This was my fourth Flames of War League game, this time I took on Rick's very nicely painted Panzergrenadiers. Rick had IIRC:
- Command + 2 2/3 strength Motorised Panzergrens
- Allied SS Wiking (FT) Panzergrens
- 3 Nebelwerfers
- 2 Tigers!
We rolled up a Cauldron and as we both hadn't played this we though we would give it a bash. He was defending of course and opted to deploy his SS Panzergrens on the hill with the Stab.Zug while one of his smaller Moto Panzergrens was lurking in ambush somewhere. I deployed the Carrier Rota, Command and M10's while the Half track Rota, Panthers and BA-64's where in reserve.
I deployed my Carrier Rota behind the big hill (and out of Immediate Ambush range/ LOS) with the Company Command
Ricks Immediate Ambush: There are Panzergrens in them thar trees! Thankfully they have no LOS but are positioned to flank my main force and disrupt my reserves.
Ricks lads can see anything so the Soviet stream over the hill and start to MG the Trained SS to death (slowly). The M10's add to the fire with 50'cals and the one tank at range lobbing 75mm HE.
Right. My reserves roll on, the Half Track Rota. I disembark half the platoon and they walk on from the board edge. The combined fire with the IC's M3's 50cals and the assault manage to destroy the small Panzergren platoon and the German CO has to make a Warrior save to survive. We are now contesting the objective.
Meanwhile on Ricks side of the table the M10's have been taking pot shots at the Tigers, losing one for their troubles. Ricks reserves have also arrived and a small Panzergren starts to chase my M10's away from the fields trying to carefull not get 50'cal-ed to death. One M10 sits on the road and manages to get a Tiger while the other 2 swing north of the Village and 50'cal the Nebelwerfers that have just turned up. Poor Rick only got one bombardment off with them before they died and managed to miss horribly.
Meanwhile down by the blood stained hill I continue to work on the SS troops but an assault by the HT Rota is bloodily repulsed with only their command team left to fall back over the hill.
In the last shot of the game my Panthers have finally moved in from reserve. The ignore the Tigers and move over the hill to MG and assault the remnants of the SS to death and claim the objective. Hurrah!
So after are hard fought and bloody game the Rota emerge Victorious again! The 6-1 is a bit misleading as he managed to completely gut both my Rota platoons and they were lucky to stay on table.