DWAC-Pac Scenario 8 : Point 89

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DWAC-Pac Scenario 8 : Point 89

Postby Koz » Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:53 pm

6th scenario on the big map. More to come.
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Re: DWAC-Pac Scenario 8 : Point 89

Postby Koz » Thu Jul 23, 2009 12:30 pm

Scenario Picture ( think this is looking down towards the AA16 building from the U8 to U13 area of the hill.

DWAC PAC Scenario 6 "Point 89"

Introduction of the sunken roads and a fight for the fortified Point 89. Very wide but very narrow area of attack, Enough fortifications to make the point a death trap and to possibly make a redoubt forward of Row W. (The map shows one around Z11) Extra MGs to represent the historical notes.

I cut the number of German squads down (from the base 9 I am using) to force choices of where to defend. I increased the number of dummy ? counters to keep the US guessing. I also cut the number of US squads down, but gave them 2 Shermans and the ability to switch the Mortars to OBA, which should prove calamitous in the victory area. (Although German use of foxholes can make the zone survivable..

Following a blistering 30-minute preparation barrage fired by the 161st, 216th and 219th Field Artillery Battalions, the 137th renewed the attack at 0800 the following day with the 3rd Battalion on the right, 2nd Battalion on the left and 1st Battalion in the center. One platoon of tanks of the 737 Tank Battalion was attached to each battalion.
By 1300 the 1st Battalion had advanced about 300 yards, meeting stiff resistance at La Pointe Ferme. After clearing the Germans out of this area they advanced to La Marel where the enemy had gathered in several fortified buildings. Here they encountered heavy minefields and 88mm fire. On this fourth day of combat the 137th lost 17 killed, 106 wounded and four missing.

On 14 July, Company E of the 137th was able to get through three hedgerows against light opposition, but then struck fields bordered by sunken lanes and well defended. It continued attacking the rest of the day and advanced only one more field length. Company G managed to approach the east-west lane at which began the main enemy defensive positions and cleaned out the road intersection (Point 89), taking 60 prisoners and 9 machine guns. Finding the Germans well dug in along this line and beyond it in depth, the battalion commander decided to go back to the draw (that is, west) and attack up it, to outflank the enemy.

July 14, 1945, Normandy, France.
After a savaging on the previous day's fighting, the dawn opened for the 137th with a 30-minute artillery barrage by the 161st, 216th, and 219th Feild Artillery Battalions. It was the hope that the efforts would allow the 35th Infantry Division to achieve the break through to the bridges and highways leading from Ponte Herbot to St. Lo to the south. After the barrage lifted, the 2nd Battalion's Company G, with the 737th tank Battalion supporting, resumed its advance towards a nose of hills between the hamlets of La Mare and Le Carillion. Awaiting them was the main battle line of the German, 352nd Division's Kampfgruppe Kentner, dug in behind an east-west lane, and in hope of repeating the success of the clashes on the 13th.

The GI's attack was successful, driving the Germans back from the road and allowing the capture of the intersection at Point 89, along with 60 prisoners and 9 machine guns. The Germans, however, still held much of the road, and were dug in in-depth along secondary lines in the bocage behind. Reports from the 1st Battalion to the west indicated weaker resistance there, so the 2nd's commander opted to maneuver west around this strong point and attack along a draw that afforded cover into the enemy's flank.

Area in Play
Between Rows Q and DD and between streams AA7 and AA24

Victory Conditions
The US must control Point 89 (hexes U16 & Y16) and no Good Order German units may have LOS to these Hexes.

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

US (Co. G, 2nd balallion, 137th Regiment, 35th Infantry Division)
On or north of Row DD

6 x 666
3 x 346
2 x MMG
1 x .50 cal HMG
2 x BAZ 45
3 x 60 mm MTR plus crews (Can be exchanged for OBA + radio)
1 x 9-2
1 x 9-1
1 x 8-1
1 x 8-0

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

Elements of the 737th Tank Battalion
2 x M4 Shermans

Germans (Elements of Kampfgruppe Kentner, 897th Grenadier Regiment, 266th Infantry Division. )
Maximum of 3 squads plus support weapons and 1 leader north of row W, but south of Row Z. Balance on or south of Row W. (Note the squads N of Row W are not required.)

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

6 x 4-6-7
1 9-1
1 8-1
2 8-0

2 81mm MTR
1 x Pak 38 ATG
3 x 228

2 Observation towers.
2 7-0 as spotters.

SSR1: Sunken Roads are as per the Campaign SSR. (See Hedgerow thread.)
SSR2: The stream is shallow.
SSR3: Weather is overcast with chance of rain. EC are moist.
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 any accompanying SMC/SW may be placed HIP.
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