04/01/2015 at 01:02 #14911
It’s 1000, 1 Sept 1939, and KG Klink is in disarray, having just been thrown back from the village of Mokra by strong anti-tank defenses of the Polish 21st Uhlan Regiment. As the KG is regrouping, the Polish 21st Armored Regiment and 12th Uhlan Regiment counterattack the 4th Panzer Division, which also was treated roughly by the defenders of Mokra. One of the Polish counterattack columns strikes just south of the KG’s last attack, right at the operational boundary of one of 4th Panzer Division’s Panzer battalions and KG Klink. Seeing the potential calamity, Maj Schultz grabs an ad-hoc force comprising 2nd Panzer Platoon and 4th Grenadier Platoon, and charges southeast to meet the enemy counterattack head on.
**WARNING: SEVERE, DISGUSTING PROXY ALERT**
The opposing forces, very armor heavy; I’ll give up the ghost and let you know that the Germans lose (again), but it’s the infantry that almost (almost!) save the day…
The Polish force. I apologize for my hideous use of proxies here, but I don’t have any Polish tanks. So, this is very ahistorical, but I’m doing the best I can, and this is probably the only fight that we’ll see Polish tanks in. The Poles have their CO, three squads of cavalry, three medium tanks (T-26s), two light tanks (T-70s), two infantry tanks (Matilda Is), and two tankettes (Vickers, which I think the Poles actually had some of). Hold your nose and bear with me, it’s a good fight.
Ze Germans: CO for this fight is Major Schultz, the KG Executive Officer, with 2nd Lt Schiffer’s 2nd Panzer Plt (of 3 Pz IIIs and 2 Pz IIs) and Officer Cadet Vetter’s 4th Grenadier Platoon (of four rifle squads, though Cadet Vetter actually missed the fight as he was aiding Col Klink with the regrouping when Maj Schultz grabbed his platoon and sprinted southeast into the fight).
Overview, north is up, Germans on the left (west) and Poles on the right (east). The Poles have armor across the board (Vickers in north, then infantry tanks (Matildas), then medium tanks (T-26s) then light tanks (T-70s) and cavalry in the south, and the Germans, with armor in the north and infantry in the south.
Things were going very poorly by the time Sgt Mader distinguished himself by close assaulting a Polish medium tank, earning the Iron Cross 2nd Class and Tank Hunter Badge.
-2nd Lt Schiffer WIA, out for campaign.
-Cpl Schonan KIA.
-Sgt Mader recommended for Iron Cross 2nd Class for charging and destroying enemy tank.
-Four of five tanks of 2nd Pz Plt knocked out.
-Lost ~35 KIA/WIA/POW, two Pz III, and two Pz II.
-Caused ~30 KIA/WIA, destroyed two medium tanks.
Check out the full report here:
Another butt-whoopin’. Hey, I’m getting used to it. Just couldn’t get my tanks going… Now time for the enemy’s infantry counterattack. Should go okay, I’ve been doing better with infantry than tanks anyway 😉
Jack04/01/2015 at 19:32 #14967Ivan SorensenParticipant
You may need to stock upon T26 since you’ll need piles of them in Russia 🙂
This might be a really weird question but how thick are your bases? They look pretty substantial.
On the topic of Polish tanks, I know they had a very small number of a light tank with a 20mm cannon mounted. It was intended as a tank destroyer originally (presumably in the 30’s when a 20mm could actually do that) but only some 20 vehicles were ever finished. Always thought it was a fascinating idea.04/01/2015 at 22:17 #14996kyoteblueParticipant
Good game Just Jack, I’ll be getting my second game going later today or tomorrow.05/01/2015 at 03:27 #15010
Ivan – Actually, I may not even need the T-26s I have as the KG will be in North Africa for the opening of Barbarossa, which really aggravates me… And now you’re gonna make fun of my bases, eh?
Yeah, they’re ugly. They came about because my Old Man used to be my gaming partner (before he passed a couple years ago); I didn’t have many troops, but what I did have were on thin bases, and so he was constantly picking them up by head and rifles, and pulling them off the bases. So I got these ugly things from Home Depot (they’re bathroom tiles); they’re plentiful, cheap, and easy to get whenever I need some, but they are about 3mm thick. Several times I’ve thought of switching to thinner bases, but that would mean re-basing everything I already have. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve made a few 10mm purchases over the years 😉
Kyote – Excellent, I look forward to your next installment.
Jack05/01/2015 at 03:29 #15011Ivan SorensenParticipant
Hah, I actually like the look of them. It makes the figures stand out very well, which can sometimes be a problem with the smaller guys.
They do look kind of dramatic but I don’t think it hurts at all. On the upside, it’s easy to add identifiers to the back of the base.
And rebasing is terrible. I’d rather buy new figures 🙂06/01/2015 at 02:21 #15086
Yeah, they’re ugly but they work for me.
And re-basing will be the death of me (I’m too cheap to just buy new figures).
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