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Will S

FGM Colour Sergeant
West Coast, USA
Match Winner
Will S

Match Loser

Was the result a Draw? No

Combat Mission Version
CM Final Blitzkrieg

Comments on the Battle
Large purchase probe QB. Nemesis attacking with American forces, Will S defending with Germans. Game two of mirrored match. Map was approx 1km square with four objectives (one major three minor). Dawn attack. Fun map, mostly open farmland with small villages/farm complexes scattered about. Rolling topography.

German force consisted of 1 Co plus a single pltn from 2 Co Panzergrenadier. Three Panthers and one King Tiger were attached.

German scouts from 2 pltn made first contact with advancing American infantry in the large orchard North of the NW village Obj. Not long afterward the first of many heavy artillery barrages came down without warning. After each barrage american scout teams would slowly advance until they took fire, sometimes within 50m of German positions. Shortly thereafter a huge mortar or howitzer volley would come in on wherever the American scouts has spotted German troops. This repeated many times along the creek bed held by 2 pltn, North of the NW Obj. The American commander did not seem bothered his troops were danger close to the artillery fire, and took some friendly casualties in this manner.

1 Pltn, 1 Co was in position around the small bridge and into the NW obj. They received much the same treatment as 2 pltn. American troops eventually entered the buildings of the NW obj, within 30m of German positions. Shortly afterward multiple howitzer/mortar barrages came in on the German side of the hedgerow causing much discomfort to the German force but seemed to not touch the American troops only 30m away. The NE village obj was heavily shelled many times, although it was mostly unoccupied and the shelling did little damage. There was really no where on the map that did not receive a large amount of American arty shells at some point in the game, although German armor, 1 and 2 pltn were the main targets.

These two platoons of German regulars were tough though and held out for a long time as scout teams rushed their positions and during the ensuing shellings, and the Americans spent a lot of arty shells before these platoons could no longer hold ground. One Panther in a support position in this area was KO'd by American armor on the far hill.

Although the Americans rained hell down upon the German defenses, American infantry was unable to make any advances past the NW obj, thanks to effective German fire support and overwatch. The assault continued as mostly heavy shelling throughout the map.

1 pltn from 2 Co was positioned on the German left flank, defending the SW village and surrounding area, along with two of the Panthers. Heavy German artillery began chasing German armor around but caused little damage. Eventually two American tanks tried to race along the extreme edge of the AO toward the NW obj, but were taken out by the Panther guns. No other American armor was seen.

The SW obj was given a few good shellings, and eventually a lone team of two soldiers ran across the field toward this position. One of the men made it into the obj, and hid in the grass for a while before a team was sent out to kill him. The only other assault on this position came in the final few minutes of the game, as a couple of squads left the cover of the NW village and made a sprint toward the SW village. 2 Co mostly provided overwatch and occasional fire support for 1 Co.

Eventually the persistent shelling did take a toll on German armor, immobilizing, then destroying the two remaining Panthers in the final few minutes of the game, and heavily damaging the tracks of the Tiger.

American forces never made a solid advance out of the NW village. This game also went in OT, (unlike the first game). With these extra two minutes American forces made a sprint toward the NE village under cover of heavy smoke, occupying the outside edge in the last minute of play.

Post battle recon revealed at least 27 TRP's positioned throughout the map and estimates of 3-4 howitzer batteries and 8-10+ mortar batteries were in support of the American advance.