Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Attack on Winnekdonk Feb 1945

During Operation Veritable an attack took place on the
town of Winneckendonk by the 2nd Lincolns and the Scots
Guards of the 6th Guards Tank Brigade. The town was a
defensive node garrisoned by the Para Lehr regiment
(heavily armed with panzerfausts) and a battalion of Fortress
troops supported by self propelled guns. Both sides
had ample artillery support but no air support.

British Forces (3000pts)
• One company Scots Guards
• One troop Honeys (Reece)
• 1 battalion infantry

German Forces
• 1 Battalion of Fallschrimjager
• 1 Battalion of Fortress Troops
• 2 x 88mm
• Many 50mm ATGs
• HMGs
• Bunkers
• SPGs

 The British lay down smoke and begin their slow advance on the town with the infantry mounted on tanks.

The British lay down more smoke, while German rocket artillery splashs down harmlessly in the woods. Massed Churchill fire clears a German MG team out of a hill top trench, while the Stuggs move out of town.

As the Churchills reach the edge of town the lead tank is hit by a bunkered 88! The Churchill is destroyed.

As one British coloumn nears the town the Germans move to meet them, at the other side of town the British redeploy to meet the threat of the Stuggs. Rocket artillery mains British infantry.

The British FAO looks to find a good vantage point, German rocket artillery takes out a British HQ! But on the edge of town the British are sarting to push in, they take out a Stugg.

Close combat and close range fire start to take their toll in the town, while the British chase away the remenants of the Stuggs. The Germans face a break test.

Which they pass! The British suffer a number of casualties attempting to storm a building.

 Just as the British are starting to make an impact in the town the Germans drop the Rocket hammer onto the town including their own troops! Nearly a third of a battalion of British infantry are wiped out!

Both sides face breaktests, the Germans at -3 the Brits at -1, the Germans pass and the British fail handing an unlikely victory to the Germans!

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