I have setup a 1/2 a table tennis to play a 7 game mini-campaign set over 2 days at the opening of Operation Goodwood. This is the last game, game 7. Game 1 and some more background, see this blog post.
Scenario 6 - Assault on Chateau St Pierre D'Oursin
Elements of the 12th SS Panzer are defending the Chateau Pierre D'Oursin. The Irish Guards need to clear Chateau of forces to protect their divisions left flank.
|Overview of the battlefield. The British on the left have to cross the large open fiend to the woods on the right.|
1 Veteran Panzer Grenadier HQ
3 Veteran Panzer Grenadier squads (each 6 figures + MMG)
1 Veteran Panzer Grenadier HQ + Sdkfz 250/10
3 Veteran Panzer Grenadier squads (each 6 figures + MMG +Sdkfz 251/1)
2 Infantry units
1 Infantry command (5 figures)
3 Infantry squads (each 10 figures)
1 PIAT team in Bren carrier
1 Bren Carrier with HMG team.
1 FAC in Sherman tank
2 Daimler Armoured Car
|Overview of the British troops.|
Game is supposed to be on a 6'x6' but I am playing on a 4.5'x5'. No changes to accommodate this.
|The campaign so far - Germans have won three (blue) and the British 3 (orange).|
The British setup behind the hedge. The Germans are spread out along the tree line with a central vantage point for the JadgpanzerIV.
|Where the units are at deployment|
A open field to cross. Slow and steady it is. The Shermans have been advancing with the infantry following behind them in shelter.
|The British tentatively advance. the infantry hid behind the advancing tanks and the Daimlers are out in front.|
|A Daimler makes it to the woods and spots some infantry. Panzerfausts all miss and they are|
The Other Daimler spots some infantry behind the hedge in front of the chateau.
|The other Daimler spots units in front of the Chateau.|
|While an earlier image than previous, the units are still steadily advancing and the dismounted MMG and carrier can be seen at the back left.|
The Germans begin to fire back with the MMGs and pin some advancing infantry. The Germans in the woods are routed eventually by quite a bit of HE fire from the Shermans.
|The Chateau and the objective for the British. MMG fire from here was lethal but aircraft bombing and strafing managed to clear out any troops in it.|
The Jagdpanzer decides to open up now and manages to KO a Sherman. It was easily spotted but the Sherman return fire is ineffectual.
|Jadgpanzer in the woods. I only have the L70 model, and it is standing in for the L48 version.|
|Mid game - lots of losses for the advancing units, but the Germans are reduced quite a bit as well. The British still have a lot of troops in reserve behind the hedge on the left.|
|The MMGs are brought in on the German right and advance, without being seen,to the edge of the wood.|
|At the end. While the British have a lot of infantry left behind the hedge, they have nothing else. and the Germans command the field with the MMGs.|
Another open ground battle went as expected. I believe I played the British the best I could do, but it is hard to attack over an open field against hidden forces. But I did enjoy trying it out. I believe I will not be trying out open field battles like this again! It also likely has something to do with playing the scenario based for one set of rules and using another.
This is the last battle in the campaign and the table has been put away. I started work on some company level rules and realised I am not entirely happy with Advancing Battalions as a ruleset. They are good, but not great (and I wrote them!). Playtesting them in these 7 battles has been useful. I think infantry to hit is too easy and am changing the base to hit from 4+ to 5+. Also, I would go back to the original way I did morale and add back in suppression. So while the rules as there were for these rules were a leap forward in mechanisms, I have toned it back a little to what I am more comfortable with. I have updated the rules (but are untested) and they will be the final version for a while until I get back into battalion sized battles.
The rulebook has a method to calculate who won the campaign based on a weighted score for winning battles and cross referencing each sides' totals on a small table:
Game 1 - German win
Game 3 - British win
Game 6 - German win
2- 1 German victory gives 1 campaign point to the Germans
Right Flank Battles
Game 2 - German win
Game 7 - German win
2-0 German victory gives 1 campaign point to the Germans
Left Flank Battles
Game 4 - British win
Game 5 - British win
2-0 British victory gives 1 campaign point to the British
Cross referencing this on the table gives a narrow German victory.
With the table away, I am back to 2'x2' table battles for foreseeable future.