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Monday, March 21, 2011

Early War French Fusiliers vs Czech Pansers in The Outpost!

Brian came over bright and early before we recorded Episode 15 to get in a game of Flames of War. He's been tweaking his Czech Panzer list, and I had just completed my French infantry. So rather than rolling up a mission, we decided to play one I wrote and have been tweaking called "The Outpost". You can check it out for yourself on the Downloads Page. At first blush it looks a little wonky, but give it a shot!


French Fusiliers (Colonial)
  • HQ + Mortars + Air Interception
  • Fusilier Platoon (Colonial)
  • Fusilier Platoon (Colonial)
  • Fusilier Platoon (Colonial)
  • Divisional Anti-Tank Platoon (Colonial)
  • 4x SOMUA S-35s
  • 5x Panhard AMD-35
  • Horse Drawn 75mm Battery (Colonial)
  • All Terrain Towed 105mm Battery

German Czech Panzers
  • HQ (2x 38(t))
  • 4x 38(t)
  • 4x 38(t)
  • 5x Panzer II C
  • 2x 8-rad
  • Panzer Schutzen (full minus ATR)
  • 2 gun 105 Battery
  • Limited Stukas


DEPLOYMENT AND TURN ONE



The board The bottom right is a marshy area with a development in the top left. Objectives are in the center to the left of the swamp and straddling the river/woods. A third objective was placed on the south-west hill, but was removed by me just before the game started.

I elected to start with my 75mm Battery on board, with my 105s "Across the Volga".


The "back" objective guarded by a gun.

I liked the idea of this battle- the Germans had broken through the front lines and only a brave artillery battery held these vital positions, frantically calling for reserves!


Can the cannons hold the line?


Brian also puts his 105s across the volga, and is allowed to place his recon on the board.


Their recon move sends them cautiously through the town.


Brian immediately gets his reserves! 38(t)s with all of his command elements come rolling in!


The 8-rads move up, ready to reinforce.


MG fire and cannons knock out a French 75!


SOMUAs immediately arrive from reserve and book it to the front line, brashly moving at the double!


The 75s combine their fire with the 105s behind the lines and drop a mammoth barrage on the panzers, but only bail one.

COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY

FRENCH
1 75mm Gun

GERMANS
None

TURN TWO




Brian pulls back to claim hull down form the oncoming SOMUAs. His shooting is ineffective.


French Fusiliers arrive from reserve!


Panhards also arrive from reserve. We also realize I forgot to deploy the HQ mortars so they and the 2iC also arrive from reserve at this point.


The SOMUAs leap frog- 2 move forward while 2 open fire. Them combined with a 105 barrage and 75mm direct fire open up 2 Panzers!


SOMUAs move to the hill, in defiance of the Panzers!

COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY

FRENCH
1 75mm Gun

GERMANS
2x 38(t)s

TURN THREE




The Panzers, knowing full well how mean SOMUAs can be decide to quickly redeploy.


Panzer IIs arrive from reserve


8-rads move into the wheat.


One of the only succesful Stuka Strikes swoops in on the infantry! The French airforce again did a great job of keeping the German planes away.


The bombs hit causing light damage and pinning the Colonials.


The Panzer IIs line up shots on the 75s.


Panhards move up and claim hull down on the small rise.


SOMUAs attempt to redeploy to keep the Massing panzers at bay.


Fire from the 8-rads and Panzer IIs knocks out a gun!

COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY

FRENCH
2x 75mm Gun

GERMANS
2x 38(t)s

TURN THREE




More German reinforcements arrive! The French are going to have a difficult time now.


Panzer IIs race forward guns blazing! The observer goes down, but the guns suffer no appreciable damage.


A succesful assault knocks out another gun!


French 47mm AT arrives from reserve just in time to keep 8-rads from pushing through the line.


SOMUAs take position in the tree line.


Panhards knock out 2 Panzer IIs.

COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY

FRENCH
3x 75mm Gun
1x Fusilier Stand

GERMANS
2x 38(t)s
2x PzIIs

TURN FOUR


Both the French HQ mortars and the Germans 105s dropped smoke!


Panzer IIs move to the edge of the wheat, ready to engage the Panhards.


Freshly arrived 38(t)s form a shooty parking lot and engage the Panhards.


These Panhards are blessed, only one gets bailed.


More French reserves arrive.


Ditto.


