By noon on the 26th 15th Scottish Div had broken through the main line of 12th SS Panzer Div infantry, taken Cheux and was mopping up, VIIIth Corps then tried to pass 11th AD through the town to continue the advance south. The divisional recce regiment, 2nd Northamptonshire Yeomanry were ordered to race south in the hopes of capturing the Odon bridges. South of Cheux the line was held by elements of 12th SS Panzer Divs recce and engineer battalions.
Forces were a recce troop from 2nd Northants Yeomanry vs a couple of sections from 12th SS Panzerpioniere Abt and a section of armoured cars from 12th SS PAA - the depth defences of 26th SSPGR south of Cheux.
The British infantry dodge into cover....
Martin organised this game, which used John's Platoon Commander's War rules. It was one of a series of linked scenarios we've been working our way through over the past few years. John and I commanded the Brits while Martin ran the Germans. My plan involved inserting the dismounts from the two Carriers and M3 scout car (two rifle groups and a Bren team) into cover from the west while John would trundle down the road from the north with the two Daimler armoured cars and command Dingo.
The toys are all 15mm (it'll never catch on) from Martin's collection.
...as an MG42 opens up from cover in a wheat field.
Sadly, having pinned the MG team with Bren fire, the buggers popped up again just as the Brit rifle group closed to assault them. Ouch.
The armoured cars finally appeared and helped out with Besa fire.
The second rifle group moves in to assault more Germans. SS Pioneers apparently.
An Sdkfz 234/1 crests the ridge.
The Daimlers move up and manage to dodge fire from the '234. But what is the SS Pioneers have a...
...Panzerfaust? Oh, they do. Martins toys have removeable turrets - I couldn't resist...
|Balance was soon restored - the Daimlers were fitted with Littlejohn adapters!|
The Carriers move up, as the Germans are clearly on the run!
The Carriers dismount their Bren teams who then sneak up to the crest line.
|Endgame. The Germans in the second field have been killed, and the Daimler has notched up another '234.|