My regular Wednesday night opponent finally returned to the battlefield and we selected A24 Regalbuto Ridge to start the gaming year. This scenario appears to be a straight up slugfest as German 8-3-8's, 4-6-8's go toe to toe against British 4-5-8's in the Italian hills. We managed to complete one turn before wrapping up and as expected..there were already a pile of dead counters.
My opponent drew the Gemans and set up in a long line with the 81mm Mortar and MMG on the hills to provide fire support. The German 9-2 settled in with the MMG and would rain pain down on my boys. There are no woods on the map, as all woods are brush. I struggled to remember this initially and missed some shots because I thought woods were blocking me.
I drew the British and set up a defense in depth on the hills. SSR required that all of my units set up on hill hexes. I have the advantage initially as my forces occupy the victory location hill hexes. So my game plan is to slow the German advance as much as possible and hang on to the hill hexes. Not too complicated...
I had not played my regular opponent since last September. And I immediately noticed some real play differences. My games against Big Kansas, my Friday opponent are played very quickly. My regular Friday opponent does not move quickly and almost painfully slow at times. I thought we would never get through his opening move, which consumed an hour and a half, which left me only 30 minutes for my turn 1.
The Germans managed to place one smoke that really blocked some of my better fire power, but my other units managed to lay down a lot of fire, which stung the Germans as they advanced in the open and brush covered ground.
The Germans have an off-board 75* IeIG gun that went to work early on my forces, but without much effect.
The Germans did manage to wipe out a 4-5-8 in E7 in their close combat, but in my Prep Fire, I pinned the 9-1 and DM'd the squads back to D6.
The situation at the end of Turn 1. The Germans made good progress and remained relatively intact. Turn 2 will be a challenge for us both.