Brandon Neff
United States
South Jordan
Utah
flag msg tools
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
I decided to replay this scenario and attempt a different strategy. Would it provide a different result?

6-Jun-1944
0615 hrs

American Initiative: 5
German Initiative: 7

Anxious from incoming reports of the Allied Invasion, the German Captain, his Lieutenant, a Heavy Machine Gun unit and a platoon of engineers hit the road running to secure their strongpoint near the Meredet river.

Captain Schwartzwalder along with a platoon and a half of brave fighting men from the 505th and 507th parachute regiments spot an unoccupied German strongpoint in a small village near the Meredet. They quickly proceed into town to survey the countryside for any signs of the enemy and their objective. His 1st Lieutenant and a platoon of paras follow closely behind.

From his vantage atop a bell tower in sector 0412, the German captain spots the American advance and orders a barrage of mortarfire into the nearby town (sector 0613) housing the paratroopers. The 81mm shells explode harmlessly in abandoned buildings and the paratroopers are unaffected.

0630 hrs

American Initiative: 5
German Initiative: 8

The Germans began to pour fire in to 0613 from their strongpoint and the Americans braced against the attack. Just as the machine gun fire ceased, another barrage of mortar shells pounded the soldiers who managed to withstand the fire without incident. In defiance, they returned fire across the hedgerows into 0412 but failed to shake the enemy.

Attempting an end-around, the 1st LT and his paratrooper platoon stepped into the mucky swamp along the river bottoms.

0645 hrs

American Initiative: 7
German Initiative: 8

Again the Germans pepper 0613 with HMG fire and again the Americans endure. As soon as they machine guns stop to change barrels, Captain Schwartzwalder and his platoons dive into the hedgerows to attempt an all-out assault upon the German strongpoint. German mortars pound the earth near the paratroopers, but no serious casualties are inflicted. Hoping to join the assault, the 1st LT and his platoon enter the town at 0613.

0700 hrs

American Initiative: 8
German Initiative: 6

“Where are my reinforcements?!” barks Schwartzwalder as he storms the town at 0412 amidst a hail of gunfire. The assault proves disastrous as the strongpoint is well armed. When the fire stops, nearly 75 paratroopers lay dead or dying and those that survived the assault are severely disrupted. Still, their sacrifice was not wholly in vain. They manage to demoralize the strongpoint defenders and disrupt both the HMG and engineers.
Adding insult to injury, a fresh barrage of mortar fire pounds the strongpoint. Incredulously, Captain Schwartzwalder can only wonder why the Germans would bombard their own men to harm the Allies, but the bombardment proves ineffective.

0715 hrs

American Initiative: 3
German Initiative: 6

The German strongpoint, aware of the massive casualties inflicted upon the Americans, regains morale, but remains in a state of disarray. The HMG and engineer platoon, although disrupted, receive orders to finish off the paratroopers. Their combined fire demoralizes the 25 remaining men and any counter they attempt to mount is futile.

The 1st LT and his paratroopers watch in horror as their comrades are mowed down and they rush to the aid of their brethren against terrible odds.

The streets of the town are littered with the bodies of dead paratroopers, thousands of miles from home. The demoralized paratroopers are dispatched with lethal grace just as their comrades arrive. The carnage is too much for the 1st LT and he prostrates himself behind the remains of a storefront now splattered with blood and spent rifle casings. Without his leadership, his paratroopers are easy pickings and half of them fall before the HMG fire.

0730 hrs

American Initiative: 3
German Initiative: 7

The Germans sweep through the streets to strike the killing blow. They cruelly dispatch the 1st LT and his remaining men. Captain Schwartzwalder covers his face with his hands and weeps openly as the German forces approach his position. Whatever fate befalls him can be no worse than the knowledge that every man under his command has fallen.

The Americans concede the battle.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Timothy Phelps
United States
Canal Fulton
Ohio
flag msg tools
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Quote:
From his vantage atop a bell tower in sector 0412, the German captain spots the American advance and orders a barrage of mortarfire into the nearby town (sector 0613) housing the paratroopers. The 81mm shells explode harmlessly in abandoned buildings and the paratroopers are unaffected.


Isn't it dark until 0700? How were you able to do this?
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Joshua Gottesman
United States
Las Vegas
Nevada
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Asyncritus wrote:
Quote:
From his vantage atop a bell tower in sector 0412, the German captain spots the American advance and orders a barrage of mortarfire into the nearby town (sector 0613) housing the paratroopers. The 81mm shells explode harmlessly in abandoned buildings and the paratroopers are unaffected.


Isn't it dark until 0700? How were you able to do this?


There are no darkness rules in the scenario. The shaded boxes on the time track are misleading, they don't automatically mean its dark.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.