The Brits have fought their way deep into the village of Eterville, and the Germans are determined to do something about it. Captain Rolfbertsen and his 2iC, Lieutenant Eichtoriel have been ordered to prepare and lead their unit, the 3rd Company, 457th PanzerGrenadier Abteilung Sauer und Krauthammer, in a counterattack supported by armor, in order to evict the British. C Company of the 5th Westchesterfords North Riding Rangers of the Highland Coldshire Guards (5th WNRRHCG), under Major Lemmuel and his 2iC, Lieutenant Boggler, stand in their way.
In real life it's 10 July 1944, and it's elements of the 9th Battalion, Cameronian Regiment (or at least that's how I'm reading 9/Cameronians), 45th Infantry Brigade, 15th Scottish Infantry Division vs a hastily thrown together battle group of panzergrenadiers and armor from the 12th SS Panzer Division. In real life the Germans launched a hasty attack into a fluid situation and soon lost momentum among the hedges and buildings of Eterville.
The building at center left, on the bottom right side of the intersection, is the objective building.
I kept my troops back, willing to let the Germans into the town, but then looking to cut them up by making best use of my limited assets in the short fields of fire caused by the buildings.
**Game note: I win the roll off to see who goes first, and I make him go first. He gets to move everyone forward, but he doesn't get to shoot as all my units are unspotted. This should put him nice and close for me to spring the ambush.
Panzer 2 is at top left, and there's another halftrack over there, off camera.
Now 1st Section is spotted...
I told ya the boy is aggressive.
And I'll be damned if I didn't miss a picture... Captain Rolfbertsen immediately called in his 80mm mortars on the British 1st Section.
**Game note: we actually had a roll-off to see if the 'fall back and hunker' would apply to my tank or his rifle squad (top center, just above red building containing the PIAT team). He won, so my tank fell back...
**Game note: because the situation was so bad, I actually gave him 4K 2S.
You know what this means ;)
**Game note: we rolled to see if the Stug got hung up or threw a track, but it made it. I don't know why the boy was so determined to push through there, I warned him...
Man, these fights have been awesome!!! The boy won, but I still had a great time, even though he took two of three games from me this weekend. It's been a blast, and I can't wait until next weekend to get some more fights in.
British: 20 WIA/KIA, one M4 Sherman knocked out.
Germans: 30 WIA/KIA, two Stug IIIs knocked out, two Sdkfz 251s knocked out.
German 3rd Squad Leader, posthumously decorated for valor for leading close assault into heart of British defenses.
British PIAT Team Leader, for knocking out a Stug III and leading his team into close combat to defeat the German 3rd Squad.
So the German counterattack was successful insofar as it gained the southern edge of Eterville, but they were so bloodied by the British defense they had to fall back to regroup and reorganize. More to come!