Hey it is after Lenten services, and spending over an hour trying to reteach some Algebra 2 to my 16 year old son.
What better way to unwind then to type up another update.
Stonne Guderian 1st Time
Starting prestige 13388 after the Replacements and Overstrength 12367
In the air bringing 3 Fighters including Heinrich Bar, 3 Bf-110D's including Helmut Lent, 1 JU-87B, and 2 He-111H2.
On the Ground bringing 3 Sturmpanzers inc +3 Att, SE Pz3F, Pz3F, Somua, Albert Kerscher, and other Pz4D, 2 88's, 2 10.5cm arty's, Oleh Dir, +3 Att Pioniere, and 3.7cm Pak.
The Plan is let them run into my wall and then to push hard and fast South.
Here is how I chose to represent this:
All Right men! As you have heard in the night the French have come out in full force and have forced us out of Raucourt-et-Flaba. We shall rectify this shameful turn of events. They are poised to continue their pressure but we have laid out our experienced forces in such a way that they will not be able to penetrate our forces. After their initial push we will counter by systematically devestating each force that rushes forward into our trap.
Last minute preparations, lock and load for we are waking up to them assaulting us.
Day 1 5/17/1940 8:00AM
As the sun dawns in the sky they rushed forward into our well placed fighter group who shot many of their assulting wing directly out of the sky.
We followed this up with our boys in our 88's taking out the rest of them. We moved forward to pressure Raucourt-et-Flaba, and also forced the surrender of the remainder of the Hotchkiss's on the frontline battle lines.
The enemy responded by hitting our Pz3F Battalion hard destroying 4 of their starting strength.
We responded by eliminated 2 Fighter Wings and even their Potez Bombers.
Oleh Dir and hios aggressive Gerbisjagers wiped out 75mm battery defending Raucourt-et-Flaba, the rest of their front line forces were crushed by suppressing them with our artillery guns and mopping them up with our ground forces, this included their 25MM AA battery, 2 Cavalry Battalions, and 155mm Arty.
As the 3rd hour started the enemy had nothing left to throw at us.
We however continued our assault as the sun shining helped our flyboys bring down a group of Panhard's and softened up a bunch of other Front Line units. We were able to eliminate the resistance holding out in Raucourt-et-Flaba as well as Mouzen and seized them. Our boys in the 2nd Gerbisjager were also able to rush forward and eliminate the first Chasseurs Battalion near Beaumont-en-Argonne.
The only reaction to my brazen advance from the enemy was a fruitless attack against our captured Somua by their Somua units leaving them with 2 fewer machines.
The sun continues to shine allowing our tanks to continue to rain death on their Tank units.
This combined with our coordinated forces pushing South eliminated almost 2 entire Somua Battalions and a Hotchkiss Battalion as well as a Chaussers battalion.
We were even able to eliminate resistance in Chemery which allowed our auxiliary Anti-tank battery to seize it.
This brazeness brought out their Anti-Tank battery up to assault our ill prepared Anti-tank units that seized Chemery.
As the Clouds rolled into the afternoon which hampered our airforce's ability to effectively assault the enemy. Albert Kerscher able eliminate another group of Somua's.
We also brought our 22nd Pz3F's to bear against the Anti-tank battery assaulting Chemery.
Oleh Dir able to eliminate Garrison holding Beaumont-en-Argonne which allowed our 30th Pz4D to seize it and eliminate the last Battalion of Chasseurs defnding the outskirts of the city.
Thier Anti-tank battery came into a surprise when they moved up to assault our artillery battery guarded by 2 groups of Sturmpaner's.
This allowed our Anti-tank Battery's to finish them off.
The rest of the hour was spent preparing for the seizure of Stonne.
Unfortunately our auxiliary units crossing the LaBar River were severely wounded by a regiment of Cavalry hiding in the Western woods.
The enemy tried following this with an unsuccessful attack with their Char-B's hitting our Pz3F but ended with them having 2 fewer Char-B's.
Our boys in the air used the sun to eliminate the Char-B's and a group of Somua's from the battlefield.
The enemy also had a random AA battery that we were able to suppress with our artillery and eliminate them with ourt planes.
The enemy moved units to bolster the defense around Stonne, but this will not help.
In fact, this did not stop us from forcing the surrender of the Garrison stationed their.
Our 88's eliminated their Hotchkiss units, Battalion Chasseurs, and a Battalion of French Infantry. Unfortunately, our Somua boys were unexpectedly ambushed by a French Battalion which fortunately hurt mostly our pride.
