Today's game, 1945 the US forces have entered the Reich, resistance in the local area has all but collapsed, the Rat Race or swanning to the British is on. However the Germans in this area intend to fight. The lead reconnaissance M8 has been ambushed hit and destroyed, the war was back on!
Surprised by the sudden resistance US coordination is found wanting, luckily the German reinforcements are tardy in their approach. This gives time for the US force to spread out and attack on a wide front.
Awaiting them are the local Volksturm who knock out the lead M3.
The US reply with HE and MG fire wiping out the Volksturm and their antiquated Russian field gun and pinning the troops in the trench
Just as the trench is cleared German reinforcements finally start to arrive.
The Jagdpanzer IV is heavily outnumbered but makes it's mark pinning the Pershing only to be taken out by one of the Sherman's.
The other Volksturm squad in their foxholes give a good account of themselves throughout the action passing three beyond the call of duty tests and still manning their position when the defence finally crumbled.
Support is in hand with the arrival of Volksgrenadiers and their PAK40 pinning and then destroying the advancing Sherman.
In the centre a plucky Volksturm panzerschrek team takes down another Sherman.
A surprising turn up by one of Herman's boys may yet turn the tide.
This did not help the arriving Panzer IV which was swiftly taken out.
DPs file passed a burning M3
The arriving Volksgrenadiers are met with concentrated fire as they advance and as casualties mount they are forced to withdraw.
A cracking game lasting eight turns with ups and downs for both sides along the way.
We are off to sunny Espana 1937 for next week's game, until then......
In the year of our Lord 510 a great battle took place near the settlement we now know as Hedgfud. Here an army raised from the native and Roman peoples by Baldinus the Bold met and defeated the army of the Saxon settlers led by the Great Pendafudd.
All was quiet as dawn breaks on the outskirts of the settlement.
The quiet was shattered by the arrival of the army of Baldinus.
Soon after the army of Pendafudd arrived to give battle.
There was much posturing with both sides hurling challenges, insults, sling shot, arrows and bolts.
Eventually battle was joined, much blood was shed on both sides with each side both gaining and losing advantage over the other.
Then disaster struck, the mighty Pendafudd was slain while valiantly fighting along side his warband. Some say this signalled the rout of the entire army others that the remaining warbands fought on until all were slain.
Brother Rawnslie, chronicler.
Baldinus surveys the field of battle, knowing that this will not be the last as more and more settlers arrive each month and vie for land.
The battle was reenacted using Hail Caesar rules with figures from Footsore Miniatures, Gripping Beast and Wargames Foundry.