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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

US 3rd AD vs Gepanzerte Panzergrenadier


Sean was eager to try out the Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers in V3 on the Western Front, and over the excitement of the pending Blood Guts & Glory, I was anxious to try my hand at US armor once again! We rolled for the mission and got "Counterattack".








SETUP AND DEPLOYMENT


The board and deployment.



On the US left flank, tank destroyers and Armored Recon prepare to screen the advance of one platoon of tanks.



On the right flank, the 2iC dozer prepares to pave the way for the Sherman 76s and another sherman platoon.



The US armored company.



Armored Mortars on the right flank.



The Germans start with one platoon dismounted and the Stugs in ambush. Tigers and Panzergrenadiers in reserve.









UNITS IN RESERVE
Steven's US 3rd AD Tanks
    Sean's Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers
    • Panzergrenadiers
    • Tigers (clever Hans)



    TURN 1


    The 2iC Sherman dozer clears a path through the wood!



    Shermans roll out!



    Cav Recon leads the way!



    The security Section takes up position behind the ruin.



    The Shermans spot the Germans in the ruined rail station!



    HS129s come swooping in



    The first German reserves arrive, racing along the back edge!



    Stugs spring their ambush!



    Panzergrenadiers hug the ruble but move forward.



    Stugs!



    Panzergrenadiers racing along the back edge.



    Stugs knock out the CO and another sherman.



    Go Go .50 cals!



    The German lines






    COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY
    Steven's US 3rd AD Tanks
    • HQ: CO
    • 1st Platoon: 1 tank
    Sean's Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers





      TURN 1 SUMMARY
      Steven's US 3rd AD Tanks: Everything rolls out!

      Sean's Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers: Panzergrenadiers arrive from reserve. Stugs spring their ambush and claim 2 kills.





      TURN 2


      Turn 2.



      Tank Destroyers spring and zip forward.



      The Crossroads starts heating up.



      Armored Recon rolls out to engage the Panzergrenadiers.



      Sherman 76s take up position on the ridge, while Shermans move out.



      Long range fire from the 76s and the Armored Recon knock out 2 hafltracks and 2 stands.



      Go Cav Recon!



      Shermans direct fire smoke on the Stugs.



      HS129s return!



      Tigers show up from reserve!



      Panzergrenadiers prepare to follow up on the Stugs' shooting.



      M10s whiffed in their previous turn. Two Stugs turn to engage, but likewise miss.



      On the other flank, Panzergrenadiers unpin and tenaciously go after the armored recon.



      Stugs fire through the smoke.



      Armored reconn take some losses!



      HS129s claim a 76er



      1st Platoon disappears in a hail of Stug fire!



      Stugs try to stormtrooper away but one bogs!



      To cover the bogged Stug, the 2ic and German CO assault!



      The Germans knock out one M10 at the cost of their Company Commander






      COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY
      Steven's US 3rd AD Tanks
      • HQ: CO
      • 1st Platoon: DESTROYED
      • Armored Recon: 1 armored car, 1 jeep
      • Sherman 76s: 1 tank
      • M10s: 1 tank destroyer
      Sean's Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers
      • 2nd Panzergrenadier Platoon: 2 halftracks, 2 stands
      • HQ: CO






      TURN 2 SUMMARY
      Steven's US 3rd AD Tanks: On the left flank, Shermans brace themselves for another round of shooting from Stugs. The Armored Recon rolls out and shoots up the Panzergrenadiers.

      Sean's Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers: Tigers arrive from reserve. Stugs eliminate a platoon of Shermans. The CO and 2iC bravely assault the m10s and win!





      TURN 3


      Turn 3



      Shermans smoke the Tigers after the 76s fail to cause any damage.



      Armored Mortars, M10s, and Armored Recon bear down on the panzergrenadiers.



      Tigers blanketed in smoke



      Tigers shift out of the smoke and knock out a 76er.






      COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY
      Steven's US 3rd AD Tanks
      • HQ: CO
      • 1st Platoon: DESTROYED
      • Armored Recon: 1 armored car, 1 jeep
      • Sherman 76s: 2 tanks
      • M10s: 1 tank destroyer
      Sean's Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers
      • 2nd Panzergrenadier Platoon: 2 halftracks, 4 stands
      • HQ: CO






      TURN 3 SUMMARY
      Steven's US 3rd AD Tanks: M10s and Armored recon pull back. Shermans and 76s smoke and maneuver vs the Tigers on the right.

      Sean's Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers: Tigers engage the Shermans as Stugs and infantry press the left flank.





