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Thursday, May 3, 2012

British Armoured Regiment vs Italian Compagnia Carri


Before we return to our Firestorm Campaign, Sean and I wanted to hit a few theaters we've neglected as a result of the Eastern Front Focus. A desert armor scrape was at the top of our list! As usual we rolled for mission and came up with Free For All- which suited us just fine!





Army lists from Easy Army

SETUP AND DEPLOYMENT

The board. Brits in the South, Eyeties in the North. Objectives: Bottom left between the trees and the ridge. Bottom right between the trees and the ridge. Upper center between the trees and hill. Upper left between the 2 hills.

After the recon (which are all Morris A/Cs standing in for RAF A/Cs!) clears the town, the regiment prepares to roll out!

Italians guns lock down an entire flank.

Bersaglieri and tanks defend an objective.

Elefentinos strike fear in the hearts of the British.

UNITS IN RESERVE
Steven's British Armoured Regiment
    Sean's Italian Compagnia Carri



      DEPLOYMENT SUMMARY
      Steven's British Armoured Regiment: Tally Ho!
      Sean's Italian Compagnia Carri: Guns defend both flanks while intermixed armor and infantry braces for the BAR. Sean rolls reasonably well for his 8 Million Bayonets with most Elite units coming up confident trained except one tank unit which is reluctant trained. Both gun platoons are Confident Veteran.  


      TURN 1

      The Regiment gets moving!

      The XO and extra HQ tank push up the right flank.

      Cruisers hug terrain.

      Red Squadron HQ keeps an eye on the town.

      Blue HQ takes up high ground also overlooking the town.

      Leftenant- radio HQ and tell them we've spotted the enemy!

      Driver- stop!

      The Italians lurch forward.

      Elefentinos setup a commanding view

      M13s probe the town and oasis.

      Long range fire knocks out an A9

      The Italian CO leads the way.

      Another A9 falls.

      Unfortunately, it was the Lieutenant.

      COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY
      Steven's British Armoured Regiment
      • "Blue" HQ: 1 A9
      • "Red" 1: 1 A9
      • "Red" HQ: 1 A9 CS
      Sean's Italian Compagnia Carri


        TURN 1 SUMMARY
        Steven's British Armoured Regiment: General advance. The HQ sections setup in an overwatch position.
        Sean's Italian Compagnia Carri: All the tanks roll forward, while the infantry digs in.


        TURN 2

        Turn 2

        Tally Ho!

        2 Pounders tear through the Italian tanks.

        2 Elefentinos go down to MG fire

        Cruisers surge forward in the town.

        75s cover the advance on the left by barraging the town

        Gutting One of the troops.

        Italian armor pushes into the town.

        Elefentinos decide not to dig in- ripping into the British!

        Blue Squadron HQ quits the field.

        Followed by "Blue 1" and "Red HQ". 3 Platoons lost in one round! Ouch!


        COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY
        Steven's British Armoured Regiment
        • "Blue" HQ: DESTROYED
        • "Blue" 1: DESTROYED
        • "Red" HQ: DESTROYED
        • "Red" 1: 1 A9
        • "Red" 2: 1 A9
        Sean's Italian Compagnia Carri
        • Carri 1: 2 M13s
        • Carri 3: 1 M13
        • Elefentinos: 2 guns



        TURN 2 SUMMARY
        Steven's British Armoured Regiment: British Armor has some initial success pushing the left flank, forcing a check on Sean's one reluctant platoon- which he passes!
        Sean's Italian Compagnia Carri: Sean's counter punch is brutal, collapsing a huge chunk of the British army as they fall back!


        TURN 3

        Turn 3 opens with the British in a bad way.

        On the left, Cruisers keep pushing.

        Armored Cars wipe out the Elefentinos.

        The Italian left flank is now looking a bit rough.

        Bersaglieri try to take advantage of side armor 0 on the A9s! If they can bail one, they can assault!

        The Italian CO leads from the front.

        The Armored Cars are run off the board! The british are now at half strength.


        COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY
        Steven's British Armoured Regiment
        • "Blue" HQ: DESTROYED
        • "Blue" 1: DESTROYED
        • "Red" HQ: DESTROYED
        • Armored Cars: DESTROYED
        • "Red" 1: 1 A9
        • "Red" 2: 1 A9
        Sean's Italian Compagnia Carri
        • Carri 1: DESTROYED
        • Elefentinos: DESTROYED
        • Carri 3: 1 M13



        TURN 3 SUMMARY
        Steven's British Armoured Regiment: The British have a bit more success, and wipe out the strength of the Italian left- both the Elefentinos and the Reluctant tank platoon.
        Sean's Italian Compagnia Carri: Sean keeps pushing, as M13s move into and seize the town.


        TURN 4

        4

        Sean's Bersaglieri are caught in the open, and mercilessly gunned down. "Heroism" is wasted on the platoon commander!

        Tally Ho!

        The Unknown hero fights on!

        And suddenly the British hold the objective with no italians in sight!

        Every available M13 turns back towards the objective- they must stop the British!

        The British on the objective are screened by burning Italian armor.

        But an Italian Tenente knocks out 1 of the A9s, putting them below half!

        the LAST shot Sean makes bails the other cruiser! The objective stays open for now! (Yes, we were out of bailed markers!)


        COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY
        Steven's British Armoured Regiment
        • "Blue" HQ: DESTROYED
        • "Blue" 1: DESTROYED
        • "Red" HQ: DESTROYED
        • Armored Cars: DESTROYED
        • "Red" 1: 1 A9
        • "Red" 2: 2 A9s
        Sean's Italian Compagnia Carri
        • Carri 1: DESTROYED
        • Elefentinos: DESTROYED
        • Left Bersaglieri: DESTROYED
        • Carri 3: 1 M13



        TURN 4 SUMMARY
        Steven's British Armoured Regiment: "red" 2 immediately counters the Bersaglieri, wiping them out and grabbing the objective!
        Sean's Italian Compagnia Carri: Everything diverts to the objective, barely managing to keep the Italians in the game!


        TURN 5

        The last A9 in red 2 stays on the board and even remounts!

        Blue 2 races into the town, hitting Italian armor in the flank.

        While red 1 focuses fire on the only Italian tank in short range of the last A9 on the objective. All of the firing combines to net absolutely no results.

        After shrugging off numerous 2 pounder shots, the Italians press on towards the objective, heedless of their exposed flanks!

        British Cruisers lie in wait.

        Only the Italian CO stays behind to cover the advance.

        And Red 2 is bailed again, but again stays in the fight!

        Both companies teeter on the brink of destruction.


        COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY
        Steven's British Armoured Regiment
        • "Blue" HQ: DESTROYED
        • "Blue" 1: DESTROYED
        • "Red" HQ: DESTROYED
        • Armored Cars: DESTROYED
        • "Red" 1: 1 A9
        • "Red" 2: 2 A9s
        Sean's Italian Compagnia Carri
        • Carri 1: DESTROYED
        • Elefentinos: DESTROYED
        • Left Bersaglieri: DESTROYED
        • Carri 3: 1 M13



        TURN 5 SUMMARY
        Steven's British Armoured Regiment: 6 Cruisers come out swinging on the Italians' flanks- doing nothing!
        Sean's Italian Compagnia Carri: Sean sends everything towards the objective, and also sees his shots do next to nothing.


        TURN 6

        The game hangs in the balance as both companies are on the brink of destruction.

        TALLY HO!

        Cruisers race forward, bailing the CO- who is just out of range of "jump distance"

        And again the last A9 of Red 2 remounts and fights on.

        The under-reported right flank saw a humorous back and forth between the British 2iC and 1 Italian M13. Finally the British 2iC decisively wins.

        The furball ensues.

        Bersaglieri runs up and attempts to assault the A9, but fail Tank Terror!

        Italian guns turn on the British CO and Red 1.

        With predictable results. The British are now below half strength! Fortunately the British CO jumps into a tank from Blue 2.

        The 2 COs wind up in very close proximity.

        The lone Italian sortie.

        yaaaaay.

        Stiff upper lip!


        COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY
        Steven's British Armoured Regiment
        • "Blue" HQ: DESTROYED
        • "Blue" 1: DESTROYED
        • "Red" HQ: DESTROYED
        • Armored Cars: DESTROYED
        • Red 1: DESTROYED
        • Red 1: 2 A9s
        Sean's Italian Compagnia Carri
        • Carri 1: DESTROYED
        • Elefentinos: DESTROYED
        • Left Bersaglieri: DESTROYED
        • Carri 3: 2 M13s
        • Carri 2: 2 M13s



        TURN 6 SUMMARY
        Steven's British Armoured Regiment: Cruisers race out and knock out 2 M13s.
        Sean's Italian Compagnia Carri: Sean knocks the British below half strength, but they pass motivation!


        TURN 7

        The beginning of the end- one way or another.

        The British 2iC and HQ tank take a long range shot and knock out the Italian CO.

        While the other remaining British Cruisers swarm forward, guns blazing.

        The burning Italian CO. One Italian Tank platoon is knocked below half. Sean must roll morale for them- if failed it's game. It puts his company below half with no CO.

        And that's it for the Italians! A very narrow 4-3 for the British.

        The Cruiser from Red 2 still barely contests the objective.

        The carnage in the town.


        COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY
        Steven's British Armoured Regiment
        • "Blue" HQ: DESTROYED
        • "Blue" 1: DESTROYED
        • "Red" HQ: DESTROYED
        • Armored Cars: DESTROYED
        • Red 1: DESTROYED
        • Red 1: 2 A9s
        Sean's Italian Compagnia Carri
        • Carri 1: DESTROYED
        • Elefentinos: DESTROYED
        • Left Bersaglieri: DESTROYED
        • Carri 3: DESTROYED
        • HQ: DESTROYED
        • Carri 2: 2 tanks



        TURN 7 SUMMARY
        Steven's British Armoured Regiment: The British come out swinging, and go for the company kill. They knock out the Italian CO, and one tank platoon, securing the victory.
        Sean's Italian Compagnia Carri:


        TURN 8


        COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY
        Steven's British Armoured Regiment
          Sean's Italian Compagnia Carri


            What a furball! I really thought this game was lost for me (and won for me!) many times before the momentum did a 180 several times. Great game, we had a blast.




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            6 comments:

            not2oldtowargame said...

            Wow Brialliant! Those rocky outcroppings look very real. Are they real :) !!

            Colonel Saber said...

            I need some a9's
            Great aar look forward to more

            Neal Smith said...

            Yeah Italians! Good to see such a close game!

            You guys are really working my gamer ADD hard... :)

            Tyler said...

            Awesome game!

            Rhinexing said...

            Right down to the wire! Great batrep!

            SinSynn said...

            Crazy, man....crazy.

            Thanks for a VERY fun batrep.

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