Battle of the Blogs – WtP:Operation Sea Lion AAR – Turn 9

Check out Chip’s German Turn 9 over at his Fog of Wargames Blog.

Turn 9

More good weather, seems odd for these climes.

Satisfyingly the interception levels keep rising with every turn, up to 40 now. The ramifications of this must be stinging the isolated German War Machine desperately trying to knock on the door of Fortress London.

Here’s the situation at the beginning of the British Turn 9. The German front has tried to reassemble itself, still in a wide and long posture. However the western front has started to pick up some speed and attempt a wide flanking manoeuvre. The dark cloud of oppression sweeps westwards along the British coastline and the Garrison at Portsmouth is under siege.

Here you can see the push by German armour into the west approaching Basingstoke. Our 1st Infantry Brigade has been severely cut off and surrounded by the Panzers looks to be in some serious trouble. Morale in low.

I swing the beleaguered 1st around northwards and pour what I can into the gap in the German western flank, effectively cutting off a unit of the 2nd Panzers.

I now start to pound the 2nd Panzers with Artillery/

Happily, they take substantial losses.

My 2nd US Tank Brigade deep behind enemy lines is cut off, however I manage to force march a small unit of the 1st Infantry across to open up the supply line to the brave armour. I decide to take a look, using air recon, at what has been held back at Hastings to defend the hampered supply lines (naval interdiction is exerting 140+ losses already)  coming in from Boulogne.

My spitfire and Lysander patrol from Airgroup III reveal that those excitable Germans have left nothing in defense at Hastings!

I decide to shift the tank brigade deeper towards the coastline, squeezing the incoming German supply lines and possibly severing it from the main body stationed in Eastbourne.

I turn my attention back to the German front line, and pound them with artillery first to soften them up. I then hit them with a ground attack from multiple directions, gaining a concentric bonus of +20%.

The combined use of arms from multiple directions seems to have done the trick, avoiding casualties and causing the Germans to break or retreat.

Time to mop up some of the remaining weaker German units, holding the frontal line of assault. After a pounding with arty, I once again send in multiple units to assault with concentric AND divisional bonuses!

The German 34th Infantry Division crumble under the pressure.

More gaps are opening up in their front line.

Yet more punishment awaits the weak units at the front. More arty poured on, multi-directional attacks.

And the German 26th are badly beaten and retreat.

I advance into the vacuum left behind, and run more arty and multi-attacks. This is becoming a successful tactic for pushing the enemy back one hex at a time, whilst keeping the density of my defensive line thick enough to remain contiguous.

We take a few losses, but by brute force reap a double retreat.

Bringing fresh units up to the front from the rear, I rush the remaining Panzers stranded on the railway lines.

With armour in support the combined arms manage to exert high losses and force the remaining Panzers to pull back.

The British front line of defense is starting to look strong and deep enough to withstand this German incursion. Winston will be very happy with these reports.

A last check of the supply situation on the eastern side. The push to sever the supply lines has left a lot of the German rear in Allied hold.

The western side isn’t as clear cut, the strong German armour is in command of quite a chunk of England, with Portsmouth being besieged. Here you can the convoluted path it takes to supply the troops in Pompey. Circling the Panzers, through Basingstoke, Winchester and finally by boat from Southampton, we’re still getting supplies through to them. Hopefully they can hold out, until we sap the fuel supplies of the rolling thunder on its way in a wide arc to London.


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