For our first game of Chain of Command in a while, we chose the Patrol scenario, with 3 points of support options each – the British got a Dingo while a sniper was the choice for the Germans. We rolled for starting positions for our patrol markers and both started in the central portion of the board – the British probably came out best in this phase, getting one jump-off point (JoP from now on) behind the woods on their left flank – from here they hoped to approach the village unseen.
As the first British squad went down, the Germans had to deploy a squad to defend their exposed JoP.
The 2nd British squad deployed in the centre, then moved towards the village, trying to stay shielded from the inevitable MG34 fire.
It soon came, but was surprisingly ineffective, and the British got to the stone wall relatively unscathed. From there and with the help of their Bren gunner (and a LOT of 6’s) they were able to eliminate the MG34 in short order.
The British deployed their last squad along with their 2″ mortar between the wood and the terrace of houses, covering their advance with smoke from the mortar.
With no Chain of Command dice for the Germans to ambush it with, the Dingo raced up the road (staying out of Panzerfaust range) to add to the weight of fire being directed at the single German squad in the terrace – soon (again due to a lot of 6’s being rolled) they were wiped out and German morale plummeted.
Without the numbers left to take on the British, or a dice roll of 1 to deploy the Panzerschreck, the Germans skulked away.
This was a very quick game, mainly due to the British causing a lot of casualties and not much shock. The concentration of 2 squads and the Dingo around the triangular field proved impossible to deal with for the Germans so rather than suffer a death of a thousand cuts, I conceded. It was good to get Chain of Command on the table again, especially against an opponent, and it’s good preparation for my solo campaign of the Paras at Ranville (the “Kampfgruppe von Luck” pint-sized campaign from Two Fat Lardies).