I modeled my force on Sperrverband 'Harzer', which was commanded by Oberst Egon Gerhard and fought holding the right flank of the German defense in the Betuwe area. I used the list from 'Hammer and Sickel' and just did not take equipment options that would not have been available for Market Garden. My list was: (Reluctant Veteran) HQ with one PF, 2x Sperr with PF and one HMG each, Full Sperr Pioneers, Full Pak 40 platoon, a pair of 8cm mortars and five Pz IVs (Confident Veteran) detached from a nearby Panzerdivision. I got three Reluctant Trained Panthers as the firestorm troop. Chris made a British Guards Rifle (Confident Veteran) with two infantry platoons, mortars, something else (more infantry?), a Sherman platoon with two Fireflys and a full 25 pdr battery. His Firestorm troop was another Sherman platoon. His boys were actually Germans using British tactics and captured T-34s to represent Shermans, since this was actually a Wehrmacht training exercise!
In order to exploit my initial success, I closed on the remaining infantry with the armoured pincers... This was to be my undoing!
However, I got my reserves and got them in the corner that I needed them in. Sperr infantry Attack! Chris tried pinning these boys down all game - However, who needs Fearless rating when you can roll fives for motivation? I was quite unable to knock off anymore infantry though.
Well done Chris. That was a hard lesson in the limitations of Sperr on attack. Neither of us was taking the game too seriously - but then we were running under the exact battlefield conditions that will be in effect: good relaxed games, a few beers and food to go with it, and all played in the spirit of fun. The game itself definitely has given me something to think about. Chris has even more 'training' to mete out to me sometime soon. Hopefully I can measure up to the challenge of the reluctant troops by 'Day of Days'!