|Outnumbered four to one, the brave platoon fell.|
|Visibility in the woods is 2". Can't see the Italians? or the US? because them all look the same? Welcome to Mr K.'s world.... (Italians are group towards bottom left, the rest are US troops.)|
This was where the US managed to gain their first success by catching the rearmost of the withdrawing Italian platoons and wiping it out. Its brave sacrifice allowed the rest of the company, and the battalion commander, to escape. The next turn saw the Americans advance further into the woods, while my brave Italian infantry moved out of the woods. closely followed by the US infantry. a brief firefight ensued, with the US getting the better end of it due to their superior firepower (the weapons platoons), and the support of the battalion mortar. the exchange was not all one sided though.
|US Troops are bounced back into the woods from whence they came...|
|IWhile the italian troops take hits, and then would fail their morale...|
|But I ordered Panthers......|
German Scout Car Company w/
1 Command SdKfz 234/1
2 Command SdKfz 234/3
1 Recon SdKfz 234/1
2 Recon SdKfz 234/2s
The arrival of the Axis reinforcements allows Mr K. to dice for his reinforcements, and he rolls a 2. His reinforcements will arrive soon. In the meantime, I start to move my armoured force to deal with the Americans in the woods, and to protect the right flank of the monastery from an American advance in that direction. At this point I wishing for some more infantry and move my support stands into firing positions in a desperate attempt to increase the weight of fire from the monastery. In CD, if a Support stand is lost, a battalion gains a permanent -1 morale modifier, but with the Americans advancing I need the extra fire power.
|The garrison awaits the onslaught of the US advance.|
|A two Sir? Well ok!|
|Shermans.... Where are my Panthers?!|
Medium Tank Company w/
1 Command M4 (75)
1 M4 (75)
1 M4 (76)
The next US attempt to assault the monastery was made as his armour arrived on the table, and was a brutal attack by a full company of infantry, supported by his mortar platoon, on the flank of the monastery defended by the Italian infantry company that had been reinforced by the two support stands. Of course his attack had to cross open ground, which allowed the armoured cars to give supporting fire to the garrison.
|Mr K.'s shame - His US troops were demoralised in their first encounter with Italians...|
|Shermans. Not a problem easily solved by my force.|
|The armoured cars get the worse of an exchange with the Shermans.|
|The beleaguered garrison of St Dominos..|