|Two squads, supported by an MG and a 2-pounder, defend the oasis|
|Oasis manned and ready!|
Facing us were 12 squads of Afrika Korps panzergrenadiers, supported by MGs, mortars, a 75mm light IG, and three tanks: a Pz IVD, a PZ IIIL, and a redoubtable Italian ally in an M13/40
medium light tank. The Axis players were Phil Bardsley, Doc Marshall, Jerry Tyer, and Bill Stewart.
|Thin, yet amazingly indestructible, steel|
|The panzergrenadiers of the German center advance towards the oasis|
Bill opened up on my MG and knocked out two of the three crew. My MG would remain useless until Bill finally took out the remaining crewman a few turns later.
|Wounded 2-pounder still facing off the thirsty Germans|
|High-water mark for the Pz IV|
|Convenient use of missed artillery shots|
|Mark's tommies man the wall|
|Self-propelled coffin—or not|
|Dick's dune buggies go into action|
|DAK closing in on the few remaining defenders|
|The wall changes sides|
Bill began shifting his infantry towards Dick's commandos and the exposed section of the oasis.
By now the effectiveness of my mortar was starting to urk Hauptmann Stewart who started shooting everything he had at my intrepid spotter, Lt. Kevlar.
But the lieutenant would not be dismayed. Although he hit several times, Bill couldn't get a damage result and I was consistently able to pass my orders tests. As a result of a F.U.B.A.R. roll, the remnants of my lone squad still holding the oasis panicked, turned about, and expertly performed the tactical maneuver of close-order buggering off in quick-time.
This temporarily left Lt. Kevlar as the sole defender of the oasis, still calling down mortar fire on Hitler's minions. But a sticky end for him was looking ever more likely.
|More convenient artillery-made craters for the Afrika Korps|
|Lt. Kevlar, MC, DSO, VC (post.)|
|Sauve qui peut!|
|Richard's tank and troops moving to reinforce the oasis|
|Bren scout carrier charges in to bounce its Boys AT rifle shots off the M13/40's sides|
|Nazis occupy the last post of heroic Lt. Kevlar, but reinforcements secure the oasis: no water for Fritz!|
This was our first game with a significant number of tanks and the debut of Phil's little Axis armored corps. All but one tank survived the game. The 2-pounder, which I didn't think would last the first turn, survived the game. It never knocked out a single tank, but it contributed its share of pin results against Phil's Pz IV and the indestructible M13/40.
Mentioned in dispatches and awarded a posthumous VC was Lt. Kevlar, Bill's bête noire.