This second scenario is a classical assault on a two-line trench position defended by the Germans (1 HMG and 2 rifle sections). The British player commands a full infantry platoon (rifle, Lewis gun, bombers and rifle grenadier sections respectively) with a moppers-up section following the main force; the objective is to secure the position, consolidating the flanks to avoid surprise German attacks, and to dislodge the HMG entrenched in a bunker.
The game started with a 2-turn artillery barrage that unfortunately for the British did not cause much harm to the German defenders: a mere one causualty, a few shocks and one rifle section scared enough to look for cover in its dugouts. The British player decided to launch a concentrated attack in its left flank, to avoid the field of fire of the German HMG (we allow for a restricted 45º front fire arc in bunkers).
|A feared German HMG in a bunker|
|Scottish Rifle Section Advancing|
|Huns section firing|
|British captures first line trench section|
|A resoluted bomber section moves at charge... 2 inches!!|
|Victorious bomber section taking a second chance|
|Look at those British running now!!|
|I would not like to bump onto these guys after dark|
At this time, the balance of forces was of 1 HMG section for the Germans (a small 5-crewed but deadly unit) already in the parapet and about to make flanking fire at short range on the British: on the British side there were a section of rifle grenadiers, well far out from the trenches in the flat lands (and with the grenades allocation exahusted by then), the moppers section still recovering from the last combat (too many shocks accumulated) and the Lewis gun section in good order but with only half of its allotment of men.
|Ha, ha!! Tommies you're dead meat now!!|
A British victory again in the very last moment, like in the previous game.
As I said at the beginning, these training scenarios from Stout Hearts are very useful to grab the key game mechaniscs and also to learn the basic historical tactics, as each scenario has also a good analysis of how to undertake the action using contemporary tactics.
I think the British player made a good initial deployment in columns and was right to move fast into the trench line, covering the most exposed terrain until the trench line in short time, although at the cost of a full rifles section.
At the other side of the scale, the rifle grenadiers were deployed probably too late, the Lewis gun was also inefficiently used (although it gave the final victory to the British, albeit in the last and ONLY lucky shot made across the whole game), the bombers were put at an excessive risk and the platoon commader was overexposed.
Having said that, the scenario was fun and the Germans showed to be a tough nut to crack, but both players really enjoyed the game and it was a perfect end for this short Easter break (extending in Madrid from Thrusday to Sunday).