100th Nisei Battalion vs 5. Gebirgsjägerkompanie

Allies: 0 | Corky272
Axis: 0 | tigertanker503

100th Nisei Battalion (Fearless Vet, 990 points)
Company HQ
First Platoon (3 squads, w/sharpshooter)
Second Platoon (3 squads, w/sharpshooter)
Nisei Field Arty Battery (4 M2A1 105mm)
Priority Air Support (P-47 Thunderbolt)
AOP (w/column security)

5. Gebirgsjägerkompanie (Confident Vet, 1010 points)
Company HQ
Gebirgsjäger Platoon (2 Jäger squads)
Gebirgsjäger Platoon (2 Jäger squads)
Gebirgsjäger Machine Gun Platoon (2 MG42 HMG)
Gebirgsjäger Machine Gun Platoon (4 MG42 HMG)
Gebirgsjäger Heavy Mortar Platoon (4 12cm sGW43)
Assault Gun Platoon (3 StuH42)
Anti-Aircraft Gun Platoon (3 Sd Kfz 10/5 (2cm) )

Italy Campaign Mission Situation: Padiglione Woods (woods, railroad overpass)

Our table was dressed in accordance with the “Operation Fischfang” mission from page 20 of “Italy Battles”. The mission rolled up was “Dust Up”. After deployment, the Americans rolled to attack. With platoons outnumbered 2.5 to 1, the Americans knew that they were in for a bloody and difficult fight, and that the odds were not in their favor.

After some much deserved (or perhaps necessary?) R&R, the Nisei returned to the battlefield to engage the Germans in a brief, but fortunate, battle which lasted for 1 hour and 35 minutes.

The Allied Commander built his Nisei Rifle Battalion from “Road to Rome”. The Axis Commander built his Gebirgsjägerkompanie from “5. Gebirgsjägerdivision”.

The German and American Commanders both used similar objective deployments. The First and Fourth Objectives were placed at the forward most, inbound most point in their respective deployment zones. The Second and Third Objectives were placed at the rear most, outboard most point in their respective deployment zones.

The German commander began his deployment by attaching the smaller Machine Gun Platoon to the first Gebirgsjäger Platoon. The first Gebirgsjäger Platoon deployed against the raised road in a forward position to advance on Objective 4. The Heavy Mortar Platoon deployed south of the factory while the Anti-Air platoon deployed as a rearguard defending both the Mortar Platoon and Objective 2. Objective 1 was left uncontested. The remaining infantry and assault gun platoons were left in reserve. The CO was deployed in the factory while the XO deployed on a hill behind the mortars.

Knowing the odds were not in his favor, the American commander elected to rely upon his air and artillery superiority. The Nisei Field Artillery Battery was deployed centered between and contesting Objectives 3 and 4 hiding behind and utilizing the raised road as a defensive barrier. Both of the Nisei Rifle Platoons were held in reserve. The CO deployed in the woods in command distance of the artillery, while the XO deployed on the north side of the raised road. The artillery observer deployed in his jeep on the north side of the raised road.

Given the mission parameters, the first turn was rather uneventful. Unable to take any offensive actions, the Field Artillery successfully dug-in while the observer raced along the north road to approach the factory. The Germans responded by crossing the first Gebirgsjäger Platoon up and over the raised road while the heavy mortars were only able to pin the American artillery.

On Turn 2, the Americans received a flight of 1 plane which successfully destroyed one German AA gun. Although the artillery unpinned, the grasshopper failed to range in on any targets. The observer continued to race to the factory in his jeep while the American XO attempted to sneak up on Objective 1. When the turn was handed back to the Germans, the first Gebirgsjäger Platoon double-timed back down off of the road towards the American XO. As the German anti-air consolidated on the heavy mortars, the mortars had a field day destroying the mounted American observer.

Turn 3 was a roll of the dice for both sides. The Americans received a flight of 2 planes which were in turn driven off by the German anti-air. With no reserve support, the XO dug-in while the field artillery pinned the German infantry. To the delight of the German commander, his StuHs arrived from reserve while his mountain infantry not only unpinned, but successfully assaulted and destroyed the American XO.

Turn 4 was the breaking point for the German commander. Both of the Nisei Rifle Platoons arrived from Reserve, both advancing to take on theier infantry and mortar counterparts. A flight of 2 planes arrived for the Americans, quickly destroying 1 German assault gun. The field artillery again pinned the German mountaineers.

Seeing the battlefield before him and understanding that time was not on his side, the German commander in desperation conceded a 6-1 victory to the Americans. After taking a moment to collect himself, the German commander agreed to continue the game. The second Gebirgsjäger Platoon arrived from reserve and advanced to support the StuHs. The first Gebirgsjäger advanced for a second time up onto the raised road to contest Objective 4. The German anti-air fire was ineffective as was the mountain infantry and StuH fire, while the mortars were able to pin and destroy 2 fireteams from the first Nisei Rifle Platoon. Both the StuHs and the German AA stormed away from their enemies, while the first Gebirgsjäger Platoon remained exposed on top of the raised road.

Turn 5 began with the Americans receiving a flight of two planes which would pin the first German mountain infantry platoon. The second Nisei Rifle Platoon double-timed towards Objective 4, while First Nisei Rifle Platoon advanced on and destroyed two German mortars. While benefitting from Time on Target, the Nisei Artillery was unable to actually hit any targets. On the German half of Turn 5, all platoons unpinned, and all platoons advanced on their former targets. Unfortunately, the Germans only inflicted minor casualties on the Americans destroying three infantry teams and only one howitzer.

With time running out, both Commanders elected to call the game at a 1-1 losing draw. The German commander did concede, however, that if there had been time for one more turn, the victory would have gone to the Americans. Though he had more platoons, he had neither the motivation nor the numbers to overrun the Nisei, nor any means to drive them off of or stop them from gaining their objectives.

Allied Losses
Executive Officer
Nisei Rifle Platoon (2 fireteams)
Nisei Rifle Platoon (2 fireteams)
Nisei Field Artillery Battery (OIC, 1 105mm howitzer)

Axis Losses
Gebirgsjäger Heavy Mortar Platoon (2 mortars)
Assault Gun Platoon (1 StuH42)
Anti-Aircraft Gun Platoon (1 AAG)