Our respective forces were matched in terms of infantry but thats where the similarities ended. To defend Sam had a lot of PIATS, a Platoon of 6pdrs and a big artillery park with 8 howitzers plus some limited air support. While great on defense my two armoured Platoons gave me a huge advantage for attacking especially as the reserves rule kept platoons on both sides off the table. Tigers had ROF3 again!!!!
My plan was to be as aggressive as possible. The scenario required a diagonal attack across table corners with Sams forces able to deploy right up on the edge of my deployment zone. I was hoping that he would deploy as far forward as possible allowing me to mass my troops and charge into contact in the opening turns. Sam had one advantage in that he got to deploy an entire platoon with his independents...
|The assault goes in and the Brit Paras are forced back. Forced to fight or die the remaining 6pdrs are destroyed and only a few squads manage to escape. Turn 2 and Sam's on the back foot already.|
|One Tiger stays put to offer fire support while the other heads for a gap in the hedge to assault.|
|With the StuGs gone and my only combat platoon too weak to attack anywhere its up to the Tigers. They charge into assault Urghuat, Frost and the few remaining Paras from their platoon. Success is achieved and they barrel through.|
|The reserve FJ Platoon supported by the Sniper and Neb fire continues to batter the Paras guarding the other objective pushing them back slightly but not knocking them out completely.|
|The last British artillery piece is destroyed and with 4/6 Platoons gone the British company breaks and runs.|
So Day 1 was over and after 3 games I was sitting on 10pts which for me is pretty good. Casual chats at the end of the day suggested that I was pretty close to the top 3rd of the table so I headed out thnking intently about what I could do the next day...