Monday, August 8, 2011

FNF 5 Aug Round 1 Russian Motor Infantry vs NZ Rifles in Encounter


NZ 25 pdrs and Shermans put a hurt on Soviet Armour!

I had the chance to get to FNF this week and get in two games.  With the FoW Midwar tournament coming up in a week I still hadn't settled on a list but knew I wanted to play veterans.  After much deliberation I settled on the New Zealanders.  They are Confident Veterans with all the British special rules and they also get mission tactics.  I played against Lothlann's Soviets and he was running a Motor Rifle list.



New Zealand Rifles
HQ
Full Rifle Platoon with Piat
Full Rifle Platoon with Piat
Full Rifle Platoon with Piat
3 Universal Carriers
3 Sherman IIIs
8 Gun 25 pdr battery

Soviets Motor Rifles
HQ
Rifle platoon with jeeps
Rifle platoon with jeeps
Anti-tank gun platoon
T34 platoon
T60 platoon
Assault gun platoon

GROUND ORIENTATION
North is the top of the photo where Rob is eating Popcorn.  Objectives are at the cross roads in the South East and just past the hut in the North East on the Soviets side.  My Objectives are behind the hut in the South West and beside the wheat field in the North West.

TURN 1
The Soviets advance without any targets, where as the Kiwis were able to start shelling the Reds right away, but fail to do any damage.


Having used their recon move to get into the wheat fields the UC move closer to the anti-tank guns playing a dangerous game...

The Ubiquitous 25 pdr is going to put a hurting on those Reds while holding the objective!

The other troop holds the other objective.

Kiwi infantry moves up in the wheat field under the watchful eye of the old man.

Casualties
NZ
Nil

Russians
Nil

TURN 2
The NZ guns repeat on their last target destroying a jeep and pinning the infantry!

The UCs move up and gain flanking shots on the only gun the can see destroying it while avoiding any return fire!


Casualties
NZ
Nil

Russians
1 x Jeep
1 x anti-tank gun

TURN 3

The anti-tank guns hold their position only to be flanked, shot up and then assaulted by the UCs who only lose one of their own in the process!  The 2IC has to move to the objective to stop the Kiwis from winning in the third turn!

The Northern flank stalls after the OC needs to reorganize his forces.

While 2IC calls for back up and the Infantry holding the other woods moves to support him.

Which proves to be a great targets for the 25 pdrs!  They knock out 3 stands.

The UC remounts and moves into the smoke created from his brother carrier.  If the Russians don't get reinforcements the game is over!  Shermans double time across the board and into the wheat field to give the UCs support if Red tanks arrive.


Casualties
NZ
1 x UC

Russians
2IC
1 x Jeep
Anti-tank gun platoon
3 x Infantry stands

TURN 4

Russian Armour arrives to contest the objective!!!

But fail to hit the UC's, who exit stage left to go after the infantry.  The 25 pdrs hammer the assault guns destroying two and bailing another

and manage to destroy 3 more stands of infantry which breaks another platoon!

Casualties
NZ
1 x UC

Russians
2IC
1 x Jeep
Anti-tank gun platoon
Infantry platoon

TURN 5

The T34s move to engage the Shermans knocking one out and bailing another, while the Battery fires a repeat bombardment and the remaining Sherman knock out the Assault guns and bail several T34s

Casualties
NZ
1 x UC
1 x Sherman

Russians
2IC
1 x Jeep
Assault gun platoon
Anti-tank gun platoon
Infantry platoon

TURN 6

The OC moved to link up with his remaining platoon while being hounded by the UCs.  The catch him and gun him down.  The following turn Lothlann's Russians withdraw to fight another day.

We played the wheat fields as area terrain that concealed both infantry and tank teams.  We did this because I live in the country and have been watching the fields around my house grow for the summer and when I'm driving in my car I can't see Silos that I know are a less than a mile away.  In the next AAR we played it a little different.  I'm hoping I get it done in the next couple of days.

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