Dust up Vs Greyhound panzergrenadiers
As part of US 1st Army the men of 2nd armour were tasked with aggressive movements in order to prevent any support reaching the German troops trapped in the Falaise pocket.
While making manoeuvres near Argentan B company's supporting armoured rifles hear the rumble of half-tracks which certainly were not friendly, they had encountered a large German force.
Now I don't normally talk much about deployment but here it really dictated the course of the entire battle. Alex played an absolute blinder using his puma's road dash to spearhead right down the open table quarter on my right and deploy a 4 gun battery of Flak 88s and stummels.
These guns were sitting exactly where my reserve shermans would arrive and I knew I had to destroy them or they'd easily destroy my force.
The US go first so Stuarts fire with stabilisers and only bail a stummel on the right and the cavalry recon miss their shots on the 88s. The German's return AT fire sees off the Stuarts as the stummel remounts but my recce go unscathed.
Enemy artillery ranges in on my 105s and manage to brew up one of the Shermans, who had repositioned to hide from the dastardly 88s. The guns were still dominating my right flank as they saw off my cavalry recon patrol who's mortar had failed to destroy any.
My 105s did see some success, their bombardment knocking out an 88 but to my dismay three panthers appear on the left flank supporting the mounted panzergrenadiers, who had been making cautious moves wary of the ARP.
Thanks to the arrival of the panthers my 105s had to reposition, saving the Flaks from a repeat bombardment. This was incredibly worrying as on arrival my shermans would have three 88s and two pumas to contend with.
The stummels moved up to direct fire against my 105s but are instead knocked out by the M4 howitzers. 88s see off my recce and my Sherman 76s arrive.
The US tanks open up on the Flaks but hit only 2 of 16 shots, failing to pin the guns let alone knock one of them out as I hoped. The careful shermans must assault or it would be a turkey shoot next turn, the odds were poor however and two tanks bail out on the approach halting the US assault.
Things are quiet on the US left as the Germans knew not to commit and risk losses if the Flaks could win the battle on the right by breaking my force.
The Flaks finish off the 76s with ease, high velocity shells tearing through their front armour. The Sherman HQ arrives from reserve and has the same task as the 76s before them, but with less shots to do it. They also fail to kill a gun and make a carefully positioned assault but the 4 8.8cm rounds fired are enough to bail them both out. Subsequent fire was more than enough to destroy the bailed out HQ and break my formation.
8-1 to the Germans, Alex absolutely ruined any plans I had with his spearhead deployed 88s and reserves arriving in front of them was a disaster!