2 M4 Shermans in the HQ
2 x 4 M4 Sherman tank platoons
1 x 4 M4 76mm tank platoon
1 x 4 M5A1 Stuart Light tanks
1 x Tank Destroyer Section (2 M-10's)
1 x Armored Rifle Platoon (2 squads)
1x Priority Air (p-47)
Total Points 2,240
The US strategy was simple - attack down both flanks with the heavy stuff and use the light tanks to tie down the center. Unfortunately the bocage had other ideas....
US rolled reserves and brought the Stuarts on board in the center and then advanced on both flanks.
The Germans did not get reserves. The PzG platoon on the right flank mounted up and withdrew from the bocage line to the one behind it. The German strategy on this flank was to trade territory for time and hope the bocage slowed the US advance. It seemed that, for this game, the bocage was indeed a German collaborator!
US reserve roll was good and they brought on the 76mm Shermans on their right flank. "Oberstrumfuher Bocage" sprang his trap as 3 of 4 Shermans bogged down trying tho cross the bocage chasing the PzG's as they fell back. The Stuarts machined gunned the village to no effect (digging out confident vets is damn hard). The US did get air support but the plane just flew menacingly over the Pz IV's and whiffed.
US - the attack on their left flank literally looses to the shrubbery and the 3 bogged Shermans all roll to remount and then all promptly bog down again!
The US does some shootin' but misses all their shots with the exception of killing one Pz IV.
The US also brings on it's M-10's
Turn 5 sees the 88 take out the 2 M-10's (note to self, small platoons don't stay around long) and more bogging and general frustration with the terrain. The US do manage to draw blood by killing one PzG machine gun team and then on turn six the P-47 reappears and catches the 3 remaining Px IV's redeploying to other side of the board and .....
As mentioned earlier, we got A LOT wrong last night but the game was fun and has re-kindled my interest in FOW - hmmm I wonder if that's one of the goals of the Overlord online campaign.
I need to paint up some basic US infantry to fight better in the bocage. I also need to edit the US list to include artillery.