In this next battle (the sixth) in the Kampfgruppe von Luck campaign, the Germans are once again attacking down the "Corridor of Death" into Le Bas de Ranville. Because of delays (i.e. defeats in earlier attacks) this is a 'must win' battle for the Germans, or they will lose the campaign: they won't have sufficient time left to clear the Paras remaining positions, even if they wiped out the defending Paras.
12 Para is fielding its second platoon again, which is close to full strength. KG
von Luck has amalgamated its 1st and 2nd platoons into one full strength platoon, with a couple of left over elements going to 3 platoon (most notably, the platoon commander).
Once again, the rules are that unpublished set, with strong inspiration from the WRG 1950-1985 Modern Rules 2nd edition, which have been discussed on previous battle reports.
|"In every war, there comes a time when Private Snodgrass must advance to his front..."; what is true for Private Snodgrass is as true for Landers Schmidt and Braun, so several Grenadiers scramble forward, covered by their squad MG42s...|
|They breathe again - nothing happens. The MG42s come up to support them.|
|A large group of Germans arrives: a full squad with a car and a Unix P107(f) SPW half-track (right); a Pak 40 auf S307(f) and a 15cm sFH13 auf Lorraine Schlepper (f) accompany them (on the road)|
|This group advances slowly forward|
|Meanwhile, the Panzer Grenadiers on the other flank resume their advance...|
|And yet again, Stens rattle and Lee-Enfields bang, and several Grenadiers go down.|
|Seeing, perhaps just sensing, movement in the one-storey buildings, the German SP guns open fire: the Paras reckon discretion is the better part of valour having survived the initial attacks, and pull back to the next line of houses|
|The Paras have no exclusive rights to close quarter marksmanship; despite being dug-in, 6 Para go down to the hail of Mauser, Machine-Pistol and MG 42 fire - only the four Paras in the trees (right) remain from 1 Section|
|Again, more Paras (this time the FOO team) attract the attention of the German SP guns - but again, the Paras are more scared than scarred and quickly pull out of sight (centre)|
|Getting lucky, the Paras from 2 Section (in the buildings just out of shot to the left) spot the Panzer Grenadiers moving by barn and the wall (centre-right)|
|In a few moment, 6 of these Panzer Grenadiers fall to Bren and rifle fire|
|A wider shot: the 150mm SP gun fires into one of the buildings from where the devastating small arms fire came (the big white building central, end of terrace) and collapses it - although the riflemen escape (bottom-left, the Bren team perished)|
|The Paras in the trees are still holding on, and giving better than they are getting - they have shot a further six Grenadiers in the last five minutes|
|At that point, German morale collapses and a retreat is ordered: Le Bas de Ranville has been held by 12 Para.|