Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Bunker BatRep: Lets get the Waffen out of here (FoW)


Welcome to a periodical from Wee Gamers, the Bunker BatRep.  Where we give you a battle report on a game we have had.  The inaugural Bunker BatRep comes from Scott Palmer, a regular at the Bunker who just oozes Flames of War from his very pores.

BUNKER BATREP:
"Lets get the Waffen out of here"

This is my first battle report, mostly an excuse to get some pictures up. Myself and my opponent Ivor (You may recognise him as the guy from "question of the week" on the Flames of War website, I kid you not) played "dust up" in preparation for a tournament we are going to soon.

SS Kampfgruppe Peiper
  • HQ
  • 1 Panther G 165
  • Combat Platoons
  • 3 Panther G 490
  • 1 King Tiger 295
  • 5 Panzer iV J 375
  • Weapons platoons
  • SS PZG platoon full strength /w fausts 270
  • 2 Ostwind (2cm) 105 (model reped by Sd.Kfz. 9)
  • 1700
US Tank Destroyer Company
  • HQ
  • 2 M20's
  • Combat Platoons
  • TD platoon - 4 m10's w/ top armour one
  • TD platoon - 4 m10's w/ top armour one
  • Tank Destroyer Pioneer Platoon - 1 Cmd Pioneer Rifle team, 1 Pioneer Supply 1½-ton truck, 2 Pioneer Rifle team
  • Support Platoons
  • Light Tank Platoon - 4 M5a1 Stuart
  • Armored Field Artillery Battery - 3 M7s, M4a3 OP Sherman
  • Armored Rifle Platoon - full strength
  • 1750

SETUP AND DEPLOYMENT

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The table from the German side

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The table from the American side

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American deployment up, M7's on the foot of the hill and the M20's on the road.

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German Deployment at the back of some empty and abandoned houses

UNITS IN RESERVE
SS Kampfgruppe Peiper
  • King Tiger
  • PZG Platoon
  • Pz iV platoon
US Tank Destroyer Company
  • Light tank platoon
  • ARP
  • Pioneer Platoon


DEPLOYMENT SUMMARY
SS Kampfgruppe Peiper: Ivor deploys his Panthers and Wirbelwinds. Objective is placed in the hedges at the foot of the hill

US Tank Destroyer Company: I deploy my M7s and my 2 security sections for my Tank Destroyer platoons. Objective is placed in the small cops of trees beside the Panther Platoon.

TURN 1

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Security sections move up to the edge of the town and come face to face with Panthers! Who totally miss with everything

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"Wirbelwinds" move up the Germans right flank and try to shoot up the other security section, no casualties.

COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY
SS Kampfgruppe Peiprer
  • None
US Tank Destroyer Company

  • None



    TURN 1 SUMMARY
    SS Kampfgruppe Peiper: Panther platoon moves up through the gardens at the back of the houses. "Wirbelwinds" move paralell on other side of the road.

    US Tank Destroyer Company: M20's move towards the town via the road and hedges. The Artillery ranges in, with Time on Target but fails to do any damage.

    TURN 2

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    Panthers try to push the attack! One bogs down trying to do so.

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    M10's spring the ambush and move back in to cover.

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    Artillery ranges in on the panthers with another Time on Target and this time kills a panther.

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    COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY
    SS Kampfgruppe Peiper
    US Tank Destroyer Company
    • 1 recon Jeep.


    TURN 2 SUMMARY
    SS Kampfgruppe Peiper: Panthers press the attack and shoot up the security section near them, causing one recon jeep to go up in flames. "Ostwinds" blaze away at the other security section and cause them to disengage towards the church.

    US Tank Destroyer Company: US Tank Destryoers and artillery destroy the panther platoon threataning the left flank. The way is clear to the objective!

    TURN 3

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    The German Commander throws himself in front of the M10's to try and stop them from moving towards the objective. He manages to bag a M10 too!

