On to the second fight of Operation Jupiter. In the last fight, A Company of The 5th Westchesterfords North Riding Rangers of the Highland Coldshire Guards (5th WNRRHCG), led by Major Dillon and his 2iC, Lt Cooman, successfully assaulted the Les Duanes Farm Complex, kicking out the German 1st Company of the The 457th PanzerGrenadier Abteilung Sauer und Krauthammer, led by Captain Sorensen and his 2iC, Lt Weidthaus. Following on from the farm complex, 5th WNRRHCG is getting closer to Hill 112 (the ultimate objective of the operation), and must clear the nearby Horseshoe Wood. This fight will see Major Travers, and his 2iC, Lt Rownan, lead their B Company to clear the wood of the German 2nd Company, led by Captain Keipers and Lt Teigner.
Real life, it's still 10 July 1944, and it was D Company, 5th Battalion, Dorset Regiment, 130th Brigade, 43rd Wessex Division, supported by tanks of B Squadron, 9th Royal Tank Regiment, vs 5th Company, 2nd Battalion, 22nd SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment, 10th SS Panzer Division. Once again, I should be using Churchills but I don't have any, so Shermans will have to do. In real life the Brits were able to push the Germans out of the wood, but they took very heavy casualties in vicious, hand-to hand combat.
Game note: but then the kid gets screwed, rolling up a Scurry. He doesn't need to move, he needs to shoot! Ahh, the friction of war! ;)
**Game note: the poor kid can't catch a break, he rolls another Scurrry. He really needs to shoot then fall back...
The German mortar team is now out of ammo, so they pack up and leave (bottom right).
The Germans are now out of tank-killing weapons...
With that, Major Travers shot a look at Lt Rownan, who grimly nodded. Travers dropped his head, muttered a curse under his breath, then pulled his flare pistol and fired it aloft, signalling his men to call off the attack and fall back...
Well, an unlikely, big turn at the last second victory for the little man! I won't pretend it doesn't sting a bit, but he did good. Once again I got off to a quick start on him, and he had some untimely activation rolls, but he hung in and did the best he could, until he got a super lucky shooting roll that just blew my socks off! They say such things are common when playing children... All I know is, I can't wait for the next fight, it's already set up upstairs, where we plan on playing another four games this weekend (two on Saturday, two on Sunday). Only time will tell if we can keep up this pace.
In any case, the Germans won a tactical victory in Horseshoe Wood, but ultimately were forced to concede the wood as the Brits fell back, reorganized, then began dropping 25-pounder artillery shells on the wood in preparation for another attack. The Brits will not push on for the Chateau de Fontaine.
Brits: Defeat, 25 WIA/KIA, 10 POW, and one Sherman knocked out.
Germans: Victory, 15 WIA/KIA.
Captain Keipers and Lt Teigner were decorated for valor during their defense of the Horseshoe Wood.
Next fight coming up as soon as possible.