Hold the Line Vs. SS PzGrenadiers/Police (Tony Bates)
|The battlefield - one objective in forest to right of picture, 2nd in light green field near river bridge.|
4 Sturm Tigers, SS Mortars, 2 Police Platoons, 2 Platoons of PzGrenadiers, and SS AT Guns.
|The enemy deployment - aside from the bridge the only viable crossing point for vehicles is a ford to the top left between the two lone trees|
Nebelwerfers and in ambush a Platoon of FJ and the Tigers who can Stormtroop on 2+
|The FJ company's only deployment a platoon of Nebelwerfers|
The enemy PzGrenadiers crowd the road leading to the only bridge over the river while the Police troops move around one flank and begin fording the river that divides the battlefield in half.
|Vehicles and SS infantry choke the road leading to the bridge|
|FJ in hidden ambush positions watch the advancing enemy|
|Polizei platoons force a crossing on the FJ left flank|
|The only early success for the enemy forces Polizei assault the Nebelwerfer's observer|
With time running out to force a breakthrough the SS PzGrenadiers send one Platoon around the other flank to make use of a nearby ford. Others push closer to the bridge – but their advance is stopped by the sudden appearance of a Fallschirmjager platoon which reveals its ambush positions. A Platoon of Assault Guns has also arrived from reserve and his advancing toward the Police troops threatening the Fallschirmjager’s flank.
|The ambushing FJ platoon finally reveal their positions - StuGs from reserve can be seen approaching from the rear|
|Smoke is laid down on the FJ CIC to stop him ranging in for the Nebelwerfers as SS troops attempt to force a crossing of the bridge supported by the Sturm Tigers.|
|An enemy platoon makes a mistake and comes within direct LOS of the Nebelwerfers.|
|Here they come!!! Enemy troops attempt to force a bridge crossing|
|Enemy Polizei manage to flank the FJ dug in by the river bridge|
|Reserve StuGs and a 2nd FJ Platoon move to assault the weakened Pio|
|Not much hope left now for the enemy - Polizei have been pushed back to the forest while the SS have been whittled down and are in no position to cross the bridge again|
|An attempt is made to force a river crossing downstream from the bridge but ambushing Tigers flay them with HMG fire|
|Minor success achieved as a Squad of SS manage to cross the river - they dont last long though|
The battle is all but over at this point the combined SS-Police forces have been unable to force a major crossing of the river against the dug in Fallschirmjager. Nebelwerfer rounds, Fallschirmjager sniper bullets & Rifle/MG fire, HMG from Fallschirmjager assault guns and more HMG fire from the Tiger Tanks continues to pound away at them killing off more Platoons and forcing a complete retreat.
|Where everyone ended up when time ran out|