Oh man, what a fight. Stellendam is a tough nut to crack because the only approach is over water… I started writing my own AAR but, without giving away who I am/was, that’d be tricky. So I’m going to borrow quotes from other people’s AARs, such as corblimy:
The flak had to be seen to be believed. While trying to hit the freighters that were supplying the town, the fire put up from the massed DD’s, fairmiles and the ports was thick enough to walk on!
What a night.
(I am shamelessly borrowing from this thread)
It was an interesting battle, Indeed. More colorful then the run of the mill type outcomes you expect from the mainland fights. It does emphasize how powerful the advantage of being the only ones able to spawn right next to an objective where the enemy has to come to you across hundred meter’s of terrain. This is true of who ever has the advantage, the attacker or the defender. I had fun none the less. I’d like to see more battles that follow a similar model (tweaked up of course).
The panzers helped shift the balance to our favor, but they were alot fewer of them then you think, and we had to put them on island (they didn’t just magically appear en mass from a spawnpoint in town. My sortie lasted 80+ minutes and only 15mins were actually spent engaging the Ouddorp CP when Shell and MG fire. I think that made their presence all the more relevent for the ambience of the fight. When our Axis Infantry saw the Transport unloading Panzers onto the dock, they did indeed cheer and when the attackers of the Ouddorp CP heard the rumble and clatter of Armoured Treads roll up beside them there was a genuine expression of relief that this long battle was finally about to end.
Great fun everyone.
PS: Dear Allied, please drop more JU52’s full of crazy Frenchmen out of the sky on my squad while we picnic outside our quiet CP. Nothing adds spice to a little brautwurst luncheon then a plane load of angry allied crashing in with fire and shrapnel. I almost got mustard on my field jacket fumblng for my Rifle and Grenades. It is a great way to start a 3 hour long battle for an otherwise unimportant chunk of land in the North Sea.
stellendam was an odd battle, i was one of the pzfs south of the cp, sat there for 2 hours. then i headed west and 2 C47s landed next to me so i shot them[.] who where in those C47s? just tellin ya i killed most of you
I had a number of sorties and, having to take a break in the middle, to check on the system’s fervent desire to ban a speedhacker that needed manual verification, I played both sides. I had some great fraps caps of the first hour, but I hadda delete them to make space for that recording that manual verification :(