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CaptainDarling04 Oct 2023 9:30 p.m. PST

Monday we played a scenario from the Iron Cross Rulebook, set in North West France in 1944 with the Germans on the attack and British defending

The Germans massed in the centre of the battlefield advancing rapidly taking full advantage of the sparse terrain available to them! The British meanwhile concentrating their spread out force.

Once the German neared their defensive line the British opened fire on the attackers and counterattacked on both of the Germans flanks!

Quickly the Germans were in trouble even though they destroyed all the British armour they lost two of their own plus two sections of infantry! Then to top it all off for them a British section advanced into a position with a line of sight of the Germans HQ and Mortar sections and started directing indirect fire onto them!

A last lung forward by the Germans cost them another Pz IV and infantry section, they were then too weak to achieve the victory condition of getting a third of their Break Point value into the British defensive zone in the allowed time. We completed 5 of the 7 allocated turns.

A good British Victory!

With no infantry support (!) a Pz IV advances on the British line…


British anti-tank gunners await a suspected German attack!


The full OOB and AAR is on the TSOG Blog…

FlyXwire05 Oct 2023 4:13 a.m. PST


….and the cost of not performing a battlefield reconnaissance before commitment to the attack, er, as you wrote -

"Dave did make a serious mistake and did not take advantage of being second to set up, he placed his main attack facing the deployed British ATG instead of facing the weaker British flank!"

As a "Dave", I have sympathy for my fellow brethren.

Actually, this sounds a bit like the early encounters fought by 21st Panzer Division in Normandy "attack the invasion forces with whatever is available!……and come back with a bloody, bloody nose for it".

You all got an involved result out of rather small elements on each side too.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP05 Oct 2023 8:28 a.m. PST

Sometimes you have to move forward without good intel.

FlyXwire05 Oct 2023 9:49 a.m. PST

79th, aint that the truth!

That's how most of my buds play these days anyway. :)))

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