Sunday, January 17, 2016

Firestorm Caen: Turn 5

In this blog post I'll share all of the details for the final turn of the Firestorm: Caen campaign. After 187 games, the Allies hold a slight lead in victory points at 657-645. Unfortunately for the Allies, this hasn't translated to campaign success as the Germans have captured key locations to thwart the Allied advance. Turn 4 saw the Allied troops advance into the areas around Caen. Turn 5 will see continued fighting around Caen and assaults to relieve the 7th Armoured Division that is trapped at Villers Bocage. Read on for the full details on all battles for the final turn!




Turn 5 is the final turn for the Firestorm Caen campaign. Final campaign victory points are calculated from points for territories held and points for Firestorm Troops destroyed. Allied forces will need to capture lots of territory to be able to compete for the final campaign victory. With 6 attacks this turn, a strong turn from the Allies can turn the final result around. This turn features the first assaults into Caen itself. Unfortunately, the troops won't have time to capture the entire city but can win major points with the people back home if they are able to capture at least part of the city. Supreme Allied Commander Eisenhower and the rest of the Allied High Command are becoming frustrated with the lack of progress in the British sector. Montgomery needs a strong showing in this final turn to protect his job and show that Britain is still an important player in the war.

You can see all of the posts in this series so far by clicking on the Firestorm Caen tag.

The map was getting unwieldy with all of the Firestorm troops on it. The red arrows are Allied attacks. The black arrows are German attacks.
Caen North
After the breakthrough in Epron, Allied forces are positioned on the Northern outskirts or Caen. The British forces have massed British and Commonwealth armor for a decisive assault to capture all of Caen South of the Orne River. This assault is crucial to the Allied success in this campaign. The fanatical Hitlerjugend of the 12. SS Panzer Division have moved in to support the German troops. They have been commanded to hold their ground at all costs. 

Mission: Pincer
Terrain: City
Allied Firestorm Troops: 31 Tank Brigade-CT 2 Churchill VI and 1 Churchill III or IV (or 200 points)
AND
2 Canadian Infantry Division-CT Command R/MG, 6 R/MG teams, 1 PIAT team, 1 Light Mortar team. All have sticky bombs. (Canadian special rules) (or 100 points)
German Firestorm Troops: 12. SS Panzer IV-FV 3 Panzer IV H (or 250 points)
AND
Grenadier Platoon-CT 1 Command Panzerfaust/SMG, 4 R/MG teams, and a 7.5 cm Pak 40.

Some lovely half-tracks from Rob T.

Caen West
Operation Charwood was supposed to capture Caen itself after an extensive bombing campaign. Fierce resistance around Carpiquet slowed the Allied advance. After capturing Carpiquet, Allied forces have regrouped for an assault into Caen from the West. The Allied forces have committed the tough Canadian and Scottish troops to the battle. Unbeknownst to the Allies, the Germans have brought the new Tiger II tanks into Caen. After unloading the King Tigers from rail cars at night, these behemoths are ready to be used in the defense of Caen.

Mission: Hasty Attack
Terrain: City
Allied Firestorm Troops: 2 Canadian Armoured Brigade-CT 2 Shermans and 1 Firefly VC (Canadian special rules) (or 200 points)
AND
15 Scottish Infantry Division-CT Command R/MG, 6 R/MG teams, 1 PIAT team, 1 Light Mortar team. All have sticky bombs. (or 100 points)
German Firestorm Troops: 503. Schwere Panzerabteilung-1 CV Konigstiger (Porsche) (or 300 points)
AND
Grenadier Platoon-CT 1 Command Panzerfaust/SMG, 4 R/MG teams, and a 7.5 cm Pak 40.

A great picture from Morgan.

Breville
Allied paratroopers and glider troops captured Breville on D-Day over a month ago. Since then, repeated German attacks have forced back the weary troops. New reinforcements in Sword Beach have allowed the Allies to launch another attack to capture Breville and threaten Caen from the North. The Allied paratroopers that captured the city initially are a broken force and have been sent back to England for rest, refitting, and replacements.

Mission: No Retreat
Terrain: Plains
Allied Firestorm Troops: 34 Tank Brigade-CT 2 Churchill VI and 1 Churchill III or IV (or 200 points)
AND
Guards Armoured Division-CT 3 Shermans and 1 Firefly VC (or 250 points)
German Firestorm Troops: 8 Werfer-CV SMG command team with Kfz15 field car, Observer team with Kubelwagen, and 3 Panzerwefer 42 rocket launchers with 5 or more crew (or 150 points)
AND
1 HMG Nest and 2 Minefields (or 100 points)



Tilly Sur-Seulles
After a month of fighting, much of the beautiful Normandy countryside is a smoldering ruin. Weeks of fighting and bombing have left the once-beautiful town of Tilly Sur-Seulles in ruins. Despite this, the fight continues as Allied troops attack through the rubble and wreckage to relieve the 7th Armoured Division that is still holding out on Villers Bocage.

