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Scenario of the Month: Player's games logged
|Legio Patria Nostra||David Cheever||Free French||2020-12-23||Won||The French set up it's captured MMG in the center building hoping to focus the thrust through the center hill. The French initial advance was methodical, moving to his stepping off point in the first buildings. The Germans forced the center building entering into CC against the French half squad, but was left in Melee. On Turn 2 the French forces were able to quickly advance to the center, enter the Melee and win CC. Capitalizing on the success in the center, the French pushed on primarily in the center against the German 9-2 and MMC with MMG. By Turn 5, with almost all of his forces either broken on in Melee with little hope of survival, the German player conceeded.||8|
|Ad Hoc at Chef-Du-Pont||Mark Dennehy||German||2020-11-14||Won||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.
Scenario of the Month: Clash at Borisovka: Scenario plays
|Raoul Duke||2020-02-29||Great for teaching armor basics|
|Tony Fermendzin||2021-01-10||The Russian plan was to come in stop and try to win a firefight against the PzIV's (hopefully getting the first shot), and then to either swarm the Tigers or make a run for the exit. The Germans entered one Tiger and two PzIV's on each map board leading with the Tiger tanks with the PzIV's coming in behind providing support.|
The first turn saw the Russians shock one of the PzIV's and immobilize another on the west map board, while a third PzIV malfunctioned its MA. All at the cost of only one T34.
Having the upper hand, the Russians then swarmed the remaining Tiger and PzIV on the east map board, taking both out on the second turn along with the immobilized PzIV on the west map board. However, this came at a steep price with the Russians losing five T34's in the process. The PzIV with the malfunctioned gun found its gun to be un-repairable and was recalled, leaving the Germans with only two tanks (one under an UK marker) against five Russian T34's.
When the remaining PzIV under an UK marker failed to recover on the beginning of the Russian's third turn, the Germans were down to a single Tiger tank, needing to kill three of the fiver remaining T34. The T34's went in for the kill on the third turn taking out the Tiger with a BFF shot!
A fun game all around. I was a bit surprised with how fast it all unfolded. In the end fortune favored the Russians in this one and they were able to win a game that was a lot closer then it might otherwise appear.
|Jonathan Plott||2021-01-17||Man, do I suck as an armor leader. More of an experimental game to teach me the armor and TH/TK mechanics. The only bad experience is one you don't learn from...and today I learned I should have stuck with checkers. Thanks for your patience Craig!|
|Mark Dennehy||2021-01-14||Playing with the Russian balance, the Russians used their extra MP in turn 1 to get most of their T34s half-way to the other edge in roughly 3 groups, one in the east, one in the center and the other on the west side. One T34 took an overwatch position on the hill in the center of the board. The Germans responded with bringing one Tiger onto the west-most hill on their side of board v and the other on the center hill to claim height advantage. Two PzKw IVs guarded the east-most pass with one taking position on the east-most hill while the other two moved in to add additional crossfire to the open spaces of board t as well as protect the rears of the Tigers. The only T34 on the hill fired on the center Tiger while several T34s in the center took shots at the west-most Tiger but being buttoned up against hull-down, moving Tigers at long range meant no hits. The Tigers, however, proved more accurate, one taking out the overwatch T34 with a critical hit and the other bagging one of the other T34s in the center, for 2 quick kills. The PzKw IVs took ACQ shots to prepare for the Russian rush in turn 2. |
The east-most T34s climbed up the hills, two the center hill and one the east-most hill to engage the center Tiger and the overwatch PzKwIV. The west-most T34s swung around the line of trees in front of the west hill, scaring the PzKwIV there into motion and unleashing a fog of smoke to protect itself. Instead of engaging these T34s, the Tiger waited for the center T34s in its LOS to start up, taking out one and watching the other make a run to the east-most hill area. Defensive Fire watched the Germans continue to rack up kills, as the T34 on the east-most hill got hit by the hilltop PzKwIV and the center Tiger took out one of the T34s on the center hill. With time to turn, the other Tiger turned its hull to face down the T34s that looped around the woods. The Russians got their volley of shots and while one came close to taking out one of the Tigers, none scored a kill. Unfortunately, many T34s were now vunerable to the next volley of shots in the German Turn 2 PFPh and the Tigers continued their precision firing with two more kills. The Russian now had to get several kills to have a chance and eyed the smoke-shrouded PzKwIV first, but just as it emerged from the smoke, one T34 malfed his MA and the other missed as the PzKwIV ran by, then tried an intensive fire shot which malfed that MA as well. The PzKwIV was going to just run and hide but seeing his sudden advantage, stopped and prepared to fire. The other PzKwIVs shifted to cover exits more effectively and join in on the kill of the malfed T34s, which one did in the AFPh.
The Russian now ran off the board with the two surviving T34s in the Turn 3 MPh. The German gunners suddenly went cold and couldn't hit, but the damage was done and the Germans secured a victory.