Ready for the off. I commanded 7th armoured battlegroup up against 2nd Panzer. Adjacent was 50th Division v's Panzer Lehr.
The first move, 2 Panzers Reconaissance batalion moving up the flank, the two lorried panzer grenadiers battalions moved up the roads
The German artillery, a real headache as I had limited infantry and these had the potention to cause real problems.
Panzer Lehr with plenty of armour
but the same problem with lack of infantry
The steady advance by 7th armoured, it's the first outing for my new motor battalion.
All s bit tight at the beginning
Despite moving second I managed to establish a defense line along the centre road
But moving any further forward is going to be tricky, especially with the lucking 88mms
Wittman and his Tigers are off.
Panzer Grenadiers making their way more cautiously
50th Divisions impressive gun line.
Cromwells and infantry cautiously moving forward. With the enemy being dominantly an infantry force there was few targets for the Fireflys with their lack of HE/
Tigers in trouble!
An 88mm takes out a Firefly
Revenge, all available guns target the 88mm and the Reconnaissance battalion.
The German gun line with their OPs ahead ready to call down fire on any observed movement
Unfortunately one of my squadrons falls back.
Almost off the table for the Firefly.
Slow attrition on the Panzer Lehr/50th division flank
It seems that any tanks that emerge into the open get eliminated quickly, After the loss of the Tigers the panthers try their luck.
The charge of the stuarts to take out the German OP's.
But sucess comes at a cost...
One manages to survive to retribution from four 105mm guns
The German left flank is crumbling, the Reconnaissance Battalion has been routed, but some extra Panzer Grenadiers arrive to shore up the line
The Panzer Grenadier battalion in the centre is now in trouble as my armour and infantry concentrate on them away from the gun line
The other battalion continues to hide in a stone walled field.
My reinforcement Cromwells are diverted to 50th Division to help stop another Panzer Lehr thrust.
Overall it was a victory for 7th Armoured v's 2nd Panzer and a draw between 50th Division and Panzer Lehr. All forces used in the game were from the Rapid Fire Normandy Battlegroups.