It's 1700, 17 Sept 1939, and the kampfgruppe has lost contact with the 4th Panzer Division's 35th Panzer Regiment on its right flank. LtCol Klink immediately dispatches a task group under 1st Lt Freitag, consisting of his 3rd and 4th Grenadier Platoons and a couple tanks from 2nd Panzer Platoon, to reestablish contact there. They are moving quickly in the failing light, hoping to meet friendly forces before the sun goes down. Unbeknownst to the Germans, the Poles have moved quickly to exploit the gap, and a small force of harried, exhausted Poles sit astride Lt Freitag's route. Unfortunately for the Polish defenders, one of its anti-tank riflemen is a bit overeager, and so a single 14.5mm shot rings out, alerting the now-veteran German troops to the pending danger.
Then the Poles roll a firefight, which really sucks for them as they really need to get their CO (off camera to top left) over to rally their over tank (off camera to top center). The Polish ATR fires on Mayer's panzer again, but misses, as does return fire from 3rd Plt.
-Cpl Hauer (3rd Squad, 3rd Gren Plt), Wound Badge, Infantry Assault Badge, recommended for Iron Cross 2nd Class for leading close assaults which eliminated to enemy squads.
-LCpl Otjen (V5, 2nd Pz Plt) scored one tank kill.
-Lost ~10 WIA/KIA.
-Caused ~50 WIA/KIA, captured approximately 20, and destroyed one enemy light tank.
Quick and easy, I'll take the win any way I can get it! The decisive action, of course, was Cpl Hauer's string of successful close combats which eliminated the enemy infantry east of the road, and this happened very early, which really seemed to win momentum over for the Germans. This is also the first time that I really got "Firefight" activation rolls when I needed them, though I'm really aggravated that I let one of those enemy tanks get away; just kept rolling "Fall Back."
I've got two more to write up, then more to play this coming weekend.