AAR: 5th Solo CoC, 12 Nov 13

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AAR: 5th Solo CoC, 12 Nov 13

Postby John Thomas8 » Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:59 am

So, a bit of a tiff between Recce platoons, both with some friends along.

German OOB:

Recce Platoon:
2x motorcycles w/side cars sporting MG34s
2x kubelwagons w/MG34s 1 senior leader per 'wagon
2x Sdkfz 222s
2x Sdkfz 234/3s
1x Sdkfz 234/1, 1x Sdkfz 234/4 paired together

Panzergrenadier platoon:
1 P/L w/machine pistol
1 PSG w/machine pistol
1 panzerschrek w/2 crew
1st squad, 1 S/L w/smg, 2 MG34 w/2 crew each and 5 rifles
2nd squad, 1 S/L w/smg, 2 MG34 w/2 crew each and 5 rifles
3rd squad, 1 S/L w/smg, 1 MG34 w/2 crew and 2 smgs; 1 MG34 w/2 crew and 3 rifles

34 infantry, 10 vehicles.

US OOB:

Recce platoon:
1x P/L in lead jeep
1x PSG in trail jeep
1st squad: 1x jeep w/MMG, 1x M8
1st squad: 1x jeep w/MMG, 1x M8
1st squad: 1x jeep w/37mm ATG, 1x M8

US infantry platoon:
1 P/L w/smg
1 PSG w/smg
2x M1919 w/5 crew each
2x 60mm mortars w/3 crew each
1st squad: 1 S/L w/smg, 9 rifles, 1 bar w/1 a-gunner
2nd squad: 1 S/L w/smg, 9 rifles, 1 bar w/1 a-gunner
3rd squad: 1 S/L w/smg, 9 rifles, 1 bar w/1 a-gunner
3 trucks w/MMGs

54 infantry, 9 vehicles

For both sides, 1-4s on the command dice were divided between the two platoons as needed. Vehicle pairs were operated on a single 3 when available.

How many points for each side? Who cares? 'Cause I don't.

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Re: AAR: 5th Solo CoC, 12 Nov 13

Postby John Thomas8 » Wed Nov 13, 2013 2:32 am

German brief

It's time to counter attack. For Hauptman Gunter, that means you're looking for a gap in the American formation and hitting it hard. Division has a panzergrenadier platoon on your route, use them as needed to knock down the American resistance. If you can develop the gap there's a kampfgruppe ready to exploit the advantage.

US brief:

It's been quiet in our sector. Too quiet. Corps told division to find out what the heck is going on in front of us before it bites us. We're kind weak in the area, so division rustled up a platoon of infantry support just in case. For LT Rogers, that means you're going to saddle up your platoon and sweep through the cross roads and a bit beyond to find out were the Germans are for sure. 20 minutes away is a tank battalion and a TD company you can call.

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Re: AAR: 5th Solo CoC, 12 Nov 13

Postby John Thomas8 » Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:20 am

Then they fought. Both started with a Force Morale of 11 so the Germans rolled to move patrol markers first, but the US markers set the JOPs on the third marker move. The US markers set in the buildings while the Germans set in the woods on the "good" side of the stream.

After the initial phases, the table looked like this. The US troops are closest to the camera:

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The motorcycles succumbed to a shot from an M8, the k'wagons set up behind their smoke to hide and direct the armoured cars:

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The German squad on the left took some early hits, but kept the shock down to stay on overwatch in case the US squad strayed out the house on the left while the center German squad set up across from the church and started trying to suppress the MMG there. That didn't work out so well. On the lower right we see one k'wagon on overwatch and the other with only the PSG left:

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Before the Pak 40 Puma lost to the immobile M8, it took out a quarter of the US squad in the church. The 234/3 finally pinned that obstinate M8:

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The US squads took hits from the multiple MG34s but the M8s combined with infantry fire started taking toll on the PG squads across the board. The 37mm ATG got deployed but had to wait until the 234s cleared the motorcycle smoke before having any realistic chance of hitting anything:

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The weight of the German recce ACs charged over the bridge, the heavier-gunned Pumas leading the way, they all set up ready to start hammering on the hard cover the US infantry squads were occupying. WP smoke from the 60mm mortars robbed multiple shots from the MG34s, both in the ruined house and the ones in the wood line on the right.

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Lower center, you see a M8 immobilized for the game by a 234/2 but with an active main gun which kept dealing shock on the Puma with the Pak 40 mount. Upper center right you see a German team on overwatch and to the left there's a US squad preparing to move to the high ground.

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Here's the result of the overwatch fire, the US squad lost 3 men during their movement:

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The other Puma immobilized another M8, but the ATG started scoring shock point on him. And steady fire from the two US squads in position to shoot started taking hard toll on the German infantry.

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We can see here that up the center of the picture that there's not much in the way of German infantry left, just some shock-pinned MG34s and the recce vehicles active:

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End the end the Germans were in the position to have to withdraw without developing the gap:

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German losses:
18 infantry
1 234/4
2 motorcycle, 4 crew
1 k'wagon driver
Force morale of 6

US loses:
13 infantry
2 immobilized M8s
Force morale of 9


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