Cassino Guderian Blind
12 Turns over 12 days.
Brought all units I can and Soft Cap at 93%
Laid all 6 mines around Cassino also around near Sperlonga
Starting prestige 9908 after replacements 8773 and a little Overstrengthening 8417.
Around Sperlonga: 2 Henkel’s, Joseph Priller; Heinrich Bar; 2 SE Tiger’s, KV-1C, 3 StuG 3 B’s.
Around Leprano: Ta-152H, D0-335A, Heinz Rondorf, Uber Rudel, Albert Kirscher, KV-1B, Mobile AA, T-34/41.
Near Sora: SE Pz4H, SE Panther, and +1 Range Wurfrahmen.
At Monte Cassino: +4 Att FW-190A, 8.8cm AA, +1 Spot Gebirsjaeger, +3 Att Wurfrahmen, StuG3B, and Oleh Dir.
Let’s see how I did and how I chose to represent it for this playthrough.
All right men we have been tasked with evacuating the monks and their centuries old artifacts from the soon to be accosted Monte Cassino. If we can successfully escort these men and their relics from this Mountain Pass we will be dually compensated. We have also been tasked with taking the initiative back on this map to ensure the Decisive, so prepare to do more than defend, prepare for attack.
Turn 1: 2/08/1944 Cloudy
The day started with a bunch of forward attacks, mostly running into my mines as enemy is reeling from our defense with mines.
Near Sperlonga was able to destroy 75mm arty. Around Cassino eliminated New Zealand Battalion.
Most of the time was spent bracing for the insane assault coming…
On the enemies turn they destroyed 3 groups of mines and New Zealand Battalion hit +3 Att Wurfrahmen guarded by a StuG3B along with a few other nicks along with 1 fighter trap and bomber trap was sprung
But the enemy countered by rushing forward in the South to seize Naples and Benevento and their Bombers hit our StuG’s damaging 4 of them.
Turn 2: 02/09/1944 Sunny
In the air brought down 64th and 67th P-38G Fighting Wings well as the 27th P-47B and even 31st B-24 Mew Zealand.
Force surrendered New Zealand Battalion defending Spurlonga and seized it along with Pontecoroca.
Also force surrendered the 29th and 34th New Zealand Battalion.
The enemies counter attack to the North of Cassino, is too strong for us as the enemy has destroyed s more groups of land mines, and observation Post, as well as destroyed auxiliary Mtn Troop and seized the Northern tip of Cassino…Their assault brough the +3 Att Wurfrahmen down to just half of it’s machines. They are poised to seize the rest of Cassino.
Turn 3: 02/10/1944 Sunny
In the air our fly boys really took over as we took out the 61st B-24 Liberator’s and 28th P-51st B Mustang Fighter wing’s.
On the ground we pushed towards and even seized San Giorgio and Gaeta by destroying 2 batteries defending the 57mm AT units defending them.
We also Force surrendered 35th New Zealand Battalion and the LAC M20 group moved forward to close.
Also destroyed the 38th US HW Inf Battalion and 3rd New Zealand Battalion and group of 4th M4 Sherman’s around Altina.
Their retaliation begins to take shape as well as they destroyed 2 Observation Post Strong Points and almost destroyed my last minefield. I was able to coax out the New Zealand Battalion in Gaeta exited to attack the 4th SE Tiger in the hills guarded by StuG 3B they were still able to destroy 3 of our vulnerable units but cost them 40% of their fighting strength. Unfortunately our auxiliary 17th Gebirsjaeger Battalion where it was reduced to half strength and the enemy seized more of Cassino proper.
This is not going to be a cake walk to seize this back and push forward to seize the needed Decisive in this mission.
Day 4: 2/11/44 Cloudy
There is nothing left in the skies to take down as I rule the skies.
Around Gaeta destroyed 59th New Zealand Battalion and seized Gaeta.
Around San Giorgio destroyed 30th US Bridge Engineer and 47th US Infantry Battalion’s along with 105mm artillery battery as we are going across Rapido and Liri River.
Around Cassino proper destroyed 2 separate groups of M4 Sherman’s.
Around Atina destroyed the 7th New Zealand Battalion.
Even with all this action going on the frontline we still were able to call up replacements for our auxiliary Gebirsjaeger’s.
Their counter attack consisted of seizing all of Cassino and nicked our +1 Range Wurfrahmen as well as our mobile AA unit’s.
The greatest blunder on their part was when their M-10 Wolverine group were ambushed by our T-34/41’s guarded by StuG 3B’s, which left 4 of them heaping wrecks.
Day 5: Sunny 2/12/1944
The round starts with us set to start pressuring Castelforte by destroying the weakened Wolverine’s.
We eliminated the battery of 75mm artillery battery around Caeta.
Around Cassino destroyed M-8 Greyhound recon’s in Cassino and retook that part of Cassino.
