It was unusual not to see more vehicles destroyed, in the end I think just one kubelwagen was written off or abandoned. A couple of infantry squads/sections were exterminated- the Germans lost two squads and a recon team, the British lost a section plus a casualty here and there.
First up some pictures of the terrain/battlefield setup:
|The cow represents an objective marker, & the lone telegraph pole another.|
|In the bottom left hand corner there is another cow objective marker outside the farmhouse.|
|Another objective marker is a small cart (not quite visible) next to the smaller |
of the two outhouses at the back of the terraced cottages.
And so it begins.....the Recce phase
|Humber IV tentatively heads for an objective|
|British sniper team in position.|
|2nd Sniper team in the shrubbery|
|German Armoured car thinks about racing down the open road, but doesn't.|
Deployment of the main forces:
|Germans concentrating for deployment|
|German armoured car shelters behind bocage.|
|The Humber IV by the farmhouse has just taken an objective.|
|The café owner keeps some pigs out the back.|
|Carrier team on recce|
|Sniper and his spotter, hiding, but not well enough...|
|There's that Humber again.|
|German squads move out across the fields.|
|The Puma sees the spotter from the sniper team and blasts him to oblivion.|
|British on the move.|
|British platoon command squad in immediate foreground.|
|Humber goes on ambush fire, but in the end this achieved nothing.|
|I think that section is all AB Miniatures|
|The empty battlefield? Well, apart from the cow...|
|German recce team deployed upstairs in one cottage having already taken a |
casualty in the far end house. A British sniper team sneakily deploys in the closest cottage.
|German comms halftrack|
|An overview of things on the move.|
|British sections spreading out.|
|German squads sprint for the big bocage covered hill, get shot at by the Humber IV|
on the way, but it does no damage.
|The Germans deploy their Pak 40 with a nice view up the main road.|
|This British section is steadily making their way to the area around the farmhouse.|
|Churchills were pushed out two per flank.|
|Successful German mortaring pinned a number of British units - the PIAT team...|
|...and platoon HQ|
|Churchill, 2 inch mortar team and Forward HQ.|
|Pak 40 on Ambush fire.|
|The Tiger appears!|
|Churchill loiters by the garage - perhaps the crew wants to pick up the latest|
|A game of cat & mouse. The Puma ducks behind the barn away from the Churchill.|
|German squads scramble through the dense bocage and down the embankment.|
|A better view of the objective by the small outhouse.|
|The Germans, just out of the bocage, get hit by a mortar stonk.|
|The kubelwagen is written off in a mortar stonk.|
|It took many attempts for the British to finally deal with the German recce team. |
Here you see the last man standing.
|British section pushes up to the hedges by the farmhouse, but they are doomed!|
|German squads and HQ halftrack.|
|British section thinks about getting into those houses, but in the end after taking |
some casualties, moves away to the crossroads.
|A German squad has occupied the end cottage- right of picture.|
|The German squad in the end cottage is about to be blasted by the British.|
|A German squad makes its way to the farmhouse.|
|Oh dear here's the Tiger! The Tiger attempted to blow away the Humber IV |
|German recce team is finally wiped out.|
|German MG team gets behind the hedge.|
|A German squad has moved up to occupy the backyard of the café - move over porkers.|
This squad blasted the British section down the lane by the farmhouse, causing casualties and
|Germans occupy the large farmhouse- who left the back door unlocked?|
The British section, in top left corner with pinned marker, gets wiped out.
|British section engage German squad, as does the Churchill. The German|
squad is eventually wiped out, but they hung on to the last man.
|A last ditch effort, a German command halftrack attempts to give the British a |
hail of lead- to no avail.