Their relentless assault severely crippled our Pz3F which means they will be withdrawing these units from the Battlefield, for now.
Their last minute air force did more of our units on the Battlefield did my units some damage.
It is now time to give them some payback.
Oleh Dir and the 2nd Gerbisjager got us started by eliminating a pesky Cavalry Battalion hiding in the Eastern Forest.
Our 88's eliminated the remaineder of their airforce along with our boys in the air.
We still were able to use bombers to eliminate another Hotchkiss from the Battle field.
We even had enough strength to give our Pz4D time to eliminate another French Battalion.
The enemy ganged up to eliminate our auxiliary 3.7cm Pak Brothers in Arms.
Sun still shines as we continue to rain death on their Somua, Hotchkiss, and 155MM artillery battery.
Oleh Dir eliminated Las Cavalry in Eastern Woods and our SE Pz3F was able to eliminate another Cavalry hiding in the Eastern Woods.
With the last flickering rays of the day drifting below the Horizen they tried to assault our 3.7cm Pak but failed miserably thanks to some well placed defensive artillery.
The onset of this first evening did not stop Albert Kirscher from destroying the artillery battery defending Belleville. Our promoted Pioniere's decimated the last Cavalry Battalion coming out of the Western Woods.
Our Panzers overwhelmed yet another French Infantry battalion along with our boys manning our anti-tanks to eliminate another French Battalion. Our Engineer's restored our Somua's back up to fighting trim.
(I actually waited until the next morning to finish typing up as I got tired.)
Day 2 5/18/1940 8:00AM
Their Engineer unit was thwarted in their assault against our 88's as they lost more than a third of their units while only being able to disable one of our guns.
As the sun rises we used our combined forces to eliminate another set of Panhards as well as another French infantry Battalion off the Battlefield.
I am pleased to report that their last Hotchkiss was stopped dead by our effective Pioniere Battalion, as the sun continues to shine which allowed us to continue our devestation, as we were able to rain death on Hotchkiss's and the Garrison defending Vaux-en-Dieulet, as well as the unfortunate Engineering Battalion.
This allowed us to set up shop in Vaux-en-Deulet as our BA Pioniere's blew up the Anti-tank battery defending Belleville, even our tanks got into the act by destroying yet another battalion of French forces.
An unexpected group of Char B's moved up to hit my Pz4D but was surprised by our Sturmpanzers and as such only able to nick one of those units. (I am not understanding tehe enemies use of their tanks, it is almost as if they do not understand modern armoured warfare.)
This unfortunately set it up so our Sturmpanzers were again nicked by yet another Chasseurs battalion.
But as the sun shines on these last hours of this battle we used our boys to rain terror on another group of Panhard's, Engineer's, Chasseurs and even seized Buzaney.
This hour found their weakened Char B moved up to hit our Pz4D that was out of ammo which allowed them to disable 2 of our machines.
As they moved forward in a desperate attempt to push us back and keep us from Victory, however this is assured, as we are using these last couple of hours to destroy as many units left on the Battlefield as possible.
This included another 75mm artillery unit, 25mm AA battery, and the Char B assaulting our Panzer 4d.
This last hour brought all of their forces out of the woodwork bought this last desperate attempt was in vain as all units survived their assault and we decimated the rest of their forces and seized Belleville for the Decisive Victory. The only thing left on the Battlefield was a lonely Battalion of Cavalry hiding in the Southern Forest.
This counter assault was thrown back with extreme prejudice as I had no doubt in our victory. Now word has been handed out that the following units are being awarded with the Iron Cross 2nd Class for their bravery over the past 4 days.
This includes 33rd Sturmpanzer; 20th BF110D; 30th Pz4D; 1st SE Pz3F; 22nd Pz3F; 19th Bf110D; 28th Bf109E; 31st Gerbisjager; and finally 3rd Ju-87B.
Wait we have just been handed a new special assignment.
Oh Joy of joys! This is excellent News!
Gather round men.
It appears that the French defense is in disarray no thanks in large part to our efforts here and elsewhere.
Well we have just received word that General Giraud is at the front.
We are going to rush forward with a brazen strike force seize him and bring him back to "interrogate".
This happens before first light tomorrow so rest up and reload, it is back to the front for us.
Decisive Victory starting Wassigny with 14566 Prestige
I actually needed to finish typing this up after work.
I hope to get some time to type up another manstein Report, hopefully soon.
Aw man! I was awarded an SE grenadier. I would have preferred a tank but will keep it until I finally get that precious tank.
I have a question about Wassigny that I will be posting on the regular side of the website, please help out there or here with any advice for Wassigny.