A 20mm Operation Goodwood Scenario based on a Rapid Fire 2 scenario V 1.1 (18/05/08) by Mark Piper.
Operation Goodwood was an attempt by the British, Canadian and Polish forces to breakout from around the strategic city of Caen. The attack on July 18th was to be a tightly focused punch by some 750 tanks to the east of Caen, from the base established by the 6th Airborne Division, over the Orne, across cornfields, over two railway lines and up towards the well defended ridge at Bourguebus. Preceded by a massive artillery bombardment, three armoured divisions drove hard for the objective. Poorly supported by infantry the attack was delayed by well dug-in and reinforced German forces.
The Wargame Scenario:
The game is played on an 8’ X 6’ table. Bourguebus Ridge is a continuous feature for movement. The Railway embankment is a continuous obstacle for movement for infantry, cannot be crossed by wheeled vehicles except at the roads shown, and may be crossed by AFVs (2 X D6) with a -1 modifier to hit while crossing and blocks LOS. Buildings start undamaged. Woods are open. Standing crops are not a continuous feature for movement but provide soft cover for stationary infantry only. They do not block LOS. The games is 10 moves long.
The objective for both sides is to control two out of the three villages (Bras, Soliers and Hubert Folie) at the end of 10 moves. A village is considered controlled if only one side has infantry in at least one building. The game is a draw if more than one village is contested or unoccupied or both sides are forced to retire.
A look at the table. You can see the three small villages and the embankment that shares the battlefield.
In the foreground at the edge of the table is the ridge with two 88mm AA/AT guns.
The villages are defended by small German Infantry departments with two 75 mm AT guns.
Supported by strong off table-artillery and fighter bombers the British forces started -without delay -a furious attack.
The first village was soon hardly pressed by British infantry and tanks and the 75mm AT guns and the 88mm guns where knocked out by heavy British artillery.
With round 3 German reinforcements arrived – at first 5 Stug III (75mm) – by round 4 - three Panzer V Panther (75mm ) tanks – by round 5 another six Panthers.
Meanwhile the British pushed in another two tank regiments.
Reinforcements on both sides completed the Germans started a massive counter attack and the right British flank was (except for two Cromwell tanks) totally smashed and transformed into a graveyard of tanks.
Even when the British advances where stopped here – the Germans had not the strength to recapture the lost villages.
The battle was discontinued.