I also got to use my new German army which is now almost finished bar a few stands of this and that.
I attacked with a full corps and assets whilst Mark defended with a Division of three regiments.
German forces awaiting deployment. The other regiment is still in the box.
Marks defences laid out.....
I opted for a 5 day pre bombardment as I had learned from previous games with Ian that clearing the wire with your field artillery was hit and miss so I wanted to try and remove as many sections of wire as I could and inflict as much damage on the French defences with my heavy guns...
My attack went rather well and for the part I was mostly unopposed coming over the wire. Mark had retreated out of the from sectors probably as a result of the barrage of artillery.
The French did receive a free regiment as I went past 3 days on the pre bombardment.
Mark lost this early in to the game but I had a potential problem with a FO and some brigaded field guns which MArk was starting to thump me with. My stosstruppen managed to contact the FO and kill it which silenced the guns.
I opted to use some pre planned gas attacks which ended up killing more of my troops than Marks
I managed to secure two out of three objectives with minimal losses, something which is rare !
Over on the other table side I launched a second wave with another Division of three regiments.
The wire held them up for a turn but they were soon across and over
All quiet on the western front....
Where are all those French?
I just had to take this last objective.....
But soon came under heavy fire from the entrenched defending regiments of French.
Over on the right I opted not to open up with my firing as this would allow the French to call in a lot of nasty artillery. I was going to close assault to clear the trenches.
Mark needed to leave early so Ian took over.....
It was an interesting game and I did not expect the result. Usually the attacker takes a beating big time but for some reason this was not the case.
A few machine guns and more on table guns would of slaughtered me on the wire but I guess the pre bombardment was effective enough in deterring the French from doing this.
Great game, looking forward to another soon.