Saturday, April 4, 2015

Batrep - 03 April 2015 - Eastern Europe - U.S. forces defend against Soviet Aggression

I had a nice treat tonight.  I got in a very fun and friendly game with John.  This was the first time we'd met and Crusader's Retreat was home to a 1946ish Cold War skirmish.  The Americans were tasked with holding a supply depot - Hold Until Relieved were the orders.  The Soviets apparently thought the supply drop was fresh underwear, or possibly rifles, because they wanted it badly.  Turns 1 and 2 saw both forces establishing their positions. Squads of infantry faced off from behind hedges flanking a roadway with the objective in the center.  The Americans concentrated fire and were able to do considerable damage - a couple of Soviet units were pinned down and shot up pretty badly.

 A T-34 rolled onto the field to offer infantry support.  It quickly became the target of an airstrike.  While the tank wasn't destroyed, it's crew was rendered ineffective for the rest of the encounter.
 A second T-34 was brought up and countered by an American Sherman.  While the American tank was able to inflict casualties on the Soviet infantry positions, it was unable to eliminate the armor.
 U.S. infantry advanced in force onto the supply drop in the wake of the armored spearhead.

 The Sherman was destroyed by enemy fire.  The T-34 was not damaged during the exchange.
 Another airstrike was called in to deal with the Soviet armor, but most of the shots went wide and those that found their mark bounced harmlessly off the thick steel.
 The T-34 brought its tank riders towards the objective and was assaulted by American Rangers.  The Rangers were, as usual, killed to a man but left the remaining Soviet infantry outnumbered and exposed.

This was a great game, albeit a little one sided.  In an unreal series of events, my dice throws were better than anyone could hope for, much less expect.  My Science Dice were finally repaying those many, many 1s, 2s, and 3s.  The main thing is that I met a very decent fellow who I am sure I will game with again, and that we had a great time.  I think we probably spent as much time talking history and current events (and perusing the shop) as playing.