We left off last time with German and American recon forces sparring over the bridgehead objectives. One of my Greyhounds and a jeep had just run head on into a German halftrack on the eastern bridgehead.
|As the smoke covering the bridge thins one of my Stuarts reacquires the German halftrack spotted earlier. A couple of 37mm rounds puts an end to that.|
|The bailed out crew of the M8 spots a Puma lurking up the street toward the center of Coutances.|
|The smoke masking the eastern bridge clears and an M5 and M8 have sight the recon halftrack that shot up the other M8 and open fire.|
|Again, a few 37mm rounds turn the halftrack into scrap and the crew bails out.|
|The Puma probes forward and runs into my second Stuart with that cavalry group. After a brief exchange of fire the SdKfz 234 catched fire. The crew bails out but is shot up by the crew of the M5 they killed earlier.|
|That canister is mean stuff. A round from the M8 cuts down the crew of the recon halftrack.|
|Reinforcements arrive in the form of a reduced company of Shermans. I need to get them into action to replace the cavalry as soon as I can. I have a feeling that the recon fight is nearly over and the German main effort is about to arrive.|
|Back in Coutances, two of my M5s account for a pair of Pumas and another SdKfz 250 across a pair of turns. At this point I think I've destroyed most of a German recon company at the cost of one M5 and one M8.|
This really is an exciting and well constructed scenario. Very few CM scenarios make any attempt to present the recon part of an engagement. This one does a great job.
|An image of a cavalry troop moving through Coutances in July 1944 that I found on Wikipedia while doing some research for this post. It looks like my tanks need some foliage.|