It's 0630, 1 Sept 1930. Following the way being opened by the infantry, the Kampfgruppe's reconnaissance elements rushed through the hole, followed by the Panzers, with motorized infantry elements mixed in as they were able to get on the road or catch up following mop-up duties. Attached to 4th Panzer Division, the Kampfgruppe has been told to dash for Warsaw and forgo all else, that everything to their right will be handled by the Slovaks, and everything to their left will be handled by Guderian's panzertroops swooping down from the north. This is a great concept, but immediately goes out the window when the recce element is ambushed by the Polish 19th Uhlan Regiment, dug-in on the northwest side of a small town (actually a string of three villages all) called Mokra.
All three armored cars fire on the Polish line, to no effect; the motorcycle platoon can't fire while mounted, and the panzers and 2nd Plt can't see anything to engage. The enemy MGs open up, forcing Sgt Gradl's 2nd Motorcycle (M/C) Squad (far left) to fall back. Then the enemy mortars hit 2nd Plt (bottom center), forcing Sgt Hasselbach's squad to rush forward and hunker in the woods, out of sight.
Then the real @#$% hit the fan: the enemy ATGs opened up, knocking out Cadet Distler's Sdkfz 221, and immobilizing Sgt Pichler's 221. The effect of that fire pins Lt Wehner's armored car, forces Sgt Sachs 2nd M/C squad to fall back (far left, next to Hasselbach's squad), and Lt Weider's squad to dart forward into the trees and dismount, pinned. Whew...
Not a single German unit is in position to fire back (because of bad morale or LOS blockage). Now, before you check out, I bid you take care, as @#$%'s about to get crazy; I'd say it's worthwhile to hang in there and read the rest of this.
On the left (off camera), Lt Wehner is able to rally himself, which allows Sgt Gradl's squad to attempt to rally also, but, of course, they fail...
Another random event fixed a vehicle, so Sgt Pichler's previously immobilized vehicle is now back in the fight (I didn't figure it would work for Officer Cadet Distler's vehicle, which has been burning for several minutes now).
Sgt Sachs' squad unpins, and Lt Unger rallies the Lt Wehner's armored car.
The enemy rifle at the head of the column, the MG that just ran, and the ATG all rally.
In the southeast, Sgt Fittzbaum's tank fired at the last ATG and missed, and the return fire damn near blew the turret off the poor Mk III. This had the adverse effect of causing the squads of Sgt Aust and Sgt Hasselbach to run, leaving only Lt Krugmann's 2nd Plt headquarters section opposite a full enemy rifle platoon!
He then set his sights on the next enemy squad...
As a bit of unfair foreshadowing (as of the time I'm writing this I've played seven battles), in two future games a similar situation occurred, and I tried the same gambit, and in neither case did it work...
The CO, Lt Unger, tries to rally Sgt Hasselbach's squad (off camera to bottom right), but fails, so Unger says hell with him and moves up to support Lt Krugmann's troops, who are facing down the ATG that drove back Lt Gerhart's tank and destroyed Sgt Fittzbaum's.
-Lt Krugmann recommended for the Iron Cross 2nd Class and Iron Cross 1st Class simultaneously (I read this was possible in those cases of extreme valor when the recipient did not already have an Iron Cross 2nd Class) for placing himself under heavy fire in position to screen stricken panzer elements, then lead his close assaults which eliminated four enemy units and broke the back of enemy resistance.
-3rd Panzer Platoon's Sgt Fittzbaum wounded in action, received Wound Badge, will return after Polish campaign.
-Lost ~20 KIA/WIA and 1 Panzer Mk III destroyed. 1 Sdkfz 221 was damaged, but recovered and put back into action.
-Caused ~45 KIA/WIA, captured ~35 EPW and 2 anti-tank guns.
So, the mission was accomplished, albeit by the skin of my teeth. Truth be told, this was better than the Germans did in real life, being beaten severely in real life. In any case, in the overall scheme of things, the KG and 4th Panzer Division pulled back to allow air and artillery to pound Mokra, and immediately preparing to launch a mechanized attack.
The fights have been very exciting, but too close for my taste ;) For all those out there that like to see the Germans get their butts kicked, stay tuned, there's a few of those to be written up.