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Friday, May 6, 2011

HG Panzers crush US 3rd ID in Fighting Withdrawal

Jon and I played my first game on his WIP Arnhem board last night. The mission was fighting withdrawal with me on defense. He took his Herman G. Panzer Division and I took my 3rd ID boys. The pictures are fairly self explanatory:
Jon loaded up his left flank, raced across the hill, and fairly easily punched through my lines. At the top of turn 4 I conceded- I had little hope of keeping the objective out of his hands, and he had clearly delivered a sound beating!

  • HQ (2x Panzer IV H)
  • 4x Panzer III M
  • 4x Panzer III M
  • 4x STUG IV
  • 1x Tiger IE
  • 2x SPAA (unarmored)
  • Under Strength Panzergrenadier Platoon w/ knacker
  • Sporadic Air FW190

  • HQ + Extra Bazooka
  • Assault Platoon
  • Rifle Platoon
  • Rifle Platoon
  • Mortar Platoon (4 tubes)
  • 57mm AT Platoon
  • 105 Battery
  • 4x Shermans
  • 4x Stuarts

>>>>>> Click Here to See the Battle!

Overhead from my point of view.

My left flank.

My center.

My right flank.

Jon's soft skinned vehicles.

The gun line. Ouch.

Here they come over the hill!


Shermans can't go toe to toe with that much armor so attempt to swing behind.

Shermans open up on the soft skinned vehicles, killing 1 AA gun.

105s bail 4 Panzer III Ms.

FW 190s swoop in and knock out a Stuart as the US left flank frantically redeploys.

The wall of German steel rolls inevitably closer.


A Stug assault is held off.

The Germans suffer minor losses, but still have a mass of armor

The situation is grim for the Americans

Bottom of turn 3 I feebly send one bazooka out to keep the objective from falling, but the game is clearly not going my way and discretion is the better part of valor, so the yanks throw in the towel!


Dirty Jon said...

I dont think 'crushed' is the right word, but a solid win.

I think I am going to drop the 10/5s, the PzIVs and get 3 Nebs. I think I have to get a couple PzIIINs to make that work as well.

Tyler said...

Wow, quite a battle! The HGs performed well and the scenario/set up was ideal for them. I'd be worried about bringing them to a tournament though - 20 T34/85s would be a most unfortunate match-up :(

jmezz382 said...

No worries friend ... the 1st ID on your "right" flank (the other board in the room) got its butt handed to him via Sean's well played German forces. I have some pictures that I will get up soon ...

Anatoli said...

That's a lot of tanks! Very cool to see the Arnhem bridge table in action :-)

Dirty Jon said...

@Tyler: I think I have seen that list 1 time at a tournament. I'd get whacked if it appeared, but I never have really seen it much.

Tyler said...

@Jon It seems like Soviets are much less played in Virginia than in Mass. About 1/3 of our locals play Red and almost all of them play exclusively tanks (+ tankos).

Neal Smith said...

Did anyone else have problems with 4-5 of the pics near the top not loading completely?

That was a scary sight to see!

simallet24 said...

Great win Jon although I don't think there was much Steven could do in the end, poor old bazooka teams had more targets than rounds I would imagine. I'd be really interested to see your HG list go up against Joe's Stuart drag racing list... the phrase knife fight in a phone box springs to mind...

Stormtrooper said...

i believe it's Luke that plays the Stuarts. Great victory Jon, just goes to show what you can do with tanks that where considered not suitable for 1944.

Steven i believe you wrote Pzr III M in Jon's army list but the photos show Pzr III N.

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