DWAC-Pac Scenario 7 : Riposte! Reprieve!

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DWAC-Pac Scenario 7 : Riposte! Reprieve!

Postby Koz » Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:52 pm

5th scenario on the big map. You guessed it. More to come.
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Re: DWAC-Pac Scenario 7 : Riposte! Reprieve!

Postby Koz » Thu Jul 23, 2009 12:15 pm

The concept of this scenario is to reflect a German counterattack on 13 July against the 2nd Btn Co G and F. The hope is to get a back and forth scenario where the Germans drive off Co.G, and then have to withstand a counterattack by Co F.

The literature speaks of counterattacks against the 3rd Btn (Off map) but It stands to reason that there could be a limited counterattack here. Or at least enough of an excuse that I can give the Germans a chance to counterattack rather than just sit and take it all day by the US. Read below:

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.

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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. On the other side of the nose, the 1st Battalion of the 320th, trying to push on south and east of le Carillon, was stopped by the severe flanking fires from enemy positions on the nose.


My initial thoughts for the scenario are as follows (For those of you with the VASL StLo Map DR set up you can follow along.

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July 13, 1945, Normandy, France.
Defending the approaches to St. Lo and the bridge on the River Vire at Ponte Hubert, Kampfgruppe Kentner, of the German 352nd Division, has established a strong position on a nose of hills between the hamlets of La Mare and Le Carillion. Although the hills were only 50 feet higher than the surrounding lowland, this was sufficient to allow observation in the dense bocage plaguing the US advance. Facing the Germans were Elements of the 2nd Battalion of the 137th Infantry Division. Early that morning, G Company had thrown itself against the forward outposts of the nose, to be bled to a halt by mortars, artillery and HMG fire. Sensing opportunity, the Germans counterattacked along the sector, seizing the opportunity to wrest back the 137th's hard won gains.

Aftermath:
To relieve the pressure on the battered G, company, the US commanders committed Company F to reinforce G, and pass through to press the attack. Though the savage fighting forced the 3rd Battalion, to the west, to give up the ground captured during the day, the 2nd Battalion managed to hold, gaining 200 yards for its efforts, but sustaining such heavy casualties that it was forced to withdraw Company F during the night. Licking their own wounds, the Germans fell back to their positions and prepared for yet another day of delay on the Normandy line.

Scenario Photo. http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA ... Lo-p77.jpg (this is actually Martinsville ridge but it looks nice for the map section.)

Play Area:
On or West of Row 15. East of Stream AA7. On or N of row U, On or S of row KK.

US ELR 2 German ELR 2 (To represent the casaulties suffered by the days attacks and the severe rolling barrage.)
SAN 4 for the germans, 3 for the US.

Victory Conditions:
1 VP each, for control of hexes DD9, DD10, DD11, & DD12 (Note this can result in a draw.)

Turns. 5 turns, Germans Move first.

Initial US OOB and starting positions.
Remenants of Co G, 137th, 2nd Btn
Set up on DD8, DD9, DD10, DD11, DD12, EE13, or EE14

3 x 546
1 x 8-0
1 x HMG (Not DM)
5 x ?

Elements of Co F, 137th, 2nd Btn
Enter on Row KK on Turn 3
6 x 666
2 x MMG
2 x 336 (MG crews)
2 x MTR
2 x 227 (mortar Crews)
1 x 8-1 leader
2 x 8-0 leaders

Elements of the 654th T.D. BN.
1 x M-10 GMC (Wolverine).


German OOB
Set up on Z11, Z12, Z13, Z14, or Z15
6 x 467
3 x LMG
1 x HMG
1 x 9-2
1 x 8-1
1 x 8-0
1 x Radio with 1 81mm OOB module (Scarce ammo)
OR
2 81mm MTR with Observation tower and 7-0 spotter on the nose at any Level 1 hill location.

SSR1: During US entry, Bog is NA to cross the hedgerows on the Northern map entry boundary between KK and LL.
SSR2: Weather is overcast with chance of rain. EC are moist.
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