Panzer Campaigns Normandy 44 AAR

Following the successful local action at Secqueville elements of the I./SS.Pz.Rgt.12 came into solid and heavy contact with several units of the British 8th Armoured Brigade. Several companies of Stuarts, Shermans, Churchills and even some of the strange looking tanks that hit the beaches two days ago, began a protracted drive against the front held by the Pz IV H’s of SS Panzer Regiment 12. Roughly about half the battalion was deployed to the East of Secqueville while II./SS.Pz.Rgt.12 held position some miles to the rear. Around 17:35 several British tanks began long range fire against the Panzer IV’s. Though the fire was ineffective most commanders ‘buttoned up’. This initial salvo was accompanied by several salvoes of large calibre activity, probably ship borne, that knocked out two tanks via direct hits. Using this hail of fire as cover, the British advanced steadily to engage our tankers at short range. Despite artillery support and the aid of the long range guns that out Panthers bear, I./SS.Pz.Rgt.12 was forced to abandon its position and retire into the ruins of Secqueville. Despite knocking out 7 enemy vehicles it suffered similar losses to its own ranks. Obersturmbannfuhrer Wunsche ordered its immediate withdrawal should it become overwhelmed by the British armour. Several self propelled guns from Stug Abteilung 200 were called up to support the 12th SS’s Panthers while the second half of the I Abteilung of SS Panzer Regiment 12 also moved forward to support the Panthers on their left flank.

 

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2 comments on “Panzer Campaigns Normandy 44 AAR

  1. antiscamp says:

    Do you play Hearts of Iron too? I’ve bought all the expansions and stuff for it, but unfortunately, HoI3 is so detailed and grand-scale that I haven’t had time to really get into it yet.

  2. jmcneice says:

    Antiscamp

    I dabbled in HOI in its first incarnation but I didnt like it. Ive tried HOI3 but I find the game lacking somewhat. However there are several user made mods that breathe a lot of life into the game in terms of depth and chrome. I regularly check the AAR section of the Paradox forums and there are some good stories written around ongoing games. Some very strange alternative histories if I may add!

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