|Anarchist Jump-off in red, Regulares in blue|
After being outmanoeuvred in the previous scenario Durruti and his bunch of anarchists were determined to make a stand in the village of Gran Salchichas.
Teniente Arrojo was determined that now the Colonels eye was on him he would press his advantage.
Both of us were down by three figures as casualties from the previous game, myself three Regulares, James three Asaltos.
|Sergento Hassan sets up a firebase in a building|
We then proceeded with the patrol phase, I only had a single preliminary move and the Anarchists were soon rushing to grab the advantage of ground. James had one Jump off in the church and a couple in buildings. I had one behind a building and put the other two on my table edge.
Following the losses from the previous game, I reduced one of my Pelotones to two sections, a six man LMG team and a seven man rifle team. James did likewise with the Asaltos and had two seven-man sections.
|Sergento Masfiwi prepares to force the church|
James started the game by deploying his Assault Guards and Durutti in the church and the Regulares were soon streaming on to the table. In a brisk fire-fight one Moor and two Asaltos were down. As the Panzer rolled on the Asaltos were starting to look rather vulnerable as no Anarchists had deployed yet but this was soon to change as Durutti encouraged his comrades to the fray.
|Anarchists mass in the shelter of the church|
Likewise, Sergento Masfiwi set up a base of fire while Sergento Primero al-Makudi took two rifle teams and attempted to set up a flanking position on any Anarchists trying to reinforce the Asaltos. Meanwhile Schmidt bought his Panzer IA into a flanking position and was soon pouring fire into the Anarchists in the square behind the church, but Durutti maintained an initiative and was able to launch a Molotov attack on the Panzer forcing the crew to abandon it and flee for the safety of their lines.
|FahnenJunker Schmidt advances, a little too far as it happens.|
The Anarchists redeployed their machine gun and were soon engaged in a sharp fire-fight with al-Makudis flanking force. Al-Makudi was lightly wounded and went down, but was soon back on his feet only to be hit again, there were many holes in his jacket but although rather rattled no serious damage was done.
More grenades fell among the Asaltos in the church and great carnage was caused, eventually they made for the safety of the bell tower. Al-Makudis took another bullet hole but again nothing serious, he was not having a good day.
The Moroccans were getting the better of the fire-fight but the concentration of Anarchists behind the church meant it would be suicide to push on around the building without the support of the Panzer.
Durutti himself launched a charge against a team of Regulares skirting the church but they expended a Chain of Command dice and skedaddled at the sight of such odds.
|The Panzer I cops it!|
James had lost 13 figures, I had lost 9 but due to the difference in Force Morale three of James casualties immediately returned. Checking my 9 casualties, four were dead outright, three would miss the next game and two would return for the next game along with the two who missed this game. Sergento Primero al-Makudi would also miss the next game.
Of James 10 casualties, 3 Asaltos and 2 Milicianos were dead, 2 Asaltos and 1 Miliciano would miss the next game and one of each would be available next game as would the two returning Asoltos.
However when rolling for the men's opinion, despite the four casualties Teniente Arrojo men's opinion of him went up to +2, but Durruti suffered quite badly, taking more casualties and there being five of them meant his men's opinion dropped to just +1.
We will both be facing quite a challenge in the next round!
So for the campaign:
5 Regulares are dead and 3 will miss the next game
4 Asaltos are dead and and 1 will miss the next game
2 Milicianos are dead and 1 will miss the next game
Durutti is at -1 for Force Support
Next instalment in a fortnight!