The Operation Charnwood mini-campaign only has three battles, and consists of the Canadian Corps attacking Caen on the north bank of the Orne after a massive RAF bombardment. The city is defended by the elements of 12th SS Panzer Div and 16th Luftwaffe Field Div. Historically, although in theory three Allied divisions supported by three entire armoured brigades attacked, in practice they only committed a brigade or two each, who in turn only committed a battalion or two...
As always, this was played on Hexon terrain using my 15mm toys with my Memoir 45 modifications. All the tanks and halftracks used in this scenario were plastic PSC ones. Memoir 45 is available from the downloads page.
|The battlefield from the German side.|
|Shermans and some infantry pushed into the gap.|
|German defensive fire inflicts some losses and pushes back one of the Shermans.|
|Undeterred the Allies press forward in an 'armoured assault'|
|The Germans promptly counterattack with the same card and it all gets very messy!|
|The battle continues to rage.|
|The panzergrenadiers pitch up to help as British infantry assault the trenches.|
|Although some of the fixed defences are cleared, sadly even the intervention of RAF Typhoons is not sufficient.|
Despite this being a pretty fast and furious game, I am still pleased with the Memoir 45 modifications. They seem to produce a more satisfactory game inline with later CnC games in the series but without the vast raft of special unit types bolted on to the original Memoir 44 game.
So, on to the next battle in the series. Despite their success, the Germans have been ordered by Army Group B to conduct a fighting withdrawal cross the Orne, which will be interesting.