Our El Guettar campaign continues, slowly, but surely. I have already covered turn 9 in detail in a previous post.
Turn 10 saw a return of the same US force that fought in turn 9. The Germans, however, were another story. Tim decided to go back to the Panzer Grenadiers for this game. He took the CO and two platoons in half-tracks. He had a couple of PaK38 and some 105 artty. The icing on the crap cake was not one but two Tigers! And if that was not enough he also had air support. This was going to suck but I knew I only needed 2 VP in order to capture El Guettar so I was ready.
The scenario for this battle was Hold the Line with the US defending. I have come to the conclusion that I am not very good at these Defensive Battles as the defender. I have a very hard time making good decisions as it relates to reserves and deployed units and this game would be no different. I started the game with an HMG platoon, an infantry platoon and the 105 artillery on the table. Why? I couldn't tell you other than it seemed like a good idea at the time.
The objective placement for this scenario seems to follow a predicable pattern - defender places an objective marker in the center-rear and the attacker place one forward towards one side. Naturally, Tim would move his Tigers towards the near objective so I placed my artillery there...then I realized that they cannot do much to the front of a Tiger. This really set the tone for the rest of the game.
In the end, the game became a slugging match for the near objective. I was able to get my reserves in and gradually fed them into the German meat grinder. The Germans would win the game but could only manage a 4-3. The Americans capture El Guettar!
The current campaign scores are:
Victory Points US - 37
Germans - 33
Casualties US - 170
Germans - 95
Vehicles lost US - 58 Germans - 50
US - 7
Germans - 7
For the next campaign I think we will track planes shot down. The Germans have lost a lot of planes.
FoW 3rd Edition 1-0-0 FoW v4 1-4-0 FoW GW 0-1-0 Bolt Action 1-0-0 Kings of War 0-2-0 TANKS 2-4-0 Black Powder 2-0-0 Wings of Glory 0-1-0 Warhammer Quest 3-1-0 Frostgrave 0-1-0 Warhammer 40K 0-1-0 Fistful of Lead 0-1-0 Shadow War Armageddon 1-0-0
Here are the games I play regularly.
Flames of War
Black Powder SAGA Bolt Action
Kings of War
These games are played every so often.
Wings of Glory
These are the games I dream of playing or am building forces for.
Then there are the games that have been retired. Not all of these are bad. In fact some are really great. The reasons for retirement are varied.
The Great War Empire of the Dead Clash of Empires Lord of the Rings:SBG Warhammer Ancient Battles Battleground World War 2 Arc of Fire Johnny Reb III Crossfire Rules of Engagement Rate of Fire Legends of the High Seas Necromunda Warhammer 40,000 Waterloo Legends of the Old West