Panzer Grenadier Battles on February 25th:
Desert Rats #8 - Cavalleria
Belgian Blitz
Author Schoenwulf
Method Solo
Victor Germany
Play Date 2017-03-31
Language English
Scenario FaoF002

Late in the afternoon of May 10, 1940, troops of the Grossdeustchland Division (GD) moved west from Etalle. As they approached Villers-sur-Semois, they encountered elements of the French 2nd Escadron, 5th Cuirassiers of the 2nd Division Legere de Cavalerie. The French had a 25mm artillery platoon hidden in the woods adjacent to a small village in the southeast sector, two dismounted cavalry platoons at the south end of the swamp, and a dismounted infantry/HMG group on the ridge above the southwest village. The 25mm unit was quickly discovered and demoralized by OBA, abandoning their weapon by 1545, which left the roadblock in the southeast village to be cleared shortly thereafter. Nothing seemed to slow the relentless German advance and the primary firefight occurred near the southwest village. The Germans were reinforced with regular army units including a StuGIIIA at 1700 hours, and those units quickly moved west on the open road. By 1800, all French units except for Sous-Lt. Larouche’s group on the ridge by the southwest village were eliminated, and that group finally succumbed to overwhelming German firepower at 1815, resulting in a clear victory for the Germans.

This is a brief (12-turn) single map scenario that seems to heavily favor the Germans, who have overwhelming firepower. It would probably been best to group the French units for combined fire, a strategy not used here. The German had the initiative on 11 of 12 turns making it a true blitzkrieg. In the end, the French had lost all their units for a total of eight steps lost to one for the Germans, a decisive Axis victory.

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