The Briefing for the game states
"In the aftermath of Operation Epsom, the German high command in the west ordered immediate counter-attacks against the newly created British salient, with the intention of driving the British Second Army back to the coast of France. Attacks by the 9th and 10th SS Panzer Divisions went in against the eastern shoulder of the Epsom salient. The opening German counter-attacks were led by 9th SS Hohenstaufen under SS Sturmbannfuher Weidinger and immediately came up against the forward positions of the depleted Tyneside Scottish, of the 49th West Riding Division dug in in front of Rauray".
The objectives for both sides were the taking and holding of Rauray by game end
An excellent book that covers this action in blow by blow detail is "Breaking the Panzers" by Kevin Baverstock
Kevin Baverstock Books
|The British deployment map with units dispositions and status, hidden and or dug in.|
|The table set up|
|The first German units receive fire from the outskirts of Rauray|
In response the German troops quickly spotted what they thought was a British AT gun position and brought it under direct fire from their tanks. The British infantry, close by, was forced off the hill and suffered high casualties in its withdrawal. The gun, however, was a dummy position and continued to be targeted by the German tanks.
|British elements spotted on the hill outside the village|
However the British had lost two infantry platoons on either flank and their third, on the hill on the British left flank, was under heavy attack from Panzergrenadiers with flamethrower halftracks in support. The last remaining 6lbr AT guns and the mortars were desperately firing into the ranks of the oncoming Germans to add their support to the British infantry's small arms fire.
|Panzergrenadier and Recon elements probe forward|
|With lead units burning the Panthers enter the fray|
|Panzer Grenadiers attempt to support the tanks|
|The first German units penetrate the woods close to the village|
Was the author killed by a sniper and his pocket book of notes taken by a passing Panzergrenadier?
Nothing quite so dramatic, I had to leave the game to join my son in Cornwall for his 21st birthday, and as I write this account I still don't know how the game ended.
|British AT guns guarded the approaches|
|A German halftrack burns on the road|
|The German attack developing|
Thanks to Ian for setting up, this, his first game at the club, and to Steve H., Steve L, and Nick for an enjoyable game in the Rauray Salient.