It's 1100, 1 Sept 1939, and the counterattack by the Polish 21st Armored and 12th Uhlan Regiments has been spectacularly successful, except for two issues: 1) they didn't really have a plan for success, so after breaking beating back 4th Panzer Division (and KG Klink) they drove about another kilometer, then lost their forward impetus, and just sort of milled about until 4th Panzer could mount a counterattack of its own to drive them back; and 2) the armor and cavalry pushed through with great speed and no coordination with the 12th Mounted Regiment, who found itself alone while following in trace of the Polish armor.
So, we find ourselves in the time after successful Polish armored counterattack, but before 4th Panzer's counterattack, where (mostly) dismounted portions of the Polish 12th Mounted Regiment runs smack into infantry elements of KG Klink, who were moving southeast (to where their armor had just been punished) when enemy activity was spotted to the east. The two forces met on the fly, neither expecting the enemy to be where they found him.
The hill at top left, and the ville in the foreground are the same from the KG's mechanized attack a few hours ago. You can still see two Panzers burning on the hill, and a number of casualties from both sides lying about.
In the south, the Poles are able to pin Lt Tausch's squad (bottom left), and in the north they pin LCpl Steinkamp's MG team. Incredibly, Cpl Creuzburg's MG return fire doesn't accomplish anything, and since the mortar team couldn't see anything they didn't get to react...
The Poles had a little problem rallying in the center, but in the south (bottom center) one squad rallied and one moved up into the treeline... The Polish CO also started moving south (top right). Lt Tausch was able to rally, while Sgt Schessinger and Cpl Kamphaus moved their men up (bottom left).
The Germans have turned a decisive advantage into a coin toss... The Germans finally get, and Cpl Creuzburg's MG in the south opens up, but doesn't hit a damned thing...
But the Poles say 'hell with it,' and they charge. Sgt Haas steels his men, getting every drop of firepower out of them, and it's enough, they stop the Polish infantry in their tracks (white bead)!!!
-Officer Cadet Hinkle was wounded and is out for the duration of the Polish campaign.
-Lost ~20 KIA/WIA.
-Caused ~50 KIA/WIA, captured ~35 EPW.
Well, that started out very well, then went to crap very rapidly. I won, but it was much more difficult than it should have been. Another thing that's funny is about heroes; I really was trying to get Lt Freitag and Sgt Haas (the guys that already won the Iron Cross) into positions to further demonstrate their personal bravery, but it just didn't work out that way, though Sgt Haas' 'hero' ability allowed him to rally his troops without activation, which probably saved them from being overrun on the hill. They subsequently got pinned, but stopped the enemy charge with snap fire, which they wouldn't have been able to do if they were still 'man down.'
More to follow.