The first game for the day would be Hold the line and I would facing Noel Black who was one of the 3 players to make the trek up from Invercargill in the deep south. He was running a Japanese infantry list I had my work cut out for me as i knew i had to kill every last man to break his army.
|My defensive formation dug in and ready for what would be a hard fight|
|The Japs are coming the Japs are coming. Noel decided to attack at night.|
|Under the cover of darkness he moved his troops up on my undefended flank.|
|his second turn he continued the advance by this time my KV moved across to slow hos advance. In the process killing one tank and bailing the other.|
|Mean while his observers where able to spot my men in their trenches and called in his heavy 150mm artillery killing a few men in the process. But more importantly pinning me as he was prepping for an assault.|
|Managing to unpin though i was able to light up some tanks with some well placed volley fire from my 45mm AT guns. Killing 3 was enough to rout the platoon. Noel's infantry would go so quietly though.|
|As his second platoon advanced my KV had to pull back as that infantry was full of tank busting infantry although I had picked off a few men by now.|
|Noel's other infantry were not so lucky the had go close enough and i opened up with the katyusha's and infantry then assaulted wiping then out but not before taking massive losses myself. Those Japs know how to fight in hand to hand.|
|Mean while this platoon of infantry just wouldn't go quietly I through everything at them.|
|Noel's Flank attack was working well they now mowed through my 76mm guns and towards the objective. And being turn fire i finally got my first reserves so on came the HMG's and it was still night fighting.|
|His infantry managed to get the KV in the end as he got to the objective and i had to contest and he killed it in assault which was the straw that broke my army as the C.O had died already.|
Another Bloody battle but a well deserved win to Noel and his forces a 5-3 win to him. I think having the 76mm Artillery guns on table wasn't needed I should of gone with the HMG platoon to cover the other flank but it was a good game all the same.
Game 5 would be vs Issac Henderson he was sporting some Soviet T-34's T-60's and some unarmed sappers we would be playing counter attack and as I was infantry and Issac was tanks I would be defending. With my previous encounter with Issac i was expecting and hard and fast battle and this one would be no exception.
|The setup my troops ready to move to the objective on the right had side of the table. my katyusha's where off table in reserve. Issac's forces where deployed for a full frontal assault.|
|Issac's first turn the T-60s get into assault but i bail one and in defensive fire and he only kills 2 teams I hold me ground fend them off and kill the bailed tank. The T-34's kill one 76mm gun.|
|My Katyusha's also arrive first turn on the far side of the table.|
|I spring my 45mm guns from ambush an knock out 3 more T-60's my 76mm guns bail 2 T-34's and my mortars kill over half the sappers forcing a platoon morale check.|
|With the sappers failing their morale test the T'-34's Kill another 76mm gun the T-60's try their luck again in assault.|
|I fend off another assault from the T-60's this time inflicting a kill forcing a platoon morale test and forcing them to run. Now all Issac has left is the T-34's.|
|Before Issac can knock out the last of the 76mm guns they take 2 of his T-34's with them. But his 57mm T-34 is causing my KV-1 some problems.|
|My AA guns fail to knock out both of Issac's aircraft that come in with one getting through and knocking out the KV-1. with only 3 tanks left I decide to charge my infantry at them to go in for the kill.|
|Mean while my other platoon moves at the double to get the objective and dig in on it should it be needed to win the game.|
|I charge the lone T-34 as one had pulled back.|
|Defencive fire only kills one team I get a hit and it goes through. This causes Issac's company to collapse and the game to end.|
Yet another bloody battle But i held on for a 5-3 win I must admit i was a little thrown off by the direct and maybe a little reckless approach that Issac took but he almost pulled it off and it did make for a great game. Roll on the next one.