Combat Mission Battle Logs

9/14/2004

Turn 5 – Smackdown

Filed under: — Top Hat @ 10:06 am

What a horrible round for me. I now see a tightly grouped pack of Shermans emerging from the cloud of dust they’re kicking up, and still can spot some lighter AFVs heading toward my position on the main road. In the end, I lost two Panzer IIIs, and another Panzer may be out of action (it was hit in the dying seconds of the turn, but I’m unsure of its status).

The Panzer by the road was destroyed because of my stupidity. When I was setting up his orders, I wanted to straighten him out to take a shot at the AFVs further down the road (he was pointing a bit to the right). I was setting up a cover arc, but noticed a “Cover Armor” option in the menu. I used that instead, and thinking it would be like an infantry Cover Arc order, I set an arc directly ahead of the Panzer, thinking it would rotate as the main hull rotated left to face the enemy. Well guess what, it didn’t.

Instead, as the Panzer rotated counter-clockwise, the turret remained at its original orientation. He was looking at nothing but sand and camel shit! The tank started to move up the hill, but the commander was just sitting out there, looking at nothing. Boom… the Panzer was smoked instantly, and the commander just disappeared from the turret. I guess that means the upper half his body is buried in the sand 100m away, and the lower half of his body is still inside the tank. I watched the movie several times, and I have no idea which Allied AFV killed him.

looking the wrong way
Hans: Unteroffizier, why aren’t we watching out for American vehicles down the road?
Unt Kahn: I was ordered to stare in this direction. O mein Gott! Look at that lucious pile of camel shit!

paying the price for looking the wrong way
Unt Kahn: “MEIN LEBEN!”
Hans: “Team! Fall back!”

Meanwhile, some of the other Panzers were ordered to Hunt in the direction of the main Sherman force. I had ordered them to spots that I thought were decent Hull Down positions. You don’t want to know how much time I spent scrutinizing the landscape to determine that they were suitable. Well it looks like I need new fuckin’ glasses. Two Panzer IIIs made contact with the group of Shermans (looks like there are four of them so far), and one Panzer kept snapping his turret around at each target. I guess Helmut couldn’t make up his fuckin’ mind. Anyway, I hit your lead Sherman twice, but it looks like it’s still in good shape. The part that pissed me off is my second hit ricocheted off your turret. Why? Because your Sherman spotted another Panzer and turned its turret to engage! So what could’ve been the killing shot glances off because the Sherman’s turret is spinning around, and then it appears that the same Sherman fired and injured my other Panzer. Come one!

I think this one’s over!

One response to “Turn 5 – Smackdown”

  1. thimble says:

    I’m looking forward to watching this movie when i get home! Yeah the thing about the cover arc, that’s too bad about the mistake, usually you’d only use a cover arc if you wanted to take out a specific target at a certain distance, otherwise you should let them hunt on their own. Sherman’s have excellent turret coverage, i think the armor in curved so it ricoches a lot of it. I surprised the sherman took 2 hits in the front and still pressed on, usually those things are one shot kills if you get a decent hit, maybe the shell was from Oscar Shindler’s factory and was a dud!

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