The lead tank rounds the corner, and my anti-tank gun at the Entrenchment opens up.
|The .50 cal coaxial on the bow of the lead Sherman rakes the trenches while the two big guns square off.|
There’s a flurry of rounds exchanged and the Germans get the first hit on target, landing one on the upper front hull. I receive a message that I’ve penetrated their armor, but they don’t slow down!
|This frame shows exactly where the round hit, on top of the .50 cal gunner's position. But he didn't stop firing. The round penetrated, but didn't strike a crew member. Inset is the explosion from the perspective of the antitank crew.|
The US tank lets one more round fly though knocking down two men on the German gun.
But the tank has had enough, and pops a pair of smoke canisters up through the turret’s launcher and begins to reverse.
|You can see the port for the smoke launcher just to the right of the main gun on the turret.|
I’m hoping the gun crew will pick themselves up off the ground before the smoke takes effect or it could be another round or two before I get a clear shot.
|Look at the detail on that smoke canister! I can practically read the serial number. Smoke port again is on the lower right, directly below the .50 cal. mount on the top of the turret.|
Stacker and Stager are beginning to take mortar fire, but so far it’s very inaccurate.
My hunch is that there’s a spotter up in the farmhouse. My mortar men should have rounds on target next round, but for now I have at least 20 men in four units pouring fire into those windows.
I’m amazed the Americans haven’t retreated to the lower floor. This observation position must be a fulcrum for their advance with Infantry Left.
|A few hero shots of the plucky Americans in the farmhouse. Sometimes it's hard to see, but every round that's fired has a brass somewhere in the animation.|
|Here's our friend the BAR rifleman from last round.|