Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Cobra '44: Bite Back

The US right flank runs into an ambush, the key of a tight defence, in the close cover surrounding the farm buildings...
An M7 Priest 105mm Gun drops shells on the main buildings and yard to try to dislodge the forward company which fell back to cover.
 Mechanised infantry push forward boldly in their M3's and debus to begin their assault. In RF you can debus and move three inches in addition to the transport move...usually handy in an assault.
 Surprise! Across the track the bushes erupt with fire from a company laying in wait.
 ...at the critical point of the US attack the fire enfilades, the now exposed, infantry...
 Birds eye view (oh, for an AOP!) of the attack becoming an ambush...
 The close attack of the German infantry punish the lead company who have clearly outrun its own immediate support.
 Crossing for the right flank...the GI's are faring better, so far....
 Smoke out! The armoured elements try to nullify the reach of the 88...
 Meanwhile, the MMG lets rip from the rear of the exposed company. The GI's are effectively surrounded.
 ...and the farm puts out its own defensive fire...
 The Germans are, in their turn, pushed out of the field on the left flank and mown down in the open plain before the town.
 The GI's advance to take possession of the ground...
 ...supported by the armour (sorry, armor)
 Gun commander searches frantically for targets. It is assumed that you cannot see over smoke.
 German mortar fire is accurate and deadly...
 ...on both flanks...
 The company in the trap is clearly on a hiding to nothing. Casualties mount alarmingly.
 The MMG's get out of any possible beaten area for US mortars and artillery. The damage is done. The company is toast. Morale has to be rolled for and the result an inevitable rout!
 The STUG's defence is over....but the US attack is blunted with many casualties.
...and the Shermans skirt the wooded area
 A tank attack is developing...
behind the left flank smoke...
 ...through the fields...
 ...despite the presence of giant hands in the sky!
 ..and the infantry use the mobile cover.
 The move forward becomes more general...
 ..cover from 30cals...

 Suddenly a shot from the right! (apparently, from just between the trees)
 Oopsy! A PAK 43 opens up from cover.
 Scratch one Sherman.
 More bad news.
 Support for the 88
 GI's hug the cover
 A Panther surveys the target rich environment and....
 ....decides to do a 'Wittman'.
You can just make out the smoke from the PAK 43. It shows a good choice of cover.

Next time: Paying the piper

4 comments:

  1. That looks like a great game!

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  2. Thanks. I'm interested to see how it pans out.

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  3. I love these pictures. A hard day for the Yanks, but I am sure that GI grit (and massive firepower) will prevail.

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  4. Thanks Padre, I think you could be on to something there...

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