Report by Neil Rochford
The beginning of the battle went well for the Leopard with everything in working
order. Set aside remembering to press `play` on the gun cam, and all was going
to plan. T051 took a few hits (nothing serious) whilst approaching the enemy,
then killed the first FA006 solder (then pressed `play` on the gun cam) and then
went on to kill the second of Chris artillery crew.
T055 was taking care of the Valentine that had now ran out of paint and was
waiting to be supplied from the Jeep. By the time the Jeep (under escort from
the Hetzer) came to help FA006 it was too late. FA006 was intended to be
supplied with paint but had no solders to receive such a cargo, SV012 now had to
run the gauntlet to reach Pete now holding on with just a one man crew.
The Leopard had been in the battle for all of 10 minutes and was now long over
due a break down, and right on cue she shed a track, blew a fuse and, as I
discovered later, snapped the drive axle pins that I bodged up just before the
last battle. T051 was a sitting duck, already sporting three hits. If the
Valentine managed to be re-supplied before Phil or I killed the last man before
running out of paint, then the Leopard would face its first defeat (unthinkable
at the hands of Pete).
It was team mate Phil who saved the Leopard's spotty skin this time, dispatching
the final Valentine solder.
After considerable confusion and fighting continuing on for quite some time the
sortie was pronounced `won` on the side of the KOR (What else ?)
Report by Chris Malton
I realised what we were up against. The King's Own Regiment were short in
numbers, but nonetheless still very powerful. Setting up position behind the
town wall, there was a small shiver of excitement, but also one of fear.
The Government forces didn't fare too well in the first of the sorties. This, I
can only attribute to a a somewhat slacking supply driver (Fair enough, he was
trying to score as well...). The first sortie passed relatively slowly, with
limited hits as everyone gradually got their eye back in. And then the timer
ran out. The points clearly added up in favour of the Kings Own Regiment, and
certain members of their team were overjoyed to see their tank actually working
as well as it was. That was not going to last.
Report by James Murdey
This sortie kicked off with the speed reading of the rules; as a newbie,
arriving late to our battle was probably not the best thing to do. The battle
commenced with me making a wretched mistake. Being in control of T027, I had a
turret-less tank, this meant that while helping Jason (SV012) supply Chris
(FA006), I ended up obtaining the three necessary hits to kill me off from Phil
and Neil (T055 and T051). This, combined with the cease fire, quote myself
"Wasting my firing time", meant that I got off to a bad start with -750 points
on the board.
The scoring for the first battle was as follows: