Monday, 9 June 2014

Italy Campaign by WWPD Mission #4

Highway 7 Outside Cisterna. 
The British 78th Division travels along the road racing to cut off German forces falling back from the Hitler Line.
Mission:  Road Block
Attackers:  78th Div (Road to Rome) 2000 points
Defenders:  HG PzDiv.  (Fortress Italy)  2000 points
Churchills move through a sleepy Italian village.  They pass within feet of a platoon of StuGs hiding in the rubble of a ruined church.
The Rifle platoon in their Defrocked priests are not so lucky!  The StuGs let loose and nearly gut the platoon.  The survivors dismount under fire.

Witness to the devastating ambush a platoon of Crocodiles move in.

The Germans begin shelling the survivors of the Rifle platoon but fail to score any kills.

More Brit Armor shows up!

And they are supported by the RAF.   Rockets hit the German Company Commander and a nearby Pz III M.  But only manage to bail both.

Navy bombardments from the coast scores a hit on a wespe as German Pz III M and N reinforcements watch in horror.

The Luftwaffe is on hand but cannot dent the armor of the Churchills.  StuGs in the background manage to get hits on another Rifle platoon racing to dig in on the Objective.

Which they manage to do.  The survivors finding cover amidst the swirling smoking wreckage of their transports.

Crocs move up steadily pushing the Germans back as shells bounce off their front armor harmlessly.

The RAF continues to hound the Germans.  But this time somehow the AA fire manages to reduce the flight to 1 plane.  And a stroke of luck sees 1 Wespe only bailed.

Panzers are playing cat and mouse with the big heavy Brit tanks. 

Fallschirmjaeger lead by Major Alwin Steinhauser watch on from the safety a wood.  They are never able to find an opening to exploit.

The battle drags on with neither side coming out on top.  Both Commanders decide to pull back and resupply for another day.   Victory points are calculated and due to the Allies losing 1 platoon it is called a 4-3 for the Germans.

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