Counter attack at Saint-Denise-le-Gast - July 30th, 1944

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Counter attack at Saint-Denise-le-Gast - July 30th, 1944

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Last weekend played a short CoC campaign in 15mm based around some quick wikipedia references and screenshots from google maps. We are finally able to fill most of our table up with terrain when we pool all of our buildings and trees together. Still have lots of plans for future terrain to continue to enhance the tabletop. Exciting and decisive games!

Chain of Command - At the Sharp End - Abbreviated Campaign
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Elements of the 17th Panzer Division counter attacked the American 2d Armoured Division on July 30th during Operation Cobra. A German column advanced north up the Avenue des Tilleuls after bypassing American forces on the night of the 29th.

Probe - La Grand Bisson
Attack & Defend - La Croix
Attack on an Objective* - Saint-Denise-le-Gast

Panzergrenadiers
Leutnant Erhard Stuhr
Background: School. Hitler Jugend. Reichsarbeitsdienst. Heer. Such is the career of a young man in the Third Reich. You are a model citizen of the new Germany and you with fight hard to ensure that 1918 is not repeated.
Age: 21
Appearance & Physique: An Average sort. Unremarkable.
Outlook: Happy

Armoured Infantry
Lieutenant Carlyle Dawson - KIA
Background: A mid‐west farmer’s son, you come from where the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye. You volunteered to see even wider horizons than the ones in Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota. Hopefully where there is no damn corn!
Age: 29
Appearance & Physique: An intellectual looking man of average to short height.
Outlook: Relaxed

Sergeant Eddie Ramirez
Background: An office desk in the city, keeping notes in ledgers, was not the life you yearned for at High School and the war was a chance to see another world. One, you discovered, where nobody can cook a decent hamburger!
Age: 27
Appearance & Physique: A strapping six-footer
Outlook: Content

Game 1
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Probe at La Grand Bisson
Force Morale
GER - 8
USA - 10
German Victory
Spearheaded by a mounted Aufklärungs reconnaissance team, the Panzergrenadiers infiltrated and punched past the forward American defensive position with a brief exchange of fire and aggressive tempo of movement.

Leutnant Erhard Stuhr
CO’s Opinion: +1
Men’s Opinion: +2
Outlook: Happy
KIA: 0
WIA: 0

Lieutenant Carlyle Dawson
CO’s Opinion: -1
Men’s Opinion: 0
Outlook: Worried
KIA: 0
WIA: 0

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US HMG team ready to capture a tactical firing position on the main road

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German Panzergrenadier squad making an assault up the main road.

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Panzergrenadier squad moving north before making their final push towards the Americans.

Game 2
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Attack on La Croix
Force Morale
GER - 9
USA - 9
German Victory
A bloody firefight erupted for control of the farm at the crossroads. After the heavy weapons of the Armoured Infantry blunted the Panzer’s frontal assault, the Grenadiers took to the flanks to maneuver past the farmhouse-turned-strongpoint. After the Armoured Infantry platoon’s officer was shot dead, the Americans called for a withdrawal and fell back towards the village centre.

Leutnant Erhard Stuhr - WIA
CO’s Opinion: +2
Men’s Opinion: +4
Outlook: Affable
KIA: 2
WIA: 1

Lieutenant Carlyle Dawson - KIA
Sergeant Eddie Ramirez
CO’s Opinion: -2
Men’s Opinion: -1
Outlook: Thoughtful
KIA: 4
WIA: 3

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The farmhouse at the crossroads.

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US Armoured Infantry waiting for the German attack.

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Panzergrenadiers rushing the central farmhouse.

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US MMG squad and Panzergrenadiers racing for control of the central Farmhouse as US Lieutenant Carlyle Dawson joins the action.

Game 3
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Flank Attack at Saint-Denise-le-Gast
Force Morale
GER - 9
USA - 9
German Victory
Exploiting both secured routes into the southern edge of Saint-Denise, the Panzergrenadiers launched a two-pronged assault on the dismounted defenders of the Armoured Infantry. Preparing the built up area with 8cm Mortar fire before advancing, the Panzergrenadiers came under heavy fire from concealed American positions in the buildings. Losing their Forward Observer to local counter battery fire, a squad of Grenadiers fighting from their halftrack drove forward into the village to see the remaining Americans fall back in short order under the hail of incoming mortars.

Leutnant Erhard Stuhr
CO’s Opinion: +4
Men’s Opinion: +6
Outlook: Confident
KIA: 0
WIA: 0

Sergeant Eddie Ramirez
CO’s Opinion: -3
Men’s Opinion: -2
Outlook: Concerned
KIA: 4
WIA: 2
Nominated for the Soldiers Medal due to heroic action under fire. No decision had been reached.

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Damage from Allied fighter-bomber strikes during July 27th-28th.

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The edge of the village of Saint-Denise-le-Gast.

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German Forward Observer surveying the developing fight.

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US MMG team in defensive firing position in one of the north-eastern houses.

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US Armoured Infantry ambushed in open ground by Panzergrenadiers.

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Platoon Sergeant Eddie Ramirez braving a German artillery barrage to issue important orders to his 60mm mortar team positioned to the north of the action.

Within hours, the leading German forces of the 17th SS Panzer Division fought and dislodged the defenders of the 2d US Armoured division with a fierce counter attack. Their success was not to last long however as the overwhelming momentum of the Allied advance saw the position retaken the next day on the 31st.

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Re: Counter attack at Saint-Denise-le-Gast - July 30th, 1944

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Great production - I really like the work of your combat photographers and recon aircraft!
Capt Fortier

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