The long approach roads into Caen. Lebissey Woods on the right.
Arrayed against the British was 21st Panzer Division. This had been subdivided into three Kampfegruppes. KG von Luck, mainly panzergrenadiers with a company of Pz IVs in support, was to advance on the far bank of the Orne, through Columbelles and take Ranville. KG Oppeln and KG Rausch were to push along the near bank of the Orne, across Perriers Ridge and nip out the British lodgement at Sword beach. The scene was set for both forces to clash head on.
Three Pz IV companies from Abt 1 of Pz Regt 22 with panzergrenadiers in the background heading for Lebissey Woods.
Panzergrenadiers from KG Rausch advancing on the flank of KG Oppeln.
The panzergrenadiers showing more appetite to get into the fight than the panzers!
The British deploy around the forward slopes of Perriers Ridge.
RM Commandos heading for Ranville on the far edge of the British advance.
The Jo6 setting - lots of people buying things and peering at very small figures.
A willing victim - sorry, games participant. He enjoyed rolling some dice.
KG Rausch securing Mathieu and Epron.
Some troublesome Shermans at the base of Perriers Ridge.
KG Oppeln resting just out of Sherman range before Perriers Ridge.
Most of 21st Panzer stalled around Lebissey Woods. On the far bank of the Orne, KG von Luck trading fire with the paratroopers around Ranville.
Where the game ended. Short of a major clash, neither side was able to get to grips with the other before we had to call it a day. However, the outcome was pretty historical in that the British drive for Caen was over for the day, while 21st Pz had come up against a serious hold up for it's drive on Sword. On the day, 21st Panzer swung progressively further and further to the northwest, bypassing the British armour, eventually exploiting the gap between the Canadians from Juno and the British from Sword and reaching the sea in the vicinity of Lion-sur-Mer, before heading all the way back to the Epron area after being flown over by massed gliders landing 6th Airborne's reserves late on D-day. I think I might use the image below as the starting point for another, smaller game, where the combatants can get to grips with each other sooner.
The models are all from Heroics and Ros, except the infantry, which is mainly Adler. A lot of 21st Pz vehicles were from Ian Armstrong, although these are now available from Herocis and Ros - and lovely models they are too.
As ever, thanks for looking.