We are now upon the fourth fight in Operation Jupiter, as the Chateau de Fontaine has fallen and British follow-on troops are streaming by to get to the front. This follows the successful assault on Les Duanes Farm complex by A Company, 5th Westchesterfords North Riding Rangers of the Highland Coldshire Guards (5th WNRRHCG). This was followed by 2nd Company of the the 457th PanzerGrenadier Abteilung Sauer und Krauthammer denying the Brit attempt on the Horseshoe Wood, though ultimately the Germans were forced to fall back due to a pending assault by an overwhelmingly large British force. Then C Company, 5th WNRRHCG, led by Major Lemmuel and Lt Boggler, faced off against 3rd Company, 457th PzGrenSuK, led by Captain Rolfbertsen and Lt Eichtoriel, and the Brits easily took the Chateau.
Now Major Phillips' D Company is moving past the Chateau on its way to the front, but it is suffering at the hands of stragglers from Captain Rolfbertsen's 3rd Company. When Major Phillips' adjutant is hit by a sniper in mid-sentence, Phillips turns to his 2iC, Lt Canham, and directs him to grab a detachment of infantry and have them sweep back through the area around the Chateau, where Captain Rolfbertsen's 2iC, Lt Eichtoriel, is in directing the resistance of the stay behind troops. Additionally, Lt Eichtoriel has gotten into contact with a nearby 88mm FlaK, who promised to support his troops as much as possible.
In real life it's 10 July 1944, and it's members of the 6th Battalion, 7th Somerset Light Infantry Regiment, 129th Brigade, 43rd Wessex Division vs 6th and 8th Companies, 2nd Battalion, 22nd SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment, 10th SS Panzer Division. In real life, a British Colonel was killed by an '88' shell, and snipers were making life very difficult, so 7th/Somerset LI dispatched a group of riflemen and snipers to clear the area, which they promptly did.
1. They will be treated as snipers, so will be rolling 3K 2S each time they fire.
2. As the Brits I will roll normal 5Core activation dice each turn, the Germans won't. The Germans will simply declare when they want to react, then do so. They will fire with full dice (listed above) and can move before or after.
3. The Germans start hidden. I cannot roll to spot them until they shoot, and cannot shoot at them until they are spotted.
4. The German snipers will be able to move via crawling, to try to keep from being spotted.
5. The Germans have an '88' off table that will fire two HE rounds whenever the German commander wishes.
"Where is he!!!???" "I dunno!!!"
But then there's a vicious crack...
**Game Note: Actually, I just received two fall backs which took the guys off the map, but the above sounded better than 'they crapped their pants and ran off the table.'
But he misses.
And then another crack!
But the '88' is done at least.
Sniper number 1 is in the house at left, though not yet in a firing position, while sniper number 2 is at top right (you can see the light green bead indicating he's crawling). Lt Eichtoriel is getting very concerned with this crazy Brit charging straight up the middle, straight up the street, and signals Sniper #2 to do something about it.
But the Brits are alert now...
Wow, my dice are still incredibly hot.
No way, my dice are incredible, and at this point I'm thanking my lucky stars the boy is only 6 and can't yet kick my ass ;) Don't take that the wrong way, I'm serious when I say he's just having a great time; he's very cool, doesn't get frazzled, doesn't sweat it, just hits me with "Daddy, are we going to play another game?"
So Lt Canham's detachment cleared the way for the rest of D Company to move past the Chateau and into the next stage of the fight in Operation Jupiter, on to Eterville. So far the campaign is matching up with history, the Brits were able to bludgeon their way forward, so everything is on track.
British: 6 KIA/WIA
German: 3 KIA/WIA
Citations: Lt Canham was decorated for valor for his inspired leadership in clearing the Chateau de Fontaine.
Still one more batrep to get written up from this past weekend, and looking to get three or four more in this weekend.