Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Panzer Lehr rebuffed! A Memoir '44 fight

Game Store Tony's Panzer Lehr came up short in our continuing Grand Campaign when we played "Panzer Lehr Counter Attacks" today.

As usual it was a close-run affair, ending up as a 5-4 victory for the Allies.

In many ways it wasn't as close as the score would indicate, however, as the Germans just couldn't seem to draw good cards nor roll anything but flags against the Americans. Both sides had trouble finishing off units and by game's end there were just 2 or 3 undamaged units total on the board.

In contrast the U.S. side seemed to draw every special card there was. Still, the Germans game within one move of victory as they knocked off a fourth U.S. unit and got a Panzergrenadier to the board edge, ready to exit for a game win if it survived to be ordered again. The U.S. had 3 medals at that point.

But the US also had an Armored Assault card and three tank units within range. While one picked off a weakened German unit for Medal No. 4 the other two jumped on the nearly exited German troop unit. As it turned out only one was needed as its 4-die attack caused 2 hits and a retreat and the follow-up pursuit close assault finished it off for Medal No. 5.

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