Recon for the Win!

Posted: August 17, 2009 in Miniature Games
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Saturday’s 1942 Western Desert bash at Unique Gifts and Games saw a determined British defence of a town on the Via Balbia outside Tobruk. A mixed force of DAK and Italian armor supported by Panzer Grenadiers and Bersaglieri pushed to take the town. Captain Clayton, the British garrison commander, had other thoughts. His AT gun platoon, featuring 2 6lbrs and one 2 lbr guns, made quick work of some of the leading recon elements approaching the town. A sharp fight broke out between the DAK recon platoon and the British defenders. Several Sdkfz 222 armored cars and a PzIIF were soon burning wrecks, but the remaining PzIIF overran the left 6lbr gun and forced the crew to abandon their position. This unhinged the far left of the British line where the majority of the German armor and Panzer Grenadiers were pushing. The pivotal moment of the game was the British armored relief column, led by two full platoons of Stuart Honey’s, failing to receive orders and slowing down the entire British left flank, leaving the town to its doom. The grenadiers dismounted and proceeded to clear the edge of the town under covering fire from the DAK armor. On the British right, the Italians had their troubles with trucks getting bogged in the soft sand, so the Bersaglieri never really got engaged. Some long range sniping by the garrison and a platoon of Grants destroyed an Italian Semovente 75 assault gun and one truck. Honors of the game go to the lone 6lbr  on the British side and to the German recon platoon, which succeeded in forcing the gun position and unhinging the British defence.

The game was played using Fire and Fury’s Battlefront WWII rules. A big thank you to all the players for making this a fun game to run.

Captain Clayton's gun is disrupted, but not before brewing up a Sdkfz 222 scout car.

Captain Clayton's gun is disrupted, but not before brewing up a Sdkfz 222 scout car.DAK Panzer Grenadiers unload under fire and asault the town.

DAK grenadiers unload under fire and assault the town.

DAK grenadiers unload under fire and assault the town.

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