|Sean and I were very excited with the redo of the raiding forces in Burning Empires. So we picked up where we left off with L Patrol! To see the previous battles, take a look at the batreps page!|
The mission was "The Convoy" and would see the LRDG Forces attacking at dusk, ready to wreak havoc on German supply lines!
PREVIOUS BATTLES IN THE NARRATIVE:
L Patrol Part III
L Patrol Part II
L Patrol Part I
Note: We fudged the captured M13. The LRDG don't have access to that in BE, but we thought it was cool. We last left L Patrol as they were surrounded by a platoon of M13s!
They clearly escaped that situation and have a trophy to show for it. We affectionately referred to the captured tank as "Bella".
2nd Note: This battle report is being generated by a piece of software I wrote to take the tedium out of it. I will release it for general use in a few days.
|LRDG Raiding Party ||German Motorized Infantry |
|As the sun begins to set in the West, the raiders prepare to descend on their prey.|
|"Alright Boys, we'll bring up the rear!"|
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|Bella lurches forward. "Jerry will be surprised to see this!"|
|The Convoy drives on, oblivious to the approaching dust clouds.|
|With practiced precision, the raiders strike all at once!|
|Guns Skids into the road blocking the lead car's path.|
|All at once incendiary rounds tear into the Schutzen's trucks. The carnage is almost unbelievable.|
|Only the platoon leader manages to weakly pull himself from the wreckage.|
|The convoy trucks have no choice but to gun it, scarcely avoiding the burning wrecks in their way.|
|LRDG Raiding Party:the raiders strike with deadly efficiency! |
German Motorized Infantry:The Germans mostly die this turn.
|The raiders get stuck in.|
|The intended targets now begin going up in flames.|
|"Job Well Done boys!"|
|A Stuka swoops in overhead as the last remaining convoy truck tries to make a break for it!|
|LRDG Raiding Party:Incendiary rounds light up the convoy, knocking out 4/5 objectives. |
German Motorized Infantry:Stukas swoop in, but can't find their targets. The last remaining convoy truck makes a break for it!
|The raiders make a break for safety as the sun starts to slip below the horizon.|
|Guns' patrol and the skipper remain to mop up and nab the last truck.|
|"Alright Boys, that's Mission Accomplished."|
|The Sun begins fading.|
|LRDG Raiding Party:Guns' Patrol wipes out the last of the objectives.|
German Motorized Infantry:In the distance, a Schutzen Platoon arrives.
|Panzergrenadiers arrive in the North West just as the light disappears.|
|The raiders gun it while they can still see where they're going.|
|"Kill the lights."|
|Panzergrenadiers search for the raiders in the darkness.|
|O'Hara's ears perk as he thinks he hears diesels in the darkness.|
|Germans fan out as they start to make out shapes in the distance.|
|LRDG Raiding Party:All of the patrols gun it for safety. |
German Motorized Infantry:The German Schutzen starts to fan out.
|The LRDG's interdiction raids have largely kept the jerries away, but with nightfall it's anyone's guess where the Germans are!|
|"Hear that boys?! Tally Ho!"|
|The men of L2 scan for targets.|
|LRDG Raiding Party:Bella and L2 patrol are nearly on top of the Schutzen, but no shots are exchanged.|
German Motorized Infantry:Germans continue to widen the net, but lay low in the darkness.
|L2 and Bella are nearly on top of the Schutzen!|
|A Viscious firefight breaks out- 2 tanks of L2 burn, with another disappearing wildly into the desert! Return fire pins down the Schutzen!|
|Bella acts as the patrol's spearhead.|
|The attached T1 Patrol links up with O'Hara and lays down covering fire.|
|Guns and the Skipper bring up the rear.|
|T1 and Bella lay down impressive amounts of fire, gutting the Schutzen!|
|Bella charges in!|
|And is almost to safety!|
|The Germans, desperate to stop the tank, surge forward, but can't follow through.|
|LRDG Raiding Party:T1 Patrol and Bella gut the schutzen. Guns' patrol lags behind |
German Motorized Infantry:The survivors attempt to assault Bella but fail.
|So close but so far!|
|Bella could escape, but hangs back to cover T1's advance.|
|Guns and the CO navigate the terrain in the darkness.|
|The Schutzen is shot to pieces!|
|As a 3rd Schutzen platoon arrives!|
|LRDG Raiding Party:Bella and T1 finish off the Schutzen in front of them. |
German Motorized Infantry:More infantry and Mortars arrive from reserve!
|The German reserves are arriving more quickly now!|
|Guns leads the way through a treacherous gap.|
|"CRIKEY!" - Light Panzerspah nearly crashes into T1!|
|One of the trucks of T1 goes up in flames!|
|Freshly arrived Schutzen fan out.|
|LRDG Raiding Party:Bella escapes to safety... |
German Motorized Infantry:Light Panzerspah arrives directly in the path of T1!
|Things are looking very grim!|
|The Schutzen arrive just in time to see T1 gun it and race past the armored cars to safety!! Just by the skin of their teeth!|
|Panzer IVs arrive from reserve, navigating a wadi in the darkness.|
|But Guns' and the CO have yet to escape!|
|The Panzerspah and Guns' patrol exchange fire, but no casualties are taken by either side.|
|The Mortars fire a barrage.|
|Shells fall all around them when suddely guns goes up in a fireball!|
|But the momentary distraction is just enough time for the rest of the patrol and the skipper to escape!|
|LRDG Raiding Party:The rest of the raiders miraculously escape, though Guns is sadly not at the rondezvous.|
German Motorized Infantry:Vee Vill Get You Next Time MacCall!
|What a great game! 3+ saves for the raiding trucks was a huge help. So close! Each time the patrols escaped they were within 1cm of not making it off the table! So with all 5 objectives destroyed, and fairly minimal casualties (3 trucks KIA, 1 truck MIA), the LRDG can be proud of a job well done!|
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