78th Division Infantry vs Herman Goring Panzers
Allies: 4 | CthulhuFred
Axis: 3 | bcolosky42
Scenario: No Retreat
Allied: 78th Division Infantry Company
Axis: Herman Goring Division Panzer Company
Outcome: Minor Allied Victory
After regrouping in Pontoni, the company began to advance north to assess the extent of the German counterattack. Almost immediately, contact was established with the force that had caused our previous rout. Thankfully, we were able to meet them at full strength in this engagement.
Our three platoons of infantry were arrayed out from east to west, interspersed with 6 pdr and MMG support seeded among the ranks. The Luftwaffe continued to make its presence occasionally felt, so our men displaced in the case that enemy fighters broke through this net. On our left (western) flank, the Royal Artillery had supplied us with replacements for our lost Achilles, which were advancing through a small collection of houses along the northbound roadway. To our great fortune, the Navy continued to lend their support, which proved quite critical to our success.
The enemy's panzers were focused largely on our right flank, with a bit shy of a dozen medium panzers advancing quickly. They allowed a gap to open in their center, realizing that their maneuverability would force us into a defensive posture. On our left, a platoon of infantry were supported by a trio of additional panzers, while the pair of 8.8cm that proved so problematic in our last engagement malingered near the rear in a position that allowed them to fire upon our flanks.
The Jerries advanced quickly with their tanks, pushing hard up our right on 3rd platoon and quickly knocking out its AT support, but suffering moderate losses of their own from naval gunfire. On our left, one of their tanks deployed a load of No. 8 wire in front of their grenadiers before being knocked out by the self-propelled guns. Our tanks attempted to advance, but found themselves harried by enemy aircraft and under fire from the well-positioned 8.8cms.
Infantry on both sides quickly dug in, while the self-propelled guns continued their losing duel with the combined fire of the German panzers and 88s. The RAF made a brief appearance of their own, and for a moment, it appeared they may be able to strike one of the German command tanks; but managed only to destroy the flak crew's lorry. As the tanks on our right continued to advance, it became apparent that the Germans planned an attempt to overrun us. Anticipating this, we began to recall our two remaining 6 pdrs to support that flank as it was becoming readily apparent that the 17 pdrs would not arrive in time, if at all.
The initial assault proved mutually destructive, 3rd platoon taking the brunt of their casualties at this time, as well as the loss of one of our Vickers, while the enemy lost one of their own assaulting tanks before both parties fell back a ways. This provided sufficient time, however, for the first of our remaining pair of 6 pdrs to arrive. This crew fought quite valiantly, knocking out several panzers as they attempted to break through once more before being destroyed itself by enemy fire. This led to a withdrawal by the German commander, towards their original striking point. Our remaining 6-pdr began a game of long bowls with the withdrawing panzers, but were put out of commission before they could land a telling blow.
Seizing this opportunity, the Navy's spotters began to land fire around the remaining panzers, while our troops began to displace right to fill the dent created by the panzers' assault. This fire proved effective once again, and the German commander, realizing that he had lost three platoons of troops, signalled retreat.
4 M10C Destroyed
4 AT guns
11 Panzers (10 IVs, 1 III)
1 Field car