SETUP AND DEPLOYMENT
|Objectives are beside the wheat field and church in the near quarter and between the woods and hedge row|
|AA trucks ready to protect the tanks flank|
|Recce and the 2IC ready to roll out|
|Panthers and Panzer IVs ready to roll out|
|2IC supervising the defencsive position|
|Nebs dug in under the watchful eye of the old man|
|The front line positions of the Pioneers|
|The Pioneer platoon ready to get to the other objective|
|Panzer Pioneers: I deployed both Pioneer platoons with their supply vehicles and held the Marders in ambush. Unfortantly this mission was going neutralize all of the half tracks in my army when I chose to deploy their platoons. I kept the Panzer IIs and Tigers off the table ready to flank the Panthers.|
Wiking Panthers: After doing an initial map Recce Ian desided to push for the undefended objective. This led him to deploying his Recce and all his tanks on the one flank with the AA trucks acting as a guard to protect their flank.
|8-Rads advance to deny the prime ambushing location|
|With a throaty roar the armour moves out|
|Tigers arrive from reserve turn 1 and destroy an 8-Rad|
|Pioneers double forward behind the wheat supported by their supply truck|
|Nebs drop smoke to blind the enemy|
|PaK 38 and Marders knock out an AA truck|
|Tigers storm into a position of cover|
|Panzer Pioneers: Everything that could engage the AA trucks did, knocking one out. The Tigers knocked out the 8-Rad but will quickly be surrounded if I don't find away to destroy some of the oncoming armour.|
Wiking Panthers: Main colum is advancing well. Minor losses in the two small platoons which will bleed victory points but won't hurt in accomplishing the mission.
|The armour colum is ready to drive to either side of the Tigers to get flank shots|
|2IC moves up to support the remaining Recce call sign|
|Both the Pioneers and Tigers double to get to the objective and prepare a defensive position|
|The Marders hunt down the remaining AA truck|
|The right flank begins moving surrond the advancing tanks|
|PaK 38 and Pl Comd move to bring the gun to bear|
|Panzer Pioneers: Moving as fast as I could I brought forces to the objective trying to stop from being surronded. The double timing could prove costly next shooting step.|
Wiking Panthers: The 2IC and 8-Rad continue to hold the centre of the table and hold the Marders at bay.
|Lucky 5's keep the Tigers alive!|
|Tigers move to support the Pioneers as they dig into the objective|
|Panzer Pioneers: I was able to get to the objective and dig in on it. THe problem I now face is 9 tanks all of which can penetrate the Tigers armour.|
Wiking Panthers: Although the Tigers survied for another turn it is unlikely they will be able to do that again. With only wire protecting the one flank it will be easy to over run the objective with all the armour.
|The mailed fist continues to close on the defenders|
|The OC and 2IC protect the remaining 8-Rad|
|Marders and infantry advance, but is it fast enough?|
|Panthers draw a beed on the Tigers and destroy them both!|
|Panzer Pioneers: Despite setting up a great defensive position, the Tigers are blown apart by the Panthers leaving the Pioneers alone on the objective.|
Wiking Panthers: The OC and 2IC are keeping the Marders on their toes and stopping them from being able to bring their guns to bear on the flanks of the Panthers.
|Marders continue to push against the flank|
|PaK 38 in position a turn too late|
|Panzer Pioneers: The fight is going to culminate on the other side of the table and I will only have one platoon vs almost all of Ian's army. Things aren't going to go so well next turn.|
Wiking Panthers: The OC and 2IC continue to isolate the Marders and stop them from playing a larger role in the battle. The IV Hs and Panthers will be able to assault the objective next turn.
|When the dust clears it is too much for the Pl Comd who quits the field|
|Panzer Pioneers: The combined fire of both platoons followed by the assault was too much for the Pioneers. They did take down 2 tanks in the process but it wasn't enough.|
Wiking Panthers: Guts used as axle grease, check!
|The game ended with a 5-2 for Ian. It was well played on both sides and there were a couple things I would do differently. I needed to set up so that the other Pioneer platoon could support both objectives if required. The wire I had protecting the far objective should have been mines. The obstacles in front of my position should have had gaps in them so I didn't have to travel all the way around them. All in all it was a great learning experience. Stay tuned for the next AAR hopefully I'll get it out in the next couple of days.|
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