Operation Sealion AAR: Fighting Withdrawl

Hello All

Another Operation Sealion game, this time against Adam’s Canadian Armoured list. We were fighting as part of the encirclement of London in Essex. I was using my an experimental Hungarian Armoured list I have been playing around in my head with. Just before we start I forgot my camera so Adam was taking the pictures, but he didn’t get time to post the AAR before he went on holiday. So I apologise if the pictures aren’t great and he only took 4 pictures… any way here we go

Mission – Fighting Withdrawal
Points – 1750pts
Campaign – Operation Sealion

Army Lists

Confident    Trained   Canadian Armoured Squadron British Late-War
Platoon Qty Unit Points
Headquarters
Canadian Armoured Squadron HQ  p.93
2 Sherman V 135
Combat Platoons
Canadian Armoured Platoon  p.93
3
1
Sherman V
Firefly VC
290
Canadian Armoured Platoon  p.93
3
1
Sherman V
Firefly VC
290
Canadian Armoured Platoon  p.93
3
1
Sherman V
Firefly VC
290
Divisional Support
Anti-tank Platoon (SP), Royal Artillery p.114       
4 M10C 17 pdr 270
Field Battery (SP), Royal Artillery (4th)  p.117
2
1
1
4
Cmd Rifle team
Staff team
Sherman OP
Sexton
205
Light Anti-aircraft Platoon (SP) (4th)  p.118
3 Bofors 40mm SP 110
Air Support  p.119
5 Limited Air Support Typhoon                        170
Company Points: 1760
www.EasyArmy.com Source document: Turning Tide (D-Day)
Confident    Veteran   Harckocsizó Század
Tank Company
Hungarian Late-War
Platoon Qty Unit Points
Headquarters
Harckocsizó Század HQ  p.207
1 Tiger I E
Warrior Föhadnagy Ervin Tarczay in Command tank
270
Combat Platoons
Harckocsizó Platoon  p.207
3 Tiger I E 585
Harckocsizó Platoon  p.207
3 Panther A 550
Regimental Support Platoons
Self-propelled Anti-aircraft Platoon  p.209
2 Nimrod 115
Divisional Support Platoons
Rocket Launcher Battery  Confident  Trained   p.225
1
1
4
Cmd Rifle team
Observer Rifle team
150mm 43M rocket launcher
110
Air Support Allied Platoon  p.172
3 Sporadic Air Support Hs 129B 115
Company Points: 1745
www.EasyArmy.com Source document: Grey Wolf

I deployed on the top of the big hill over loving the bridge and ford with my Panthers in Ambush. Adam deployed 2 Sherman Platoons to cross the bridge and a Sherman Platoon and the M10’s facing the ford.

Turn 1

Adam moved up but couldn’t shot much as all my armour as GTG and in cover. He tried to ground attack my Tigers but my Nimrods shot all 3 down.

My Turn I shot at a his tanks on the road knocking 2 of them out and my Hs129 knocked out a M10 and the Sherman OP. I kept my Panthers in ambush.

Turn 2
 Adam moved his Sherman up to the ford and engaged my artillery, but bar pinning them caused no damage. His Artillery tried to smoke my Tigers but failed to range in. The Shermans at the bridge had a few shots at my Tigers but didn’t cause any damage. the Typhoons were shot down again.
My Panthers cam out of ambush and with the Tigers shot up a few more Shermans braking the Sherman platoon at the ford which included the 2IC, saving the Artillery.
Sorry no Photo of this turn.
Turn 3
Adam tried to rush my Panthers and Tigers but all his shots either missed or were saved. The Artillery failed to do any damage and his plane didn’t turn up again.
This turn ended up being brutal! My Panthers and combined with Tarczay to finish off the two Sherman platoons at the Bridge, killing the CIC. My Hs 129’s and the other Tigers finished off the M10’s. This put Adam below half strength with no command time to take the company test the Canadians broke.
6-1 Axis Victory.
Final Thoughts
Well not the most interesting of games. Heavy armour defending seems to hold a big advantage. Also Adam normally has a lot of success with with his typhoons against heavy armour but my Nimrods really stopped them from having any effect.

Category: AARBritishCampaignFlames of WarHungariansLate WarOperation Sea Lion

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Article by: Mark Goddard