|Right-most attack: 4 RTR (now with 'B' Squadron) and the Cameron Highlanders...stumble into |
15. Panzer taking the scenic coastal route. Oops.
The British would be attacking here with 350 Pts against 500 pts of Germans & Italians. A tough ask; the only bright spot being that (thanks to schedules) I would be commanding the British force...
|The British force.|
|Germans, with Italian infantry proxied by Germans (the shame!)|
|The Battlefield: the outskirts of Musaid on the right. Little else of interest.|
|Italian infantry infest the buildings... with an 88 in support!|
|British advance guard...three Matildas. They trade long-range shots with the Panzers, to no effect.|
|More reserves slowly come on (very sloooowly). The 88 is however KO'd by a 25-pounder firing over open sights!|
|Matildas move toward the village: the Italian infantry take possession of a perfectly good gun-pit (found unoccupied, owner deceased!). More Panzers arrive in the distance.|
|British infantry arrive....reserves still glacial. Rear most Matilda break-downs and is lost.|
|German armour decides to commit...time to be brave. Italians get shot at a lot by British infantry: they would eventually lose half the platoon, but retained the position.|
|Flank hits all bounce off the Matildas side armour, though a frontal hit gets through and a Matilda burns...typical!|
An unlucky Panzer III G then rolls over an unmarked Italian mine!
|Matildas claim a Panzer IV D in return...quite disappointing return fire mostly.|
|Another Matilda is subsequently lost, though in return another Panzer IV D is KO'd, as well a a Panzer III G.|
|The 25-pounder shifts position and... mostly misses things.|
|Panzers shoot back, eventually destroying it.|
|The close-range duel in the town ends when the Panzer III bounces rounds off the thick frontal armour of the British tank while the Matilda makes the return shot count.|
|German tank losses are mounting...but the British are running out of time.|
|With twelve turns complete, darkness falls and the British attack is called off. |
Though it failed to take the position, the attack did inflict considerable German losses.
Bloody slow reserves meant I could't really win the game, but it was still pretty close despite the force imbalance. The Axis forces took a beating with 34/41 BR while the British losses were lighter and they suffered just 15/34 BR loss.