Scenario of the Month: Ad Hoc at Chef-Du-Pont: Scenario plays
|Scott Fischbein||2020-10-30||Richard made great early progress across the board, and was in good position to potentially exit a few squads and leaders... Sadly, I was also pretty well positioned to defend the exit hex, with one 467/LMG adjacent and the 9-1/467/MMG combo covering from a few hexes away. He was within striking distance of the end zone when he got hit with a 8 down 2 shot and I rolled a 5 for a K/2, CR-ing his last squad that could have made it off and sealing the fate of the doomed Germans.||(VASL Log)|
|Tony Fermendzin||2020-11-07||The Germans had the Americans on the ropes but Steve's dice went ice cold just as the Americans started to make their big push on the last few turns. The Americans were able to catch up to the Germans and wipe most of them out in CC. The Germans were down to a 9-1 leader, a squad and a MMG in the end as the Americans made a mad rush to get off the board. The Americans were able to get Gen. Gavin and a squad off on the last turn to squeak out a victory. It was an enjoyable game. A real nail biter at the end. Note: The Americans were given the balance.||(VASL Log)|
|Craig Renier||2020-11-12||American entry was bold and successful. The first line of German defense was essentially eliminated. The American continued to used skillful movement to cause German units to be eliminated due to failure to rout. The advance quickly slowed in Turn 3 when the Germans successfully fell back and established a firm defense. The American bold moves eventually cost him when the German MMG hit the American 10-3 and squads with a low roll. American continued pressure won out when the German MMG malfunctioned leaving the German with few resources against a nearly intact American force. The German conceded at Turn 5.|
|Chris Anthony||2020-11-11||The Germans kept the Americans at bay for the first half of the game with a good spread defense that fell back before getting pinned down or engaged by CC. The Americans were able to work the flanks and get close to the exit, but twice the Germans killed both leaders that made a push for the exits. The Americans were down to a push up the middle by Gavin and a platoon, but the Germans held the center with a 4-6-7 , MMG and a 9-1 leader. A very good Defensive Fire roll on turn 5 and failure to rally on turn 6 opened the door for Gavin to run off the board to victory. Note: The Americans were given the balance.||(VASL Log)|
|cesar moreno||2020-11-08||Juno29 setup his defending forces near the exit point, which allowed me to quickly maneuver and approach the hot area. First german Subsequent Fire, the MMG was destroyed. Then an american lucky potshot broke a german 3 squad stack. All my opponent self-confidence was gone, and he gave up by turn 4.|
|cesar moreno||2020-11-12||Americans took some risks at first, and it payed off. First turn, and two german squads plus one leader were eliminated or neutralized. Then I lost steam: a well positioned german defense was blocking my advances, until the german MMG went kaput. I had couple turns to go when germans conceded.||(VASL Log)|
|Mark Dennehy||2020-11-14||The German gave me an opening at setup so I decided the left flank was going to rush to the exit while the right flank held up the Germans on that side of the map. All went well and even looked good for the Americans as Gavin & a squad broke into the wheat field on the bottom right on turn 3 but a tactical blunder left those units vulnerable and my opponent took advantage of the missed LOS and took out the squad. Another boxcars followed by a 6 took down the broken 9-2 on the left later and in the final turn, another snake eyes on a 2/-2 residual took out the exit squad on the left flank. Excellent fall back defense by the Germans paid off!||(VASL Log)|
|Craig Renier||2020-11-14||The scenario opened with the Americans charging forward in the West taking quick advantage of a gaping hole in the German left flank defense. In the East, the American advance on the German right flank was slower. However, the Americans were able to maintain a steady advance through Turn 2 steadily increasing the pressure on the German defense.|
Continuing on the left, the defense quickly crumbled as the American entered Close Combat against a pinned CX squad who was easily dispatched. The Germans tried to adjust and fall back but they were not well positioned for a withdrawal towards the Exit Hex. In Turn 3, it was beginning to look grim on the right as the Americans were finally able to successfully lay covering smoke allowing a 10-2 leader and squad to dash towards the exit. With no one able to intervene, the Germans watched in dismay as the American troops sprinted past. But the Americans were a little too reckless and stumbled into a leader directed long range 4-1 shot from the German left flank. The Germans rolled snake eyes for a 1KIA eliminating the squad and breaking the 10-2 leader.
The Germans, needing to take advantage of the American mishap, again shifted forces from the left to the center. The German leader and squad that had so successfully attacked the American SMC and MMC made the same error, running into a 2-2 shot. Fortunately for the Germans, weapons accuracy was not as good and the force was able to safely continue safely. On the right, the American forces were too strong to risk a move across open ground, even though the German forces were sorely needed to bolster the center.
In Turn 4, the Americans were within striking distance of the exit hex when the 10-2 leader on the right rallied, while on the left a good order 9-2 leader with MMC were just 6 hexes away. The 9-2 leader and MMC assault moved into a woods hex towards the nearby goal. But, the German 8-1 leader and MMC with LMG, the same ones who had eliminated the MMC with 10-2 leader, were able to break the American leader and pin the squad. Their commanding officer has completed the Iron Cross citation for their bravery and expects it will be presented by the General soon after the battle comes to a close. Nearby, anxious to make better progress, the Americans advanced into Close Combat with only 3-2 odds. They succeeded without incurring any losses, or worse, the delay of Melee. But, to add insult to injury, in the next Rally Phase, the broken American 9-2 rolled boxcars followed by a 6 for a wound severity check. The squad with him, totally demoralized, quickly broke.
On the Axis Turn 4, the Germans were desperate to move the two squads and leader from the East side to the center, closer to the all-important exit hex. The Germans Prep Fired the MMC and MMG, broke an American MMC, retained rate, and pinned a second MMC. The Germans saw a sliver of light, split up forces, and ran for the woods and buildings on the other side of open ground. The Americans, exasperated by the continued setbacks, shot all they could muster from the grain fields, but it was not enough. The Germans made it across winded but unscathed. In the West, what little remained of the German force continued to shift to the center. The Americans caught a glimpse of the German troops as they maneuvered through buildings and across an open road. The Americans tried to stop them by laying down fire, but each shot was narrowly blocked by the edge of a building. On the even of Turn 5, it looked as though the Germans clawed their way back in a position to achieve victory. But the advantage was precarious. Any mistake by either side would turn the tide. The Americans pressed their forces whittling down the few remaining defenders. On Turn 6, the Americans made a final push. But, in the end, the Germans were able to withdraw enough strength to cover the exit hex. The last American squad within reach broke just two hexes away. A hard fought win for the Germans.
|Steve Boro||2020-11-13||This was the 2nd playing of this scenario for Game of the Month between Tony F and myself. The American forces on the East flank made good progress but the west flank was indecisive and a little shaky. The Germans skillfully avoided significant fire from the advancing Americans and preserved their forces well for the end game. On the last turn the Americans did not have enough units in position to make a serious run at the exit. The game ended with a lone German 8-0 leader defiantly shrugging off all fire directed at him as he blocked the exit hex.||(VASL Log)|
|Tom Kearney||2020-04-03||New player development.|
|Steve Boro||2020-11-07||See AAR of same game posted by Tony F. Close combat was brutal for the Germans.|