Just Another Frrench Village- WW2 AAR. Part 1.

A fortnight ago I was tasked by the lads to come up with a NUTS! game for the following week. Something involving tanks, mechanized infantry and the Normandy campaign they said….

So I dutifully came up with a scenario that we played last week. Basically a small German force had to hold a village against an attacking force of Brits consisting of Shermans, Universal carrier and infantry in halftracks. The Germans had their own armour and Panzer-grenadiers coming on as reinforcements.

The scenario briefings for each side were as follows:

British Briefing.

Date: 1944.
Location: France.
Situation: With Caen taken the advance into France continues, you have been ordered to push deeper into German held territory one village at a time.
Victory Conditions: Take and hold the village.
Initial deployment: Enter from your board edge in any order you wish.
Support Level: N/A.
Special Rules: Infantry and Bren section carry fragmentation and AT grenades, 1 each per man. 2 “ mortars have 10 shells each of HE and smoke. The .50 cal cannot be removed from the carrier on which it is mounted. For the purposes of the game each Sherman 75 has unlimited ammo, the Firefly has unlimited AP but only 3 shots of HE.

Forces:

Tank Platoon:

Sherman 75 REP 4, Sherman 75 REP 4, Sherman Firefly REP 4.

Infantry Platoon:

HQ: Officer REP 5 SMG, Sgt REP 5 SMG, 2 Runners REP 4, Mortar man REP 4 BA Rifle and 2” mortar, No. 2 REP 3 BA Rifle. M3 half track and driver REP 3. 2 PIATs to be assigned as wished.

Infantry Squad: Cpl REP 5 SMG, Lcpl REP 4 BA Rifle, Gunner REP 4 Bren, No. 2 Rep 4 BA Rifle. 2 men REP 4 BA Rifle, 2 men REP 3 BA Rifle.M3 half track and driver REP 3.

Infantry Squad: Cpl REP 5 SMG, Lcpl REP 4 BA Rifle, Gunner REP 4 Bren, No. 2 Rep 4 BA Rifle. 2 men REP 4 BA Rifle, 2 men REP 3 BA Rifle.M3 half track and driver REP 3.

Carrier section:

1st carrier: Sgt REP 5 SMG, Driver REP 4 BA Rifle, Gunner REP 4 Bren LMG, no. 2 REP 3 BA Rifle.

2nd carrier: Cpl REP 4 SMG,Driver REP 4 BA Rifle, Gunner REP 4 BA Rifle and 2 “ mortar, no. 2 REP 3 BA Rifle.

3rd carrier: Lcpl REP 4 SMG, Driver REP 4 BSA Rifle, Gunner REP 4 BA Rifle and .50 cal.

German Briefing.

Date:
1944.
Location: France.
Situation: The allies are on the advance- every village must be fought for to slow their advance. If one is lost counter attack immediately.
Victory Conditions: Have control of the village by the end of the game.
Initial deployment: Base force sets up in the village. Reinforcementds enter from your board edge from turn 3 after passing a successful REP test on 1 D6, dice per vehicle.
Support Level: N/A.
Special Rules: All men carry 1 fragmentation grenade. Dav Panzerfausts for each of the squads. Panzerschreck team has 6 shells. The PAK 38 has 10 AT shells and 6 HE shells. Each PzIV has unlimited ammo.

Forces:

Base forces:

Infantry section: NCO REP 5 SMG, JNCO REP 4 SMG, Gunner REP 4 MG42, No. 2 REP 4 BA Rifle, 2 men REP 4 BA Rifle, 2 men REP 3 BA Rifle,.

AT Team: NCO REP 5 SMG, Gunner REP 4 BA Rifle and Panzershreck, No. 2 REP 4 BA Rifle.

ATG Team: NCO REP 4 SMG, 4 Gunners REP 4 BA Rifles. PAK 38 ATG.

Reinforcements:

Tank platoon:

3 PzIVs each: REP 4.

Infantry:

Mechanized infantry section: NCO REP 5 SMG, JNCO REP 4 SMG, 2 Gunners REP 4 MG42s, 2 Assistants REP 4 Ba Rifles, 2 men REP 3 BA Rifles. Sdkfz 251/1 with driver REP 3.

Mechanized infantry section: NCO REP 5 SMG, JNCO REP 4 SMG, 2 Gunners REP 4 MG42s, 2 Assistants REP 4 Ba Rifles, 2 men REP 3 BA Rifles. Sdkfz 251/1 with driver REP 3.

Mechanized infantry section: NCO REP 5 SMG, JNCO REP 4 SMG, 2 Gunners REP 4 MG42s, 2 Assistants REP 4 Ba Rifles, 2 men REP 3 BA Rifles. Sdkfz 251/1 with driver REP 3.

Sdkfz 222 REP 4.

I set up the table and ran the game until the German tanks arrived, at which I assisted Chris in playing the Germans. Brian had control of the British Shermans, whilst Evan and the M3 carried infantry and his trusty Universal carriers.

The games table- the British were attacking from the right hand side.

The games table- the British were attacking from the right hand side.

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