End of the 4th Hussars – IABSM (6mm)
We decided to play a scenario from Chris Stoesen’s Campaign for Greece supplement. The book is dedicated to IABSM (I Ain’t Been Shot Mum) rules set from TooFatLardies. We love Chris’ book. First of all, he has done an outstanding and detailed work. Secondly, the book is about the World War 2 in Greek mainland -we are Greeks by the way- and the battles that took place there are more or less forgotten. The scenario is the 14th out of the 16 scenarios that the supplement includes and its title is “End of the 4th Hussars” based on the actions of A Company of the 4th Hussars. These men were the advance guard protecting the retreating Dominion forces and were overrun in short order. The 5th Panzer Division was able to penetrate into the city of Kalamata. Bill was the commander of the plucky Brits, John was commanding the Germans and I kept for myself the umpire’s role. The Germans had to clear the area and exit from the southern edge of the table in 10 turns. The Brits had to fight for their lives and delay the advance of the 5th Pz Div. as much as possible. So, here we are at the outskirts of Kalamata (southern Peloponnesos) in Greece in spring of 1941…
The battlefield. The near table edge is the South. The area is farmland with vineyards and olive orchards dotting the landscape.
Two farm houses in the south-west corner of the table. But there were indeed too far from the main actions.
A closer look to the center sector of the battlefield. That farm was meant to be the strong point of the BEFs’ defence.
The German Blinds at their first moves. The BEFs’ units were hidden. No Blinds were visual on the table for a couple of turns for the defenders.
The 1st german platoon spotted by…
…a section of dismounted tankers! Those brave men had lost their tanks days before in a previous battle. Here are defending a vineyard.
The german rapid deployment in its best! A platoon of PzIVs along with an infantry platoon in quick advance.
German Spandaus’ fire sprayed the BEFs’ positions.
Pz IVs in action!
Meanwhile an A13 and 2 A9s fire HE at the MG34s positions. The Germans had heavy casualties because of it.
The tank platoon came to support the retreated dismounted tankers who fought hard but had losses. A couple of A13s took positions into the farmyard along with an Aussie platoon in the other vineyard.
On the left wing of the BEFs’ defence line the Company HQ’s platoon advanced. Suddenly a Stuka made an attack at the A13s and the Light MkIVb tank but with limited results. – Phew! Lord help us!
The Pz IVs started a tank duel with the A13s who were in the farmyard covered with a stone wall.
The tank duel was hard and despite the (almost hull down) positions of the British tanks the superiority of the german guns started to score turret hits and gun sights problems for the A13s.
The A13s paid the german tanks with the same coin…
…but the armour of the A13s had little chances to survive of the 75mm fire! An A13 blowed up.
Another “fly by” of the Stuka. Strafing with no but morale results for the Aussies. The german pilot needed rest for sure!
It was about time for the german infantry to advance…
…but the accurate fire of an Australian Platoon held the Germans. This is the right flank section of the australian platoon in the eastern vineyard.
Sooner or later the BEFs’ forces would have to retreat. More german forces would arrive in the area. But the Commonwealth’s brave men held their positions for the time ordered to do so. A proud victory for the BEF!