Afternoon Day 2
Coyote kicking off in Azeville
Did strat, the FJ moved out of their supply map, while we stayed.
Azeville, Well in short; a bloody masacre of our troops
It was a tough situation, we had to get supply back, they could attack from any direction.
My 2 greyhounds and mort HT started out of fuel, 2 stuart were mobile. In the North 2 puma's and a flame HT attacked, killing my greyhound instantly, the flame HT drove right into my command group, but nothing hurt it and they got toasted. My scout team basicly did the same with a puma, opened up from real close , only 1 guy in the puma got killed and the scouts were gone.
My mobile stuart came to the aid of the only bar team left there, but somehow the bar team missed that 88 50 m infont of them .... bye bye stuart and bar team, stuart crew did get it's revenge when they chucked a nade into the puma and blew it up.
Just when I got A26 airsupport chewey had a puma, flame HT, 88 and alot of infantery all huddled up, the airstrike carpet bombed the crap out of them ...but you can guess the result ...not even one casualty.
The germans were moving in on our supply VL and started taking the church, so I had to attack prematurely on our supply VL, stuart moved in and also got hit by an ATG, which I never saw, must have been somewhere in the buildings. My infantery got toasted by pioniere teams waiting on the other side of the wall =/
brb will finish in half an hour, allright where was I...
right I was getting masacred, well basicly everything was dead allready when a greyhound crew (greyhound was blown up with 1 mortar earlier on )made the 2nd HT kill with grenades lol , my tankcrews were showing the infantery how it's done.
Result was just terrible, The german infantery was just crazy, survived ambushes from 20 m. away and in return destroyed the allied infantery in seconds, german HT's ate A26 bombs, 10m. infantery ambushes, zooka rounds and a few mortars and barely got hurt. Pretty pointless battle.
Kevin in St Marie
Fought Indomable in St Marie du Mont
This is where all the fighting took place. I caught a tank moving across a hedgerow and thought for sure that I had them. But the AirCorp took its old sweet time getting there (15-20sec - no joke). Never did a cup of coffe cost so much. Anyways he brought this tank up to further support his asault and I lost the VL.
I did make a probe attack on the south side in the waning seconds while the other battle was waging. I was hoping to catch him offguard, but he had enough in place to repulse the probe attack.
Kevin writing an essay about his battle in St Come
PART 1 (See below for Part 2)
Fought Indomable in St Come du Mont
This was probably one of the most INTENSE battles I have ever fought. So Intense that I only got one photo taken
We got a good result but the situation was terribly dire for awhile during the battle.
I deployed 6 tanks (4 Sherman and 2 Wolverines) along with 2 3in ATG.
Fight with Tiger
The battle opened with 1 Pz IV (pt B on map) lined up IN the hedgerow allowing only one Sherman (pt A) to have LOS. They both exchange shots. Meanwhile a PzBuchse is located crawling (pt C) in close proximity to my tanks. 3 Tanks have LOS and open up on him killing 2 of his unit. BUT the remaining man of the PzBuchse team stands up and fires, killing my Sherman that was fighting the PzIV. I continue to fire away at the PzBuchse but somehow he manages to get a second shot off at another of my tanks but fortunatly misses. He's finally killed.
FIGHT WITH A TIGER
Now the PzIV moves forward clearing the hedgerow and comes into LOS of both a sherman and 3in ATG. They each fire a couple volleys before a Tiger move around the corner just north of the PzIV. I change targets for the 3in ATG and start laying rounds into the Tiger (no effect). While my ATG and Sherman are firing from the south, I quickly move a Sherman and Wolverine to point D on the pic above to engage the Tiger as well. I also start moving another Wolverine down from the north towards point F (Yes they all have fuel (only the 1st sherman killed was out of gas)).
So my ATG and Sherman firing from the south are both engaged by the Tiger and PzIV but both my boys lose the firefight. But now my 2 tanks at point D both have LOS on the Tiger and engage (both are shielded from the PzIV by the hedgerow). Unfortunately in the intensity of the fight, I failed to move up a probing inf unit north towards our Supply VL. For sitting at pt E (under the aircraft)is a Grenadiere unit who fires their rifle grenades at my Wolverine and kill it in a blinding flash. Almost simultaneously my Sherman goes up in smoke as well from an 88 AP round from the Tiger.
So the score at this point is:
Germans - 4 allied tanks and 1 ATG
Allies - 1 PzBuchse
I'M IN SERIOUS TROUBLE AT THIS POINT.
My Wolverine coming down from the north to pt F stays back behind the hedgerows north of the Supply VL to engage the Grenadiere unit at E. I also charge a BAR unit north and and bring an Assualt unit (sitting in the hedge at Pt F) to kill the Grenadieres. DONE.
