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Battle of the Bulge - Bolt Action Campaign by Andre77 and Bothi

Battle of the Bulge - Bolt Action Campaign by Andre77 and Bothi

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Mission 2 - continued

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As said before, if you want to see this battle in chronological order hit “View Oldest Entries First” on the left.

End of turn 4

This was the turn the Americans desperately needed. The artillery strike came in, pinned the entire German flank heavily, destroyed the MG42 team and caused lots of casualties to the Squad covering the trench infront of the American advance.

Also this part of the trench should see some bloody close quarter fighting. First on did the US squad in the middle realize that their position was nearly hopeless and that their only hope was in reaching the trenches. They charged the Germans battered by the artillery and annihilated that squad occupying the trenches themselves. Only to be counter charged by the second German squad occupying the other trench. They fought bravely and a took few Germans with them but in the end squad middle was annihilated. Only the chaplain remained.

The American officer couldn’t allow that and ordered squad inbetween to counter charge the counter chargers. Miraculously they came through that melee unharmed and annihiltated the second German squad for the turn. The squad on the right occupied the now empty gunpit. Finally there was an american presence in the trenches. But only two turn are remaining to capture the pillbox. And this was occupied by veterans. If only one German stays alive in there it would be a German victory.

Squad inbetween occupying the trenchSquad inbetween occupying the trench
Last Germans in the trenches: the Panzerschreck tries it's luck against the Hellcat... and misses.Last Germans in the trenches: the Panzerschreck tries it's luck against the Hellcat... and misses.
Squad right occupying the gunpitSquad right occupying the gunpit
View on the pillbox, protected by a minefield and occupied by tough veteransView on the pillbox, protected by a minefield and occupied by tough veterans

End of turn 5

Time was running out on the Americans. They had to assault the pillbox very soon or German reinforcements would arrive and they would be forced to retreat with a painful loss on their scorecard. A decision had to be made. Do they go around the minefield and only get one turn for assaulting the pillbox? Or do they charge the pillbox directly this turn through the minefield?

As nobody knew the rules of a minefield the Chaplain (still being alive against all odds) decided that he would be protected and charged through the minefield.

Chaplain charging through the minefield with a warcry on his lips ...Chaplain charging through the minefield with a warcry on his lips ...

It turned out this was quite “gamey” as the entire minefield could be cleared by a single person running through it (like 25% chance). But the luck of the Chaplain finally ran out, he tripped a mine, got blown to pieces and the minefield was still intact.

... which didn't help him in the end!... which didn't help him in the end!

Having seen how deadly these Germans mines are, the Americans decided to go around the minefield. Even if this would mean only getting one turn to attack the pillbox. The remaining US support units took care of a few remaining German stragglers outside the pillbox (Panzerschreck, Sniper and). Only the German 8cm mortar on the far left flank (US perspective) in the other gunpit, the German officer behind the pillbox and the veterans inside the pillbox remain.

Mission 2 - continued

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