DWAC-Pac Scenario 6 : Bloody Nose

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DWAC-Pac Scenario 6 : Bloody Nose

Postby Koz » Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:49 pm

Fourth scenario on the big map. More to come.
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Re: DWAC-Pac Scenario 6 : Bloody Nose

Postby Koz » Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:47 am

DWAC PAC Scenario 4 "Bloody Nose"

This is supposed to be a large scenario. 12 + squads each side, Armor, an 88 and OBA. I am envisioning a "simple" infantry slog with tank and ATG support. I see this as the basic Bocage fight for the game. No buildings, fortifications or mines. No sunken roads. The OBA is to keep folks honest and spread out. (Reading suggests that most of the US and German casaulties were caused by OBA vs the Germans, and the US Stacking up against Bocage that was preregistered by the German Mortars.)

When Scott and I playtested it, the US forces massed entirely too much creating multiple kill stacks, irresistable for the Germans to overcome. We both decided an OBA module would be a good thing here to spread out the US squads so I will add it. The US has a module as well as per the historical notes.

The historical map shows the fields centered on MM10 and MM13 to be mined. For simplicity I will state in the scenario introduction that those areas have been cleared prior to the attacks launch.

Blue sections not relevant to scenario

On 13 July, the 137th attacked at 0800 with the 2nd and 3rd Battalions again leading. The 2nd Battalion received intense shellfire and was unable to advance.The 3rd Battalion advanced about 500 yards before being stopped by heavy machine gun fire. Enemy 88mm fire then proceeded to pin down both battalions. Division artillery, by knocking out at least two 88mm mobile pieces, eased the situation.

Toward the latter part of the day the 2nd Battalion broke through for a 500 yard gain, while a strong enemy counterattack forced the 3rd Battalion to give up what ground they had gained during the day. The 137th casualties this day were the heaviest yet. The dead numbered 21, wounded 87 and missing in action 17. Among those killed were three fine leaders: Captain Orren L. Beisterfelt, T/Sgt. Henry E. Trefry, S/Sgt. Carl F. Hancock.


On 13 July, the 2d Battalion of the 137th attacked south astride the stream flanking the nose on the west--G Company on the left and E on the right. Each had a platoon of heavy machine guns and a section of 81-mm mortars attached. A platoon of medium tanks was available for the battalion. Tactics consisted of putting heavy concentrations of mortar fire on suspected enemy positions, then attacking by small groups of four or five riflemen who made liberal use of grenades and grenade launchers to get behind enemy positions.

At the end of the day, Company E had made about 600 yards, reaching the east-west lane through la Mare. Company G, on the side of the creek near the rise of high ground, had much harder going and was 350 yards short of this lane at 1700. When F Company was committed to help G, it was able to advance only 200 yards and sustained such heavy casualties that it was withdrawn that night. All companies had been hampered by harassing fire from the higher ground to the southeast.

July 13, 1945, Normandy, France.
Following a draw on the west side of a nose of hills, The 2nd Battalion of the 137th Regiment of the 35th Infantry Division advanced towards the crossings at Pont Hebert to cut the highway to St. Lo. On the East side of the stream, Company G advanced. A platoon of Heavy Machine guns and 81mm mortars were attached to the company to support the attack, along with a platoon of Meduim tanks from the 737th Tank Batallion. Facing the 137th on the La Mare - Le Carillion nose, were elements of Kampfgruppe Kentner, occupying the forward outposts of what was described as a "school solution" for hedgerow defense. After penetrating a minefield to the front, the company advanced into the hedgerows to first contact with the Germans on the nose.

As Company G began its advance, heavy shell fire, directed by observers on the nose, fell upon the troops slowing the advance. Direct fire from German 88's further complicated the clearing of multiple strong points as the Germans defended in depth, falling back to new hedgerow lines and prepared MG positions. Division artillery was called in, silencing at least two 88's, easing the pressure on the hard pressed GI's. After advancing only 500 yards, the attack stalled, and Company G consolidated its gains, allowing Company F to pass through press on the attack.

Play area.
Row AA to OO, West of row 16 (Including row 16), east of stream AA7.(Not including stream AA7)

The US gains Exit VP for exiting the South edge of the play area. (Play test needs to come up with a reasonable balanced VP ammount to exit for victory.)

8 turns (Playtest check for balance)

US SAN=3, Germ SAN=5
US ELR=3, Germ ELR=3

Enter from the North Board edge Turn 1.

(Co. G, 2nd balallion, 137th Regiment, 35th Infantry Division)
9 x 666
3 x 346
1 x 9-2
1 x 9-1
1 x 8-1
1 x 8-0

Machine gun platoon Attached
1 x .50 cal HMG
1 x HMG
2 x 346

81 mm Mtr platoon attached (Can be exchanged for OBA + radio)
2 81 mm mtr
2 x 226 gun crew

Elements of the 60th Engineer Batallion.
1 x 7-0
2 x 347
2 x DC

Elements of the 737th Tank BN.
2 x M-4 shermans.

1 9-1 AL

German OOB
Elements of Kampfgruppe Kentner, 897th Grenadier Regiment, 266th Infantry Division.
Set up first on or south of HH9 to HH13 to II14 to II15 to HH15 to HH16
9 x 4-6-7
3 x 247
1 Field Phone (1 88mm OBA module with scarce ammunition)
1 9-1
2 8-1
2 7-0

2 81mm MTR
2 x 88L AA (Flak 18 Fast Turret and Limber version)
4 x 228
12 ?

5 points to Purchase Fortifications.
Fortified Building = 2 FP
Wire = 1 FP
Roadblock = 2 FP
6 factors of AP Mines =1 FP
2 factor AT mines = 1 FP
1 Squad Equiv Foxhole = 1 FP

SSR1: Germans may bore sight.
SSR2: The stream is shallow.
SSR3: Weather is overcast with chance of rain. EC are damp.
SSR4: The US 337's are assault engineers
SSR5: The DCS may be used to breach bocage as per standard rules for wall breach.
SSR6: One squad equivalent and accompanying SMC/SW may be set up HIP.
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