Saturday, 24 September 2016

Colombelles, June 9th, 1944

After successfully relieving D Cmpany of the Ox and Bucks at Pegasus Bridge, elements of 6 Commando have pushed on along the Caen Canal and the River Orne to secure further bridges.

Elements of the 192nd Panzergrenadier Regiment stationed at Cairon, have renewed their assault against the British keen to make good their failure of attempting to take Pegasus Bridge.

Elements of 6 Commando

Troop HQ
Lt Daniel Faringey (Senior Leader), Sgt Fraser Smith (Senior Leader), PIAT team and 2" Mortar Team and Sniper

No1 Section
Cpl Sidney Squires (Junior Leader), LMG Team, Rifle Team

No2 Section
Cpl Fred Cooper (Junior Leader), LMG Team and Rifle Team

No3 Section
Cpl Stanley Whitaker (Junior Leader), 2x LMG Team and Sniper

Troop Support

  • 2Lt Arthur Sykes, FAO and 3" Mortar Team
  • Cpl Oliver Mount (Medic)

Elements, 192nd Panzergrenadier Regiment

Platoon HQ
Leutnant Willi Schneider (Senior Leader) and Panzerschreck Team

Sections 1-3 (identical - led by Obergefreiters (Junior Leaders) Hans Zupp, Paul Schmall, and Hermann Zeitsfrei.
1 LMG team and three riflemen and 1 LMG team and two riflemen. Two panzerfausts per section.

Platoon Support

  • Leutnant Franz Blindz, FAO and 81mm mortar team
  • Obergefreiter Karl Scmidt (Medic)
  • Regular Heer Infantry Section led by Obergefreiter (Junior Leader) Zelig Weber, 1x LMG team and 1x Rifle team including 1x Panzerfaust.
  • 1x Sdkfz 251
  • 1x Sdkfz 251/9 Stummel, led by Obergefreiter (Junior Leader) Franz Mueller

Collombes, with the Orne Bridge (objectives for the Germans - top centre)
viewed from the 192nd PzGren Btn start line in the West
Obergefreiter Hans Zupp's No1 Section comes under fire
from the stone cottage. Puffs of rifle and LMG fire can be seen in the windows
Obergefreiter Schmall's No2 Section is pinned with casualties as
the Commando Forward Observer calls for artillery support.
Leutnant Blindz the Artillery Observer advances to take up a spotting position
as Medic Obergefreiter Scmidt attempts to make contact with Schmall's men
near the Grocers.
Hans Zupp's section gets into the blind-spot of the stone cottage
attempting to outflank the British.
Cpl Sid Squires section advance on the row of terraced houses
with Cpl Franks the Medic
Squire's section heaps misery on Schmall's men behind the hedgerow
Lt Faringey arrives with PHQ in support of Squire's forward
position in the terraced houses.
German reinforcements arrive in the shape of Obergefreiter Weber's
Infantry who aim to help the flank assault.
Zeitsfrei's 3rd Section move up in their halftrack
The 192nd are thwarted once more by a second artillery barrage which kills
Schmidt the Medic and pins bot the 3rd Section in their halftrack and the Stummel
which has spent most of the game attempting to suppress the Commando's
in the stone cottage.

German morale collapses.

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