STEVEN'S ESCADRON DE RECONAISSANCE
This is a fairly brief AAR. I had the board setup and left over from the previous battle in the heavy french terrain, and wanted to run my Nationals list against some infantry in a difficult scenario. Brian obliged with his Schutzen and we rolled up Breakthrough!
Below, I will post all of the pictures, but I am not going to give a blow by blow, instead I will summarize the entire battle here:
Basically, I split my attack into two fronts. The first was down the center with Panhards, and Hotchkiss. The other on my left with SOMUAs and infantry. In reserve I had 1 panhard platoon (it never showed, but we only played 5 turns).
Brian helpd me up solidly- maintaining the cross-roads with schutzen. And boxing me in on my left with schutzen and HMGs. His artillery was watching the approach on the left, and his pioneers and recon moved forward to the objective. He had 38(T)s in reserve.
The attack was going decently, but a few rough turns occured- I lost 5 panhards in an assault against schutzen for very little loss to Brian. My infantry actually performed well, but ground themselves down (easy to do with 8 confident trained infantry!).
The big assault came on turn 5, thinking it would be the turn to make my breakthrough. But instead, the forest ate most of my SOMUAs and company command right in the face of pioneers lead by Rommel. At that point, I was tired (very busy weekend!), plus the game had gone on for a bit and I didn't want to watch my boys cut down horrendously, so I called the game for Brian, in a 5-2.
Brian had a great deployment (which is something I know he's worked on!), and did a great job of holding me up. I pushed my troops a bit too hard given the terrain and deployment, and also didn't concentrate enough. All in all it was an enjoyable game, and good to come up against a nightmare scenario with my nats list! I still think the list has extreme merit, especially when I have some maneuvering room. But congrats to Brian and taking on what I consider a very mean list, and coming out on top!
Here are the pictures. The turns are delineated by the overhead shots!
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