The plan for the 21st Panzer division is to capture and hold the centre hills and strike on their right flank to capture the wadi then move along the line of hills. The understrength NZ Infantry division chose not to defend the centre hill, but instead hold a defensive line along the hills and wadi, close to the baseline where a few precious are available.
(Note - preparation and set up activities for this game can be found in the previous post.)
In the opening game moves 21st Panzer units quickly advanced and occupied the centre hills which would be used to support the flanking attack on the right. To counter this Allied reserves quickly arrived and rather than sit idly back and wait for the onslaught, they pushed forward with two tank sorties. One along the road on their right flank, and another with the heavily armoured a Matilda tank unit against the centre hills.
|The sortie by tanks along the road is stopped with the help of an 88mm unit|
|A Matilda tank unit attack against the centre hills proves to be very successful and causing difficulties for the 21st Panzer and their plans|
|The swift advance by the 21st Panzer was stymied somewhat by Allied tank sorties|
Having dealt with the tank sorties down the road, the Axis begin their attack through the wadi and on to the hills. In the centre they were struggling to contain and suppress the Matilda tank unit which was stubbornly hanging on. This meant their centre were unable to provide support for the flank attack on the hills.
|The flank attack begins without support from the centre hills who are occupied trying to suppress a Matilda tank unit.|
|The wadi is secured and the attack on the hills begins|
Getting a Foothold
The 21st Panzer units finally gain a foothold on the hill, prompting the Allies to move their last tank unit across to counter the treat. The Allied units were perilously thin on the ground. Their sortie on the centre hills had ended and this meant Panzer forces, while also short of armour, were able to coordinate with their AT and artillery to finally secure their second objective and securing a victory.
|Having destroyed the Allied tank sortie Axis forces are able to coordinate their AT and artillery to support the attack gain a foothold on the hills. The last Allied tank unit attempts a counter attack.|
|The hills are finally captured after the Allied counter attack fails.|
An Axis victory, they are now well positioned to win the campaign by winning one more of the next two games.