So, to the first game in the Campaign!
I start with the standard US platoon from the rulebook, to represent 6th Platoon, Bravo company.
We played out the patrol phase. As hoped, I ended up with a jump off point by the Farmhouse on the right flank, with the other two behind the hedges closer to my table edge. The jump off points are shown below. Once the jump off points were established, Sigur laid some barbed wire and a minefield on the two flanks.
With that, we were ready to start. We rolled for force morale: The Germans ended up with a force morale of 11, while the US rolled 9 - clearly the march up from the beach past the bodies of their comrades had shaken the platoon, and they weren't at all keen on getting into the war!
2LT Morrisson jogged forward, peeking over a hedge to spy out the land. Still no sign of the enemy. Looking behind him, he could see his platoon hanging back. [Out of Character: My first roll of the game was terrible 4 x 4's and 1 5. 2LT Morrisson was on his own!]
Boom! Suddenly off to the left came the sound of an anti-tank gun firing. The shell roared across open ground striking the lead Sherman in the turret and killing the gunner, Pvt Andrews, instantly. Inside the tank SSGT Barron cursed and started trying to move the body of the gunner out of the way of the main gun. "What the heck do we do sarge!" Pte Waldeck, the driver yelled as the tank stalled to a halt. 2LT Morrisson flinched as a second anti-tank round whistled over the stalled tank to explode behind him. As the scouts Porter and Mancelli advanced further on the right flank, fire exploded from the hedge lining the orchard. Mancelli fell dead and Porter hit the ground, dropping his rifle and trying to dig a hole in the ground to shelter in. 1st squad took more fire and shock and casualties began to pile up. Along the road the Sherman troop commander appeared heading towards his stricken colleague. Another boom - and another round from the German anti-tank gun struck SSGT Barron's Sherman, but failed to cause damage. SSGT Barron was still trying to drag the body of his gunner out of the way so he could fire, all the while trying to ignore the panicked yells of his driver.