Thursday, January 21, 2010

To The Last Round

The Battlefield.
Australian Infantry defending on the left. German Afrika Korps attacking from the right.
Three victory locations are located on the hill at the top of the picture, the centre house and the southern house. 2 to 1 attacker/defender ratio.

Germans in the scrub.

Australian "Man Alone" with two pin markers. The sole allied survivor of the battle.

Played a game of Disposable Heroes against Guido today. I used the "To the Last Round" scenario found on the Iron Ivan yahoo group. To the Last Round is based on the true life Battle of Hosingen during the opening of the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. The Americans being ordered to delay the Germans, fight to the last round of ammo and bug out.
I adapted the scenario to the desert. The Australians fighting a delaying action against Rommel on the road to Tobruk. To win the Germans need to take two of the three victory locations or wipe out the defenders. The Australians need to hold two victory locations for six turns or wipe out the attackers. I am playing the defender.
A brief overview of the battle :
Turn 1 - Australians deploy, spread out and thin on the ground to cover all possible attacks. The Vickers MMG is in the centre house. A bren gun team is placed on the hill with the victory point location. Germans deploy out of the palm tree grove concentrating on one side of the board only and attack the hill victory point location. Germans take the hill in turn one killing 4 Australians to 1 German.
Turn 2 - Not much goes on other than a shootout. Australians loose 1 man, the Germans loose 2.
Turn 3 - Germans begin coming down off the hill concentrating on the northern house. Both sides loose their HMG's this turn. Australians 2 dead, Germans 3.
Turn 4 - Germans prep fire on their intended targets causing 4 Australian causalities to their 1. The Australian platoon commander is killed which is a major moral causing problem.
Turn 5 - Germans bayonet charge into contact with the defenders. No quarter is shown by either side. The Australians are wiped out. One man is left alone in the scrub pinned down. Germans fire at him causing him to rout off the battlefield.
Total German victory at the end of turn 5. This is the exact result of the real battle at Hosingen in 1944. I loose, Guido wins.
I have not played Disposable Heroes for about 6 months. It was good to get a game in. I really like these rules.


Anonymous said...

Nice game report Paul.

Sadly, I can only see three photos. Are there any more?

Beccas said...

Hi Helen, Sadly no. I took heaps but they did not turn out very well. All blurry.

ArmChairGeneral said...

Great terrain and pictures! Which rules system did you use?

Beccas said...

Armchair General. Disposable Heroes from Iron Ivan Games. It's a great game.