The scenario: Buron - The Main Event
The question: Infantry Tank? What for?
Spoiler Alert! Do not read if you are still to play the scenario!
I'm not going to lie to you. After the first few minutes of playing this scenario I wanted a couple of Matildas so bad in my formation. But in the end the Sherman V didn't end up being so inadequate in the "infantry tank" role as a couple big wig military historians have claimed. Even when I got fewer tanks than what 1944 doctrine prescribed and when the virtual Germans at Buron seemingly had not too much to throw at them.
The scenario features a few hundred yards of Operation Charnwood (8th July 1944), specifically Company A of the Canadian High Light Infantry plus four tanks from the Squadron A of the Sherbrookes.
An excellent account of the attack on Buron by the Canadian author and veteran wargamer Michael Dorosh can be found here.
As for the game scenario, below is the briefing. Right click and select "open in a new tab" for a better view.
I led my virtual Canadian troops with a lot of caution. I planned to punch a tiny hole in the perimeter of Buron, gain a foothold, expand it towards the depth of the town and roll in fresh troops for clearing the objective.
|A few minutes later, I moved a Sherman Firefly into position and after a short but tense exchange of shells, the German tank destroyer in Buron is defeated.|
Stay tuned. More is coming,