Panzers ready to assault!
So now that the holidays are over, it's back to our weekly game night here in Gagetown. Tonight, I played an early war match, 1390 points. For my list, I took the following for my Czech Panzerkompanie from Barbarossa, Confident Veteran (except as listed):
HQ: 1 x Pz 38 (t) B, 1 x Pz 39 (t) E
Pl: 3 x Pz 38 (t) B
Pl: 3 x Pz 38 (t)
Pl: 3 x Kradschützen MG squads, with AT Rifle
Pl: 2 x NbW 35 (with spotter)
Pl: 2 x Flammpanzer II
Pl: 1 x FlaK 36 with extra crew (Confident Trained)
We rolled off for mission, and we got Hold the Line. As a tank company, I had the honour of attacking. My opponent had an early war infantry company of New Zealanders. He started with the following on the table, the remainder in delayed reserves:
2 pounder platoon
The layout was as you see here
I had three options. I could go left, and strike deep at his arty platoon and AT platoon, I could go in the middle, turning near the rubbled church and then split the defences, or I could go right, and use the woods and the house there to mask my approach. I went with the latter option.
This is how I set up. I intended to use my recce move for my motorcycles to go for his spotter who was in the tower. The two 38 (t) platoons would simply move up and engage his infantry on the objective, staying out of the line of sight of his AT guns in the back.
End Score: 6-1 for the Germans
For me, the key lesson was capitalizing on the terrain to make the most of my combined arms. My infantry cleared the route to the objective: if the enemy observer had been left alone, then his guns could have disrupted my attack throughout my depth. My tanks stayed out of the line of sight of his AT guns in the hedges, and used their mass firepower and shock action to clear the enemy objective. This was made possible by the effective use of smoke to isolate the objective.
Finally, speed was of the essence. With only three platoons on the table to start, I had to act with speed of thought, not rashly, in order to take and hold that objective.