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Subject: The Right Hook Campaign - Day 4 rss

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DAY 4, 9TH OF JUNE 1944

As the 9th dawns, for the first time, every single formation is in the cup to be drawn.

KG Scholze is first to react as the sun rises, and lays a barrage across the front of the allied tank formation facing them. Fire kills a step of fireflies and armoured infantry from 22 Brigade.

Panzer Lehr has now had its activations for the Division and for both formations, leaving the British a free hand for the rest of the turn.

8th Armoured Brigade storms forward, suppressing both German panzer companies and killing an entire PanzerGrenadier Company of KF Scholze.



The Lehr panzers remove their suppressed status using command points in the German Direct Command activation.

The event chit shows that a German is lost. The 2./Pz.jg 130 platoon wanders off westward out of Cachy into open country SW of Hill 78 and away from the battle raging over the far side of the ridge.

Although the British infantry press forward, the 22nd Armoured Brigade is the last chit drawn, and so fails to take advantage of the German passivity.



With no supporting artillery available(no Park has yet been set up for the single 7th Armoured Battery present, due to shortage of command points) 22 Armoured Brigade makes a concentrated advance on a 3 km front. A step of panzers is eliminated and cohesion hits applied to Lehr armour, but a Firefly step is also lost to extreme-range fire from a Nachut rolling a zero. The British pray for either the 7th Division chit or Allied Direct Command chit to come up before the Germans can bring their artillery into play.

KG Meyer is activated next, and uses two of the 352nd flak artillery batteries to place barrages on key 22 Armoured stacks. The artillery park is now only 3km away from the tank action, and will have to think about relocating very soon.

Unfortunately for the British KG Scholze is drawn before they can react again. Lehr artillery rains down on the lead British units, and troops in contact with the British successfully withdraw. Lehr uses many command points to accomplish this. There is a gap opening up in front of the British infantry brigade advancing on Conde-sur-seulles and Chouain, with only minefields present to hamper their advance.



The 7th Armoured Division chit now comes up, a draw too late for full effect. Tanks advance out from under the barrages, surviving long-range opportunity fire.

Event chitt:- E-boats disrupt the British supply chain. The quality of both British divisions drops by one, to zero.

The 352nd prepares to pull the bulk of its troops out of Bayeux and withdraw south. The artillery park is disbanded and the batteries limber up.



The event is 'Allied Lost'. Two companies of the CLY armour find themselves wandering through hedgerows far north of the ongoing battle.

The British tank attack is running out of steam (and command points). They aren’t able to close with the wily Lehr troops before they are plastered with artillery and the enemy is able to slip back to new positions. The loss of two of their best units to the random event did not help. Ground is being slowly gained, but losses are mounting. Time to regroup and accumulate CPs again.

Naval guns firing at extreme range manage to knock out some Lehr halftracks near Cachy.

The 352nd Division accelerates the pull back from Bayeux, deploying the artillery near Trungy, and moving companies into bocage south of the city and covering the line east to Hill 78.

50th Division is the last chit pulled for the turn.



Allied fighter-bombers are tasked with hunting Lehr’s soft-skinned vehicles, but only succeeding in killing a single step of half-tracks and suppressing the SP gun company.

50th Division spends CPs to bring in artillery to smother the most threatening German units and allow an advance in the east.

KG Gerhardt artillery kills 2 steps of the advancing British.

In fact as the turn progresses another couple of British steps are lost, and the depletion of the infantry is getting worrying. Am I doing something wrong? There’s no way to prevent artillery rolling a zero and killing a step except by being out of sight of any spotter, which seems incompatible with the need to attack, but at this rate there won’t be any British left by the end of the scenario. I think it’s time I re-read the counter-battery rules and see if I can use the superior British artillery to knock out the German batteries.



KG Scholze activates, and wipes out a company of the South Wales Borderers with tank and artillery fire.

A charge by Fireflies and Tank Destroyers eliminates a second company of Lehr panzers, at the cost of all the remaining 50th Division command points.

In the Panzer Lehr Divisional activation a hail of fire kills another three steps of British. All of the infantry brigades are now under half strength!

Point blank fire by 6pdr ATGs finally forces the surrender of the panzergrenadiers in Le Londain.

22 Armored Brigade has a successful activation, charging and killing the third panzer company that was screening the withdrawal of KG Scholze. Hill 78 is also heavily attacked, with damage to the infantry defending it, but the platoon of Hetzers hold steady.

The 69th Brigade pulls back out of range of KG Gerhardt, leaving the British attack to the armour in the centre for now.

With the Divisional activation, the self-propelled artillery of 50th Division leave their park and move forward to Carcagny, where they hope to establish a new park within counter-battery range of the Lehr guns.



After a bombardment by three destroyer flotillas and the Cruiser Flores lasting over 24 hours, the final remnant of the 726 Grenadier Regiment surrenders in Sommervieu.

22 Armoured Brigade remains more or less stationary, using fire to suppress the opposing German forces.



Heavy artillery fire from the KGs of the 352nd scatters the armour attacking Hill 78, with much suppression and cohesion loss.



KG Scholze kills a step of Fireflies attacking Hill 78, and the outmatched halftracks pull back behind Juaye-Mondaye.

Naval gunfire eliminates the German infantry defending Hill 78 and suppresses the Hetzers.

The British are taking a pause to conserve APs this turn.

Hill 78 is abandoned, and the Hetzers pull back behind the bocage line at Ellon.

A pinned down company of the Devons is the only British unit still range of much of KG Gerhardt’s firepower, and is eliminated before it can be pulled back.



British tanks withdraw from the crest of Hill 78 to escape punishing artillery fire, allowing the tanks of the 352nd to reoccupy the position.



The Night turn sees an event zero roll. Connecting Road B is clear of all German troops and mines, and the quality of the allied divisions increases by one, to +1. Also 46 RM Commando is allocated from the floating reinforcements to support 50th Division.

The rest of the night passes quietly, with the 50th Division having accumulated 18 Dispatch points as dawn breaks. June 10 dawns with heavy storm clouds apparent…





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Thanks for taking the time to write and post this and share with the community. I looked at the game a while back but it's too big for me at the moment so I enjoy being able to see it through reports like this. Bloody and brutal.
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Mike Curtis
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You can't activate Independents on the Direct action chit. Reference the 2.0B rulebook, page 8.

"10.0.5. What if my Direct Command Chit is drawn?
If you draw your Direct Command Chit you now get to activate
ANY of your non-independent, In Command Units
(all but white and black striped Units)."
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sfu_fear wrote:
You can't activate Independents on the Direct action chit. Reference the 2.0B rulebook, page 8.

"10.0.5. What if my Direct Command Chit is drawn?
If you draw your Direct Command Chit you now get to activate
ANY of your non-independent, In Command Units
(all but white and black striped Units)."


Thanks for the reminder. I was aware of the rule, but often forget it.
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Jim F
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Who knew trench warfare could be such fun?
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Another excellent report. Loved it.
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