Very interesting game was played last night, with no less than 6 players, three as the Germans and three as the intrepid Brits.
The British player controlling the staff car and escorts tried to lure the Germans forward and then make a cross country dash with the car, but with the Vickers only being able to PIN (and then at 10cm – we replaced all inches with cm’s as playing at 10mm) the battle was unequal and the staff car was lost.
In the map below we see the route taken by the Brits, the staff car and 2 tanks moving towards the EXIT, with the other one trying to distact a German Recce unit. But it was to no avail…
The German advance their Recce units…
So, the real game begun, the Brits advancing on their right, the Germans pushing forwards in the centre and then holding position whilst a daring thrust was made around the back of the Brits position.
The Brit main ‘battle tanks’ deploy
The map here shows the route the Pzr2 platoon took (in red), with the centre group of 3 T35’s taking the road in the middle (black arrow). They took a lot of fire and the lead tank was Pinned 3 times, but survived. The other platoon of T35s took the right wing (dotted blue) and by using Reserve Move kept the Brits wondering where they were really going. The last unit to come on was the Pzr 4 (dotted black line), this also used Reserve move, but it did not work out, more later….
Meanwhile, on the British Right Flank, the A10’s move towards the weak German left, one armoured car having to withdraw due to no ammo, and the tanks being only Pzr 2s…
More A10 deployment
But soon the A10’s see the centre group of T35’s
The T35’s then started to take fire from both the A10’s and the A13’s, but despite being pinned three times, they all survived..
With the right and centre of the British line engaged (and the Vickers tanks all hiding in the bushes), the T35’s started their pincer movement…
Reserve Move was used to confuse the Brits…
The Brits weren’t fooled though and stated putting units on Ambush (the swines… – anybody would think I was a German player).
To counter the Ambush actions and to divide attention in the centre, the German Pv4 was moved into action, using Reserve Move to get into a firing position (without being fired upon), but it did not work, two misses meant the end when the A13’s guns spoke..
Meanwhile on the British right flank, the A10’s were moving up on the hapless Panzer 2’s, whilst the last MG equipped Vickers tried to cause problems… It did distract things and it ended up in quite a brawl..
A charging Panzer 2 met its end attacking an immobilised A10
But the resulting Chit drawn by the Germans was a ‘Call of Duty’ which they played on a Pinned T35, one of the ‘pincer movement’ tanks having been hit. This really turned the whole battle, the T35 taking out an A13, and two Vickers in short succession.
The Brits Left Flank collapses
And the Chits are all just too much.
So the battle ended, it all really hinging on that ‘Call of Duty’ chit and some really good luck (the battle plan was not bad either though, well I would say that….)
Pictures courtesy of Richard and ‘SteamingDave’
Another GREAT BattleGroup Game..