Angriffe der Grenadiere - playtest 2

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It is 16:00, June 6th 1944. The 505th PIR has secured the eastern end of the La Fiere causeway, bridge and manor (Manoir Le Roux rather than La Fiere Manor). A dozen or so troopers of the badly scattered 508th temporarily held Cauquigny at the western end but were driven out by a strong German counter-attack at noon (01). As the Germans consolidate for an assault across the causeway they lay harassing fire on the American positions at the eastern end (02). In the midst of the fire, survivors of the German attack on Cauquiny scatter , Capt. Swartzwalder taking his company NW to the orchard where Lt. Col. Timmes is dug in. The remnant of Lt. Taylor's platoon is getting caught fleeing back across the causeway in this scenario (04). Historically, he got caught wading across the flood as his men were cut off from the causeway. Less than a handful survived the crossing.
Image 01: The German view from Cauquigny farm across the flood to the American position.
Image 02: Harassing fire falls near Le Manoir Leroux, on top of Lt. Taylor's fleeing troopers.
Image 03: A Renault 35 Beutepanzer from 100 Panzer Ersatz und Ausbildungs Abteilung is spotted on the road just back of Cauquigny.
Images 04, 05 and 06: Lt. Taylor's men under mortar and MG fire from multiple MGs as they reach the bridge at the American position. They leave behind a half dozen casualties on the causeway.
 

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A few minutes into the action as a drizzle of harassing fire falls all over the American side of the Merderet flood both sides push recon teams to more favorable positions to gather intel on each other's deployments. Not that it matters overly much, the German assault has only one route - the hell of the causeway. The American team and two German Beutepanzers at Cauquigny crossroads (one Renault R35 and one PzKwIII) mutually spot each other and the armor takes the American team under fire.

a07: Two Beutepanzer move forward to fire on the American positioins, a Renault R35 and PzKw III.
A08: A German patrol is spotted moving cautiously forward along the berm of the causeway.
A10: An American section is spotted on the extreme right of the American postion, moving into a farm building there, and taken under fire by the two Beutepanzer.
 

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Unnoticed by the American paras, a German platoon had been sneaking across the causeway. The Americans had earlier detected what they thought was just a recon team, were taken by surprise when a platoon sized combat group popped up near the bridge and a single German section revealed itself on the American side of the bridge, having crawled across unnoticed.

The Americans, who had been keeping their heads down during the light harassing barrage now manned their positions and brought fire to bear on the nearby Germans, inflicting half a dozen casualties.

A portion of the German platoon decided to take up firing positions on the piece of land just their side of the bridge (50 German V.P.) and some either wandered off into the water beside the bridge accidentally or on purpose - thinking to wade across to the American side. Those that entered the water were surprised to find themselves unable to cross the Merderet River, unlike the shallow flood that they had been negotiating beside the causeway up to this point.

The German attack was well coordinated with mortar, machinegun and fire from the German armour all hitting the American occupied buildings overlooking the bridge while the Germans pressed their attack.

POSTER'S NOTE: The images posted in this report are views of the German actions as 'known' to the American troopers. American positions are purposely not shown so as not to reveal them to my opponent at this time. They will be added after the action concludes.
 

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i wish i could have snuck a few more up there before they got noticed.... that 2 man scout team went further than ordered...... and that team that decided to swim for it did that on their own to...... i knew the river was not fordable....

like the first time i had a different plan going into this than it has turned out... i think i have a better shot at this one but this is a tough nut to crack
 
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After dropping some smoke on the road up the hill to block fire from the orchard on the hill, down the length of the road onto the bridge, a single German section made the attempt to rush the nearest manor but was shot down just before reaching his objective.

After that the Germans paused to bombard the right side of the American front line which had the best lines of sight to the causeway and was troublesome for the advancing Germans. While the bombardment pinned the American paras, more Germans were spotted crowding onto the causeway in preparation for the final assault.

a19: Birdseye view from the German lines.
a20: German ground view of the American right front line from the 'island' just off the bridge.

With 'trees on' and 'icons off' it is difficult to assess the effect of the bombardment. (players may turn trees off and icons on)
 

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Half way through the scenario, with a little over 30 minutes remaining, the German barrage intensifies and falls heavily deeper into the American positions. Any movement by the Americans now is too risky (a21).

The German PzKw III and one Renault R35 are spotted racing towards the causeway and I assume they are moving onto the causeway to support the imminent German assault (a22 & a23).

The next turn proves my assumption wrong as they appear to be merely shifting their positions to the German right to bring my left flank under fire. It is from here that I have the best view of the Germans concentrating near the bridge (a24).

On my far right the Germans have laid a small smoke screen on the assumption that I may have spotters on the farm buildings or hedgerows in the area able to overwatch the causeway (a25 & 26).
 

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While the German bombardment continues to force the American paras to keep their heads down, a smoke screen is placed to cover the advance of at least one of the Renault R35 Beutepanzer across the causeway to the bridge and takes the paras under close fire. The Germans make an attempt to dash across the bridge and at least one Panzerschreck team makes it across but the next minute they are shot down attempting to cross the road to the farm buildings. In the initial attempt to storm the bridge, the paras count at least seven German casualties.
 

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not sure why they put me in mind of the old ones from CMBO....been time since i played it though.....i remember it put them on your control panel..... and did not show all the guys on map
 
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