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OB1- MORNING GLORY

Playtest vs. Ernie Cameron completed 5 of 7.5 turns

As the Canadians continue to lean of their barrage pushing the Germans back on the left. On the right flank the German won Melee eliminating a 9-1, 4-5-7 (4VP) and then cut off a pair of broken 2-4-7 HS (2VP) - ouch!

The Canadians have shifted their advance slight to the left attempt to skirt around the hill and into the "Valley of Death". This will allow them to either continue to press forward for exit VP or capture the crossroads.

Our next session we should conclude the scenario.
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Playtest Report: "OB1 Morning Glory"

In an exhilarating playtest showdown, Ernie Cameron and I confronted the formidable challenges presented by "OB1 Morning Glory." This intense scenario unfolded across three gripping sessions, spanning approximately 8 hours of play on VASL. The action-packed battle pushed both sides to the brink, with the outcome hanging in suspense until the very last turn, when the Canadians launched their final assault for victory.

Despite enduring significant casualties, the Canadians showcased remarkable resilience and strategic acumen. Unable to secure a straightforward victory by exiting the battlefield due to their losses, they were compelled to shift their attention toward controlling the pivotal (2T2-U2-U3) crossroads. Employing a combination of tanks and infantry, they executed clever maneuvers to breach the infamous "Valley of Death."

The cost of their advance was not insignificant, as the Canadians lost two Sherman tanks and approximately 5.5 squads, either killed or captured in the process. Meanwhile, Ernie, commanding the German forces, grappled with a misunderstanding concerning the exit board edge. This misinterpretation led to the concentration of the bulk of his mines and wire fortifications on the eastern flank, inadvertently creating opportunities for the Canadian advance.

In a twist of fate, one of the German's 7.5cm PaK40 Anti-Tank Guns and one 8cm Medium Mortar suffered malfunctions and were unable to be repaired. The other 7.5cm PaK 40 and 8cm Mortar were primarily oriented eastward, resulting in their crews having to abandon their guns and engage as infantry at the crossroads. This unexpected turn of events forced the Canadians to adapt by shifting their focus toward the left flank to confront the imposing "Valley of Death."

Despite these daunting challenges, the Canadians managed to “lean on” the 25-pdr creeping barrage, which proved highly effective, especially when combined with the lingering artillery smoke and dust that veiled the battlefield. This tactical advantage provided crucial cover for the Canadians as they traversed Board 16.

Kudos to Mr. Cameron for delivering a commendable performance in this memorable clash. As our ASL journey continues, our next destination transports us to December 1944 in Italy. There, a new chapter unfolds as the Germans and Italians initiate an offensive against the Americans in the Tuscany Hills, promising more thrilling battles and strategic challenges ahead. Stay tuned for the unfolding drama and excitement of historical warfare in the ASL world!

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