(You can read Scotts account of the battle here)
The terrain set up offered some solid advantages for defense but also gave Scott a number of concealed approaches. I put my first objective down on the left near the river that cut off the right hand 5th of the table. This required Scott to place his over on the left and he helped out a little bit by putting both near forests. These gave me great places to deploy my defending infantry. To help cover all 3 objectives I created a small battlegroup taking 3 teams from each FJ Platoon to make a 3rd giving me infantry on all 3 objectives.
|The crucial centre & right flank objectives|
|First moves by Scott - GePzGr move up to the river and begin to debus their infantry. Fortunately they can't make it across in one move leaving many teams stranded on the river where infantry only get 5+ saves.|
|Enemy fire rakes the FJ but only takes out a single team. The Nebs have managed to pin down one of Scotts Platoons while the other platoon on the river is weakened by the Tigers HMG fire and then fails to pass its tank terror to assault.|
|Scotts assault goes in and its not looking good. While he takes losses coming in his teams manage to bail both Tiger tanks leaving only my infantry to defend the objective. I have to win and motivate or the game is lost.|
|The StuGs are all done so the KT can move up but there are only a few 1/2 tracks left. My Tigers now have to hide as they are too slow to flank the KT's|
|Aggression has to pay off - 2 King Tigers against 2 Tiger IEs and 2 PF/SMG command teams both dug-in|
|The King Tigers go in....|
What happened next basically summed up the game from Scotts point of view. Defensive fire from the Panzerfausts doesn't hurt the King Tigers but then he fluffs his attack rolls. I still have to motivate to attack him and I pass. 2 hits 1 on each top using Panzerfausts are both successful, one tank is destroyed the other is bailed. The FJ have hung on - somehow and Scotts final assault brave as it was has failed...
HOLY COW!!! WHAT A GAME!!! This was an absolutely fantastic way to finish the tournament and the most enjoyable game of the weekend for me. The final score 6-1 to me didn't even come close to representing what really happened here. I ended up voting for Scott for Best Sport for the event as he just kept on trying right up till the end - 4 or 5 different assaults went into those FJ. Countless rounds of HMG fire from his 1/2 tracks and nothing worked. It was just one of those games.
Final result from the tournament for me 17 points putting me up in 10th equal place only my 2nd top 10 tournament finish and another fantastic weekend at Call to Arms