During this minute of WeGo action a mortar team is decimated, two men fall foul of the same handgun, an anti-tankist uses the F word, and I marvel at CMx2’s glorious unpredictability.
(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).
The cussing tankophobe is part of the 6-pounder crew and utters his expletive in the first few seconds of the turn. The trigger is the sight of a hefty German self-propelled howitzer muzzle brake traversing in his direction.
A 10.5cm HE round is on its way long before the pinned AT gun crew has got its act together.
The round misses. It appears our howitzer needs to raise its barrel a smidgen. No problem – a second shot should do the trick.
But there is no second shot – not this turn anyway. At almost exactly the same moment the SPH lets rip, its unbuttoned commander, Gruber, is spreadeagled by a British bullet. Spooked into reversing, the howitzer retaliates as it backtracks. The reply treebursts well short of the target, – a foxholed mortar team in the orchard – showering them with shrapnel, foliage, and pulped fruit. No casualties are caused and, later in the turn, the orchard mortarmen demonstrate their top-notch marksmanship again by sniping one of the fusiliers in the pumphouse.
Amazingly, the APC that starts the turn alongside the SPH also ends up reversing in blood-spattered panic. Using his weapon’s Lee-Enfield rear sight and fancy wooden stock to excellent effect, the wounded pumphouse Stenographer drops the distracted SPW 251/1’s gunner, provoking the retreat.
Thankfully, here endeth the bad news, and beginneth the good.
At T+20, utilising the narrowest of LoS keyholes, our medium mortar further depletes the 6-pounder crew.
At T+25 a fusilier from 6 Squad briefly illuminates the gloomy interior of the black l38 cottage by squeezing the trigger of his MG 42. Result? One less Allied scout slayer to the south.
At T+30, one of Woikin’s pathfinders hears suspicious noises while entering the garage and unholsters his Walther P38. A two-man PIAT team perishes in a flurry of pistol shots.
At T+40, the pumphouse tenants spot the 3-inch mortar in the monastery courtyard and rake it with SMG and rifle fire. Two of three crewmen are neutralised. The tube has just started bombarding the SPW 251/1.
The two portions of Bulau’s squad shift south successfully, and the tardy U304 halftrack finally makes it across the rail bridge.
Hirsch’s duo quit the southern cottage without attracting the attention of this chap at red r47.
Granatwerfer 36 fire claims at least one scalp in the vigorously suppressed canal-side foxholes.
The Panzer 35R ends the sixty with LoS to the pumphouse, orchard, bridge, and sections of the monastery grounds.