Pt. 208, the Hafid Ridge...or at least the first ridgeline. The British would be attacking in a slightly modified High Ground mission. They deployed their Motor Infantry and observers as a probing force, leaving the tanks to come on in the second wave. The Germans forces deployed a thin screen of infantry with plenty of MG, plus a pair of PaK38s and a single 88.
|British bottom left, Germans top of the ridge.|
|A timed airstrike kicked off proceedings, successfully pinning the 88 but not much else.|
|The British infantry probed forward...|
|...taking a few casualties from MG fire. Sporadic 25-pounder stonks did little.|
|British reserves arrive as the Crusaders roar forward. A few Germans fall to long-range Bren and rifle fire.|
|The attack is split into two...will it work?|
|A German timed 8cm Mortar barrage strikes near the (far-too-clumped-up) Crusaders and succeeds in pinning one and knocking-out a second!|
|On the left, the German ATGs open up to deadly effect...half the British armour burns.|
|Retaliation is swift as 25-pounder rounds bracket the PaK36 and 38, causing several casualties and eliminating a few infantry as well.|
|On the right, the British succeed in eliminating the 88, but lose another tank in the process while the other breaks-down. A German HMG, down to a single man, keeps the British infantry in place with heavy fire.|
Again, another cracking game of Battlegroup. Despite losing most of their armour, the British still managed to inflict considerable damage in return but it proved too little, too late. The first British attack on Pt. 208 has thus failed, and they must take Pt. 206 in the next two games to have any real chance of damaging the German defences.