Mission: Counterattack
Terrain: Bocage
Allied Firestorm Troops: 4 Armoured Brigade-CV 2 Shermans and 1 Firefly VC (or 200 points)
AND
33 Armoured Brigade-CT 2 Shermans and 1 Firefly VC (or 200 points)
German Firestorm Troops: 10 SS Stug-FV 3 StuG G or StuG IV (or 300 points)
AND
2 snipers (or 100 points)

Scott M.

Villers Bocage
Despite being surrounded and attacked from all sides, the Desert Rats continue to build their fame with guerilla fighting to maintain control of the area around Villers Bocage. Knowing they will face a long walk to Germany if they lose, the 7th Armoured Division and the 50th Northumbrian Infantry fight on. Allied forces have launched assaults to relieve the beleaguered forces. Will help come in time or will the 9th SS Panzer Division succeed and recapture Villers Bocage. One of the greatest tank battles in history is nearing it's conclusion.

SPECIAL: Allied forces at this location are Out of Supply. They are all 1 motivation level lower than normal. Ex. confident troops are now reluctant. Reluctant troop morale is on a 6+. Fearless troops are now confident for this battle. Calculate points as normal, and then play with your troops at 1 lower motivation level. This applies to Firestorm troops and your normal company troops.

Mission: Surrounded
Terrain: Bocage
Allied Firestorm Troops: 7 Armoured Division-RV (becomes 6+ motivation) 3 Cromwell IV's and 1 Firefly VC (Cautious not Stupid) (or 300 points)
AND
50 Northumbrian Division-CV (becomes RV) Rifle Platoon with Command R/MG, 6 R/MG, 1 PIAT, 1 Light Mortar (Have sticky bombs) (or 100 points)
German Firestorm Troops: 9. SS Panzer IV-FV 3 Panzer IV H (or 250 points)


Bretteville
Operation Epsom was launched to capture the land around Bretteville L'Orgueilleuse in anticipation of a push into Caen. Unfortunately, the German troops in the area had other ideas. AS the Allied forces attacked into Carpiquet, the German forces launched a bold counterattack to recapture the lost ground. Over a month into the campaign in Normandy, the British forces once again are looking to expand and protect their beachhead from German artillery barrages. 

Mission: Fighting Withdrawal
Terrain: Bocage
Allied Firestorm Troops: 59 Staffordshire Infantry Division-CT Command R/MG, 6 R/MG teams, 1 PIAT team, 1 Light Mortar team. All have sticky bombs. (or 100 points)
AND
Air Support-Limited Typhoons (or 150 points)
German Firestorm Troops: Grenadier Mortar Platoon-CT 1 Command SMG, 2 observer rifle teams, 4 8cm GW34 mortars. (or 100 points)



Hill 112
Allied forces around Caen are now pushing South to secure the high ground on what has been labelled as Hill 112. This inconspicuous hill provides a perfect vantage point from which to direct artillery onto the Allied forces attacking Caen. The 51st Highland Division has been tasked with capturing the hill.

Mission: Cauldron
Terrain: Open plains. Hills.
Allied Firestorm Troops: 51 Highland Division-CT Command R/MG, 6 R/MG teams, 1 PIAT team, 1 Light Mortar team. All have sticky bombs. (or 100 points)
AND
Air Support-Limited Typhoons (or 150 points)
German Firestorm Troops: 9 Werfer-CV SMG command team with Kfz15 field car, Observer team with Kubelwagen, and 3 Panzerwefer 42 rocket launchers with 5 or more crew (or 150 points)
AND
Grenadier Mortar Platoon-CT 1 Command SMG, 2 observer rifle teams, 4 8cm GW34 mortars. (or 100 points)


Colombelles
Although German reinforcements have been whittled down by the fighting, confident German commanders have launched an offensive to recapture Epron and threaten the Allied flank. The powerful 1. SS Panthers have been sent to recapture this valuable ground.

Mission: Breakthrough
Terrain: Bocage
Allied Firestorm Troops: 51 Highland Division-RV Command R/MG, 6 R/MG teams, 1 PIAT team, 1 Light Mortar team. All have sticky bombs. (Cautious not stupid) (or 100 points)
AND
Air Support-Limited Typhoons (or 150 points)
German Firestorm Troops: 1. SS Panthers-FV 2 Panther A (or 350 points)

Graph of total Victory Points so far in the campaign. Very close!

Remember to send your results in the following format to rustandthecity at gmail.com. Turn 5 results should be submitted by February 1, 2016!

Campaign Map Location:
Allied player name:
Axis player name:
Allied points:
Axis points:

1 comment:

  1. Results emailed last night and AAR up!

    http://lostdamnedstunted.blogspot.com/2016/02/taking-hill-112.html

    Thanks for running this mate. I wish I could have played more of the turns.

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