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    COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY
    SS Kampfgruppe Peiper
    • Panther platoon
    US Tank Destroyer Company
    • 1 recon Jeep.
    • 1 M10


    TURN 3 SUMMARY
    SS Kampfgruppe Peiper: The Germans try to hold on untill reserves can arrive, none arrive this turn. The German Commander is left to hold off the M10s alone!

    US Tank Destroyer Company: M5s arrive from reserve and move towards the Ostwinds. Artillery spotter is moving to other flank so no bombardments this turn.

    TURN 4

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    Panzer IVs arrive to help! They shoot up the American Armoured Rifle Platoon platoon who foolishly drive down the road stright towards them!

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    German Commander pulls back.

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    Only to be taken out by the advancing M10s

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    COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY
    SS Kampfgruppe Peiprer
    • Panther platoon
    • Panther IC
    • 2 "Ostwinds"
    US Tank Destroyer Company
    • 1 recon Jeep.
    • 1 M10


    TURN 4 SUMMARY
    SS Kampfgruppe Peiper: Panzer IVs arrive and drive down the road towards the battle. The IC takes more shots at the M10s but being veteran and in cover saves them from any harm. The German Commander then stormtoopers backwards.

    US Tank Destroyer Company: Armoured rifles arrive from reserve and drive stright towards the Panzer 4s. M5s advance and kill the "Ostwinds". M10s kill the German Commander. Other Tank Destroyer security section is still in the woods next to the church, waiting for the King Tiger.

    TURN 5

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    The King Tiger rolls on to the table towards the M5s, who totally crap themselves.

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    COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY
    SS Kampfgruppe Peiprer
    • Panther platoon
    • Panther IC
    • 2 "Ostwinds"
    US Tank Destroyer Company
    • 1 recon Jeep.
    • 1 M10


    TURN 5 SUMMARY
    SS Kampfgruppe Peiper: The last of the reserves arrive. The King Tiger moves towards the stuarts and the PZG platoon moves towards the German objective to try and stop the M10s getting it next turn. Panzer Ivs move down the main town road some more and shoot up thr armoured rifle platoon, they destroy one halftrack.

    US Tank Destroyer Company: The M10's take pot shots at the Gepanzerte Panzer Grenadier platoon that are moving towards them, but miss. The M5s double and head toward the "safety" of the town, full of Panzer IVs. The Armoured Rifle Platoon moves through the wreckage of the Panther platoon and trys to get in to some cover. Artillery bombard the Panzer IVs in the town, and bail one.

    TURN 6

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    The Panzer IVs totally murder the M5s that double timed to get away from the King Tiger, out of the frying pan etc etc

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    Carnage on the German left.

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    COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY
    SS Kampfgruppe Peiper
    • Panther platoon
    • Panther IC
    • 2 "Ostwinds"
    • 1 King Tiger.
    US Tank Destroyer Company
    • 1 recon Jeep.
    • 1 M10
    • 1 M3 halftrack


    TURN 6 SUMMARY
    SS Kampfgruppe Peiper: The King Tiger moves towards the arty park, stright towards the waiting security section. The PZG dig, waiting for the oncomming storm of Armoured Rifle Platoons and M10's. The Panzer IVs destroy all the Stuarts.

    US Tank Destroyer Company: The last Tank Destroyer platoon spring the ambush, one moves to get a better shot on the King Tiger. All 7 shots hit! It is very dead. With that Ivor is below half strength and with no Commander his company quits the field.
    This was a really enjoyable game for both myself and Ivor. If I had been less carless with my M5s and pulled them back rather than trying to dash for the town they would have lived and it would have been 6-1 instead of 5-2. Ivor said to me after he learned to be less aggressive with his IC sometimes.

    BatRep put together by Scott Palmer using WWPD's BatRepper Software..  Scott is passionate about Flames of War and has been inducting a few new people into the ranks of warriors who fight across the battle strewn 15mm landscape of this premier World War Two game.


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