We had the next game in our Gembloux Gap campaign last night. The Germans had failed in their first attempt to take this table so this was their second go.
Here is a photo of the table.
Dice were rolled and the game started:
Germans (FM 9) (3 Schützen Regiment)
Schützen Platoon #1 (less 9 men)
French (FM 8) (110e Régiment d'Infanterie)
Infanterie Platoon #2 (less 10 men)
Canon de 47mm L53 ATG
Squad de Motocyclistes
As usual we played out the Patrol Phase on P-Y's ap. The smaller dots are the JOP's, while the numbered dots are the PM's at their final positions. As should be obvious, I did not play this well as I allowed the French a very advanced JOP in the small forest in the south more than midway up the table.
The first part of the action was the Stuka attack, it did not do much in respect to the buildings aside from the garage catching fire, thus denying the ability of troops to occupy the building but more importantly sending off a plume of smoke blocking line of sight for at least one turn (it actually remained through out the game despite having 4 game turns). I will let the following photos tell the story.
|The French initial deployments, a squad in the woods and subsequently the 45mm ATG. My troops in the north which included a squad as well as an IG were able to initially poor a pile of shock on both.|
|I also deployed my PzII to further soften up the French.|
|Covering units to the north of the road.|
|I also deployed a MMG team and a squad to cover the west with a SL.|
|I had deployed my senior SL in a car, as my troops needed a better command, but unfortunately it was a lousy driver just moving 3" on his first move (I forgot to add the wheeled bonus of 6").|
Germans (platoon 1)
8 men killed including 1 officer
4 dead, 2 missing (10 dead 2 missing in next game)
Prickly (-1 FM)
French (platoon 2)
7 men killed
3 dead, 2 missing (9 dead 2 missing next game)
CO +3 (+1 Support)
MO -3 (-1 FM)
P-Y played an excellent game and turned what looked like an early German victory into a defeat, so we meet again next Tuesday on the same table for our next session in the Gembloux Gap campaign.