The British were outnumbered but put up a stiff defence, initially gaining the upper hand with SAS backed up with armour mopping up three Afrikakorps divisions on the left flank. However Falschirmjager were able to capture the tactical objective unopposed, and a sustained assault on the city of Tobruk saw the city fall relatively easily.
With the Afrikakorps entrenched at Tobruk the North Africa campaign has ended in victory for the Axis occupation forces. The course of the war has taken a new turn and the outcome now looks grave for the Allies.
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The Germans are pushing hard, a swift assault on the Oasis has pushed the British back to Tobruk for the final battle of the campaign.
Facing a numerically superior foe the British forces advanced for attack rather than hold back, but it was flawed tactic as the British units were picked off one by one by the well organised German force. The Germans also managed to capture the British HQ objective, which will have dire consequences for the British in the coming battle. With just two battles remaining in the campaign it couldn't be much closer, just 5 points separate the two with the plucky Brits holding on to the lead - for now.
After an initial armoured assault from The British led by the Churchills of 24th Armoured Division, the Afrika Korps were on the back foot. However a steady and wily defence saw the British armour burning in the dunes. The British infantry assault was strong with all units advancing rapidly and making their way through the wire and minefields to attack the ancient city, but they couldn't maintain the impetus. Victory for the Afrika Korps at last. The British are pushed back again to the Wadi.
Another successful assault on the port of Tripoli, although again the British failed to secure the town.
The Churchill was like a battering ram! rolling a path through the German minefield and taking out the German artillery and anti-tank guns. The British forces could have taken the German ammunition dump, as it was unprotected but failure to think ahead meant this remained untouched which was extremely lucky for the German defences.
A disastrous defence by the Germans, although the defensive line held, the British assault completely destroyed the German armour including the Führer's new wonder weapon the Tiger tank! The British armour was out-gunned but brave and aggressive tactics saw both sides lose all their armoured divisions. However while the German reserves are depleted, the Boffin's back in Blighty have sent the new heavy Churchill tank to the front line to cut it's teeth.
The second assault will be almost all-infantry affair, World War I style! Fix bayonets lads!
In the face of superior force, the British pulled off a crushing defeat, even with the absence of an HQ unit which effectively gave them only a choice of 3 orders per turn the British tanks formed a fast moving column moving swiftly along the road and destroying the German right flank.
The Afrika Korps simply had no reply. The final push stalled briefly as disabled units blocked the road and the Luftwaffe strafed the road, but it was to no avail. A humiliating defeat for the Germans as they began the battle with all expectation of winning the battle easily. The Afrika Korps has now been pushed right back to Tripoli. In response the German high command has sent reinforcements including the new Tiger tank.
I had the delightful surprise that my friend Tim came over from Germany at the weekend, so of course we had play some games, and of course Tim played the Afrika Korps. We diced for units and we chose some of the elite units just to spice things up a bit.
First game went to Tim. The second game was much closer, we had him by the balls! but at the last moment he was able to expel our tank from the objective and regain the objective medal and he almost had a crushing counter attack but at the last roll of the dice Adam advanced a beleaguered tank unit to take the final medal!
Heavily defended behind a line of mines and barbed wire with troops dug in and with armour backup. Although the British armour was disadvantaged by lack of fuel following the loss of the fuel dump in the previous engagement, the minefield did it's job, dividing the German attack. Despite heavy losses the German advance was halted. The Afrika Korps must now fall back to the Wadi and go on the defensive.
Heavy losses on both sides. Reinforcements were lacking from the Allied side, so the next battle will be see the British at a disadvantage.
The first battle, 'Panzer Assault at Wadi Zem Zem' has resulted in a narrow victory for the Afrika Korps. Indecision and reluctance to advance led to the loss of two Panzer divisions and near loss of the entire battle. The British expected to lose this first encounter and so were delighted to have inflicted heavy losses on the German forces and so mitigated the initial points deficit. Although a loss for the British, this was really an unexpectedly good result. The artillery in particular proved their worth in the defensive role.