      TURN 4


      Sherman 76s roll forward



      Armored Mortars score the first hit on the 1st panzergrenadier platoon.



      Shermans and 76s rush the Tigers and claim one!



      Find em, Fix em, Flank em.



      m10s claim a Stug



      The lone Tiger finds himself surrounded



      Panzergrenadiers from 2nd platoon move up to assist.



      1st Panzergrenadier platoon moves up, hoping to launch an assault on the one remaining armored car from the armored recon and the M10s. If only Sean could pass tank terror!



      HS129s all day and all night! Both 76s are bailed, but they don't run away thankfully.



      The battle in the wheat



      Sean fails tank terror! it's a miracle for the yanks.



      One M10 falls to a Stug



      Sean passes tank terror and assaults!



      But thanks to taking a chance and firing the AA .50 cals, the Shermans stop the assault.






      COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY
      Steven's US 3rd AD Tanks
      • HQ: CO
      • 1st Platoon: DESTROYED
      • Armored Recon: 1 armored car, 2 jeeps
      • Sherman 76s: 2 tanks
      • M10s: 2 tank destroyers
      Sean's Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers
      • 2nd Panzergrenadier Platoon: 2 halftracks, 6 stands
      • HQ: CO
      • 1st Panzergrenadier Platoon: 1 stand
      • Tigers: 1 Tiger
      • Stugs: 1 Stug






      TURN 4 SUMMARY
      Steven's US 3rd AD Tanks: M10s knock out a Stug after taking up position in a wood. Shermans press the Tigers on the right flank.


      Sean's Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers: Sean moves his infantry aggressively, as the Stugs move up to support the left flank.






      TURN 5


      Turn 5



      The Shermans continue swarming the last Tiger.



      M10s and the last Armored car hold their ground.



      Another Stug goes up in flames to an M10! The rest of the platoon is below half strength thanks to a bog, and run away!



      Shermans continue flanking the last Tiger



      While MGs tear into the Panzergrenadiers, running them off.



      The last Tiger is bailed forcing a morale check! Sean passes like a champ.



      And in retaliation, the Tiger remounts and pops the 2iC.






      COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY
      Steven's US 3rd AD Tanks
      • HQ: CO, 2iC
      • 1st Platoon: DESTROYED
      • Armored Recon: 1 armored car, 2 jeeps
      • Sherman 76s: 2 tanks
      • M10s: 2 tank destroyers
      Sean's Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers
      • 2nd Panzergrenadier Platoon: DESTROYED
      • HQ: CO
      • 1st Panzergrenadier Platoon: 1 stand
      • Tigers: 1 Tiger
      • Stugs: DESTROYED






      TURN 5 SUMMARY
      Steven's US 3rd AD Tanks: M10s knock out the Stugs, while Shermans on the right flank continue harassing the Tiger and eliminate the panzergrenadier platoon.

      Sean's Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers: The 1st Panzergrenadier platoon hooks around behind the M10s, but again fails Tank Terror. The Tiger knocks out the US 2iC.





      TURN 6


      Turn 6



      Armored Mortars rain down on the 1st Panzergrenadier platoon.



      Round after round bounces off the Tiger.



      M10s and the last armored car pull back out of the woods.



      This time the panzergrenadiers pass mtank terror and launch their assault!



      But unfortunately, they totally fail to cause any damage.



      The M10s are able to break off and consolidate within range of the objective. Sean's successful panzergrenadiers cannot get within 4" of the objective in their consolidation, which gives the game to Steven. 4-3!






      COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY
      Steven's US 3rd AD Tanks
      • HQ: CO, 2iC
      • 1st Platoon: DESTROYED
      • Armored Recon: 1 armored car, 2 jeeps
      • Sherman 76s: DESTROYED
      • M10s: 2 tank destroyers
      Sean's Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers
      • 2nd Panzergrenadier Platoon: DESTROYED
      • HQ: CO
      • 1st Panzergrenadier Platoon: 1 stand
      • Tigers: 1 Tiger
      • Stugs: DESTROYED






      TURN 6 SUMMARY
      Steven's US 3rd AD Tanks: Shermans keep pounding away at the Tiger as the M10s pull out of the woods.

      Sean's Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers: A last ditch effort to assault the M10s is launched, but does not drive home. At the last, the remaining Tiger knocks out the Sherman 76s.


      This was a great game! It was nice to get the US Green Machine back on the board.

      Sean played really well- judging from the lists alone I thought it'd be a cake walk for the yanks, but Sean did not make it easy on me.

      Because I lost 2 platoons, it's a close fought 4-3.



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