“And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. And the seven angels with the seven trumpets prepared to sound them.” (from the Book of Revelation).
In Turn 7 our pair of Granatwerfer 36s shake, shred, and suppress, and seven startled magpies presage disaster for a speeding Sonderkraftfahrzeug.
(Brinkmann’s Bridge is an open-to-all game of Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy in which the commenter-controlled Axis forces are out to recapture a Dutch canal spanner recently snatched by Red Devils. Each turn covers one minute of WeGo action. For a scenario outline, click here).
Squabbling over a roadside badger corpse at black m26, the gang of piebald Pica picas reluctantly disperses moments before the Comment Commanders’ crowded SPW 251/1 scurries past.
A few seconds later everyone aboard that halftrack is either dead or seriously wounded.
I wish I could tell you who or what fired the shell or shaped charge that wreaked so much havoc in such a short time, but I can’t – the turn movie dropped no hints. What I can say is this…
The HT was braking to disgorge its passengers when it came under telling machine gun fire from the vicinity of the pumphouse.
Hearing his gunner cry out then collapse on the floor behind him, the driver took an executive decision and went into reverse. The retreat was skilfully and swiftly managed (a replacement MG 34 operator did his best to discourage the pumphouse ambushers during the manoeuvre) but evidently there was still at least one unbroken LoS line between the Axis AFV and something hostile at T+35 – the moment the fatal projectile struck and penetrated the lower front hull.
Happily, on the other side of the canal, thanks largely to sterling work by three support units who, up until now, have contributed little, Turn 7 passed painlessly for the men in the coal scuttle helmets.
Things looked dicey for Woikin’s team by the blazing Leichter Panzerspähwagen until the SE light mortar quelled the paras on the other side of the track with an impressively accurate salvo of 5cm bombs…
….the NE mortar overcame its unspecified technical issue, and plastered the foxholes at red y40, silencing, temporarily at least, the Bren gunner who lurked there, and…
…trespassing on the railway, the SPW U304 reduced the British light mortar team at blue j51 by at least one Sten gunner.
While putting a little distance between themselves and the closest foe, Woikin’s mob couldn’t resist hurling some HE too.
Elsewhere during Turn 7:
Meister’s team approached the embankment.
Hirsch’s team and the eastern HQ reached column n.
Elm tended a wounded comrade.
Bulau’s band cautiously entered the green house by the railway bridge, and found it deserted.
The buttoned Panzer 35(t) hunted for targets without success, while, staying low, the scouts crept north.
On the road behind the conifer plantation, 5 Squad (Eichhorn) and 6 Squad (Deych) abandoned the Opel Blitz. The Kubelwagen and second halftrack have yet to deposit their passengers.