For both thrusts our force would consist of 1 Platoon of Panthers and 1 of PzIV's. The mobile AA could only go with one of them and opted for the left flank attack as the one of the right offered more protection terrain wise and allowed us to get closer to the enemy faster. The right hand attack faced the tougher battle with dug-in 6pdrs, Artillery and 4 Shermans (2 Fireflys), while the left hand attack only had the 1 potential Sherman Platoon facing it - this would depend on how our opponents rolled for reserves.
|The right flank attack moves up with our respective HQ's taking cover in a forest with reasonable but not open LOS to the enemy positions. The plan advance up the extreme right hand edge following the road with the Panthers in front.|
|The British positions showing the heavy lean toward (our) right. 6pdrs and infantry in the forest, more in the village and Artillery in between.|
|The advance continues but gets stalled by the narrow deployment area and the desire to avoid bogging checks on the Bocage and Stonewalls. We are also coming under increasing amounts of artillery fire directed by an AOP which we cannot combat.|
|Right flank force gets into position with the Panthers taking the lead and aiming for the Fireflys. If we can kill both of them early (you can see one hiding at the end of the road behind the hedge) we could outflank the entire British position.|
|British tank commanders play a careful game and use a small hill to best advantage hiding below the crest. Being Veterans they are very hard to hit, much harder than the Panthers will prove to be. Long range shooting is ineffective so we close in.|
|The right hand attack force moves in and opens fire at close range on the British tanks. With 6 - 12 shots vs. their 4 - 8 we stand a good chance of knocking them out with minimal loss.|
|Things go peared shaped quickly. Panzer fire is horribly inaccurate whereas the Sherman Fireflys quickly destroy one PzIV, two Panthers and bail the 3rd. The 3 remaining PzIV's horribly vulnerable to their AT15 beat a hasty retreat.|
|Panzer fire again proves inaccurate and we have major issues trying to neutralise the Shermans. The advance on the objective cannot continue while they are in our flank/rear so we have to stay put.|
|In we go - no ambush yet. The CIC is behind the hill and out of LOS from anything up the road, this will prove vital in a few short minutes.|
|Finally some success - 3/4 Shermans on the left are dead and our forces can now start to move toward the objective again leaving the Panthers to take out the remaining British tank. Loses here amount to a single PzIV.|
The final picture shows the ambushing 17pdrs appearing directly in front of the advancing PzIV's. They havent gotten far enough forward and 9 shots at AT15 hurtle down vapourising all of the PzIVs except for the CIC who is just out of LOS behind the crest of a hill.
I really cant remember what happened after this. We lost the game as we ran out of time I think, or the Panthers broke. One of the two. We had a solid plan but were to cautious with the use of the CIC/2IC tanks which should have joined the attacks early on. The move through the village was not a good idea and perhaps the AA could have preceded and helped out.
Result 1-6 loss and victory to our opponent.