Today was a rematch with the British trying to improve on their performance in Game 6.
This time the Brits took a more considered approach, spreading their units out. The first British infantry battalion, supported by engineers and carrier platoons moved up the right hand flank to attack the German flanking positions. The second battalion formed up in the centre of the table to keep the German unengaged flank from reinforcing their friends. All the support units (SP Guns and mortars) formed up between the two infantry battalions to provide fire support for the infantry attack, the SP guns providing fire while the mortars used smoke to cover their infantry. These were soon joined by the British Sherman battalion who also joined in the fire support roll. The Germans also used smoke to cover their positions to protect themselves from British fire.
The British C-in-C suffered as a series of poor dice rolls meant that there was no off table artillery support for the whole game. But on the other hand the German C-in-C rolled a string of ‘1’s for initiative and failed to get the reserves onto the table until turn 6, and could not move any of the unengaged units to support their friends. This left the one German battalion to face the full weight of the British attack on their own.
In the centre, the second British infantry battalion moved forward, angled to attack the German positions on their right. A German Recon unit moved forward and ambushed a formed company of British, forcing them to deploy. Once the British infantry closed in on the German positions penetrating the minefield the C-in-C changed the armoured battalion’s orders and they moved onto the attack, moving through the minefield in front of the German second position.
At the end of the game the Germans had taken their first objective worth 20 points and were within a move of taking the second position.