So, with 2nd Squad having accomplished its objective, it was now up to 1st Squad to evict the Germans from their defensive positions in the village of Fondue. In retrospect, just looking at the 2' x 2' board below, with ten Brits and six Germans looks like too much. And it was...
I'd already played one game that took way longer than I expected (I was hoping to get four games in during the period it took me to get the above game in), and I'd had a few interruptions (I did not include these in the time accounted for), but I was resolved to play another game, even though I knew I was running out of time (how gallant of me?).
Germans on the left fire at their opponents on that side, to no effect.
Meanwhile, the German A-gunner helps the machine gunner rally and the far left German rifleman rallies himself, while their NCO fires to no effect.
The German machine gunner rallies...
Off camera at bottom right, the Bren gunner opens up, suppressing the German LMG gunner yet again.
Then the Germans roll scurry. They have two able-bodied men in the center (NCO and A-gunner), and a suppressed man on each flank. The two able-bodied men move outward and help their buddies rally successfully. Then the Brits roll firefight again! The far right Brit rifleman fires and misses, and the German SMG gunner returns fire, causing him to hit the deck.
A bunch of fire breaks out on the left, but results only in one of the Brit riflemen being suppressed.
But then the German A-gunner on the far right fires (I can't believe I didn't get a pic of this), and puts the Brit rifleman over there down. Not only do the Brits now have no one on their right flank, but the German they had captured now finds himself freed, and he picks up a weapon to rejoin the fight.
With that, SgtMaj Travers addressed the men: "Easy lads, we've had it for this go around, we'd better regroup." And so the remaining troops fell back to regroup and reorganize in preparation for another push on the German held village. The Germans lost one man killed, while the Brits lost one killed, while Cpl Gwydion and his rifleman were both lightly wounded and captured by the Germans.
If I'd had more time I may have kept playing, but I may have ended it there any way as I was pretty worn out. Again, this could easily have been two separate, quick games. It wasn't as bad as I previously alluded to, but I was frustrated not only at all the stuff I previously mentioned, but also with getting my ass whooped (again!)!!!
So, I need to have another fight or two just to crack the line at the village, then I still have 3rd Squad's task to carry out. Hopefully next weekend.