So with the new Market Garden books out this weekend, myself and 'Winner Dave' organised a game, it's only his second outing with his FJ, but he had won the 1st.
we set up the terrain as you can see, and rolled up Hasty attack, I elected to attack at night, so Dave went on the defensive. Dave choose to deploy his heavy Mortars on the back line, and one of his FJ platoons on his right flank/middle (+VDH). He left the HMG's in immediate ambush. I deployed my Light Battery and one Para platoon on each flank, one with Frost (left flank) and one with my IC (right flank). The HMG's then deployed on Dave's left flank and I took my spearhead moves.
|View from my right flank|
Dave took (IIRC)
VDH with 4 Trap teams
HQ with mortars (*3) and Shreks (*2)
2 Full FJ platoons
1 Small FJ platoon
Heavy Mortar Platoon
4 Pak 40's
HQ with 2 PIAT
3 Full Combat Platoons
1 section of mortars
2 Platoons of 4 6PDR's
8 guns of Airlanding Light Battery with medium support
|Objective in my half|
|Objective on my left flank|
|Dave's immediate ambush, and my right hand objective.|
|Spearhead move right|
A quiet turn on both accounts, my Para's on the right moved into the wood up ahead, whilst the observers scrambled for better views, the Para's on the left also moved up.
Dave attempted to range in with his mortars, but otherwise it was uneventful.
|Hiding in the woods - sneeky para's|
|Dave moved his IC and 2IC forward|
|Frost and Co continue the advance|
The Para's on the right moved to the very edge of the wood, whilst the airlanding light battery managed to pin the HMG's and kill Dave's IC, Frost continued his advance and opened fire with no effect. In dave's turn he managed to pin one of the ALB's observers, and fired at Frost's para's but again was ineffective. My third Para platoon also advanced onto the board.
|having taken artillery fire dave's spotter got out of dodge|
|Frost march's on|
The Para's on the left flank moved into assault range but when they assaulted Dave managed to pin them back, losing a couple of stands. On the right flank, the Para's moved into assault range with the artillery pinning the HMG's but in the end only the observer over there dies. Meanwhile the 3rd Para platoon advanced as the mortars and 1 squad of 6PDR's arrived.
Dave had no reserves arrive, his spotter failed to see anything again, and his HMG's did little better, whilst they VDH and the 2IC managed to pin my right Para platoon they only killed one PIAT team.
|The HMG's pin me, but look at that lovely ranged in marker!|
|Frost's charge fails|
Morning broke as the remaining 6PDR platoon arrived, the Artillery finally got to do an 'All Gun's repeat' vaporizing 2 HMG's whilst the Para's shooting killed the remaining one, leaving only VDH and his IC defending the objective on my right flank. Frost and co opened up on the FJ platoon and killed one dug in squad.
Finally I assaulted on my right flank destroying the remaining HQ units, Dave rolled for reserves at the start of his turn and failed to get any, and we called it. Victory for Frost!
|King of the hill!|
Discussing after the game Dave felt there was little he could have done to stop me, with his three platoons against my 4. I suggested to him that his plan to deploy a mortar to each FJ platoon may not have been brilliant, and he would have done better using them to form a platoon led by the 2IC and then splitting the HMG's between two platoons and deploying both FJ platoon's with the HMG's and Shrecks.
My one thought is that Brit Para's are quite lethal on the attack, especially with the artillery support, i'm just sad i never got to fire all 8 guns at once.
Well role on this weekend's games and the new Market Garden Books!