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Friday, April 8, 2011

French Compagnie De Combat vs Mittlere Panzerkompanie

Tom and I played an absolutely ridiculous game tonight. The batrep is going to devolve into many many back and forth turns and you'll see why. What a matchup! I tried to squeeze in as many of the finished German units I have- recently finished the Stukas, Panzer IVs, and 8-rads!


TOM'S FRENCH COMBAT COMPANY
  • HQ (Hotchkiss long)
  • 3x Char B1 Bis
  • 3x Char B1 Bis
  • 3x Hotchkiss (1 long)
  • 4x SOMUA S-35

STEVEN'S MITTLERE PANZERKOMPANIE
  • HQ (1x Panzer IVd, 1x Panzer II C (early))
  • 5x Panzer II C early
  • 5x Panzer II C early
  • 5x Panzer II C early
  • 2x Panzer IVd
  • 2x Panzer IVd
  • Stuka Schwerepunkt

So, a really ridiculous matchup- especially considering we rolled BREAKTHROUGH! We decided to re-roll it, and rolled breakthrough again, so decided it was fate. Tom "won" the roll to be the attacker.

>>>>> Click Here to See the Rest of the Battle Report!



DEPLOYMENT & TURN ONE


Being the defender, I had to start with just one platoon on the board. I decided to start with a platoon of Panzer IIs, and spread them out as far as I could to force Tom back into a box.

Tom started with all 6 Chars. The SOMUAs and Hotchkiss were in flank march.


Panzer IIs act as the screening force for the French counter attack!


Chars ready to go! Tom may have the most famous crotch in all of miniature wargaming.


Chars roll out!


French armor risk the woods.


A pair of (freshly painted!) Stukas swoop in.


(also freshly painted!) Panzer IVs arrive from reserve and link up with the company commander.


Panzer IIs pull back and head towards the objectives.


"Pull back!"


COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY

FRENCH
none

GERMANS
none


TURN TWO


To get your bearings: Panzer IVs are in the top left, panzer IIs in the center.


Every char in the woods bogs down!


A second platoon of Panzer IVs arrives from reserve.


THe first Panzer IVs and company commander move toward the objective.


A char falls to stuka bombs!



COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY

FRENCH
1x Char B1

GERMANS
none


TURN THREE


Note the Panzer IIs near the objectives and Panzer IVs on the left.


2 chars free themselves and move forward. The third will be bogged for several turns.


The other platoon of Chars continue forward.


The developing action.


SOMUAs arrive from reserve and spread out. One bogs down immediately. Stukas lie in wait off table.


SOMUAs are impenetrable to Panzer IIs.


Panzer IIs isolate one SOMUA and load up side shots.


The developing action around the objectives.


Panzer IVs get into position.


Panzer IIs arrive from reserve and double time it for the objective safely out of French gun range.


Panzer IVs nip at the heels of the Chars.


Fire from the Panzer IIs bails the SOMUA.


Stukas swoop in again and bail a char.


COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY

FRENCH
1x Char B1

GERMANS
none


TURN FOUR




A Char crashes through the stone wall.


More Panzer IIs arrive, and double time it to catch up to the first platoon.


Panzer IVs open up on a bogged SOMUA, but the sturdy armor absorbs the rounds.


Panzer IVs continue nipping on the heels!


COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY

FRENCH
1x Char B1

GERMANS
none


TURN FIVE


The CHars are pushing in. The SOMUAs are in the fight as well. Panzer IIs race to get there!


The last French platoon arrives as the Hotchkiss crash into the woods.


Chars rumble towards the objectives.


The mass of Panzer grey


Going for side shots!


Another bailed Char. Damn 2+ firepower! The French C/Os tank is sniped by a Panzer IV! He jumps into a nearby Char.


One Hotchkiss goes up and another bails.


The Company Commander snipes a SOMUA before bogging while attempting a stormtrooper move!


The situation.


COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY

FRENCH
1x Char B1
1x SOMUA
2x Hotchkiss

GERMANS
none


TURN SIX




vengeance is sweet. The 2iC and another Panzer II go up in flames.


8-rads arrive from reserve.


German armor is prepared to go to the slaughter to knock out the french armor.


The gun line.


The bogged char still can't free itself. The Panzer IVs relentlessly hammer it, but can't take it out.


COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY

FRENCH
1x Char B1
1x SOMUA
2x Hotchkiss

GERMANS
2x Panzer II


TURN SEVEN




Chars are getting into the thick of it now!


The shootout has devolved into a stationary gun battle.


Another Panzer II goes up!


The company commander's stationary Char knocks out a Panzer II at range.


The Panzer IIs are run off! Now more Panzer IIs have to be continuously fed into the objective to keep the game going!


The 2 Panzer IVs hanging around the French deployment zone get lucky and snipe a Char!


Another SOMUA and Hotchkiss fall to massed fire. Both platoons are below half, but stick around.


COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY

FRENCH
2x Char B1
2x SOMUA
3x Hotchkiss

GERMANS
Panzer II Platoon
1x Panzer II (2iC)


TURN EIGHT


Chars continue advancing


ditto. The 4 remaining chars are going to be very difficult to dislodge now that they are too close for air cover.


Both the Hotchkiss AND the SOMUA platoon go down in a fiery mess.


And again, the Panzer IV sniper team takes out a 2nd char- the company commander!!



COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY

FRENCH
3x Char B1
SOMUA PLATOON
HOTCHKISS PLATOON

GERMANS
Panzer II Platoon
1x Panzer II (2iC)


TURN NINE AND BEYOND



At this point, Tom has 3 chars remaining, and no company commander. Though he's still in the game! Many many turns pass here in rapid succession, so I will only show the highlights.


Lone Panzer IIs are continuously fed to the objective monster.


Chars contest both objectives


The Panzer IIs can do nothing besides contest objectives, so the Panzer IVs swarm the lone char in an attempt to score the lucky sideshot!


The company commander always fires last, saving smoke rounds for the char to cover his boys!


A char is bailed! So close but so far!


A panzer IV falls to a char.


The Chars are backed into a wood and surrounded by 4 panzer IVs when BOOM! The first char goes up in a brilliant display!


Not to be outdone, the lone survivor of the hero Panzer IV unit also knocks another char down!

With that- the game goes to Steven 5-2.

6 comments:

Basecoat101 said...

Holy cow. Heck of a battle and another excellent AAP.

pudson said...

"Tom may have the most famous crotch in all of miniature wargaming."
Considering it's a game that takes place on tabletops, that is quite an honor.

AKCraig said...

question do schwerepunkt pilots have mohawks and nose rings?

great looking game and terrain as always nice to see the PZIV in actions. Im getting some for my midwar germans.

jmezz382 said...

Man .... a slug feast ..... great game !

Wodensraven said...

Good game by the looks of it old beaNs, nice AAR too. So when are you going to do a BatRep with EW Brits? ^^.

Wodensraven said...

hmm methinks you use the same Litko templates that i do, the smoke template they do is pretty cool too. ^^.

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