|Cromwell tanks preparing for Goodwood|
Would the overwhelming numerical superiority of the allies simple roll over the thin German lines. Prior to the tank attack lead by the 11th Armoured Division the Germans had been subjected to one of the largest (at the time) bombardments from sea and air, unfortunately this has fallen short of some of the key objectives of the attack.
Due to scale I have had to compress the battlefield, but have included the village of Le Mensil Frementel which the allies captured early in the morning. This overview of the way the key elements of the 11th Armoured Division advancing as they did on the day. The 23rd Hussars towards Cagny a key objective, the 2nd Fife and Forfar Yeomanry and the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment pushing across open ground towards the Bourgebus Ridge.
The ground was very open not boccage country and ideal for German antitank weapons.
The Germans have 88mm flak guns dug in, in the orchards and woods around Cagny
They also have strong 88mm batteries on the Bourgebus ridge itself. They also have anti-tank units in many of the small villages in the area.
The objective for the allies is to sweep across the open ground to capture the villages and push the Germans off the ridge. Using Blitzkrieg Commander we have given the allies a numerical advantage.
The battle begins, but as soon as the Shermans and Cromwells cross the railway line they come under long range 88 mm fire. Some are immediately brewed up others become suppressed.
The allies have additional air support in the form of Typhoons armed with ground attack rockets. When they strike these are devastating even where the Germans are dug into villages.
The advance slows but is able to fire back at the gun batteries in and around Cagny. They are lucky and knock out he majority of the guns. The Germans immediately bring up the heavy Tiger tanks of the 503rd Heavy Tank Battalion which move into the village.
More allied tanks begin to smoke.
The focus of the battle becomes Cagny itself, and the 2nd F&F Yeomanry are brought across the support the Hussars. The remnants of the RTR can be seen burning in the foreground.
The Typhoons continue to pound the village of Cagny but casualties on the allied side are gradually mounting up, eventually they reach breaking point and are forced to pull back. The Germans have held the line but it has cost them valuable resources which can't be replaced.