Time and Date: early hours of June 6th, 1944
Location: High ground South of Ranville
The first scenario takes place in the outposts line of the 12th Para. Being the early hours after the first landing, the British platoon forces are widely scattered, with groups of men regrouping towards the landing zones. In Chain of Command terms this will be a "Scenario 1 ´The Patrol" game.
The British had a weak platoon missing several teams of their three sections. They had no support points in this first game. The Germans fielded a full Panzer Grenadier platoon with two LMG teams pr section (a lot of firepower) and 4 support points (an Adjutant and a Forward Observer)
The terrain is basically flat with dense wheatfields covering the area. These wheatfields provide light cover to stationary troops. After rolling for moral, the British started the patrol phase followed by the Germans. The final location of the jump off points is marked in the map attached.
Although my role in the campaign is to act as umpire, the two German players had conflicting family agendas today, and thus I took their side and played against the British.
This was a short game. The British opted for an early fast deployment along the hedge line from the two jump off points; the third jump off point far in the bottom of the map was intended to deploy the snipers (but this was not finally the case).
The three German sections deployed from each of the jump off points, while the Senior leader and the artillery observer deployed from one at the bottom of the map. The German plan was simple: two sections (located mid and upper part of the map) used the overwhelming fire power to pin the British concentration. The third German section moved to captured the isolated jumpoff point and initiate a flank movement, while the artillery observer tried (unsuccessfully) to call the mortars.
The fire of the two German sections killed and routed a significant number of paras, wounded twice the senior leader and reduced the British Platoon morale level to 4. With their flank now under threat, the British player pulled back and left the field. A first victory to the German side with just casualties.
- Photo Report -
|British Jump Off Points
|German Jump Off Points
|German Panzer Grenadiers Firing to the British Line
|Third German Section and Forward Observer
|British Jump Off Point Captured and Initiating Flank Attack