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** The first attack - The Matrix Games version of West Front

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** The first attack

By von Niemack
Axis 16 - 3 - 17 Allies
Rating: 7.78 (29)
Games Played: 36
SM: 2
Turns: 18
Type: Stock
First Side: Axis
Second Side: Allies
[This sceanrio is built for Blitzkrieg's West Front Expansion] It is also stock with Matrix Games John Tiller's Campaign Series. Normandy, the allied invasion is barely a day old. During the night, the first allied troops to set foot on the continent were paratroopers. In the west, the Americans secured the exits off Utah beach and in the east, the British 6th Airborne was ordered to secure the crossings over the Vire-Taute. The first objective of the "red devils" was to take and secure Ranville, this was done by 3rd parachute brigade. Meanwhile, further north, the 5th Parachute brigade would secure other crossings [Varaville, Robehomme, Bures and Troarn] and also destroy the Merville battery. A "coupe de main" force secured the Vite-Taute bridge, codenamed Pegasus. As soon as the paratroopers set foot on French soil they began to move on their objectives and before the night was over, they had accomplished this task with minimal losses due to the disorganisation in the German ranks. Further to the south of Ranville was the command post of the 125 Panzergrenadier Regiment, commanded by Major Hans von Luck. As soon as the first reports of the drops came in, he ordered his troops into the attack. During the night, nothing much became of this because the situation was very unclear. When night had passed, von Luck had a better grip on the situation. He was sure that at least two brigade sized formations had now landed and occupied important positions. His first battalion was already engaged in heavy fighting, so he ordered the 125 Reconnaissance battalion to their sector. His second battalion was now grouped around Colombelles and ready to make a concentrated attack north. Hauptmann von Kurdo's battalion was reinforced by a company of 200 Sturmgeshutz abteilung and supported by II./Panzer Artillerie Regiment 155. With this, von Luck ordered him to take Ranville back. From the north, the 642 "ost" Battalion, attached to the 716 Infantrie Division, would do the same
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Great balance, Lead changed three times in the final turns.
Great scenario. The Axis must be patient as he concentrates his piecemeal reinforcements for a major effort. All the while the Brits must be kept guessing as to where the main blow will fall. Lots of options and lots of fun.
John Given
This scenario is a tough one for the Germans if the allies can second-guess the axis intentions. The German lacks tough armor in this scenario, but the Brits have no armor of any kind.
Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy.

Sun Tzu
I unintentionally played with the advantage of viewing the scenario before play, so credit here goes to Nemesis. In terms of the scenario, the PBEM is just right for play.
Germans may have too much and too powerful artillery. That said, the result was a draw that was determined in the Allies' last licks.
Staff Sergeant
Triarii Sat Jun 01, 2019 9:10 pm
Excellent map. Allies have many advantages. Tough one for the Axis.
5 Leichte Div
5 Leichte Div Sat Jan 16, 2021 6:26 am
OK - Brit AB a bit light on manpower vs. a competent German foe.