Saturday, October 11, 2014

US 7th Armoured Division vs Russian Mechanized Infantry in No Retreat

The real reason Patton hated the Russians so much....

Game 2 of Operation Cobra (LW 1650 tournament) was against Matt and he was running a mixed tank/infantry Russian force.  The mission was No Retreat with both of us have the always attack special rule but Matt was mechanized infantry and I was tanks so I got to attack.

The Russians
OC in T-34
2IC in jeep
10 x T-34-85s
4 x SU 85s
2 x Speztnas sections
Full strength mechanized infantry platoon
Limited aircraft

US 7th AD
OC in E8
2IC in Jumbo
4 x Shermans (2 x E8, Jumbo and M4A1)
4 x Shermans (2 x E8, Jumbo and M4A1)
4 x Stuarts
3 x Priests

Set Up
The objectives are behind the hill in the centre and in the field behind the farm house on the right

T-34-85s guarding the rear objective from the tree line

Speztnas in their half tracks try and keep the spear head move to a minimum

Sherman tanks as far as the eye can see ready to roll out

Turn 1
Dakota, Dallas and Dixie move up to the hedge row ready to open fire on the dirty Reds

Recce leads the way pushing the Red ambush back into the tree line in front of Dublin's platoon

The Red air shows up but is shot down by the combined fire of all the .50 cals

An Easy 8 and Dublin are destroyed in the ambush!

Turn 2
Speztnas fall back their job done

The Jumbo and Easy 8 open fire and knock out all the ambushing assault guns!

Recce and the Stuarts open fire on the 2IC taking him out!

The other Sherman platoon opens fire and destroys 3 T-34-85s!

While the priests working with the AOP knock out another one and bail a fifth

Turn 3
Russian air power tries to take out Patton only to have him and the Easy 8 with him make their saves!

The view from the cockpit

The Shermans would destroy the OC and the remainder of the T-34-85s this turn breaking the Russian company. Matt was an excellent opponent and we had a very fun game.  Matt's dice betrayed him more than a few time and I lucked out the same number.  In the end it was another 6-1 victory for the US 7th Armored Div going into the last game of the tournament.


  1. Nice report, great looking buildings, and the 'view from the cockpit' is really amazing, great pic!

  2. Great report and photo's. Good ol' American firepower carried the day!