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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mittlere Panzers vs Escadron De Combat in Domination

Tom and I got a game in tonight, allowing me to get my Panzer IIs on the board having just recently completed them!

Tom was also anxious to try out the French, and went with an Escadron De Combat loading up on SOMUAs. I knew it'd be a hard fight my boys were in for!

The Mission was Domination.


GERMAN MITTLERE PANZERKOMPANIE
  • HQ (1 Panzerbef. + 2 Panzer II C (late))
  • 5x Panzer II C (late)
  • 5x Panzer II C (late)

  • 5x Panzer II C (late)


  • 4x Panzer IVd


  • Priority Stukas



FRENCH ESCADRON DE COMBAT
  • HQ Hotchkiss H-39 (long)
  • 4x SOMUA S-35
  • 4x SOMUA S-35
  • 4x SOMUA S-35
  • 3x Hotchkiss H-39 (1 long)
  • 4x Panhard AMD-35
  • All Terrain Towed 105 Battery

DEPLOYMENT

The points are denoted by poker chips. White for 1 point, red for 2, and blue for 3. The only blue point is the entrance to the church. We used "pinned down" markers from our token sets to denote ownership since there wasn't any infantry on the board! I attached the HQ additional Panzer II to the platoon on the left, and sent the HQ and 2iC that way as well. The Panzer IVs are just to their right near the church. The remaining 10 Panzer IIs are on my right flank ready to roll out. Tom had a pretty even spread of his 4 SOMUA platoons across the front. His Panhards started on the road to the North of the Church, and his Hotchkiss just a bit to the left of them. His 105 battery was deployed behind the small hill. Panzer IIs ready to move out. More Panzer IIs along with the Company Commander and 2iC. Tom loaned me his Panzer IVs for this game since mine aren't done yet. More Panzer IIs. Ditto! Tom used my French armor to give it a shot. SOMUAs are basically impenetrable to Panzer IIs. Overlooking the crossroads. Panhards hubcap to hubcap. H39s. 105s. The Battery.

TURN ONE

H39s and Panhards spread out. Stukas (also provided by Tom) swoop in, but can't range in. Panzer IIs surge forward, and knock out the Hotchkiss platoon leader! Panzer IVs move up and claim hull down from the churchyard wall. The platoon on the road fan out to avoid fire from the SOMUAs. On the German right, Panzer IIs move into a wood- a mass of SOMUAs await them on the other side.
COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY

FRENCH
1 Hotchkiss H-39

GERMANS
none

TURN TWO

The 2 short barrel H-39s return fire on the Panzer IIs, and manage to knock one out! the 105s range in on the Panzer IVs, but the shells cause no damage. SOMUAs reposition to claim an objective. Stukas swoop in and knock out a 105, pinning the battery! A Panzer IV knocks out a SOMUA at long range! 4 Panzer IIs boldly move forward, just on the other side of a small wood. The 5th tank was bailed in the previous turn, and failed to remount! 3 Panzer IIs bog moving into the wood on the German right!
COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY

FRENCH
1 Hotchkiss H-39
1 SOMUA S-35
1 105

GERMANS
1 Panzer II

TURN THREE

Panhards move up and support the H-39s. Combined fire knocks out another Panzer II! A SOMUA noses through the wood, and is startled to see 4 Panzer IIs idling on the other side! Stukas swoop in and again pin the battery, but cause no additional harm. Panzer IIs open up with full ROF on the Panhards. Three go up in flame, but the other sticks around. The Panzer IIs on the other side of the small wood boldly drive through the French position! They open up and bail 2 SOMUAs!
COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY

FRENCH
1 Hotchkiss H-39
1 SOMUA S-35
1 105
3 Panhard AMD-35

GERMANS
2 Panzer II

TURN FOUR

SOMUAs swing their turrets around and blaze away! The Panzer IIs evaporate behind enemy lines. 105s slam into the Panzer IIs but cause no damage. A lone Stuka swoops in and takes down 2 SOMUAs! The Panzer II swam surges forward, MGs blazing, ready to assault! The Panzer IVs reposition in an effort to silence the H-39s, but have no luck. The Panzer IIs charge! 1 Panzer II is knocked out in defensive fire, and another bailed, but the 105 battery is ran! Technically the Panhard was assaulted and could not escape, but we have no idea if tanks could capture tanks- we know hits from tanks can't be allocated to other tanks, but we were unsure how to handle this- so we let the Panhard live!
COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY

FRENCH
105 Battery
1 Hotchkiss H-39
3 SOMUA S-35
3 Panhard AMD-35

GERMANS
Panzer II Platoon
3 Panzer II

TURN FIVE

On Tom's left (my right), the SOMUAs surge forward, unafraid of the Panzer IIs lurking in the woods! The Panhard remounts, and combined fire from the two remaining H-39s and the panhard sees the company commander and the remaining Panzer IIs flee the field! Ouch! The Panzer IVs open up on the H-39s and the remaining Panhard- wiping out BOTH platoons! Both of our companies are now at half strength- but my company commander is gone! Panzer IVs reposition after stormtroopering.
COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY

FRENCH
105 Battery
Panhard Platoon
Hotchkiss Platoon
3 SOMUA S-35

GERMANS
Panzer II Platoon
Panzer II Platoon
3 Panzer II

TURN SIX

A SOMUA takes long range shots on my Panzer IVs- bailing one! The German turn sees Stukas hit the same platoon again- knocking out a 3rd tank! The platoon then fails morale! Tom then goes on to fail his company morale check. The game goes to me, but with heavy losses it's a 4-3.

CLOSING

WOW! Air support really came through for me, scoring 3 of my 4 SOMUA kills. SOMUAs really are tough to deal with. I was quite happy with the Panzer IVs, and feel like in plenty of situations the Panzer IIs would've been amazing even though they were fairly outclassed here.

12 comments:

Scary Biscuits said...

that last photo is pretty epic!

Johnnyutah said...

Great report....makes me really wanna get my early war stuff done.

Neal Smith said...

OK, StuGs are moving off the front burner and the EW stuff is edging back to the front! :)

I am really wondering if you guys are giving me adult ADHD! :)

Koshkin said...

Pz IIs are fantastic early war tanks. I've been enjoying the Leichte Company but your take on the Mittlere Company is really interesting.

Jeff

BigLee said...

Great pictures as always. Really gets my creative juices flowin'!!

Anatoli said...

Love those early F1 panzer IV tanks with their short barell. Coolest version of the PzIV imo :P

The battle went pretty much as I imagined, the Somua tanks proved to be hard nuts IRL as well for the light tanks. Swarming them was the only way to bring them down.

Great AAR!

Blackwolf said...

Fantastic AAR as always guys. Somua's are so pretty! ;)

Rob said...

Great looking game, great AAR!

jmezz382 said...

I LOVE the last picture .... awesome

AKCraig said...

that looks great. I love the shots of the planes and the explosions.

Wodensraven said...
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Wodensraven said...

nice AAR chaps, cant wait to have a crack at them panzers in early desert, Rule Britannia, the Matildas rule the waves. =P

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