Today the local HMGS-South group played a World War II skirmish at the Dogs of War shop. The rules were ‘Disposable Heroes & Coffin for Seven Brothers’ by Iron Ivan. The figures were 25mm. Two US squads (rifle section, BAR section, bazooka section) and a mortar team battle two German squads (rifle section, LMG section), a mortar team and two recon halftracks for control of a crossroads. The game (loosely historical) is based on action north of Turqueville, France, June 9, 1944.
2nd Platoon, A Company, 1/8th Regimental Combat Team
The 8th Regimental Combat Team has linked up with the paratroopers holding the stragic town of Ste-Marie Eglise. Following the link up the 1/8th Regimental Combat Team has pivoted north and is now starting its advance to widen the beachhead.
Your 2nd Platoon is the spearhead for A Company’s advance. You have been given the objective of taking the crossroads at map reference A238C.
2nd Platoon, 3rd Company, 1/919 Grenadier Regiment
American forces have taken the town of Ste-Marie Eglise. The Americans have consolidated their positions and have begun to advance north. The 1/919th Grenadier Regiment has been ordered to launch a spoiling attack to disrupt the American advance.
The 3rd Company has been ordered to secure the regiment’s left flank for the attack by occupying a small ridge and crossroads north of the village of Turqueville. Your company commander, Captain Steiner, has directed 2nd Platoon to advance and secure the crossroads while the remainder of the company occupies the ridge. Your platoon is being supported by the regiment’s recon platoon.
The infantry squads advanced cautiously through the wooded terrain surrounding the crossroads. LMGs , BAR teams, mortars and the halftracks exchanged long range fire. On the US left, a firefight in the woods drove back the Germans. The threat of bazooka fire forced the halftracks to abandon their advance on the German right and shift to the left. There they covered the treeline, pinning US infantry in the woods. In the end, the crossroads remained contested.