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Grant's game 10/02/08

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 7:24 pm
by Cardinal Biggles
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Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 9:19 pm
by Pz. Ferdinand
great close-ups

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 7:24 am
by soapdodger
Lovely stuff there, and some nice touches, really like the hedge/fence/gate shots, and also the close ups of the building interior shots. 8) 8)
Best regards,
John.

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 8:00 am
by Tyberius
I agree the terain, buildings and close up photos are great.

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 8:57 am
by Cardinal Biggles
the boards were our MOAB boards and the hedgerows were a mix of my tea leaf designs and commercial stuff...the buildingds are a mix of Hovels and queen hussar, I have taken to painting buildings wiht the airbrush..

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 7:21 pm
by Phantom Agent
it was a fun game. Thw objective was 3 main buildings in the village. We had a reinforced jerry battalion; HQ, 4 comp., 2 mmg's, 81mm mortar, 75 IG & 150 IG, 4 pz hunter teams, a pak40, 20mm, 88, defending the village and its environs. 2 Tigers came on in turn 4. Attacking were ...The Poles....a motorised batt., 2 shermans and 2 Sextons. 3 Shermans an Achilles & M came on in turn 5. Also attacking was a para batt. with HQ, 4 comp., a recce troop in jeeps, 2 x Vickers and 3" mortar. 3 Churchills a Crocodile, and 95mm Support Churchill were giving some well needed support.
Turns 1-4 saw little movement from the Germans. The Poles were moving on the german left flank using the hedgerows to conceal themselves. The paras had the frontal attack, moving into position throught the bocage concentrating on the dugout on the german right flank. The 88, positoned on the left flank, really sneakily I thought, allowed most of the "monday morning peak hour traffic" thru. The Poles got into a good positon to attack the 88....it was all systems go for jerry....The German 75IG spotted the para recce and sent over a couple of custard tarts..really impressive die rolling was happening..."ACME" signs popping out of barrels was mentioned to...
Meanwhile the paras closed in on the dugout...a firefight ensued and with the help of Churchills the dugout was cleared and taken. However, all was no going to be fun for the Churchills. The Pak 40 hit, causing heavy damage. The next turns morale test saw these guys off for 2 turns...woo hoo! It was going to be turn 6 or 7 before they returned.
the assault on the 88 commenced. 2 companies of poles were moving up along with 2 Stuarts..the attack started off poorly. The 2 stuarts were taken out in reserve fire by a schreck and a Tiger, which had turned up by turn 5. The 88 lightly damaged the bren...mmmmm..88's. It took a couple of turns to clear the 88 and I thought I would be able to cause some damage on the poles in those turns..but na...zip...nadda...crapola..didn't hit a thing...even with the Tigers.......mmmmm 88's....At this time the germans had the 1st of 5 morale tests....being pinned is really bad..The Paras were coming in on the right flank. Without the Churchills it was a bit tough and the Pak 40 was sending over HE into the dugout with great success... It was an all out firefight along the front of the buildings with the 95mm and crocodile helping out. Jerry was being worn down and every turn had a morale test.
By turn 10, the Poles were breaking into the town on the left flank, both Tigers were out of action, the Churchills had returned, the paras had got into the buildings on their flank. With only 1 company, the mortar and some guys from HQ left the germans finally called it a day.
The 150IG didn't hit a thing, the 20mm flak had a great oppurtunity to take out the crusader AA..but na...
The mortars didn't hit a thing all day, the Sextons were just as bad, I think they hit only once.
thanks to John & Adam.

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 10:38 am
by akula_au
Slight correction Phantom Agent

the 150mm IG took out one of the stuarts the tiger hadn't turned up yet.

The only thing the sextons hit was a house with some jerries in it. What they did do was -1 on the morale roll.

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 1:04 pm
by Bluewillow
nice looking game guys thanks for posting

cheers
matt

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 2:45 pm
by akula_au
BATTLE REPORT

OPERATION “POISSONS ROUGES”

FORCES AVAILABLE
Battle Group Zgorelski

10th Polish Dragoons Regiment

Elements of 24th Polish Lancers Regiment
- No. 1 Squadron
- Recon Platoon
- HQ AA Platoon

1st Battery, Polish Motorised Artillery Regiment

Reinforcements
Canadian SPAT Company
Canadian Sherman Squadron

ACTION REPORT

Polish forces have been assigned to attack the left flank of the town. The 24th Lancers Recce lead the way followed by No1 Squadron, 10th Polish Dragoons and the MG section of No. 4 Squadron. They came under sporadic and ineffectual fire from a battery of 88mm guns. Taking cover behind a nearby hill the infantry of No1 Squadron prepared to attack the 88mm battery.

At the same time No.2 and 3 Squadrons dismounted from their vehicles and proceded towards the battery using the hedgerows for cover. When No2 squadron was in position a short barrage of artillery and mortars landed on the 88mm position before the assault order was given. Both No1 & No2 squadron attacked the position supported by the MG section and the 24th Lancers Recce section.

As they moved forward the recce troop came under intense fire and suffered heavy casualties from artillery & at fire (150mm Infantry Gun and Panzerschrek team.) The MG section in it’s Bren carriers moved forward and was brought under ineffectual fire from the 88mm battery.

After a short firefight both Squadrons close assaulted the position and captured the 88mm gun. It was at this point the rumble of heavy armour could be heard and the remaining elements of 24th Polish Lancers fell back towards the main position to await reinforcements.

No1 and 2 Squadron consolidated their position at the 88mm battery as the Tigers moved past the positions. It was at this point the Canadian reinforcements arrived and the attack was ready to resume.

The M10 and the Achilles took position hull down on a low hill and enticed a Tiger to come out whilst the Canadian Tank Squadron joined the Polish squadron and both moved up the road to engage the second Tiger. The Polish squadron pushed on ahead of the Canadians and engaged the tiger on their own with the support of the Piat teams from No.1 Squadron, 10th Dragoons. This merely resulted in some light damage to the Tigers which proceded to Maul the Sherman tanks of the 24th Lancers who chose at this point to fall back.

It was at this point the Canadians opened fire on both Tigers the 17pdrs destroying one and causing heavy damage to the second, whose crews decided to bail out and run for it.

Freed from the Tiger menace the Polish infantry once again took the offensive destroying a 20mm AA battery and a 150mm Infantry gun in short order, then began mopping up as the decimated German forces pulled out.

Total Losses
2 Stuart Light Tanks
No. 1 Squadron 10th Dragoons 4 figures.

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 4:47 pm
by Cardinal Biggles
good one...

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:41 pm
by Phantom Agent
ah, yes....the Canadian reinforcements, rather generous I thought..you had the blessing of the cardinal didn't you..

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 8:54 am
by akula_au
Well we are good Catholics aren't we....

Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 6:54 am
by soapdodger
Thanx for the reports, a great read. Reassuring to hear that the "88 disease" isn't confined to my garage.........
In one game, I had 3 Tigers, in ambush position in the bocage, on reserve.....3 Fireflies come poling up the road network, 2 turns of fire, (reserve and then my turn), 6 die rolls, 5 ones and one two rolled. Next turn, dead cats everywhere...... :lol: :lol: :lol:
Best regards,
John.

Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 6:56 am
by soapdodger
Never airbrushed a building Kendo, you are as inspirational as ever.... 8) , must give it a go... :wink:
Best regards,
John.