AAR: Raid On St. Nazaire – Turn 2

* If you read the AAR, let me know if you think the Newman assault team made the right decision, regardless of its result. What would you have done and why?

TURN 2: 0134

The remaining 20mm gun in Sperrbrecher 137 was not repaired by 1:34. Work on the 30mm gun in the Old Mole was slow but improved the gun’s condition from out of action to disrupted. Either way, neither gun will fire in the Dockside Defense phase.

As the Harbor Defense phase starts, the Campbletown and any boats on fire get an automatic predesignated shot. The predesignated shot does not miss and does not count against the 12-shots limit that ends this phase. Had the Campbletown been on fire, it would have received two predesignated shots. As it stands, Campbletown, Platt motor launch and Boyd torpedo motor launch will get automatic hits.

Before the guns resume firing, the 4 active searchlight switched their beams to the Avant Port, Old Mole, Old Entrance sea zones and the Normandie Dock land zone. Of these, the only sea zone with boats is the Old Mole, which has six (Burt, Platt, Henderson, Nock, Tillie and Rider). No commandos have entered the Normandie Dock yet.

Predesignated shot against the Campbletown: 1 crew and 1 gun lost.

Predesignated shot against Platt: Platt is forced to turn away from its landing zone and is sunk in the process. All crew are lost.

Predesignated shot against Boyd: the torpedo motor launch is shot full of holes and sinks. The crew died from injuries suffered from the massive fire power and fire on deck before the boat began to sink.

Results of the Harbor Defense phase:

ML 457/Collier is hit once, losing 1 crew, 1 gun and is now on fire. A second hit forces it turn away once more from the entrance to the St. Nazaire harbor and kills a crew member.

ML 262/Burt is hit once, losing most of its crew. When it is hit a second time, it is forced to take evasive maneuvers.

ML 306/Henderson is hit twice, commencing evasive maneuvers but losing most of its crew and 1 gun. When it is hit a third time, it goes to the bottom of the Old Mole, all lives lost.

TML 270/Irwin is hit once, commencing evasive maneuvers but losing one third of its crew.

ML 446/Falconar is hit once. Its external fuel tanks explode, setting the boat on fire. Its remaining crew dies to the incoming barrage from the harbor defense gun and the boat eventually sinks in front of the East Jetty.

Campbletown is hit once, losing one crew and one gun. Accumulated damage causes the Campbletown to now move at half speed. It might not reach the Southern Casson. The second time it is hit, it loses its remaining crew and the Smalley demolition team loses most of its commandos. The Campbletown sinks in front of the East Jetty. The six commando teams it carried will be swept to the Atlantic and will drown if they are not picked up by a boat.

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What is left of the British flotilla concentrates its fire on a 20mm gun on the Old Mole to no avail.

20mm guns from the West and East Jetty fire back at the boats in front of the East Jetty.

TML 156/Fenton is hit once, forcing it to turn away from Sperrbrecher 137 and killing most of its crew.

20mm guns from the Old Mole and the Normandie Dock return fire against the boats remaining in front of the Old Mole.

ML 268/Tillie is hit once, it commences evasive maneuvers but still loses one third of its crew.

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After evading enemy fire, TML 270/Irwin rescues the commandos from the Roy assault team and the Chant demolition team, who had been in the Campbeltown. They will attempt to leave the St. Nazaire Harbor and head for England the next turn.

ML 267/Beart, carrying the Moss assault team, moved from the approach zone into the East Jetty Area on their way to the Old Mole landing point.

ML 298/Nock left the Old Mole for the East Jetty and rescued the commandos from the Roderick Assault team and Brett demolition team, who had also been aboard the Campbeltown. They, too, will try to head for England.

MGB 314/Ryder left the Old Mole for the East Jetty and rescued the commandos that were still alive from the Smalley and Purdon demolition teams, who had already suffered losses while aboard the Cambeltown. They, too, will try to head for England. Since the MGB is a faster boat, Ryder and his passengers made it to the approach zone.

ML 262/Burt and ML 268/Tillie remained in the Old Mole to provide some covering fire and transportation for the landed commando teams when they complete their missions.

Stosstruppen continue to be awakened by the explosions and gunfire. Two more units appear in the Normandie Dock, one in the Old Town, dangerously close to the wounded and diminished Newman assault team, and one in the Western Reinforcement area where the 705 Naval Flak Battalion is located.

After moving North through some houses that provided cover from searchlights and gun emplacements, the Swayne demolition team is now in one of the Old Town’s main roads, without cover. However, their target, one of the swing bridges connecting the Old Town to the U-Boat Pens, is within sight.

Demolition teams Woodcock and Pennington go East, moving closer to their targets in the Normandie Dock and, unbeknownst to them, the Stosstruppen that are just readying up in that area.

The Newman assault team is now in a quandary. South of them, emerging from the searchlight at the end of the jetty in the Old Mole, is a Stosstruppen squad. Closer and to the East is the disrupted 30mm cannon that has easy firing lines to the motor launches in the Old Mole and East Jetty areas. If the team goes for the 30mm gun, they will be an easy target for the Stosstruppen but they may give the motor launches maybe fifteen more minutes afloat. If they go for the Stosstruppen, they will probably eliminate the Stosstruppen threat but risk the 30mm gun becoming repaired and active again.

Newman orders his men to go for the 30mm gun.

The Newman commandos close in on the 30mm gun. Grenades fly and… the 30mm gun is destroyed! The Stosstruppen at the searchlight seem more preoccupied with protecting the searchlight and do not move to engage the Newman commandos… or maybe they’re waiting for reinforcements.

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