The Battle of Capracotta - CMFI QB campaign

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Wow! Gripping battle guys!
@Paleolithic Monk did your infantry take out the cat? What a scene.
No, my 1 remaining tank, a M-10 blasted it several times, chipping away at critical components. A final hit on the side of the turret finally killed it. Otherwise, my infantry chucked hand grenades at it to piss off the crew, but really didn't do any damage.
I'm sure Rico would have ground my troops under the treads if that was a possibility, lol.
 

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The turreted tank destroyers are quirky vehicles. So lightly armored, but they can often do the heavy lifting in a battle.

The scene you posted reminded me of a sobering real black and white photograph I saw of a knocked-out Elefant or Ferdinand surrounded by dead Soviet soldiers.
Those vehicles had no machine guns if I recall correctly...something @Rico can probably relate to. ;)
In the movie Fury, in the first battle, the newly recruited green bow machine gunner doesn't fire a shot from memory...

Found it. "What do I shoot at?" "The Nazis, dumb fuk!"

 

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CORVINO AIRFIELD ... with the Panther dead and only about a dozen grenadiers left standing, a possible last act of defiance from the remnants that sterling PAK crew --- a hit on a loaded halftrack circling around to the far side of the airfield.
The halftrack driver was not having a good day -- note the 75mm AP round entering through the his door at head height... and impacting the ground in the distance.

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Even more impressive... it was a first shot hit at 1093 metres... crazy stuff.

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About those foxholes - I was less ambitious than @Bulletpoint requested, comparing only the M1 Garand at 40-240 meters firing at the standard 4-man target with and without foxholes. The verdict: foxholes help by 50-85% depending on the distance. The distance effect may have to do with how much of the time the targets are taking cover, which could explain why foxholes are more effective at short ranges.

The Garands shoot slightly faster when the target is not in a foxhole, but mainly they hit much more often. At 40 m, it takes 42 rounds on average to take out a man in a foxhole; on a pavement (maximum exposure), only 7 rounds.

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Battle for VEROLI ... looks like this Sherman took a (un)lucky topside hit from a 75mm howitzer shell and got knocked out.

With all the dust and smoke, couldn't see it on the replay... only noticed later when the tank started smoking... so while the delayed barrage seems to be missing most of the enemy infantry, at least it hit something.

On a side note: thought about adjusting the artillery mission, but the HQ I was using as spotter had it's ranking officer taken out by a freak stray ricochet round ... and the remaining radioman obviously doesn't have sufficient authority to cancel or adjust the mission... war is a messy and confusing affair.

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More bad news for the Allied attack on Veroli. The Marders popped out from their hiding spots and took out my Sherman as it was trying to blast another pesky MG nest. The German defenses are lousy with them! I guess @Rico really wants to keep his vital bridge for supply trains.
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VEROLI -- was amazed the Marders could spot that Sherman with all that dust and smoke...





75mm AT round on it's way...



"Treffer! Guter Schuss!" (Marder POV)







HQ unit dug in at the ancient bridge at Veroli ... Funker Bertelsmann taking potshots at enemy riflemen in the distance. "Can we hold back the Amis?"
 

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The battle of CORVINO AIRFIELD is winding down ...



From inside one of the airfield administration buildings, a last remaining landser fires his Panzerschreck through a window...



...taking down an advancing enemy HQ unit. Then gets cut down himself by enemy fire.

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The remaining PAK gun crew look on helplessly as they can no longer help their comrades in their doomed last stand...
 

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The Battle for CORVINO AIRFIELD ends with an Axis surrender ... a fun and interesting battle.

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Last survivors of the German defence ... this PAK crew carried much of the effort with some luck surviving mortar stonks and some epic shooting.

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On a funny note -- after surrender spotted these sneaky Yanks busy stalking the PAK gun position :LOL:

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The AXIS line now visibly buckling after losing CORVINO AIRFIELD ... one more battle this turn at FAUGLIA PASS still needs to be started up -- possibly this evening, RL allowing.
 

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This 2 Pixeltruppen team walked around the entire perimeter of the map to reach that PaK. I'd like to think they would have got revenge for the massive damage that gun did.
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That battle was a challenge due to the wide open space of the airfield. More smoke would have served me better than wasting close to 50 mortar rounds on this single target. Good match though.
 

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Seems to me that if Battalion Faust went on the offensive now, they could encircle the Allies at Corvino Airfield.
 

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The Allied probe into Fauglia Pass has begun.
The Cape Town Highlanders are maneuvering through quite the hilly terrain. Trees, orchards, stone walls and steep hills. Could be a defenders dream.
Lt. Okereke, 5 Platoon, C Company spots a MG bunker defending key terrain.
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Another MG bunker is located guarding the orchard approach.
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I think @Rico nailed the doors shut so the MG crews won't be able to run away, lol.
 

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Busting bunker 1 with a tank at Faugli Pass.
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Meanwhile, the crew of bunker 2 are so high on Pervitin they didn't even flinch at this direct mortar hit on their bunker!
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An overall view of the battlefield. I've smoked the two highest hills, hoping to obscure any possible enemy hiding there.
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