I now inch my wolverine down a bit to engage the PzIV making sure I stay out of LOS of the Tiger for the time being. We exchange Volleys but the PzIV will not die and now the Tiger starts to move forward to get LOS on my Wolverine.
At this point I have a BAR unit engaged in a firefight at pt G for the Strongpoint H-15 VL. I decide to charge my Assault troops (Flame) west behind the hedgrow in hopes of assaulting the the Tiger as he comes up the road. My Wolverine at this point is successful in forcing the PzIV crew to abandon their tank. The Tiger now comes into range of my Wolverine and they exchange volleys (nothing). My assault unit is now in position, they pop smoke and charge the Tiger. The Tiger merely turns his turret and kills half of my Assault team while the remaining men cower underneath the tank.
I now have an Airstrike available and feel this is the opportune time to use it to kill the Tiger even if it costs the remaining lives of my assault unit. The bombs fall short and only manage to kill the remainder of my assault unit.
My wolverine has now run out of AP ammo and I attempt to withdraw him "WON'T GO". He refuses to follow orders
AT this point of the battle, my BAR unit at Strongpoint H-15 has been killed and Indomable decides to charge 2 Infantry units towards our Supply VL to retake it and all I have guarding it is my Wolverine and a BAR unit sitting just south of pt E. And we're out of AP ammo staring at a Tiger tank. My Wolverine engages the Infantry as they come to the edge of the hedgrow and I charge my BAR unit from the South as well as another BAR unit guarding the northern Farm VL (I figure the Supply VL is far more important to retake and hold). The 2 Grenadiere units start tossing grenades at my Wolverine killing 1 and injuring another and open fire on my charging BAR unit from the south. But the combination of two charging BAR's is too much for the Grenadiere's and we dispatch them in hand to hand CC.
So the Supply VL is now in safe hands and the Tiger is starting to withdraw. At this point it occurs to me that his main gun is knocked out (Someone educate me on how you can tell if his gun is out plz).
While the above is taking place, I have a CO unit and a Sherman sitting around the southern exit to Carentan. With the situation being terribly desperate around our Supply VL, I decide to move the Sherman North towards Cannal Street VL with the intention of turning him East at the Canal Street VL intersection. As I approach my Sherman is assualted by an Inf unit and an MG 42 ( I never see it happen because I'm too preoccupied with the battle for our supply VL). When I return my attention to this Sherman I find him immobilized and several dead German bodies littering the ground around him and a few live ones cowering underneath him. I move my CO unit up to assist him dispathcing the Germans and the survivers surrender when I approach. We now hold the Canal Street VL with an immoblized Sherman and a CO unit. But now I spot a German unit approaching just south of this VL to try and retake it but the Sherman turns about and unleashes a devasting HE round while I charge my CO unit at them forcing their surrender. Another German unit is no spotted crossing the road south of us taking the Carentan VL. The Sherman opens fire killing 1 man and I charge the CO unit southward to retake the VL.
Looking Northward we spot the withdrawing Tiger reach the intersection just above the St Come du Mont VL. I command my Immobilized Sherman to open fire on the Tiger and watch as the rounds bounce off and the Tiger continue to withdraw.
PART 2 (continued from Part 1 Above)of fight in St Come du Mont with Indomable
While all the above is occuring, another PzIV breaks through a hedgrow on the north and my northern 3in ATG kills him for his troubles. Eventually the ATG is knocked out by a PzBuchse that sneaked up to kill him. So the northern Farm VL is now unguarded and the PzBuchse moves in to take it.
At this point, with 2-3 min remaining, we hold our Supply VL, the Canal Street VL, and the Carentan Exit VL on the south.
Switching attention back to the our Supply VL, I have 2 BAR units sitting waiting for orders. I move them both northward to retake the Northern Farm VL. We run into the PzBuchse hiding in a hedge and kill him (we took 1-2 casaulties here). 1 BAR continues north to take the Farm VL without any issues and takes up a defensive position in the hedgerow just east of the Farm VL. The other BAR moves westward and take the Strongpoint H-15 VL without incident.
I now realize that I have another BAR unit sitting in the middle of the map just south of the Strongpoint H-15 VL. The battle has been so INTENSE that I completely lost sight of this unit. So I move him Westward in towards town. In hindsight I wish I would have moved him over the abandoned PzIV (never destroyed) because this tank was listed as damaged in the post battle report and still positioned in a German occupied position. I checked the file afterwards and unfortunately the Germans recovered the tank and placed a new crew in her.
So final tally - we hold 5 VL's and are better positioned to take this map again.
Allied - I lost 3 Sherman, 1 Wolverine, and 2 3in ATG
German - I killed 1 PzIV, Damaged 2nd PzIV (Crew abandoned), 2 PzBuchse
End of Day 2