I was running an Israeli Tank Company, with 8 M51 Shermans, a platoon of Pattons, AMX-13's and Air support. I had, up to this point, stayed with the M50 Sherman mounting a 75mm gun similar to the Panther tank, but after watching shot after shot bounce off the front of the Egyptian T-55's I decided to go with the M51. The M51 Sherman carried a 105mm main gun that used fin stabilized HEAT rounds, and could deal with almost anything it encountered. That means it has an AT rating of 17 compared to 14 for the M50 in the game.
My opponent, Rob, took an Egyptian Infantry Battalion with two understrength companies, backed up by six IS-IIIs and a company of ten T-55's. So really it was just infantry in name since he almost had more tanks than infantry stands.
Our mission was breakthrough, with me as the attacker and the lists were 1780 points.
Be warned there was lots of proxies on the board as I'm still building up the armies.
|My M50 Shermans proxied as M51s.|
|Advancing towards the objectives.|
|IS-III's defending the town with an Egyptian Infantry company.|
|Avoiding the IS-III's since none of my tanks could kill them from the front.|
|Those IS-IIIs sure do look like IS-2's.|
|A brave platoon of Shermans begins to move around the village.|
|Objectives under control, now to wait for turn 6.|
|The Egyptian T-55's come on from the flank but fail to kill any Israeli tanks, even with stabilizers.|
|The long range shooting from Israeli tanks is devastating.|
|And the flanking platoon manages to get to the sides of the IS-III's.|
This game worked out well overall and was closer than it seemed. Had the Egyptian reinforcements turned up earlier, before I was able to consolidate my armor against them, things could have been very different.