With the newly completed gun emplacements we were able to set up an attack on Coastal Battery 338 one of the two situated close to Folkestone. With two 6" Guns the Germans have identified this as a key early morning objective if they wish to secure Folkestone Harbour. Clearly a task for Fallschirmjager from the 19th Paratroop Regiment. From a "time line" perspective we have moved back slightly to the early morning of S-day. The Fallschirmjager have been dropped by glider with the clear instruction to take the gun Battery to the East of Folkestone, destroy the guns and then move into the town to take a second Battery at East Cliff. (In real life the Battery's didn't quite look like these being more of the concrete block type but these will have to wait for another day).
Early morning on S day the DFS 230 Glider leading the advance unit of Fallschirmjager has reached its target breaching the perimeter fence. The first squad has set off at the run whilst a mortar is being set up to cover their advance.
Other glider troops have landed close to the road which runs around the promontory of Copt Point. They are making their way under the cover of darkness towards the two 6" gun battery's and the observation pillbox overlooking the cliffs.
To represent the surprise nature of the landing the allies are not permitted to react or bring troops onto the battlefield until a specified time, as befits this 'coup de main' type attack the Germans are travelling very light with only Mortar and machine gun support
Finally the alarm is raised and the first British squad fall out of bed only to be hit by a hail of bullets from the rapidly advancing Fallschirmjager
With the alarm raised the British can now mobilise their defensive force, infantry supported by medium arms, but nothing heavy, they have immediately called for reserves from the Folkestone garrison but it is not clear when they will arrive.
The Defenders come under heavy fire so try to get under cover, the question is can they hold the attackers back long enough ?
Luckily the Germans don't get it all their own way and the leading Fallschirmjager unit suffers a Fubar mis communication sending them backwards in the wrong direction towards the gate 🙂
Finally reserves start to arrive, a Home guard reserve unit arrives at the gate by truck, dismounting and attacking the paratroopers from behind......they don't like it up them apparently !
But the Germans are single minded in their resolve, they are paratroopers and used to being surrounded so they take no heed of the reserves on the road and push on. Their objective is the guns which must be knocked out to protect the troops landing in Sandgate and other seaborne troops looking to take Folkestone Harbour, Germans can be seen in the distance assaulting the far gun emplacement, knocking it out!
But what is this another twist.......the unlucky Germans suffer a second Fubar on the same unit causing them to run again, either communication is breaking down or they are not as tough as we thought...😬
The Home guard, looking to defend their homeland have wiped out the MG 34 machine gun, but have no obvious way to advance up to the guns without being cut down and they may already be too late.
The Germans at this northern side have also knocked out a machine gun which had them pinned down and are just about to take out the second gun, the remaining allies are concentrating around the observation pilllbox, intent on holding it to the last man
Smoke rising in the distance makes it clear where the guns have been destroyed, the Home guard can only look on from a distance.
A really fun game, started thinking the Germans were really up against it but they used just the right amount of aggression to get to the guns, after all what are a few lives at this stage when the main invasion force is landing on the beaches nearby...😀