I had the pleasure of playing Todd in a German training exercise (we were both running German armies.)
A shot of the table before deployment. Each building counted as a covering template, with medium elevation if a unit was above the 1st floor.
Units Deployed. My Germans took positions in town, and to the south and east of town. Todd split his forces, approaching from the northeast and west sides.
My Stug III takes a position in the woods on the east side. Todd had a Pz IV there a minute ago...
Two of my machine guns teams watch over the village. Todd's Panzer tucks in behind a building to harass the MG's while avoiding the Tiger I on the south side of the table.
A view from the smoke. After shrouding my Tiger in smoke, two more of Todd's armored units maneuver into position to destroy it as soon as the smoke clears.
Todd's units taking cover on the west side of the table.
One of my infiltrators standing in the open. They had just eliminated another Panzer IV.
Todd moves a StuG III to assault the Tiger I. These two units spent much of the last portion of the game confused.
My StuG III's begin pushing toward the west side of the map to support the beleaguered Tiger I.
Unable to clear the confusion on his StuG III, Todd braces for an assault from the Tiger I. Do not fear; it survived the attack and almost caused the Tiger to flee the tabletop!
This was a great game that could have gone either way. At the end I was ahead by 11 points, giving me only a marginal victory.
More action to come next week!