|Hello All |
In our continuing build up to the Welsh Open I got in a game against Robin's Light Panzers. We rolled up Breakthrough and as I auto attacked Robin had the fun of mobile reserves... but as Robin pointed out you can play missions like this in tournaments so you might as well get some experience!
I was trying out my new list with mobile artillery with 76m obr 1936, these bad boys are AT 10 and range 32 inches and were what I hoped would give it the punch the Hen and Chick T-26's can lack.
|Robin's Light Panzer Company
||Ben's Light Soviet Tank Battalion
SETUP AND DEPLOYMENT
|Robin's Right Flank|
|The Deployed Panzers try and hide.|
|Do you think Robin will guess where my main attack is coming from?|
|The right flank platoon.|
|Robin's Light Panzer Company
||Ben's Light Soviet Tank Battalion|
|The Right flank moves out|
|All the rest of the Soviets advance bar the AA which hides at the back|
|Robin gets a reserve on turn one and brings them on near the Panzer III's|
|The Panzer III's back off from the Soviet horde|
|The Germans after their Storm trooper moves|
|The T-26's spread out|
|The Artillery moves to get a few pot shots at the German Panzer III's, but|
Robin needing a 6 to save saves the only hit I get.
|The AA followers the Right flank T-26's|
|The Right flank moves to form a line with the main force.|
|The Panzer III's make it to the objectives.|
|The 2IC joins the platoon that turned up on turn one as they double to get|
to the objectives.
|The Flak 88's get the first kill of the game as they shot a T-26.|
|The Soviets get their reserves, didn't really want them at this point but|
went for the lets try and bail a tank or two.
|The Artillery moves up again to have a shot or two at the Panzer III's, this|
time robin again rolls a 6 to save but I pass the fire power and bail one.
|The Soviet tank platoons continue their advance|
|The AA on watch behind them|
|The far left T-26 Company takes a few pot shots at the Flak 88's|
|The Kht-26's flame the Panzer III's and cause a double bail on one and |
he runs off.
|Some Panzer II's look for revenge on the Flame tanks.|
|As do the Panzer III's, but they only kill one bail one.|
|The situation after turn 3.|
|With the Flak 88 gone the left flank moves out, this would come to be a big|
|The rest of the tanks and the Artillery focuses on the Panzer III's, the end|
result is no damage...
|The AA finally gets into position to cover the T-26's|
|Unable to hurt the Panzer's the Flame tanks get out of the way of the T-26's|
and go Flak 88 hunting.
|And now the mistake, the second Panzer II/I platoon arrives behind the |
gun shields of my artillery....
|The 3rd platoon also turns up and attacks the Soviet right flank.|
|The first platoon comes after the Kht-26s.|
|How many hits!|
|The guns are reduced to a staff team who runs off....|
|Now free to focus on the T-26's the Panzer III's cause massive damage |
to right flank the T-26's.
|The 3rd platoon of Panzer II/I's join in the carnage.|
|And the Panzer I's reduce the AA to 2 stands who also run off.|
|The last platoon of Panzer II/I's focus on the flame tanks but cause |
|The board after turn 4.|
|Looks for revenage and to stop Robin from having a platoon behind my |
lines a company of T-26's turn to face the Panzer II/I's
|The flame tanks get into range of the flak 88's and kill the second gun and|
the platoon runs away.
|The rest of the army looks to focus on the Panzer II/I's, while hiding from the|
|The out flanking Panzer II/I's get off lightly|
|Only losing one tank.|
|But they don't do much better than the other platoon|
|Killing two tanks.|
|The Germans move everything towards the main attacking platoon|
|The 8-Rads turn up and join in the fun with the attack on the Soviet center.|
|and finally the Panzer III's make up the full assault on the Soviets...|
|The Flank tank get shot up by the Panzer II/I's but only have a few tanks|
|The one of the center companies of T26's is gutted..|
|The board after Robins Storm Trooper moves.|
|The back T-26's look to target the Panzer II/I's that ran away from them.|
|Killing two more and breaking the platoon.|
|In the center the Soviets make a do or die move and look to remove the|
|But fail to cause a single hit....|
|The Germans close the trap on the Soviet failed attack.|
|Gutting the center Platoon breaking both of them.|
|The board at the end as the Soviets Battalion breaks.|
|So 4-3 to Robin. |
A good close game for the most part. Robin got a little luck with his armour saves against my artillery, he needed a 6 to have a chance and both times he got it... If he had failed and the Panzer III's had been dealt with could probably have rolled up the rest of the army.
I wasted the artillery in the end forgetting that his reserves would MG them to death. Still lesson learnt and if I did it again I would have waited a turn for his last reserves to arrive and then have moved them into position to shot anything on the objectives. Robin played well and I still need to be a bit more careful with conscript tanks....
Thanks and until next time