Around Attina destroyed 75mm HMC M8 and 2nd group of M4 Sherman’s.
Using this continued push to also call up more replacements for both 6th Gebirsjaeger and Oleh Dir as well as to restore the damaged +3 Att Wurfrahmen’s.
Their Flying Fortresses have arrived, but are unprotected.
Wolverine’s blasted our 18th KV-1B’s damaging 4 of ours with only 2 of their’s sustaining damage. Their arty nicked 1 of our T-34/41’s and enemy seized airfield near Attina.
Day 6: 2/13/1944 Sunny
Around Castelforte destroyed an unprepared 17pdr battery as well as 6 inch artillery battery.
In Cassino destroyed another group of M-10 Wolverine’s and repaired 1 Wurfrahmen for our +1 Range machines.
In the air brought down group of Flying Fortresses and B-25 Mitchell’s.
Enemy destroyed aux Battalion defending Cassino and retook it. AA found and shot down a couple of our Henkel’s. Unfortunately our 11th 88 Battery was brough down to an anemic 4 machine’s left to guard the skies.
Day 7: 2/14/1944 Sunny
Brought 1st Transport to Carea Coprano.
Air dominance has been fun as we shot down 2 more wings of B-17G Flying Fortresses.
Near Cassino destroyed 75mm HMCM8 and 17th New Zealand Battalion.
Near Atina seized the airfield and destroyed 14th New Zealand Battalion.
Near Castelforte destroyed 56th 20mm Oerlikon and 52nd New Zealand Battalionand even seized Castelforte itself.
Engineer’s repaired 3 more StuG3B’s.
The enemy rushed forward and were ambushed by T-34/41 devastating 8 of them. 2 Infantry Battalions damaged 4 of my StuG3B’s.
Turn 8: 2/15/1944 Sunny
Started the day by dring last transport into Carea Ceprano.
Eliminated another B-26 Marauder wing in the sky.
At Atina destroyed 6th New Zealand Battalion.
Continuing to push back several units and take over more of Cassino.
Around Castelforte destroyed 68th US Battalion.
Their counter attack was stymied as their Engineer’s in half-track’s but enemy retook airfield near Attina. Their artillery battery nicked 6th Gebirsjaeger.
Turn 9: 2/16/1944 Sunny
For our “escorting” the treasures out of Monte Cassino were awarded the 12th SE Bf 109G headed by Gustav Adler.
Around Attina eliminated 2 New Zealand Battalions and retook both Attina and its airfield.
Cassino rallying is paying off as destroyed or surrendered 4 separate units and continuing to seize more of the city.
Around Castelforte destroyed a group of Rangers and seized Sessa Aurunca.
Repaired 4 damaged StuG3B’s.
Unfortunately enemy rallied with another group of attacks, as they retook another part of Cassino, and Hellcat nailed 4th SE Tiger resting in Sessa Aurunca damaging 2 of my Tiger’s but our guns destroyed 7 of their units.
Turn 10: 2/17/1944 Sunny
Attina and Cassino dominance has been established as we devastated 5 enemy units and seized almost all of it.
Have retreated from Sassa Aurunco after destroying the Hellcat and moving up to pressure Cervaro as well as seizing Monte Lungo.
Enemy moved forward and seized Sessa Aurunca and they hit Heinz Rondorf hard in Monet Lungo -7 me; 6 pdr hit KV-1C -2 me -5 them; and even their M-10’s hitting my weakened KV-1B -2 me.
Turn 11: 2/18/1944 Sunny
Bombed Wolverine into Oblivion.
Around Monte Lung destroyed 42nd Engineer Battalion.
In the air took out 20th B-17 G Flying Fortress.
Seized the rest of Cassino.
Near Cervaro destroyed 6 inch artillery battery.
For the enemies last round their fighter group knocked out 4 of our Wurfrahmens. Their M4A3, Engineer’s, and Rangers, all massed and attacked our T-34/41’s reducing them to just 4 functioning machines that were out of ammo. Thanks God this battle is done.
Turn 12: Last Round for us. 02/19/1944
In the air destroyed 2 more Bomber Wings and around Cervaro destroyed 6pdr and seized Cervaro for the Decisive Victory.
Decisive Victory ending with 9696 in prestige
I got worried about halfway through seeing the number of units coming at me for their 2nd wave attack, but this is very possible.
Here are the final words of my fictional commander.
They continue to throw themselves against our superior weapons and force us to eliminate so many lives as they continue in a futile attempt to retake territory that we have already seeded to them. So we will continue to destroy every last one of them until they go crying back home to Mommy.
For helping push back the New Zealanders and retaking Cassino the 18th KV-1B were awarded Iron Cross 2nd Class as well as helping to retake Cassino the 4th SE Tiger’s were also awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class.
Next time Monte Cassino 5/10/1944 with 11196.
Until next time…Stay Lutheran My Friends.