German force was once again kampfgruppe of Waffen-SS Panzer Gerandiers and Grossdeutchland Sturmpioniere, with arty FO providing off table support. This time SS-troops were well mobilized having two half tracks and one Opel truck. True heavy close support was awesome Tiger I tank. So quite mobile force having some true punch if needed. Allied force was more conventional infantry group of five infantry squads from US and British troops with usual MG support, 50mm AT gun and brave Sherman. This time Yanks didn't have "angels on their shoulders", because previous friendly fire incidents caused by American JaBo's.
The battle started strong push by Tiger and panzer grenadiers pushing towards the objective on German right while Sturmpioniere secured left flank by doing diversionary assault. Tiger roamed ahead seemingly unopposed even US troops did all they could to stop the huge monster. At gun shots bounced off and troopers with Bazooka missed their target. Allied troops formed strong lines of riflemen in the dense woods and waited their targets to appear on sights. Only the Tiger was free to push forward straight through the American lines. While Tiger was spearheading ahead, German FO had set his gear up on the hill and finally called first salvo, which went totally wrong and hit straight to one panzer grenadier half track which was expectedly destroyed. Other Panzer Grenadiers dismounted and started attacks on American lines. This started desperate firefight which lasted until the end of battle. Sturmpionier diversion advanced well first and after it came in range things got worse. British infantry was well dug on the woods and poured respectable amount of lead to germans. This was the story for the rest of the fight, Germans attacking Allied lines only to be moved down. Germans did some damage too, but not enough and they just run out off fresh troops. Finally German attack was practically stopped on the forest line and main objective was never reached. Lonely Tiger was only roaming seemingly free along American lines, but that was not enough. Fight went for the Allied this time.
Some shots from the battle.
|Forest between the hills was the scene.|
|British troops preparing defense.|
|Americans doing the same, defense preparations.|
|Infantry lines ready to repel any attack.|
|Tiger spearheading and Panzer Granadiers follow close by.|
|A bit of a traffic jam building up.|
|US sniper opens fire on the hill.|
|And Germans are the target.|
|Soon after sniper was spotted and eliminated.|
|Hanomag takimg direct hit from friendly artillery.|
|Sturmpioniere assaulting Brits from the hills.|
|Fierce firefight between American and SS-troops.|
|Battle in the forest.|
|German FO leaving.|
|More Brits joining the fight.|
|Sherman after taking hot from 88't.|
|End of the German attack and end of fight.|
After finalizing last order of new German troops and equipment, I'll change theatre and will move to South Pacific, Marines are already on the way! Hooyaa!