Thursday, 8 August 2013
The Battle of Sidi Rezegh (day 2) in full swing.
Here are some shots of the battle at the end of last night's play. I can't believe that the table, for Command Decision, is only 6 x 6; even on a 10 x 6 it looks quite crowded.
British and German armour engages west of the aerodrome. The Germans are tearing into the British tanks.
A regiment of A15 Crusaders from 22nd Armoured Brigade rushes through a gun line of 2pdr AT guns still on their portees.
5th Panzer Regiment, fans out across the desert, supported by an 88 which has quickly been brought into action. The regiment is advancing on a front of 1500m.
n the northern (left) flank of 5th Panzer Regiment, more close support artillery comes into the fray.
Around the aerodrome the British are forming a second defensive area - they have lost 'B' and the first German infantry are, in limited numbers, above the second escarpment.
British 25pdrs of 60th and 4th field regiments cluster around the aerodrome.
Below the second escarpment the Germans, of Group Knabe, are renewing their attack after initially being repulsed.
On point 'A' a company of 1st KRRC and command and control elements are the last defenders holding the escarpment.
The Germans move on 'B' (central) with close artillery support. It is the German artillery, including the 210cm Morser 18s firing from Belhamed, that have done the killing - the German infantry is advancing on empty positions.
Last night was one of the only times I have ever felt sorry for Peter. He only won 10% of the initiative, and Graham was winning it in big numbers including a runs of over 40 initiative points. Next week will see the conclusion because both sides are now quite low on morale chips. 'B' has fallen to the Germans. 'A' is destined to fall due to the artillery concentrations that are bound to fall on it. It will come down to who holds 'C'. My money, is on a hard fought draw.
Posted by JAMES ROACH at 03:40