*6 Armoured Steam Wagons
*2 sections Armoured Infantry
By turn three several British sections on the left were falling behind the advance and one of the Armour Steam Wagons had been seriously damaged.
Turn four saw all the German guns engaged and more hits were scored on the lumbering British Armoured Wagons but none was fatal. Chance did do what the German Gunners could not though and Mk IX Wagon became immobilised as its suspension failed while traversing some broken ground. Having broken down with the Germans out of range of their guns the crew did what any true British in the same situation would do, they disembarked and commenced to ‘brew up’!
Turn five and the lead British vehicle suffered from a breakdown roll and burst into flames the rest of the vehicles ploughed forward and the infantry entered German small arms range receiving a hail of fire from both sides of the valley.
Next turn with all fires extinguished the Armoured Wagons pushed on firing as they went unfortunately with little success while the Germans reinforcements arrived. Their vehicle nick named Leviathan entered in a blaze of glory destroying one British machine and crippling another a great Hurrah rang out from the Huns line!
Turn eight and the British right pushed the German infantry from their fortifications and the Armoured Wagons edged forward duelling with the battery neither side scoring critical hits. Luckily for the Germans just as a boilover was on the cards the British Field Commander, Colonel Washboard was struck down by a Hun round triggering off a morale check for all the British foot units! Three out of the six sections failed and half of the attackers started fleeing down the valley from whence they came! To balance this turn of events a shot from a British Mk II Armoured Wagon knocked out the Leviathan to help steady the red coats.
During turns 9 to 12 all the action was on the flanks as the Armoured Wagons took further hits but continued to grind forward. On the British right the Germans briefly recaptured their defensive position before being virtually wiped out with their robots by some rallied British infantry and their armoured compatriots. The left flank saw two foot sections encircle the German infantry and finish them off in a bloody melee, a single Hun was sent to the rear after surrendering.
Turns 13 to 15 were the final phase of the battle the last two British mobile Armoured Wagons both carrying damaged continue to move toward the German battery as three sections of infantry took it on in a vicious melee from both of its flanks. The Huns gave as good as they got but soon the British secured the battery. As a testament to the ferociousness of the fight amongst the guns the bodies from both sides were stacked high.
Situation at the end of turn 5 the British left is falling behind, a few bad activation rolls there!
An interesting aside Captain Bolan was struck down by a shot only moments after giving the order for the attack, given the distance to the front line many still speculate that the shot came from a soldier of the 55th a unit know to dislike the new steam powered machines that lumbered across the battlefields favourites of Captain Bolan…