Today, Coxer takes his Czech Tank Company, covered in his “confessions” articles, for a spin vs a T-26 horde!
So another After Action Report “AAR” and the first full one with the German Czech Panzers! I’d had a couple of practice games prior, but both had been against infantry. Dave, however, had warned me this game would be versus Tanks; Soviet Legkiy Tankovy Battalion to be precise – I just didn’t expect this many tanks!
The Soviet Horde
(Czechoslovakia’s best export since Pilsner Urquell – Ed)
I used the list I’ve built and kept using, so that was nice and simple.
We rolled up “Free for All”, and I was the ‘attacker’. We mirrored our deployment of objectives, and we’re very similar with out units too, both arty and flame tank platoons on one side, looted T-34/Zis-2 guns on the other – tanks everywhere else!
With my recce move done, I got first turn.
I slowly advanced, hoping to do the traditional German snipe and storm trooper. Sadly my shooting only bailed a couple of tanks, and the the Pz-38(t)’s failed their storm trooper move! The Panhards succeeded, but then bogged twice!
Dave managed to get his plane in (spoiler – it arrived every bloody turn) but despite hitting 2 tanks it only bailed 1! The T-26’s were more successful, killing a Pz-38(t), and the two bailed Panhards; at least they stayed on the board. His flame tanks advanced towards mine!
Knowing he had the numbers, I knew I needed to remove a platoon. Using all my Pz-38(t)’s, I managed to take his central platoon down to half strength, before my mortars hit three others (even after the two gun reroll of hits!), killing one and bailing another – this was enough for the platoon to run. Meanwhile the 2 IC and Panhards (and flammpanzer) tried, and failed, to hurt his flame tanks.
Dave opened up with his Zis-2 guns on my tanks, scoring three 6’s to hit on 6 dice – eviscerating the platoon! His plane also came in over the other platoon with three planes! Hitting three times I somehow saved two of my tanks!
With fewer resources now, I began to focus my fire; the remaining Pz-38t’s took out the Zis-2 guns, whilst the Panhard and 2IC killed some flame tanks. The T-34 continued to miss spectacularly!
Dave’s flame tanks moved up and opened up on my arty, killing the platoon commander and a gun – breaking the platoon. The plane,only one this time,took out another Pz-38(t), but thankfully the T-26’s failed to hurt my forces. But by assaulting the empty position Dave now had my objective!
My flammpanzer had now reached his arty, and burnt them up to claim Dave’s objective. The 2IC moved back, and with the help of the Panhard and remaining Pz-38(t)’s forced the flame tanks to test – but they passed.
The 2IC then ‘storm-trooper’ed to contest the objective!
Dave’s Flame Tanks killed my last Panhard, and bailed the 2IC. The T-26’s shot the looted T-34 to no effect! The plane swooped in to kill the remaining Pz-38(t)’s hoping to force a company test, but missed!
And with that its all over, it felt a lot longer than just 4 turns – but it was a lot of fun.
I think being a weeknight friendly game, we both were up for going for the win. I also think there were both points we thought we’d lost the game.
Destroying Dave’s middle T-26 platoon meant my flammpanzer (and also in my original plan Panhards) could easily get to his objective – until the armored cars bogged on their ‘storm trooper’ moves. Speaking of which this game reminded me not to rely on those, as I think my Pz-38(t)’s only managed to ‘storm trooper’ once all game! Dave’s plane though, kept turning up; I was lucky when he got a flight of three to roll two 6’s to save!
It was a great little fun game, and I look forward to a rematch soon!