SOMUAs engage the Panzer IIs..


But only bail two. Brian passes his motivation check and they keep fighting! The Fusiliers attempt to assault, but they are le tired.

COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY

FRENCH
3x 75mm Gun
2x Fusilier Stand

GERMANS
2x 38(t)s
2x PzIIs

TURN FIVE




The Panzerschutzen quickly redeploys, striking the weak French flank!


The Schutzen deploy out of their halftracks.


Czech Panzers hook around and take out a SOMUA from the side.


French Fusiliers form a firing line in a small wood.


Panzerschutzen attempt to assault, but a strategically placed SOMUA forces a motivation check for "tank terror" which they fail!


More reserves keep racing to the front.


Finally the Fusiliers motivate and assault the Panzer IIs!


The French take acceptable losses, and knock out the Panzer IIs!


The Panzerschutzen take a bucketload of fire… but Brian passes a billion saves!

COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY

FRENCH
1x SOMUA
3x 75mm Gun
5x Fusilier Stand

GERMANS
Panzer II platoon
2x 38(t)s

TURN SIX


It should be noted that the French HQ mortars did a great job of keeping the 38(t)s in the wheat field in the north smoked.


The Panzerschutzen unpin and prepare for another assault!


38(t)s move up and claim another SOMUA's side armor!


8-rads and 38(t)s move up to MG the infantry while 2 38(t)s creep forward to engage Panhards.


halftracks move up and spray the 47mm AT gun platoon with fire- despite their gun shields the entire platoon is wiped out!


Simultaneously, combined fire from the 38s and 8-rads annhilates the remaining Fusiliers!


The french again fire a large bombardment, and again do very little damage to the schutzen!


Reserve Fusiliers move up to contest the objective. They go "hot" on turn 7!


COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY

FRENCH
Fusilier Platoon
47mm AT Platoon
2x SOMUA
3x 75mm Gun
1x Fusilier Stand

GERMANS
Panzer II platoon
2x 38(t)s
2x Panzerschutzen stands

TURN SEVEN




The Panzerschutzen prepare to assault the last bastion of French holdout on the objective again.


The Panzerschutzen charge!


38(t)s move up to provide fire support for the schutzen


Here they come!


The 75 and the battery commander are knocked out! The staff team remains. The French Company Commander joins the SOMUAs in a brave counter attack, forcing the Schutzen back!


The staff team from the 75 battery, despite being fearless, quits the field!

At this point, we've been playing for a while. We are at the bottom of turn 7, and though the French have taken a beating- the Germans have as well. Both objectives are hot now so we're into sudden death. The SOMUAs are about to roll forward and crash into the Schutzen (with no AT rifle) backed up by a Fresh Fusilier Squad holding position in the line of trees.

The other objective is solidly protected by Panhards and Fusiliers on the french side, and 8-rads and 3 38(t)s on the German side of things.

So in the end- can 6 38(t)s, 2 8-rads, and a severely battered panzerschutzen take on 5 Panhards, 2 SOMUAs, and 2 full strength Fusilier platoons? Maybe. Thus, we decide to call it a draw. 3-1 in Brian's favor.


The other objective.

CLOSING THOUGHTS:
I think this mission was a ton of fun. I was scared it would be unbalanced, but more games will be needed to pass any judgement on it.


10 comments:

jmezz382 said...

Great AAR. Both armies look beautiful.

Mojo said...

What a harsh battle! Many many turning-points! This must have been very exiting for both generals :)

Great report! Thanks for sharing!

//mojo

BigLee said...

Great battle report, really enjoyable to read. BTW what size table are you using? It doesn't look that big (maybe its just the pictures).

Vladdd309 said...

Quality battle report - those French infantry look really good on the table.

Anatoli said...

Love reading these, keep it up!

Great looking models, is that the Rommel 38(t) tank with the standing commander ?

indierockclimber said...

Thanks guys!

@BigLee- it's 6'x4', standard size

@Anatoli- yep it's Rommel, though he was acting as the company commander

Rob said...

Great report! I think the casualty reports per turn are really helpful in keeping track of the carnage.

Pete said...

Nice battle report! Awesome models, awesome table/terrain, and good close game. Does not get better than that!

shadowking said...

Awesome as ever stunning report.....

David said...

Great battle report, love the top down shots at the start of each turn.

"but they are le tired." - lol

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