It's 1700, 8 Sept 1939. After a brief rest and reorg following the brutal fighting at Mokra, the kamfgruppe (as part of 4th Panzer Division) resumed its lightning advance east. As the sun goes down and the light begins to fail, reconnaissance elements of Kampfgruppe Klink reach the western suburbs of Warsaw. Neither side was truly prepared for what came next; the Poles were dismayed when their pickets reported German columns approaching Warsaw. Caught out, they rushed ill equipped but very motivated elements of their National Guard to hold off the invaders until a formal defense could be mounted.
Similarly, the Germans wanted to force the door into Warsaw, but had only lightly-equipped troops available. However, 1st Lt Unger (Recon Company Commander), being aggressive and exercising his initiative, decided to push ahead to force that door.
I'm a bit frustrated; all that progress I'd made closing with the enemy, and they get a lucky round of firing which pins one and hunkers two squads...
Then it's time for glory: Cpl Mathes leads his squad forward in an a charge against the pinned Polish squad in the bushes. The Poles snap fire, but the German squad makes it into contact!
This is fight number seven, and marks the first time either side has lost its CO...
Granted, when things go bad they go real bad, and certainly I've been pushing my luck a bit too much in this fight, but you have to realize how small the chances are of getting gunned down by snap fire: that is rolling 1D6, and getting a 6, twice (the enemy MG in the south, and this rifle squad in the north).
-1st Lt Unger (Recon Co Cmdr), Wound Badge, KIA, F7, recommended Iron Cross 2nd Class for leading three close assaults.
-Cpl Mathes (4th Squad, 2nd M/C Plt, Recon Co), Wound Badge, KIA, F7.
-Cpl Zimmer (3rd Squad, 2nd M/C Plt, Recon Co), Wound Badge, Captured, F7, recommended Iron Cross 2nd Class for leading three close assaults.
-Sgt Janke (2nd Squad, 2nd M/C Plt, Recon Co), recommended for Iron Cross 2nd Class for assistance provided under heavy fire to Officer Cadet Distler's armored car.
-Lost ~40 KIA/WIA, ~15 EPW, one Sdkfz 231, and one Sdkfz 221.
-Caused ~50 KIA/WIA.
Yowzah! What a fight! I don't know if it came through or not as I wrote this up quite a bit after I actually played it, but the fight was a blast. I don't like to lose, so let's call it a draw, but I don't even mind losing when there's such a great back and forth, it was very dramatic. I really had the feeling of doing everything I could, but just couldn't get it to work. Next up, reinforcements arrive and the Germans try to bully their way in. Oh, but the Poles were reinforced also, and it was another great fight!