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Thursday, October 20, 2011

US 3rd ID Rifles vs HG Panzergrenadiers in Italy

It had been a while since I got a solid game of FOW in, and Dirty Jon was willing to help change that. Jon is loving his HG lists from Dogs and Devils, so I whipped up an appropriate 3rd ID force and we faced off! The mission was Front Line Domination by the I-95 crew. Blue chips are worth 3 points, red worth 2, and white worth 1. Sorry every single one of the overhead shots is off. We set up differently and I couldn't get as good of pics as usual!



US 3rd ID Infantry
  • HQ
  • Assault Platoon
  • Rifle Platoon
  • Rifle Platoon
  • Mortar Platoon (4 tubes)
  • Armored Cannon Platoon (3x 75mm TDs)
  • AT Platoon w 3/57mm
  • 4x M10s
  • 5x Stuarts

HQ w/ knackers + 2 Schrecks (combat attached)
  • HQ
  • HG panzergrenadier Platoon
  • HG panzergrenadier Platoon
  • Heavy Platoon (2 mortars, 4 HMGs- all attached to the combat units)
  • Nebelwerfers
  • 4x Panzer III M
  • 4x Stug IV
  • Limited Stukas







DEPLOYMENT AND TURN ONE




The battlefield
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Germans dug in, ready to fight tooth and nail!


The nebelwerfers set up on a rocky ridge


The forces square off


the 57mm AT guns set up covering one flank


US Mortar fire rains in, pinning the enemy.







COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY






US
none






GERMANS
none







TURN ONE SUMMARY

GERMANS: Everybody hunkers down in the morning dark.
US: Mortars pin a platoon on the right. The assault platoon surges forward on the right.







TURN TWO





Stukas swoop in, catching the assault platoon bunched up!


Panzer IIIs arrive.


Stugs join them!


Nebelwerfers and airplanes hammer the assault platoon!


The armored cannons arrive!


They sneak around a house


Tank Destroyers and Stuarts arrive on the left flank








COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY






US
ASSAULT PLATOON: 4 stands






GERMANS
none







TURN TWO SUMMARY

GERMANS: Fire is focused on the assault platoon, damaging them severely!
US: All the armor sneaks forward!







TURN THREE




After cleverly pulling back on the previous turn, the Germans surge forward with SMGs blazing!


Predictably the SMG fire is devastating!


Nebelwerfers add to the mayhem!


Planes slam into the left flank.


The Panzergrenadiers follow up and wipe out the assault platoon!


3 Stuarts push through the woods!


M10s and Stuarts move forward







COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY






US
ASSAULT PLATOON: DESTROYED
Left Rifle Platoon: 1 stand
Mortars: 1 stand






GERMANS
none







TURN THREE SUMMARY

GERMANS: Panzergrenadiers seize the initiative on the American right, annihilating the assault platoon! Armor shifts left to counter the US armor.
US: Stuarts and M10s press the left flank.







TURN FOUR




Planes continue harassing the American left flank.


Stugs knock out an M10 at long range!


The panzergrenadiers charge forward and assault the cannon platoons!


One of the cannons goes up in smoke, the other 2 pull back.


2 Stuarts bog!


Stuarts assault, but only knock out a single team.








COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY






US
ASSAULT PLATOON: DESTROYED
Left Rifle Platoon: 1 stand
Mortars: 1 stand
M10s: 1 tank destroyer
Cannons: 1 tank destroyer






GERMANS
Right Panzergrenadiers: 3 stands







TURN FOUR SUMMARY

GERMANS: German armor consolidates on the American left to counter the Stuarts. Panzergrenadiers knock out a cannon.
US: Stuarts whiff horribly, and are left exposed.







TURN FIVE




planes continue to harass the American left!


Stugs begin to move forward


Panzer IIIs line up shots on the Stuarts. This is gonna hurt.


Yup. The Stuarts are finished.


Planes and nebelwerfers continuously hammer the American left.


The M10s pop 2 of the Panzer IIIs









COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY






US
ASSAULT PLATOON: DESTROYED
Stuarts: DESTROYED
Left Rifle Platoon: 3 stands
Right Rifle Platoon: 2 stands
Mortars: 2 stands
M10s: 1 tank destroyer
Cannons: 1 tank destroyer
57mm Guns: 1 gun, platoon leader






GERMANS
Right Panzergrenadiers: 3 stands
Panzer IIIs: 2 tanks







TURN FIVE SUMMARY

GERMANS: Panzer IIIs wipe out the Stuarts as they and the Stugs begin pressing the left flank. The left American rifle platoon loses their platoon leader!
US: M10s fight back, taking down 2 Panzer IIIs. The rest of the army is largely ground to a halt. The platoon on the right moves forward.







TURN SIX




The German right


The tenacious Panzergrenadiers on the American right surge forward, ready to assault!


The M10s fall to concentrated fire from the stugs and Panzer IIIs.


Nebelwerfers continue slamming into the large hill on the right, taking a toll on the infantry and the AT guns.


The last surviving M10 runs away.


But the assault on the American right is stopped cold with 5 hits in defensive fire! Jon then fails 4 of his 5 saves!


But there is no more ranged AT on the American left and the rifle platoon is leaderless!






COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY






US
ASSAULT PLATOON: DESTROYED
Stuarts: DESTROYED
M10s: DESTROYED
Left Rifle Platoon: 3 stands
Right Rifle Platoon: 4 stands
Mortars: 2 stands
Cannons: 1 tank destroyer
57mm Guns: 1 gun, platoon leader






GERMANS
Left Panzergrenadiers: 2 attached HMGs
Right Panzergrenadiers: DESTROYED
Panzer IIIs: 2 tanks







TURN SIX SUMMARY

GERMANS: Concentrated fire wipes out the M10s. An assault on the American right is repulsed, resulting in the loss of a platoon.
US: With the German right flank collapsed, the cannons race forward to engage the nebelwerfers. The rifle platoon begins to shift left to counter the German advance.







TURNS SEVEN AND BEYOND


The Germans move forward and prepare to assault


The cannons press the nebelwerfers and a juicy 2 point objective!


The "right" American rifle platoon tries desperately to make it to relieve their leaderless bretheren in time. The German armor sets up in support of the pending panzergrenadier assault!


The assault comes! The Americans are pushed back, and below half. The unit breaks!

I am now down 1 rifle platoon, an assault platoon, the M10s, and the Stuarts. My 57mm guns are down to a single gun, my remaining rifle platoon is 1 away from below half, my mortars are at half, and my cannons are battered as well! I forget to count my 1 57mm gun, and incorrectly assume I am below half. I fail company morale, and it isn't until later we realize I was incorrect. However- it was CLEAR that the Germans were poised to score a victory. It would require immense amounts of luck to turn that around!

Great game to Jon- very hard fought, enjoyable game that lasted us nearly 4 hours!

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