Panzer Lehr Stands Strong
Panzer Lehr #2
|(Defender) Germany||vs||Britain (Attacker)|
|Britain||8th Durham Light Infantry|
|Germany||901st "Lehr" Panzergrenadier Regiment|
|Overall Rating, 4 votes|
|Scenario Rank: --- of 609|
|Parent Game||Panzer Lehr|
|Maps||2: 10, 7|
|Layout Dimensions||56 x 43 cm
22 x 17 in
|Kill Them All|
|Scenario Requirements & Playability|
|Battle of the Bulge||maps|
Caen was a first-day objective for the British forces on D-Day. Now, three days later it was still German-held. The leadership recognized the significance of Bayeux's position, and after capturing it, planned to use it as a strong base for the next stage of the offensive. Taking little time to consolidate their gains of the last few days, the British pushed aggressively south towards Tilly-sur-Seulles. Just to the east of Tilly-sur-Seulles lay the hamlet of Saint Pierre, and just beyond that, the all-important bridge over the Seulles River.
The British advanced southward unimpeded until they neared Saint Pierre. Panzer Lehr had aggressively moved forward upon their arrival and occupied the village in order to facilitate future counterattacks. This position also secured the rear of the Panzer Lehr contingent fighting around Ellon. Two companies of panzers sat in reserve stationed nearby if necessary, but the British were turned back without their help.
|AFV Rules Pertaining to this Scenario's Order of Battle|
|6 Errata Items|
The map orientation diagram is upside down. Map 10 should be inverted to the west and Map 7 should be straight up to the east. With this change the British entry conditions make sense and will coordinate with the narrative of the scenario which indicates that the bridge is to the east of Saint Pierre (if you read between the lines a little).
(Matt W on 2013 Mar 06)
The German OOB calls for one 120mm mortar, one Lt. Col. and 2 Sdkfz-9s. None of these are available in the Beyond Normandy Heer mix or in the Panzer Lehr unit mix. I found the Lt. Col. and the Sdkfz-9s in Battle of the Bulge (we use a map from BoB in this one) and had to go to Road to Berlin for the 120mm.
(Matt W on 2013 Mar 06)
All Bren carriers should have a movement value of 7.
The "Optional Values" for the Firefly given in an Avalanche Press Daily Content piece on the 17-Pdr Anti-Tank gun (and printed on a replacement counter sheet Download) are now the Official Ratings, published in games like Cassino '44, Grossdeutschland 1946, and Indian Unity. These are:
5-5 / 8-8 Full Strength and 3-5 / 8-8 Reduced Strength.
(caryn on 2012 May 03)
The morale and combat modifiers of German Sergeant #1614 should be "0", not "8".
All SPW 251s have an armor value of 0.
Played ftf with Hugmenot.
I had to try. The British advance on Lehr holding a bridge and a town. A major British victory awaits the commander who can take both the town and the bridge in the short amount of time available (only 12 turns). Taking one or the other appears quite straightforward and will lead to a British victory. Both Daniel and I felt that such a result seemed quite likely.
My troops entered from the north edge of the board and immediately avoided the only place where Lehr could ambush me, in the woods leading to the town. For two turns my troops seemed to head directly for the bridge in order to capture the minor victory. While I could have entered on the western edge of the board I would then have had to fight nearly all of the Lehr foces at once for the town and without the ability to freeze some of the troops in place even capturing the town seemed out of the picture.
After two turns my attempt to gather a major victory came into focus and my troops found a central position between the two German forces. The remainder of the game saw me trying to juggle my forces (which had some morale problems) between the two objectives. I must have donw a good job because the scenario came down to a single die roll at botht he town and the bridge on the last turn of the game.
Sadly for me, neither die roll went my way.
I did however, manage to create some economic benefit to the local French as with the number of Shermans I left on the field burning their scrap iron markets would be filled for months to come.
I had a great time with this one as my plan to split the Germans into two non-supporting pockets worked to perfection and only the wastage of troops during the scenario kept me from taking both objectives. A very clear and well measured scenario in my opinion. Again a British win is likely if the British player is conservative. I wasn't. I rate this one a "4".
|Panzer Lehr Stands Confused|
This replay was a bit funny because I really didn't pay close enough attention to the wording of the victory conditions for the British, and might have had an easier time of it as a result. In this battle the British need to capture a town and a bridge from a weak Lehr battalion, with a battalion of infantry and a battalion of Shermans to do it.
I split the German defenders into a stronger force holding the town and a weaker force the bridge. The British should have concentrated all their forces on the bridge , approaching from the north, and played for the minor victory. Instead I split my forces into stronger and weaker groups and tried to take both simultaneously. The town has a large area of fields to the south, so the British town assault force could approach mostly unseen.
Had their morale rolls gone better, the Germans stood a good chance of stalling the British drives in both locations. However, the British were quite lucky in delivering a good number of X and 2X results, and the Germans suffered a lot of leader losses and morale failures, making it very difficult for them to maneuver their forces. They did succeed in conducting a number of infantry assaults on tanks, and their Panzerfausts wreaked a toll on the Shermans and Fireflies.
The bridge was secured with relative ease, but the town required a protracted scramble to finally root out the last die hard defenders, with reinforcements trickling in from the successful bridge assault to allow the British to finally carry the town.
Not a bad scenario but it felt a bit disjointed in play, perhaps because I didn't stick to a sound plan for either side. Could be worth another play someday with my attention more focused.