D-Day Global Campaign

Flames of War Global Campaign

Clash at the Crossroads

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Axis
Alexander Nebesky
VS United States
Phil Yates

16. Feld-Division (L) clashed in Coutances in an effort to absorb a US light Armoured attack, succeeding exceptionally in blunting the assault and then strategically redeploying to launch a counter attack in future.

Deploying my Infantry concealed behind a low hedgerow in view of the forest through which the enemy's attack would come, and a separate platoon in ready to occupy a house overlooking the objective by the crossroads. Guns sat on top of a small hill behind the infantry, and mortars in the opposite corner concealed themselves in a wheat field while another platoon of infantry poised themselves to head wherever they were needed.

Reserves were four StuGs, two Tigers, and a captured Firefly.

Right from the get-go it was a bloody affair. The Americans launch a charge from the forest with their Stuarts from the forest on the other side of the road, and though a handful of brave Germans fell, the enemy was repaid with interest once the Panzerfausts and Panzerschrecks started flying.

From the very beginning, the wrecks started piling up in the centre. My centre platoon occupied their target building, thereby holding one of the objectives, and the bottom platoon moved towards the other objective.

Bottom Platoon is pinned, but moves away from the enemy and towards the Objective.

Moving towards the crossroads and the near objective, American Mortar halftracks, Armoured rifle Half tracks, and more Stuarts began to threaten.

My 7.5cm AT guns, held in ambush, sprung their trap and began punching through the vehicles.

Assault after assault, shooting round after shooting round, the American wrecks continued to pile up. German Mortars, pinned down by Half track fire were unable to help in, but the AT guns held their own.

Reserve rolls saw my StuGs arrive and begin moving towards the bottom objective, defended only by a handful of infantry in the wheat fields. Unfortunately, the StuGs were not the most intrepid, and found themselves catching and stalling on the Bocage.

As my reserves arrived, so did and American Cavalry platoon, and airpower, knocking out my guns.

The Tank wrecks piled higher and higher, and the Tiger tanks appeared from reserves- but to no avail. American forces managed to place themselves on the objective, and after my last minute hail-Mary play of shooting Mortars with StuGs, charging the Stuart HQ with Panzerfausts, and gunning down the Cavalry control with long-range Tiger shots to simultaneously force a Formation break and push the enemy off an objective failed, it was all over.

Although 16. Feld-Division (L) was forced to pull back from Coutances, the amount of damage inflicted on the enemy was surely a victory of its own.

The American will think twice before assaulting such heroes again!

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3 Comments

  • James Westerfield says:

    LTG McNair (AKA Phil Yates) emerges from the training exercises to help the cause vs Germany. Well played.

  • Oberst Nagten says:

    Fair report

  • Guderian67 says:

    Interesting report, but hard to follow as I have no idea how the table is laid out and I don’t even know what mission you’re playing (I may be wrong, but it doesn’t look like Coutances Breakthrough).